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Gerstein Science Information Centre

PSL495 Communicate Biomedical Science



Article database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from approximately 3,900 current biomedical journals.

Quick Tips

-Search one concept at a time
-Map terms to subject headings
-Read the Scope Notes
-Look at the MeSH Tree
-When in doubt, Explode but do not Focus
-Utilize Keywords when necessary
-Combine terms with Booleans
-Limit/Filter results

MEDLINE Reference card

Searching with MeSH

  • MeSH (medical subject headings) is the controlled vocabulary thesaurus established by the National Library of Medicine.
  • MeSH consists of sets of identified terms in a hierarchical structure, which enables researchers to adjust the specificity of their search.
  • The accuracy of one's search can also be improved if the appropriate MeSH terms are applied.

MeSH and keywords

Advanced searching

  • keyword searching
  • quality filters
  • limits

Creating a search strategy

  • use PICO to help break your topic down into searchable parts

Copying search strategies

  • quickly and easily copy your search strategy to include for an assignment
  • keep track and share your search methods

Saving to RefWorks

Saving to EndNote

Adjacency in Medline/Pubmed

From: ADJ operators finds two terms next to each other in the specified order.

  • The ADJ1 operators finds two terms next to each other in any order.
  • The ADJ2 operator finds terms in any order and with one word (or none) between them.
  • The ADJ3 operator finds terms in any order with two words (or fewer) between them. The ADJ4 operator finds terms in any order and with three words (or fewer) between them, and so on.

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