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Searching PubMed Effectively

Instructional session on basic research methods, search strategies & concepts, tools, features, information evaluation & citation organization in PubMed

Jeffrey Wheeler

on 12 February 2013

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Searching PubMed Effectively Research Process

Preliminary Research & Concept Mapping
Developing a Search Strategy
Saving & Sending Searches & Search Results
Finding, Requesting & Evaluating Sources Free Database indexing MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database of : over 22 million citations
over 5600 peer-reviewed biomedical journals
nursing, medicine, dentistry, nutrition, veterinary medicine, health care delivery, pharmacology, microbiology, environmental health, anatomy, psychiatry, and the physical sciences Research Guides
DIAMOND Preliminary Research Automatic Term Mapping
Related Concepts
Synonyms Concept Mapping Developing Your Search Strategy Boolean Operators AND: Find only articles with both/all terms or phrases

OR: Find articles containing either of the terms of phrases

NOT: Only find articles that don't contain certain words or phrases Phrase Searching Constructing a Search Statement Combining Operators Use "quotation marks" to force PubMed to search for the entire phrase inside the quotation marks Combine multiple operators in a single search string:
(cardiac OR heart) AND "tricyclic antidepressant" Truncation Electronic Database Searching Is the main focus or the article related to my topic?

Does the author cite other peer-reviewed research?

When was the article published? Evaluating Information Sources Evaluating Information Sources Finding Materials Elsevier Full-Text

Find Full-Text ILLiad Utilize & cite your sources

Examine relationships between your topic and affected groups, causes & effects

Develop your arguments Write the Essay! Temple University Library Faculty (2013) Health Sciences Libraries. Accessed Online 29 January 2013 <http://library.temple.edu/hsl>

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2012) PubMed Tutorial. Accessed online 27 January 2013 <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmedtutorial/>

Oakleaf, Megan. "The Information Literacy Instruction Assessment Cycle: A Guide for Increasing Student Learning and Improving Librarian Instructional Skills." Journal of Documentation. 65(4). 2009. <http://lobsta.uri.edu/assessment/uri/documents/documents/Oakleaf2009c.pdf>

Bent, M.J., & Stockton, E. A. (2009) "Integrating information literacy as a habit of learning - assessing the impact of a golden thread of IL through the curriculum." Journal of Information Literacy. 15(3), Accessed Online 30 January 2013 <http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/JIL/article/view/212> Works Consulted QUESTIONS? What is PubMed? Use the “*” character before the suffix to your term to find terms that begin similarly (“cardi*” for “cardiac,” “cardioid,” “cardiological,” etc.) ? _________________________ ______________________________ _________________ Images taken from Microsoft Office Word 2010 Clip Art. Course Goals After completing this course you will be expected to be able to: •Construct & combine search statements using Boolean logic
•Identify appropriate MeSH Headings for research topics
•Filter a search
•Select and save or export search results
•Create and customize a My NCBI account
•Locate or request articles from retrieved citations research in the process of entering MEDLINE & NCBI Books Most recent research not yet fully indexed for MEDLINE
selected books from the National Center of Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) books database What's in PubMed? MeSH Subject Headings Restrict to Major Topic Advanced Search Search History Search Builder Citation Search Saving your Search Save search statements & Filters My NCBI Account My NCBI Home RESULTS LinkOut Set of controlled vocabulary—specific terms assigned
to concepts and subjects by the National Library of
Medicine to all the biomedical literature and research
they catalog and index. MeSH Subject headings are
arranged hierarchically in MeSH Tree Structures, with
narrower terms being found under broader terms. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh Single Citation Matcher Author, Investigator, & Journal Names, or Publication Dates in Basic Search Advanced Search > More Resources > Single Citation Matcher Construct search statements by adding terms, specifying fields, and utilizing Boolean operators Stores up to 100 search statements, with the number of results they retrieved
Combine and modify your most successful searches
Clears history after 8 hrs of inactivity Database Search Box
Saved Searches
My Bibliography
Recent Activity
Filters My NCBI Preferences Related Citations
Related Information Temple Full-Text Electronic Journals
MEDLINE Plus & other free reference & web-based resources Customizable email search updates Sending Search Results Clipboard
Citation Manager
My Bibliography Homework for Monday Email the 2 citations to me from PubMed (wheelerj@temple.edu) with your your name & course number as the subject, and topic sentence in the "Additional Text" Assessment Plan for PubMed Instruction Session Course Goals Ideal Integrated Continuing Information Literacy Assessment Plans Develop (with teaching faculty) multi-session, embedded information literacy and/as science literacy curriculum for each program worksheet exercises in concept synonyms, search statement construction, and MeSH identification (skill competency assessment ) sendl 2 citations for a topic sentence via email to PubMed instructor (skill competency) and record explanations for their selection in worksheet (reflective literacy awareness) Broader Integrated Information Literacy Assessment Goals Module-specific Learning Log, rating student's knowledge of PubMed searching & MeSH before and after the session, and a paragraph about the utility of these tools for research in their specific field (podiatry, genetics, nursing, dentistry, etc.--to be altered by class) Establish information needs in each program with school faculty Small group discussion and beginning-and-end-of-semetster (or year) student self-assessment Subject-specific embedded information literacy modules, focusing on skill competency as well as critical thinking and informational attitude development Continuing Learning Log entries for each module where students reflect on their own education and evaluate the effectiveness of each module Ideal Integrated Continuing
Information Literacy
Assessment Plans Module-specific assignments and reflection questions relating key information literacy concepts to discipline-specific science literacy for each program Small group discussion with students, faculty, and library staff for continuing modification of integrated information literacy curricula in each program Integrated Continuing Information Literacy Assessment Goals Maximize: Student information seeking and evaluation skill competencies
Subject-specific contextualization of information literacy as science literacy integrated with students' academic careers in their programs
Student engagement with assessing their own level of literacy as researchers in their field
College faculty buy-in and reinforcement of information literacy goals and curricula Constructing a Search Statement _____________________ Request Search Strategy Worksheet 2 citations you found for your topic and 1 sentence each about why it's relevant or useful. Learning Log
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