We encourage students, researchers, and faculty members throughout NEOMED's campus and at our clinical sites to use the following detailed tutorial explaining how to search in PubMed according to EBM/EBP standards. Each of the following pages goes in-depth with screenshots and how-to instructions, detailing how to complete a search from start to finish. Whether you are aiming to find a relevant set of articles for an assignment or embarking on a comprehensive literature review, the following steps should help ensure that you find a relevant and comprehensive set of articles on your topic.
Please contact the Reference Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need any guidance on using this tutorial, or if you would like to meet for a consultation to go over your search topic.
Overview: Why should I use PubMed for evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice?
Before you start searching, keep in mind . . .
Saving you search strategy in a word document
Step #2: Controlled Vocabularies -- How to Locate & Use MeSH Terms
Locate the Controlled Vocabulary (MeSH term) for your concepts
Important notes to keep in mind when using MeSH terms
Focus vs. Explode
Adding MeSH terms to the search box
Step #3: Locating & Using Keywords
How to find synonyms and be comprehensive
Applying field tags to keywords
Applying Boolean operators to keywords
Step #4: Combining MeSH & Keywords with the Boolean Operator OR (Part 1)
Adding field tags and Boolean operators to search for Atorvastatin using MeSH terms and keywords at the same time
Step #5: Combining MeSH & Keywords with with the Boolean Operator OR (Part 2)
Quick run-through for building a search string for memory loss using keywords and subject headings
Quick run-through for building a search string for females using keywords and subject headings
Step #6: Combining all Search Elements (PICO) Using the Boolean Operator AND
Step #8: How to Access Full Text, Use Interlibrary Loan & Export Results to a Citation Manager
Accessing Full Text at NEOMED
Accessing Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from PubMed at NEOMED
Exporting Multiple Results from PubMed to citation management softwares, My NCBI & PubMed's Clipboard Feature
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