Roy BrownEducation and Research LibrarianTompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences,VCU Libraries
Searching PubMedSearch Box /Keyword SearchLinks to Tutorials forfurther help on how touse the database.Always access through VCULibraries Home Page or a ResearchGuide in order to be linked to fulltext resources, etc.
Keyword Search:Anytime you type something in the box in PubMed you are keyword searchingNumber of articlesreturnedArticles in fulltext inPubMedCentralSearch DetailsFilters: can addones you feelare useful
Keyword SearchUse the display setting to change the way you are able to view your results – Recommend the abstractsetting - Only display setting where you can see abstract andAdvanced – Where you will findthe search history
Abstract Format DisplayPMID # : unique numberassigned to each PubMedcitation. Can be placed insearch box to find thearticle.MeSH Heading for Article: canuse to find related articles andalso further focus your search.Related Citations: will find somesystematic reviews here.
Limit categories: Author name or Journal title Dates Humans, Gender, Languages, Age groups Subsets: Journal groups or Topics Publication type Systematic Review - Subsets Specific search fieldsLimits remain in force until they are clearedLimits appear on the results page.Limits : Give focus to the search
LimitsAppears on the results page, after doing asearchShows LimitsApplied / Stay onUntil RemovedTutorial: You Tube Video LinkAccess to SearchHistory
Advanced Search/Search History :Search History:•Keeps a list of search statements•Search numbers: can be combined•Search statements•Link to results set for each search•Maximum of 100 search statements•Deleted after 8 hours of inactivityWill search combined terms &show articlesWill add combined terms tohistoryCombine using theBoolean operators(Drop down box appearsafter clicking on number)
Combining Term ResultsSearch StrategySearchDetails:Details of howthe search wascarried out
Medline’s controlled vocabulary: list of preferred subject terms Revised every year since 1963 / over 25,00 descriptors todayTree structure: hierarchy of terms Allows different levels of search specificitySearch by MeSH terms to find related articles on a subject,regardless of the exact words the author used Ex: Articles on Multiple Personality Disorder, Multiple Identity Disorder,Dissociative Identity Disorder or Dual Personality are all indexed under the MeSHterm Multiple Personality DisorderTwo Parts:Headings: Main Subject / FocusSubheadings: limit search to specific aspectsof subject headingsSearching with MeSH:Medical Subject Headings
Using the MeSH DatabaseCan be accessed on main pageAlso can be accessed on theadvanced search page(At the top of the page)
MeSH DatabaseTutorials will help and areavailable at anytimeSearch bar: just type in theterm you are searching forand either that term orrelated terms will show up inthe results.MeSH Database searches for the controlled vocabulary term, not articles. Theseterms will help you to find the articles needed.
MeSH Database ResultsIf you click on the term youwill see the scope note andrest of the heading record.Select term & select addto search builder & canthen send to searchbuilder or add moreterms to your search.Click in check box inorder to select term
MeSH Term EntryOther terms indexed to this term. Typing anyof these terms in the box will bring up theselected MeSH term as the most relevant.MeSH hierarchy/ Tree• Broad to SpecificScope Note : Term definitionMajor Topic /Stop the termfrom beingexplodedSubheadings
Using MeSh DatabaseWhen you have created yoursearch in MeSH, click SearchPubMedBooleanOperatorsClick on add to search builder once youhave found the right term for yoursearch
Using MeSh DatabaseSearch statement hasbeen transferred toPubMed and executed
Click here to seehow the articleswas indexedMeSH Terms Displayed in Article CitationUseful way of finding more terms to add to your search in order to getmore relevant results.* Means majorsubject heading
PubMed TutorialPubMed Quick Tour Video Series from the NLM (Click Here)
Sign up for free individual account Save searches Run updates of your saved searches Set up automatic e-mail search updates Store citations for future use in Collections Set Filters and Preferences Set up Bibliography to collect Pub Med citations that youhave authoredMy NCBIAccess NCBI account orRegister for NCBIaccount
NCBI: Sign Up Screen• Be sure that when you select a user name andpassword that you do not use your eID andpassword.• Recommend you use your VCU email addresswhen asked for it in registering for an account.
Where saved searchesappear.Click here to set NCBIPreferencesMy NCBI
Options - when signed in to My NCBIChange display format for Links menuSave an e-mail address for sending resultsChange format when displaying single citationsChoose to highlight search words in resultsPreferences in My NCBI
Suggested Settings:• Default Format – Abstract• 100 items per pageMy NCBI : Preferences
Saving a SearchMust first go to Advanced SearchBuilderClick here to save
Saving a SearchTwo Choices:1) Can just save the search byclicking on save2) Set up a search alert, where thesearch will be run when you arenot logged in and results sent toyou as often as you choose.
Get in touch with Me…..Roy Brown, MLISEducation and Research LibrarianTompkins-McCaw Library, VCU Librariesrebrown2@vcu.edu / Ph. 804-828-1592If You Need Help……..