As promised, here is a recap of the information we went over today in Dr. Edgerton’s class.
- provided by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed contains thousands of citations from medical journals in the fields of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pre-clinical sciences.
- it is possible to search using natural language or MeSH (medical subject headings); to use MeSH to search, switch from PubMed to MeSH in the dropdown menu from the main search box.
- MeSH is the common language of PubMed; when looking at an article, always check what MeSH terms have been assigned to it for ideas about your own search.
- the advanced search will allow you build complicated searches, and will display all of your searches from the last eight hours.
- Use the filters on the left side of the page to quickly narrow your search by article type, publication years, age of subjects, and more. One thing to remember about limits – clear the filters after your search, or they will be applied to every search you do until you take them off.
- if you create a MY NCBI account, you can set up search alerts, save citations to a favorites list, create custom filters, and review any search you have ever done in PubMed
- to access the full text of an article, always select the Article Linker button, which will appear in the upper right corner of the site when reviewing the detailed record of an article citation.
- most importantly, always access PubMed through HSL’s site. PubMed will know you are affiliated with UB and will connect you to the UB Libraries’ subscriptions, allowing you to get the full text that you need.
- Web of Science is a huge databases which indexes the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It does not use controlled vocabulary like MeSH.
- Web of Science can be used in two ways to find information: general literature searching, or cited reference searching. Cited reference searching will allow you to see what article have cited a specific article since publication, as well as allow you to view the references of the specific article as well. If one article cites another, odds are they are on a very similar topic.
- High citation counts usually indicate that an article is a landmark article, and contains important information for its field.
- putting search terms in quotes will filter through results to return items where the words appear together.
- use the minus symbol to take out results that do not apply to your search. Example: sand sharks -movie
- to limit to a site type, use site:. Example – site:.gov will limit results to only government websites.
Google Scholar and UB Libraries full text
- go into Google Scholar settings -> library links -> University at Buffalo. Check the check box next to University at Buffalo, and select save. Next time you search, you should see a “Find it @UB” link next to each citation, which will search through the UB Libraries’ subscriptions to find you the full text of what you need.