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Finding Research Articles

PubMed Top Tips

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

Search Terms

See the Search Tips handout (pdf) for more information.
Remember: You can use * to truncate, and "quotes" for exact phrase searching; see below for examples.

When searching, group synonymous or similar terms using OR, then combine with other grouped terms using AND.
Searches should be constructed like this:

(term_A1 OR term_A2 ...) AND (term_B1 OR term_B2 ...) etc.


If my search topic is, "What are the effects of the armed conflict in Afghanistan on pregnant women and mothers?," I might try a search like this:

(war OR warfare OR "armed conflict") AND (mothers OR maternal OR pregnan*) AND afghanistan


See also this Literature Review Workflow, which lists the steps in researching and writing a paper, may help organize your time


And, this "Planning your Literature Search" template (PDF; Univ. of Leicester) is another useful tool to help you plan your literature search.

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