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PubMed for UCB: Citations to journal articles on health and medical topics, with links to full text via Getting Started with UC-eLinks

PubMed searching top tips:
  1. Combine terms with AND or OR
  2. Use Filters (eg, Ages, Article types, Languages, etc.)
  3. Search for your term as a word in the title or title or abstract (using Filters, Advanced Search, or Field Tags)
  4. Use MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), with subheadings  YouTube video
  5. Use the Similar articles link, once you find a set of relevant citations
  6. Try PubMed's Clinical Queries or Topic-Specific Queries
  7. Always keep in mind the question you are trying to answer when creating a search strategy and when reviewing the articles you find

» PubMed Tips & Tricks: Basic search guide with link to PubMed exercise set. Start here to learn how to search PubMed more effectively

» Search strategies:

  • Body Image
    • MeSH: body image
  • Traditional medicine
    • MeSH: medicine traditional
  • Health systems knowledge
    • MeSH terms: Delivery of health care
    • MeSH terms: Health Services
  • Stress
    • MeSH terms: stress
    • MeSH terms: adaptation psychological
  • Postpartum depression
    • MeSH terms: depression postpartum
  • Sexual education exposure
    • MeSH: sex education
    • MeSH: health knowledge attitudes practice
  • Specific populations
    • MeSH Population Group terms: Students AND Universities, Student Health Services
    • MeSH Age terms: young adults (19-24)
    • MeSH Ethnic terms: country - ethnology (e.g., Philippines - ethnology)
    • MeSH Ethnic terms: Asian Americans; Asian Continental Ancestry Group; Oceanic Ancestry Group AND United States
    • MeSH Geographic terms: United States, California - Use if you get too many results

Broad Resources for Finding Journal Articles and More

Google Scholar
Citations in all topics.
» Google Scholar does not use a controlled vocabulary. Use Advanced Search by clicking the ▼ in the search box, then search for title words.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Broad topical scope. Be aware that Google Scholar lacks:
    » the ability to use iteration in developing search strategies,
    » any indexing,
    » bulk downloading or saving of records,
    » a complete description of its contents.

Large, multidisciplinary database of citations to articles, conference papers, patents, and more.
» Scopus does not use a controlled vocabulary. Scopus uses author and other keywords.
» Subject terms/features not found in PubMed:
    Excellent resource for cited reference searching; Journal Analyzer tool assesses journal performance.

» Scopus search tips

Web of Science
Large, multidisciplinary database; links to cited articles and times cited are provided for retrieved articles.
» Web of Science does not use a controlled vocabulary; it uses author keywords and keywords assigned algorithmically.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Scope of database is broad; excellent for searching interdisciplinary topics and cited reference searching.

Other Health Databases

CINAHL with Full Text
Primary database for nursing and allied health including topics such as addiction, aging, alternative/complementary medicine, biomedicine, mental health, psychology, and more. (1937-current).
» What's not in PubMed?
    Books, standards of care and other gray literature

» Relevant subject headings:

  • Subject Heading: Body Image
  • Subject Heading: Medicine, Oriental Traditional; Medicine, Chinese Traditional; Medicine, Traditional
  • Subject Heading: Health Systems Agencies; Health Care Delivery, Integrated
  • Subject Heading: Stress; Stress, Psychological; Stress, Physiological; Coping
  • Subject Heading: Depression, Postpartum
  • Subject Heading: Sex Education, Sex Education In Adolescence, Sexual Health, School Health Education, Sexual Health In Adolescence
  • Subject Heading: Asians, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, Myanmar, Laotians, Cambodians
  • Subject Heading: Students, College; Adolescence; Child; Young Adult

Broad biomedical scope. Useful for medicine, genetics, infectious diseases, healthcare policy & management, and more.
» Embase does use a controlled vocabulary. Click Browse then Emtree above the search box to search or browse for terms.
» What's not in PubMed?
    More non-US literature, better coverage of drug/toxicology topics ...

» Relevant subject headings:

  • Emtree terms: Body image
  • Emtree terms: Traditional medicine; Kampo medicine; Korean medicine; Chinese medicine; Oriental medicine, Tibetan medicine; Mongolian medicine
  • Subject Heading: Health care organization, health care planning
  • Emtree terms: Stress, Acute stress, Behavioral stress, Physiological stress, Physiological stress, Chemical stress, Chronic stress, Family stress
  • Emtree terms: Coping behavior, Coping behavior assessment, Family coping
  • Emtree terms: Postnatal depression
  • Emtree terms: Sexual education
  • Emtree terms: Asian American, Pacific Islander
  • Emtree terms: College student

Global Health
Citations in environmental and occupational health, food safety and hygiene, infectious diseases, medical microbiology, nutrition, public health, toxicology, zoonoses, and more. More international coverage than PubMed.
» Global Health does use a controlled vocabulary. Use the Topic drop-down menu and select Descriptors then click Select from Thesaurus.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Search by (relatively narrow) geographic settings, or country in which work published.

» Global Health Help

Subject-Specific Resources for Finding Journal Articles and More

Education Source
Collection of full-text education research including periodicals, books, yearbooks, and more.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Purely educational information; non-journal literature

» Relevant subject headings:

  • Thesaurus terms: Sex education, sex education for children, sex education for teenagers, sex education for youth
  • Thesaurus terms: Stress management, Psychology of college students
  • Thesaurus terms: Community health services, Academic health centers, Health systems agencies
  • Thesaurus terms: College students, Asian American college students

Access to educational literature, including school health, health promotion, and other public health topics. ERIC sources include journals, books, conferences and meetings, reports, theses/dissertations, and audiovisual media. ERIC also includes materials on tests, measurement, and evaluation.
» ERIC does use a controlled vocabulary. Click Thesaurus above the search box to search or browse for terms.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Purely educational information; non-journal literature; can focus a search by education level or audience ...

» Relevant subject headings:

  • Thesaurus terms: Self Concept (for body image)
  • Thesaurus terms: Sex Education
  • Thesaurus terms: Stress Management
  • Thesaurus terms: Depression AND Pregnancy
  • Thesaurus terms: Asian Americans, Asian American students, Asian Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, Pacific Americans

Citations in psychology, behavior, and related disciplines.
» PsycINFOdoes use a controlled vocabulary. Click Thesaurus to search or browse terms.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Economic security, community attitudes, dissertations/thesis ...

» PsycINFO Quick Guide (PDF)

  • Thesaurus terms: Body Image, Body Image Disturbances
  • Thesaurus terms: Health Care Services, Health Care Utilization, Health Service Needs
  • Thesaurus terms: Knowledge Level, Health Knowledge
  • Thesaurus terms: Stress, Academic Stress, Chronic Stress, Psychological Stress
  • Thesaurus terms: Coping Behavior, Stress and Coping Measures, Stress Management
  • Thesaurus terms: Postpartum Depression
  • Thesaurus terms: Sex Education
  • Thesaurus terms: Media Exposure
  • Thesaurus terms: College Students, Community College Students, Junior College Students
  • Thesaurus terms: Asians, Pacific Islanders

Sociological Abstracts
Citations in demography, social psychology, and sociology. 
» Sociological Abstracts does use a controlled vocabulary. Click Thesaurus to search or browse terms.
» What's not in PubMed?
    Cultural capital, peer relations, victim
ization, family structure, strategies, neighborhoods, social constructionism, ...
» Sociological Abstracts Guide

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