How to improve your PubMed/MEDLINE searches: 3. advanced searching, MeSH and My NCBI

Fatehi, Farhad, Gray, Leonard C. and Wootton, Richard (2014) How to improve your PubMed/MEDLINE searches: 3. advanced searching, MeSH and My NCBI. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 20 2: 102-112. doi:10.1177/1357633X13519036


Author Fatehi, Farhad
Gray, Leonard C.
Wootton, Richard
Title How to improve your PubMed/MEDLINE searches: 3. advanced searching, MeSH and My NCBI
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1357633X13519036
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 102
End page 112
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Although the basic PubMed search is often helpful, the results may sometimes be non-specific. For more control over the search process you can use the Advanced Search Builder interface. This allows a targeted search in specific fields, with the convenience of being able to select the intended search field from a list. It also provides a history of your previous searches. The search history is useful to develop a complex search query by combining several previous searches using Boolean operators. For indexing the articles in MEDLINE, the NLM uses a controlled vocabulary system called MeSH. This standardised vocabulary solves the problem of authors, researchers and librarians who may use different terms for the same concept. To be efficient in a PubMed search, you should start by identifying the most appropriate MeSH terms and use them in your search where possible. My NCBI is a personal workspace facility available through PubMed and makes it possible to customise the PubMed interface. It provides various capabilities that can enhance your search performance.
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Although the basic PubMed search is often helpful, the results may sometimes be non-specific. For more control over the search process you can use the Advanced Search Builder interface. This allows a targeted search in specific fields, with the convenience of being able to select the intended search field from a list. It also provides a history of your previous searches. The search history is useful to develop a complex search query by combining several previous searches using Boolean operators. For indexing the articles in MEDLINE, the NLM uses a controlled vocabulary system called MeSH. This standardised vocabulary solves the problem of authors, researchers and librarians who may use different terms for the same concept. To be efficient in a PubMed search, you should start by identifying the most appropriate MeSH terms and use them in your search where possible. My NCBI is a personal workspace facility available through PubMed and makes it possible to customise the PubMed interface. It provides various capabilities that can enhance your search performance.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Health Care Sciences & Services
HEALTH CARE SCIENCES & SERVICES
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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