MEDLINE Help Guide


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MEDLINE Help Guide

  1. 1. Results When to Use MEDLINE For each article in the results, the  MEDLINE contains in-depth research U. Grant Miller database shows the title, author (s), articles, so it is often used by medical Library source, and how many libraries professionals rather than patients. worldwide have the item.  Use MEDLINE for “heavy” research Click on the title of the article to get more information. that requires in-depth medical The detailed record provides more in- knowledge. depth information about the article, like the abstract, MeSH descriptors record type, article type, and more. Features of MEDLINE Help Guide If you decide the article isn’t useful, you can click on a MeSH descriptor to There are black circular buttons in the gray generate a new list of results that relate to that subject. bar at the top of most pages that provide extra functionality to the database.  Subjects: Type in any word or concept. MEDLINE You can expand subjects to broader or narrower topics. Clicking on a subject term will display items related to that MEDLINE is a medical subject. database from the National  Related Subjects: Gives a list of related Library of Medicine. It offers subjects and a percentage of how over 17 million abstracts closely related they are to the current search. from 1950 to present that  Related Authors: Gives a list of related cover all areas of medicine, authors and a percentage of how closely including dentistry, nursing, related they are to the current search.  E-mail Bib: Email the bibliographic psychiatry, and more. record(s) to yourself or someone else.  Print: Print the bibliographic record(s).  Export: Export the bibliographic record(s) to EndNote, RefWorks, or a text file. Click on a MeSH descriptor for Washington & Jefferson College new results
  2. 2. How to Use MEDLINE  Record type lets you limit to specific topics, MeSH like history of medicine, nursing, health Use the Advanced Search form to get the administration, and more.  You can search within MeSH headings. best results. Type your search terms in the search boxes and select fields from the drop-down menus.  MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings. MeSH is the National Library of Select fields, like Medicine’s controlled vocabularyType search termshere keyword, abstract, thesaurus. chemical substance,  MeSH is a hierarchical structure of etc. here descriptors that can be searched at different levels of specificity.  For example, a broader level would be There are many limits you can place on Choose a record type here “anatomy” while a narrower level would your search. be “skin.” You can limit by year, abstract indicator  Searching within MeSH is the most (abstract or no abstract), article type, effective way to conduct a search within language phrase (English or non-English),  You can also limit to full text and MEDLINE or PubMed. record status, and record type phrase. subscriptions held at W&J’s library by Mainly of the articles are in other checking the correct boxes. languages, so selecting English will help to narrow your results. Help with MeSH Article type is a useful limiter if you’re looking specifically for something like Check for full text only The National Library of Medicine has several clinical trials. webpages that explain MeSH and help you find headings to use in your search.  MeSH Fact Sheet: Defines MeSH. esh.html  MeSH Browser: Use to locate vocabulary terms. ml  Main Page: List of links with information about MeSH. Check this box to limit to journals we html Choose an article type here subscribe to here at W&J