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PH 210J: MCAH Journal Club: Find Articles and More

Searching PubMed

PubMed: Citations to journal articles on health and medical topics, with links to full text via Get it at UC icon.

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 Similar articles link located by each citation;
  6. Always keep in mind the question you are trying to answer when creating a search strategy and when reviewing the articles you find.

PubMed Help Guide: Getting started guide, with link to PubMed exercise set (docx). Start here to learn how to search PubMed more effectively.

PubMed's Clinical Queries:

  • Finding systematic reviews on your topic 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.
  • A therapy search encompasses any type of intervention (including diet, health education, etc.).

Beyond PubMed: Other Resources for Finding Journal Articles and More

Remember those PubMed "Top Tips"? Many are applicable to the databases below.

Get it at UC icon

Use UC Library Search, the UCB/UC library catalog and more to find books, reports, etc. on your topic. Books, while not often where original research is published, can often provide an overview of a topic and get you started with some key articles.

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.

Off Campus Access to Library Resources

Off-campus access is limited to current UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students. Choose one of the following methods:

Library Proxy (aka EZproxy):
When you click on a link to an article, database, etc., from a library web page. you will be prompted to authenticate via CalNet.
If you click on an article (etc.) link found via a search engine or a non-UCB Library webpage, you should use this bookmarklet to access the licensed resource.

Virtual Private Network (VPN):
Download and install the VPN client to allow access the UC Berkeley licensed resources.
Make sure you select Library Access - Full Tunnel VPN when you log on.

Students: Problems setting up Library Proxy or VPN? Contact your librarian, or Student Technology Services: (510) 642-HELP, or


Online Newspapers & News:
Guide to news sources worldwide. Includes major dailies, local, alternative, and ethnic news sources, and science & health specialty news sources.

Grey Literature

Grey Literature refers to publications not produced by commercial publishers: reports (pre-prints, technical reports, market research reports, etc.), theses, conference proceedings, etc. They are often produced by government entities, research institutions, or NGOs/IGOs.

The Guides to Public Health Subjects consists of topical web pages; each consisting of annotated lists of organizations, agencies, databases, and publications. Topics include:
    • Maternal and Child Health;
    • Environmental Health;
    • Health Equity;
    • Food/Nutrition;
    • Health Program Planning, Policy, and Evaluation;
and many more.

Google and other search engines can be useful for finding grey literature. Improve your search using:
Quotes for phrase searching:
"social marketing"
Site: to specify a particular site or domain:
"social marketing" (for a domain search)
"social marketing" (for a specific site search)
Boolean search statements (eg, OR):
("social marketing" OR "audience segmentation")

Find Dissertations and Theses, including the full text of most dissertations from 1996 to the present.

National Technical Reports Library (NTRL): over 2 million current and archived technical reports from many government agencies; over 600,000 available full text online.