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PE 388: PubMed

This guide contains resources specific to the PE 388: Living Dead in Fact and Fiction class.

Search help from the National Library of Medicine

FAQs

Clinical Studies

Clinical study category

The clinical study categories use built-in search filters that will limit retrieval to citations to articles reporting research conducted with specific methodologies, including those that report applied clinical research. To find citations for a specific clinical study category:

1.

Click Clinical Queries from the PubMed homepage or from the advanced search more resources menu.

2.

Enter your search terms in the search box, and then click search.

3.

You may then change the category or scope, if desired.

Example
If you are researching the clinical aspect of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, from the Clinical Queries page, select the category “Therapy” and the Scope “Narrow” and enter the following search terms in the search box:
cystic fibrosis gene therapy

PubMed QuickStart Guide

Systematic Reviews/Medical Genetic Searches

How do I find systematic reviews or medical genetic searches?

In PubMed, systematic reviews cover a broad set of articles that build consensus on biomedical topics and medical genetics find citations related to topics in medical genetics.

Systematic Reviews is available on result sets as a filter under article types, as well as a selection on the Clinical Queries page.

1.

Click Clinical Queries from the PubMed homepage or from the advanced search more resources menu

2.

Enter search terms in the search box, and then click Search.

3.

For medical genetics, change the search topic, if desired.

Example
If you are researching systematic reviews on inhalation therapy for pneumonia from the Clinical Queries page, enter the following search terms in the search box:
inhalation therapy pneumonia
Example
To find information on sickle cell anemia and genetic counseling from the Clinical Queries page, enter the following search terms in the search box, and then choose genetic counseling from the topic menu:
sickle cell anemia

Explanation of Search Results

PubMed search results are displayed in a summary format, see the anatomy of search results page below.

Citations are initially displayed 20 items per page with the most recently entered citations displayed first.

You can mouseover a journal’s title abbreviation to display the full journal name.

Anatomy of the Summary Results

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How Do I Search?

How do I search PubMed? Image pubmedhelp-Image002.jpg

1.

Identify the key concepts for your search.

2.

Enter the terms (or key concepts) in the search box.

3.

Suggestions will display as you type your search terms. Click Turn off to temporarily disable the autocomplete feature. The autocomplete feature is based on PubMed query log analysis described in “Finding Query Suggestions for PubMed.”

4.

Click Search. Click here to run this search in PubMed.

Example
What role does pain have in sleep disorders?
The key concepts are:
Pain
sleep disorders

 

How do I search by author? Image pubmedhelp-Image002.jpg

Enter the author’s last name plus initials without punctuation in the search box, and then click Search. Names entered using either the lastname+initials format (e.g., smith ja) or the full name format (john a smith) and no search tag are searched as authors as well as collaborators if they exist in PubMed.

Click Advanced to use the search builder, and then select Author from the All Fields menu. The author search box includes an autocomplete feature.

Example
To search for citations to articles written by Bonnie W. Ramsey about gene therapy for cystic fibrosis enter the following search terms into the search box:
cystic fibrosis gene therapy ramsey bw
Example
Full author names may be searched for citations published from 2002 forward if the full author name is available in the article:
Joshua Lederberg
Garcia Algar, Oscar

If you only know the author’s last name, use the author search field tag [au], e.g., brody[au].

If an author name includes only stopwords, use the author search field tag [au] to search in combination with other terms, e.g., just by[au] seizure.

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Table

Stopwords

How do I search by journal name?

Enter the journal name or abbreviation in the search box.

Example
To search for articles about drosophila in the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell enter the following in the search box:
molecular biology of the cell drosophila

Click Advanced to use the search builder, and then select Journal from the All Fields menu.The journal search box includes an autocomplete feature.

How do I find a specific citation? I have some information such as the author, journal name and the year the article was published.

Enter the information in the search box and the PubMed citation sensor will automatically analyze the search for citation information.

Alternatively, use the Single Citation Matcher to find citations with a fill-in-the-blank format:

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Click Single Citation Matcher from the PubMed homepage.

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Enter the information you have in the fill-in-the-blank boxes.

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Click Go.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3827/

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