An Introduction to PubMed and MeSH

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An Introduction to PubMed and MeSH

  1. 1. AN INTRODUCTION TOPUBMED AND MESH
  2. 2. IS A DATABASE OF MEDICAL LITERATUREDEVELOPED BY THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OFMEDICINE. IT INDEXES OVER 5,500JOURNALS AND COMPRISES OVER 21MILLION JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOKS.
  3. 3. IS UPDATED ALMOST EVERY DAY
  4. 4. IS UPDATED ALMOST EVERY DAYINCLUDES ARTICLES FROM AS FARBACK AS THE 1940S
  5. 5. IS UPDATED ALMOST EVERY DAYINCLUDES ARTICLES FROM AS FARBACK AS THE 1940SCOVERS TOPICS IN THE CLINICALAND BASIC SCIENCES
  6. 6. MESH
  7. 7. MESH =
  8. 8. MEDICALMESH = SUBJECT HEADINGS
  9. 9. MeSH terms represent concepts found in theMESH = medical literature. They are used to describe articles in PubMed.
  10. 10. MESH = COOL
  11. 11. MESH = COOL(Because it can help youfind things in PubMed.)
  12. 12. FROM THE SEARCH BAR
  13. 13. USE THE DROPDOWN MENU
  14. 14. TO SELECT MeSH
  15. 15. AND SEARCH FOR TERMS prions veterinary medicine
  16. 16. let’s break this down
  17. 17. This is the scope note: it defineshow the term is used by MeSH.
  18. 18. Words in caps are other MeSH terms.This is the scope note: it defineshow the term is used by MeSH.
  19. 19. Using subheadings narrows the results tospecific aspects of the concept. You canalso choose to get only articles that have amajor focus on the concept.
  20. 20. Entry terms are other words used for thesame concept. Previous indexing showsolder terms—you can use them to findolder articles dealing with this concept.
  21. 21. The tree at the bottom shows howthis term is related to other terms.They follow a hierarchical structure.
  22. 22. The search builder is,naturally, used to buildsearches using MeSHterms.
  23. 23. The search builder is,naturally, used to buildsearches using MeSHterms. Here’s how.
  24. 24. First, check off any subheadings or otherrestrictions you want to use. (If you don’tcheck any, it will just use the main term.)
  25. 25. ...Choose the operator you want… (“and” = narrow “or” = broaden “not” = exclude)
  26. 26. …and click “add to search builder.”
  27. 27. …and click “add to search builder.”
  28. 28. You can add multiple terms frommultiple searches using the samesteps. The search builder will keeptrack of what you add each time.
  29. 29. That’s all for now.
  30. 30. Use your new powers wisely. Slideshow created by Zach Sharrow Health Sciences Librarian Lincoln Memorial University zachary.sharrow@lmunet.edu

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