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AN INTRODUCTION PubMed. Purpose of Class  Understand what PubMed is  Know when to use it  Know how to conduct a basic search  Understand how to use.

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2 Purpose of Class  Understand what PubMed is  Know when to use it  Know how to conduct a basic search  Understand how to use MeSH terms  Know how to find full text of an article

3 What Is PubMed???

4 PubMed Is…….  A freely available database  Created by the National Library of Medicine  Citations to scholarly literature  Covers fields of biomedicine and health  Big! Contains over 21 million citations, many with abstracts

5 PubMed Is….  Includes all of the content from MEDLINE  Also includes citations to articles not yet in MEDLINE (very old, or very new articles not yet indexed)  Includes selected articles in fields not covered by MEDLINE such as astrophysics  Coverage from 1946-Present

6 Why Should I Use PubMed???

7  High quality information; much of content peer- reviewed  Up-to-date; content added almost daily  Hot-off-the-press citations to articles not yet published or indexed in MEDLINE  Learn how to use now--most nurses in clinical settings do not have access to subscription databases like CINAHL (Dee & Stanley, 2005)

8 How Do I Get There???

9 Accessing PubMed…..  Always(!) access through Carroll College library webpage  Access through Carroll College provides customized version  Customized version contains links to additional full-text access for Carroll College users  On campus or off campus access

10 On Campus Access


12 Off Campus Access

13 How Do I Find Stuff????

14 Basic Search






20 Rheumatoid Arthritis Sinus Infections Rheumatoid Arthritis Sinus Infection Basic Search

21 HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TERMS TO USE????? Basic Search

22 MeSH  Medical Subject Headings  Subject terms assigned to articles by PubMed indexers, specialists who read article  Highly specific—over 26,000 terms  Excellent way to search PubMed  But…MeSH only works for citations that have been indexed, so you will miss some citations searching with MeSH

23 MeSH




27 WHAT IF I GET 114,629 RESULTS? Beyond Basic Search


29 Advanced Search

30 Filters


32 A Few Extra Search Tricks

33 Boolean Searching  Based on mathematical logic  Uses the words AND, OR, and NOT to connect search terms  These words (Boolean operators) can either limit or expand your search

34 Boolean Searching Using AND Rheumatoid Arthritis Sinus Infections

35 Boolean Searching Using OR Rheumatoid Arthritis Sinus Infections

36 Boolean Searching Using NOT Rheumatoid Arthritis Sinus Infections

37 Truncation  Shortcut for finding all forms of a word  PubMed uses the asterisk character (*) for truncation  Nurs* would find nurse, nurses, nursing…..  Expands search  Be careful! Truncation turns off automatic term mapping in simple search—check search details!

38 Proximity Searching  Searches for words adjacent to each other  PubMed only allows for exact phrase searching—words next to each other in exact order  Use quotation marks to enclose search phrase— ”Endonasal activity in WG is associated with”

39 Additional Search Strategies


41 Citation Matcher

42 I DID A GREAT SEARCH—NOW WHAT??? Managing Results


44 Finding Full Text of an Article




48 InterLibrary Loan  If we don’t have full text, we can get it from another library  InterLibrary Loan (ILL) form is available on library homepage  Fill in information using PubMed record  Delivery time for articles is often less than a week (but not always—plan wisely!)

49 Managing Citations

50  Clipboard holds information for 8 hours  Clipboard best for short sessions  My NCBI provides permanent storage of citations  My NCBI has many other helpful personalization features  My NCBI very useful if use PubMed regularly or for big projects

51 HELP!!


53 A Quick Review  Always access PubMed through the Carroll College library homepage  On Campus of Off Campus Access  Ensures optimal full text access

54 A Quick Recap  PubMed is the premier citation database for biomedical and health fields  Free  PubMed comprised of citations, many with abstracts  Much of content is peer-reviewed  Some citations have link to full text

55 A Quick Recap  Basic search can be tricky—check Search Details  Searching with MeSH terms ensures relevant results  Additional helpful search tools such as filters and advanced searching

56 A Quick Recap  Use the Carroll College filter for full text access  Look for the “Full Text” icon with a purple “C”  Many options for managing results with clipboard (short term) or My NCBI (long term)

57 AN INTRODUCTION Web of Science

58  Citation database  Multidisciplinary content; strong in sciences  Includes citations to over 12,000 peer-reviewed journals  Strength is citation analysis

59 Web of Science vs. PubMed  PubMed and WOS contain overlapping coverage, but each database has unique content  WOS does not have a controlled vocabulary; relies on keyword searching  WOS allows users to see cited references of an article as well as how often the article has been cited in other scholarly works

60 Web of Science















75 Peer Reviewed Journals





80 Finally…..  PubMed and Web of Science are powerful tools with many more features  Takes some practice  Please ask librarians for help—that’s why we are here!  Christian Frazza (x4344)  Heather Navratil (x4343)  Terence Kratz (x5450)  Karla Hokit (x4493)

81 Thanks!!!!

82 References  Dee, C., & Stanley, E. E. (2005). Information-seeking behavior of nursing students and clinical nurses: Implications for health sciences librarians. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 93, 213-222. Retrieved from  National Center for Biotechnology Information. (2012). PubMed. Retrieved from  Thomson Reuters. (2011). Web of Science. Retrieved from  U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2010). PubMed: MEDLINE retrieval on the World Wide Web. Retrieved from  U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2010). What’s the difference between MEDLINE and PubMed? Retrieved from  U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2011) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Retrieved from  U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2011). MEDLINE. Retrieved from  U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2012). Data, news, and update information. Retrieved from

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