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Incredibly useful PubMed search tools you wish you knew earlier 

Published on Jan 16, 2016

See www.weekademia.com for accompanying blog post.

Literature search strategy, Literature review, PubMed search tools.

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

pubmed hacks

increadibly useful search tools you wish you knew earlier
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complementary search strategies maximise retrieval

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Strategies

  • Text word
  • MESH terms
  • CLINICAL QUERY
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Step 1

Ordinary text word search
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keywords

  • and: to narrow
  • or: to broaden
  • not: to exclude

not as relevant as hoped

too many hits?

  • irrelevant?
  • unspecific?
  • incorrect terms?

for A more targeted search...

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Step 2

mesh term search
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find your mesh term:

  • search the mesh database
  • look at a target article

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more relevant hits

add mesh terms to search builder

even more narrow?

select mesh subheading

Number of hits


looking for clinical research?

Step 3

clinical query
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Three categories on one page

alter CATEGORY, scope and topic

steps 2 and 3 will limit your search to a subset of articles

Expert tips

  • apply filters
  • export hits
  • save search
  • set up alerts
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now read

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www.weekademia.com

for accompanying blog post
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