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PubMed Tips & Tricks: More Tips

Some tips and tricks to use PubMed more effectively. URL: http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/pubmed

Filtering Results

 

Focus your results by using filters. You can filter by a variety aspects:

  • Publication date
  • Language
  • Age group
  • Sex
  • Animal vs human studies
  • Article type (eg, review, case report)
  • Search field (eg, title/abstract)
  • & more!

 

Similar Articles

Clicking Similar Articles retrieves about 100 articles similar to the article you clicked from. Results are ranked by relevancy.
  1. Identify one really good article
  2. Click on “similar articles” underneath  the citation

Similar Articles Example

Author Searching

  • Lastname initials
    • search: bertozzi sm
  • Can search for full author name (for citations 2002 and later) if available in the article.
    • search:  stefano m bertozzi
  • However, you will NOT retrieve pre-2002 articles when doing a full author name search.

USA Search Hedge

If you are searching for information on, or studies that were done in, the USA, you are welcome to copy and paste this list of terms into the search box of whatever database(s) you are using. Please be aware the list is about 175 words long.

Low & Middle Income (LMIC) Search Hedge

If you are searching for information on, or studies that were done in, LMICs, you are welcome to copy and paste this list of terms into the search box of whatever database(s) you are using. Please be aware the list is almost 600 words long.

My NCBI

My NCBI allows you to create a login where you can:

  • Save your search strategy.
  • Set up a search alert, so that when new articles meet your search, you are notified.
  • Save selected articles and organize them into collections.
  • Set preferences, such as highlighting search terms and changing the results display to default to abstract view.

 

Looking for a Specific Citation?

Use the Single Citation Matcher to look for a specific article. Fill in a few of the elements of the citation that you know (eg, year, volume, page number, and some title words).

Single citation matcher

Doing Systematic Reviews

Before you embark on a systematic review, please understand that this could easily be a one year or more project.

You may wish to peruse UCSF's Systematic Review Guide for information.

These articles may also be helpful:

Five steps to conducting a systematic review. Khan KS, Kunz R, Kleijnen J, Antes G. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2003 Mar;96(3):118-21. PubMed PMID: 12612111

A Guide to Conducting a Standalone Systematic Literature Review Okoli C. Communications of the Association for Information Systems 2015; 37(1): 879-910.

UC Berkeley licenses Covidence, a tool to help you with your systematic reviews.
In Covidence, you can:
import citations,
screen titles and abstracts,
upload references,
screen full text,
create forms for critical appraisal,
perform risk of bias tables,
complete data extraction, and
export a PRISMA flowchart summarizing your review process.

As an institutional member, our users have priority access to Covidence support. Our license allows unlimited simultaneous reviews, and you can add people who are not affiliated with UCB.
To access Covidence using the UC Berkeley institutional account, start at this page and follow the instructions.

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