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J Telemed Telecare. 2014 Mar;20(2):102-12. doi: 10.1177/1357633X13519036.

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

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

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.

PMID:
24614997
DOI:
10.1177/1357633X13519036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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