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How to Search PubMed: An       Introduction         Presented by          Jaime Hays       Rex Medical Library   Jaime.Hay...
Part IPubMed explained                   2
Accessing PubMed• On your internet browser go to the  following location:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/• Or conduct...
Search Question• To illustrate how searching can be  conducted through several search  features the following question wil...
Basic Searching•   Basic searching is conducted from    the homepage•   Several terms can be strong    together using Bool...
Basic SearchingThe search terms “drug therapies”, “depressivedisorder” and “adolescents” was entered into thesearch box. T...
Basic Search  Pros and Cons of using the Basic              SearchPros-• Produces articles from a variety of sources and t...
Advanced Searching• The advanced searching method  allows you to search for your terms  in specific fields (example, the t...
Advanced Search      Pros and Cons of using the Advanced SearchPros-• Produces articles from a variety of sources and topi...
MeSH Database• MeSH=Medical Subject Heading  Terms• The MeSH database contains terms  used by the National Library of  Med...
MeSH Database                  Pros and ConsPros-• Produces the most specific and relevant results• Retrieves a manageable...
Part IIHands on exercises in Searching                                  12
Example 1• What are the key terms of the  following query?As the hospital pharmacist, you received a question from the   c...
Example 2• What are the key terms of this  query?A nurse explains to you that there has been  an increase in accidental fa...
Any Questions?                 15
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  1. 1. How to Search PubMed: An Introduction Presented by Jaime Hays Rex Medical Library Jaime.Hays@rexhealth.com x3032 1
  2. 2. Part IPubMed explained 2
  3. 3. Accessing PubMed• On your internet browser go to the following location: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/• Or conduct a Google search for “PubMed” 3
  4. 4. Search Question• To illustrate how searching can be conducted through several search features the following question will be searched:• “What are the most effective drug therapies for adolescents with depressive disorder?” 4
  5. 5. Basic Searching• Basic searching is conducted from the homepage• Several terms can be strong together using Boolean Logic 1. And- used when you want search results that contain results from all terms used 2. Or- used when you want search results to contain results for any terms used 3. Not- used when you want search results limited 5
  6. 6. Basic SearchingThe search terms “drug therapies”, “depressivedisorder” and “adolescents” was entered into thesearch box. The Boolean term “and” was used sothat the results produced would contain all of thesearch terms we wanted.Note that the drop down menu for search shouldremain on PubMed. 6
  7. 7. Basic Search Pros and Cons of using the Basic SearchPros-• Produces articles from a variety of sources and topics.• Great for browsingCons-• Produces an unmanageable amount of records• Results are not topic specific• Results have the key terms in all locations including title, abstract, journal name, and author name 7
  8. 8. Advanced Searching• The advanced searching method allows you to search for your terms in specific fields (example, the title, author, journal fields.• The advanced searching method allows you to place “limits”. That is the advanced search allows you to retrieve the most relevant records by restricting the records retrieved. 8
  9. 9. Advanced Search Pros and Cons of using the Advanced SearchPros-• Produces articles from a variety of sources and topics.• Great for browsing• Can use limiters to increase precision of resultsCons-• Produces an unmanageable amount of records• Results are not topic specific• Results have the key terms in all locations including title, abstract, journal name, and author name 9
  10. 10. MeSH Database• MeSH=Medical Subject Heading Terms• The MeSH database contains terms used by the National Library of Medicine (or NLM) for indexing purposes• These terms help to locate information by 10
  11. 11. MeSH Database Pros and ConsPros-• Produces the most specific and relevant results• Retrieves a manageable amount of recordsCons-• Requires complex search strategy• Results may be too specific 11
  12. 12. Part IIHands on exercises in Searching 12
  13. 13. Example 1• What are the key terms of the following query?As the hospital pharmacist, you received a question from the chief nurse of the oncology ward regarding a female patient at risk for breast cancer, and she has received a prescription for tamoxifen as a preventative measure. The female patient has heard that taking tamoxifen could cause a stroke. The nurse seems to remember that one of the adverse reactions to tamoxifen is a stroke. The nurse asks if you have any literature especially a review article, that she could read that addresses this issue. 13
  14. 14. Example 2• What are the key terms of this query?A nurse explains to you that there has been an increase in accidental falls by elderly patients. She wants to know if there are any guidelines she can follow to increase safety for her patients. 14
  15. 15. Any Questions? 15
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