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Searching PubMed

PubMed: Citations to journal articles on health and medical topics. Check the Free full text checkbox on the left after a search to limit your search result to articles freely available online.

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 Tips & More: Basic search guide. Start here to learn how to search PubMed more effectively

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.
    Therapy encompasses any type of intervention (including diet, health education, etc.).

Topic-Specific Queries use "canned" search strategies to fetch a citation subset of PubMed. Relevant topic-specific queries include:

  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Health Disparities
  • Healthy People

Additional Freely Available Databases

Database Exercises from the April 9, 2021 Session

Grey Literature

Grey Literature refers to publications not produced by commercial or other 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:
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Health Equity
    • Food/Nutrition
    • Women's' Health, MCH, Reproductive Health
    • 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:
"structural intervention"
Site: to specify a particular site or domain:
"structural intervention" site:.org (for a domain search)
"structural intervention" site: site:usaid.gov (for a specific site search)
Boolean search statements (eg, OR):
("structural health promotion" OR "social epidemiologic methods")

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.

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.

Finding Books

Use the library catalog to find books, reports, etc. on your topic. Books, while not often where original research is published, often provide an overview of a topic,. Books on research methods are also useful.

Non-UCB folks should use the library catalog of their own institution, or you may use WorldCat (a worldwide library catalog), then click the "Find in a Library" link near any desired book.