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MeSH Database
Each PubMed article is indexed with Medical
Subject Headings (MeSH). The MeSH Database
helps you to find the...
PubMed Searching
To search, TYPE A WORD OR PHRASE into the
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Pubmed basic searching handout 2012


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Pubmed basic searching handout 2012

  1. 1. MeSH Database Each PubMed article is indexed with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The MeSH Database helps you to find the correct MeSH for your topic. See the PubMed’s homepage for it or under Advanced page “More Resources.” Will you use a subheading or restrict to articles where your MeSH is a major topic in articles? Click on the Add to Search Builder on the right screen. When finished adding search terms, click Search PubMed to complete the search. Clinical Queries PubMed Clinical Queries makes it easier to find systematic reviews and other applied research. Access this feature from PubMed’s homepage. Enter your terms and click Search. Clinical Study Categories displays results by clinical study type (e.g., diagnosis, etiology, therapy, and prognosis) and scope. Use the drop-down menu to change the category or scope. Systematic Reviews displays systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews, evidence-based medicine, consensus statements and guidelines. Medical Genetics displays citations based on diagnosis, management, genetic counseling. Printing, E-mailing, Downloading After selecting your citations (e.g. via checked boxes or Clipboard), select a format from Display Settings, and print. Or, select from the Send To menu. File offers format and sort options before saving the downloadable file. E-mail offers options and asks for an email address. Citation Manager provides a file in the MEDLINE format for downloading to RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero. PubMed’s My NCBI feature stores both citations and search strategies, provides automatic e-mail updates of stored searches, and sets preferences. Register for My NCBI by creating a User Name and Password. Click Manage Filters to select or create up to fifteen pre-formatted search filters. Accessing Full-Text Many PubMed citations provide links to full-text via PubMed Central (the NLM digital archive of biomedical journal literature) Note: This handout was developed by merging handouts by various UBC medical residents and SLAIS student librarians Contact: Revised: August 2014 UBC Biomedical Branch Library PubMed® is the US National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) premiere search system for biomedical and health information. It is freely-available over the Internet at PubMed Content • MEDLINE® is the core of PubMed, a database of 24 million+ citations of articles published in biomedical & related journals • PubMed includes today’s citations not yet indexed • Will include publisher-supplied citations that may receive full indexing if they are biomedical in nature PubMed Features • Sophisticated search capabilities, spell checker, advanced search builder and tools to search clinical topics • Assistance finding search terms using the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading Database) • Ability to store citations and receive email updates from saved searches using My NCBI • Links to full-text articles, to information about library holdings, and to other NLM databases • Links to other NLM search systems, such as®, MedlinePlus®, and PMC
  2. 2. PubMed Searching To search, TYPE A WORD OR PHRASE into the search box (e.g., a subject, author or journal). Click Search or press the Enter key. Combine search terms with connector words: “AND,” “OR,” or “NOT” using upper case letters. PubMed displays Results in summary format after clicking on Search. To retrieve more information about the citation(s), use the Display Settings menu to change the format, how the results are sorted and how many citations are displayed. Filters are available on the left nav bar and may be used to limit searches. Click on a term to activate or deactivate the filter. Use Choose additional filters to reveal additional filter options including: Species (Humans or Animals), Article types, Languages, Subjects, Ages, Sex, and Journal categories. A check = active filter! The Filters activated message appears above the search results list and these limits remain in effect until removed or cleared. Search details (right column) reveals how PubMed ran your search. It looks first for an entire word or phrase as a MeSH, then journal titles and authors (Automatic Term Mapping). PubMed searches “All Fields” for the term. Search details shows how PubMed maps terms to MeSH headings and subheadings. Changes to the search may be made in the Details box; click Search to run the updated search strategy. Advanced The Advanced link provides two options to refine a search: Builder and History. The Advanced search box does not retain previously run searches. With PubMed Advanced Search Builder, create a search using Boolean operators. The Show index list displays the search field index and the number of citations for each term. Multiple terms selected from the Index are “OR”ed together. History is where your searches are tracked for eight (8) hours. The search may be run, deleted, examined in Details or saved in My NCBI. PubReader is a new feature for reading articles in Related Citations A helpful PubMed feature is the ability to find citations that are similar to those of interest. To retrieve related articles, click on the Related citations link under the PMID of citations in the Summary format or select Related citations in PubMed in the right navigation column when examining a single citation in the Abstract format. Clipboard Clipboard stores your citations from a search for eight hours. Select citations by clicking the check box; from Send to menu, select Clipboard Then click the Add to Clipboard button. Click on the Clipboard link to view citations. Permanently store citations in PubMed My NCBI Collections, also accessed from the Send to menu.