PubMed Basics

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PubMed Basics

  1. 1. PUBMED BASICS Jessica Cole, MLIS, AHIPPHA 520 September 30, 2013
  2. 2. • Free MEDLINE access (Nat’l Library of Medicine database) • 23 million references from 5600+ journals • Coverage: Medicine, dentistry, nursing, healthcare systems, pre-clinical sciences+ • Some free articles - Linkout to your library’s articles (Enter through library proxy for full text links) • Handles searches from very basic to complex http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/pubmed.ht
  3. 3. PMID # - Quickly Retrieve in Search Box Publication Type - Critical Analysis: Levels of Evidence MeSH - Controlled Vocabulary/“Aboutness” Full Text? NAU: Similar Citations
  4. 4. 1) Decide which filter categories to display by clicking show additional filters, checking boxes, & clicking Show. 2) Then limit your results by clicking on one or more of the choices underneath the filter categories. A checkmark appears to the left when filter is used. Remember to “Clear” filters when finished or PubMed will keep them active in your next session/search.
  5. 5. Use Filters to Limit to Review Articles for General Background Information A checkmark appears next to a filter that has been activated. You can apply more than one limit at a time.
  6. 6. Search Tips  TOO MANY RESULTS?  Add more search terms with AND (i.e. migraine AND pregnancy)  Use filters to limit results (i.e. Humans & English)  NOT ENOUGH RESULTS?  Broaden search with OR (sore throat OR strep throat)  Find one “good” reference and view Related Citations  DO:  Experiment! (Keywords, Boolean operators, filters)  Save “good” references as you go so you can find your way back to them (i.e. Use Clipboard/email yourself articles, save PMID#)  DO NOT:  Don’t use filters to limit results to Full Text availability – this is not always accurate, and you can request articles through Cline Library

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