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Basic Searching - PubMed & CINAHL for PT


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Basic Searching - PubMed & CINAHL for PT

  1. 1. SEARCH BASICS Cinahl & PubMed for Physical Therapy Jessica Cole, MLIS, AHIPPT 685 November 5, 2013
  2. 2. Objectives  Conduct basic keyword searches in Cinahl & PubMed.  Refine results with Filters (i.e. Limit results to English or Humans only).  Save the “best” articles from search results: Use the Cinahl FOLDER and the PubMed CLIPBOARD.  Access or request full text articles through library proxy.
  3. 3. Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature Part I. CINAHL
  4. 4. • More than 3.8 million records dating back to 1937 • Physical therapy terminology recognized • Contains searchable cited references for 1,160+ journals with full text for hundreds of journals (EBSCO interface)
  5. 5. UA Cinahl at PBC only. UA & NAU have different full text availability.
  6. 6. Enter one keyword, Or search multiple terms/lines at once Leave on default (Select a field) for a basic keyword search Knee osteoarthritis Therapeutic exercise More Limits are available by scrolling down. Try your search first without limits to get a feel for the volume of articles matching your keyword search. Limits can be applied later.
  7. 7. Refine Search-Use Limits-Apply Filters (All mean same thing) If you want fewer, more targeted articles after seeing the 431 results, click Advanced Search or Show More to apply filters. (Either click provides the same options.)
  8. 8. Tips Recommended Limits: • ENGLISH LANGUAGE • HUMAN DO NOT limit to Full Text! Use filters sparingly
  9. 9. Full Text Articles (From Result View) Sometimes the PDF is listed with results, other times, click on Linked Full Text or Check for Full Text. Article can be requested through Cline Library if not available.
  10. 10. Full Text (From Abstract View)
  11. 11. Save Articles  When viewing an abstract (after clicking article title from list of results) these tools are available on the right side of the screen.  Email an article to yourself, or use “Add to folder” to collect “good” results as you go, and then at the end of your session, you can email everything at
  12. 12. Boolean Operators
  13. 13. Medline Part II. PubMed
  14. 14. • 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
  15. 15. Basic Search with Results
  16. 16. PMID # - Quickly Retrieve in Search Box Publication Type - Critical Analysis: Levels of Evidence MeSH - Controlled Vocabulary/“Aboutness” Full Text? NAU: Similar Citations
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. Use Filters to Limit Results A checkmark appears next to a filter that has been activated. You can apply more than one limit at a time.
  19. 19. Save Articles  Checkmark an article and E-mail it to yourself.  Or, checkmark articles throughout your search session, save them to the Clipboard, and then email all of them to yourself at the end.
  20. 20. Search Tips (Cinahl &/or PubMed)  TOO MANY RESULTS?  Add more search terms with AND (i.e. osteoarthritis AND physical therapy)  Use filters/limits to narrow results (i.e. Humans & English only)  NOT ENOUGH RESULTS?  Broaden search with OR (i.e. aqua therapy OR aquatic exercises)  Find one “good” reference and view Related Citations in PubMed  Remove filters  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 in PubMed/Add to Folder in CINAHL)  DO NOT:  Don’t use filters to limit results to Full Text availability – this is not