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Laryngoscope. 2006 Feb;116(2):336-40.

Searching the literature using medical subject headings versus text word with PubMed.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego, and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS:

This study was conducted to investigate the performance of two search strategies in the retrieval of information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on otolaryngology-head and neck surgery related conditions and diagnoses using PubMed.

METHODS:

Two search strategies-one based on the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and the second based on text word searching-were compared.

RESULTS:

The MeSH search provided a more efficient search than the text word search.

CONCLUSIONS:

Head and neck surgeons can most efficiently search the NLM using PubMed as a search engine by initiating the search with MeSH terms. Once a key article is identified, the searcher should use the "Related Articles" feature.

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