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Learn about nursing resources for Year 1 and Year 2 students and access peer-reviewed articles and individual nursing journals, APA resources, and more.

Find the "right" medical word to search with

PubMed has a medical thesaurus called MeSH - Medical Subject Headings. You can use this thesaurus to find medical terms, definitions, and drug names (but not articles). MeSH is a great resource if you are unsure of the best keywords to use in a search (in any database or search engine).

Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) search box with All Fragments and Any Fragment searching facets highlighted.

Search strategy - article databases

Use these tipsWork smarter, not harder. when you search in CCC Library databases. Your search results will be more focused and relevant to your topic!

  1. Use quotation marks around phrases and search terms to search for the words in the exact order you would like, instead of separately.
    Basic search, "emotional support animals"
  2. Use different search boxes for each different idea that makes up your overall topic.
    Advanced search

 

Too Many Results? Too Few Results?
  1. Add in additional search terms.
  2. Limit to peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Limit by date.
  4. Limit by subject.
  5. Limit to items with full-text availability.
  6. Change the search box dropdown menu to "Abstract" or "Subject."
  1. Verify that you spelled everything correctly.
  2. Erase unnecessary search terms.
  3. Try different search terms.
  4. Use the Boolean operator OR between search terms.
  5. Remove any limits you may have added to an earlier search.
  6. Change the search box dropdown menu to "All Text" or "Entire Document."

Need help with too many or too few results? Call, email, chat with, or stop by and see a librarian!

Search strategy - PubMed

  1. Follow the link to PubMed (above).
  2. Select Advanced (located under the basic search box).
  3. Enter your search term(s) in the box (e.g., chronic stress)
  4. Select Show Index
  5. Scroll through the entries until you find one that describes your topic best. Select it.
  6. Select Add
  7. Repeat as many times as necessary for each essential topic idea.
  8. Select Search

PubMed Advanced Search builder, adding search terms to query box, showing index of suggested terms, adding suggested terms to Query box, and selecting Search.

Boss level pro tip: If you identified official MeSH terms, you can search with them here. Change the "Add terms to the query box" dropdown menu to "MeSH Major Topic" or "MeSH Terms" and fire away.

Google like a librarian

We all use it - now let's learn to use it better!

  1. Use quotation marks around your search terms to search for the words in the exact order you would like, instead of separately.
    Google - "quotation marks"
  2. Use intitle: to retrieve webpages with your keywords in the title of the webpage.
    Google - intitle: search
  3. Use site:. to retrieve webpages from URLs in the domain (.gov, .edu, .org) you specify.  
    Google - site:. search
  4. Use - (a hyphen or minus sign) in front of words to exclude them from your search results.
    Google - NOT
  5. Use OR in between words to have either or both of the words included in your search results. OR must be capitalized. This is a good way to search for synonyms.
    Google - OR
    In the above example, Google will find results that include (election AND fraud) and (voter AND fraud).
  6. Use filetype: to retrieve specific types of files (instead of html webpages). Works for finding most file types.
    filetype: search
  7. Use several strategies at once for very specific results.
    Google - all of the above search strategies!

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