Time-Saving Techniques with PubMed1)
Formulating a Search Strategy
Identify searchable concepts:
flu, vaccine, shortage, distribution, high-risk, supply & distribution, economics
Find alternate words to represent concepts:
flu, influenza, acute viral infections
English language only? Last 90 days?
Starting a Search in PubMed: Simple Subject Search
Begin your search:
(AND is the default)
Add additional concepts to refine search:
pregnancy, complications, birthdefects, etc.
: use “Limits” tab
languages, publication types, publication date, human, age groups,etc.
Using OR, NOT:
Paxil OR Paroxetine
Working with Search Results
a. Search results screenb. Looking at the recordb.
Display format: change to
abstract, citation display, etc.
(note: PMID & PMCID)
Select relevant citations (check box)d.
Clipboard, file, email, printer, order, RSS feed, etc.
Methods for obtaining documents
; including “Article Linker”
Other Types of Searches: Single Citation Matcher and Advanced Search
(Note: can search by full journal name orabbreviation; Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA)c.
Single Citation Matcher
(Author: Jones KP, Journal: Allergy)d.
PubMed Beyond the Basics: MeSH Database
a. Type in concept:
Add another concept to search:
c. Add a subheading:
statistics and numerical data7)
Tools: Help, FAQ, Tutorials, and My NCBI -
Saving Searches & Medline Updates
a. Save your searches and set up e-mail alerts so that you can have current, relevantcitations pushed to your desktop.b. Saving searches, Automatic e-mail updates, setting up filters
Wrap Up & Class Exercises