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J Telemed Telecare. 2014 Jan;20(1):44-55. doi: 10.1177/1357633X13517067. Epub 2013 Dec 18.

How to improve your PubMed/MEDLINE searches: 2. display settings, complex search queries and topic searching.

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School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


The way that PubMed results are displayed can be changed using the Display Settings drop-down menu in the result screen. There are three groups of options: Format, Items per page and Sort by, which allow a good deal of control. The results from several searches can be temporarily stored on the Clipboard. Records of interest can be selected on the results page using check boxes and can then be combined, for example to form a reference list. The Related Citations is a valuable feature of PubMed that can provide a set of similar articles when you have identified a record of interest among the results. You can easily search for RCTs or reviews using the appropriate filters or field tags. If you are interested in clinical articles, rather than basic science or health service research, then the Clinical Queries tool on the PubMed home page can be used to retrieve them.

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