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PH 196: Undergraduate Capstone Library Sessions: Find Articles & More

Searching PubMed

PubMed: 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
  5. Use the Related 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

Use PubMed's My NCBI to save searches, search results/citations, search history, and more. Creating an account is easy!; you can even log in with your UCB bmail credentials.

» Use Clinical Queries to find systematic reviews on your topic, which can help you find more research literature and give you a sense of the body of knowledge on a topic.
    Using the "etiology" filter is useful a "cause of disease" search.
    "Therapy" encompasses any type of intervention.

» Topic-Specific Queries are "canned" search strategies that retrtieve a citation subset of PubMed. Some topic-specific queries are:

  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Health Disparities
  • Healthy People

Beyond PubMed: Other Resources for Finding Journal Articles and More

Remember those PubMed "Top Tips"? Many are applicable to the databases below as well as several other databasesaccess paid by UCB   Getting Started with UC-eLinks

The above are but a sample of the many databases available to find article and other citations.
See the Public Health Databases guide for more.
Ask a librarian for help if you are having trouble with your topic.

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