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Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Health (STEER): Finding 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.

Other Scientific Article Databases

Remember those PubMed "Top Tips"?
Most are applicable to the databases below, as well as several other databases you may find yourself using.

The list below represents but a sample of the many databases available to find article and other citations.
See the Databases in Public Health 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 UCB 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 will need to use a 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
VPN FAQ

Students: Problems setting up Library Proxy or VPN? Contact your librarian, or Student Technology Services: (510) 642-HELP, or sts-help@berkeley.edu.