Maternal & Child Health Pipeline Program Scientific Foundations Search and Retrieve Levi Watkins Learning Center Alabama State University June 6, 2012 Inga Moten Health Sciences Librarian
Finding Sources: Search Tips Keywords and Synonyms Quotation Marks Limiters Boolean Operators Truncation Locations Library Catalog Electronic Databases E-Journals
Pick out key words & use synonyms Topic: maternal and child health Keywords: maternal, child, health Synonyms: motherly, protective children, school age, pre- school, infant, toddler, girl, boy, pediatric, paediatric, juveni le, adolescent healthful, healing, hygienic, vigorous, wholesome
Pick out key words & use synonyms Topic: Health disparities Keywords: Health disparities Synonyms: healthful, healing, hygienic, vigorous, wholesome discrepancy, imbalance, disproportion, inequality, unequal, diversity, difference, inconsistency, variation, variable
LimitersFields (searches only in the author, title, subject, abstract, etc. portion of the documents in the database)Date (searches for a specific issue date, year or range of available issues/dates)Full-text (searches only for documents in which the entire text is available)Peer Reviewed, Refereed, or Scholarly (searches for a specific type of journal)
Boolean OperatorsUsed to connect, associate, or eliminate additional search terms AND OR NOT
AND will give you the intersection between two groups when you want your searchresult to contain elements from both groups.e.g. child and infant will retrieve results containing both these terms.Use OR when you want any of the search terms to be included in your search resultbut you dont care which. "OR” means more. It will expand your search to includemore results. OR is often used to look for synonyms or similar conceptse.g. child or infant will retrieve results which contain at least one of the searchterms.Use NOT to exclude search terms which you do not wish to include in your results.e.g. child not infant will retrieve results containing the word child but will excluderesults containing the word infant.
Truncation• For example, if you enter: – dispar* Database will retrieve: disparate, disparities, disparity• Symbols will be different (“*”, “!”, or “?”) depending on the particular database.• Refer to the system’s “help”, “hint”, or “tips” feature for this and other helpful search tips.
Let’s search and retrieve:• Go to PubMed, www.pubmed.gov .• Search topic keyword(s)• Limit to humans, How many?• Limit to review articles, How Many?• Limit to English language, How Many?• Limit to Full Text, How Many?
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