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Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research NURS3305


Key Points

  •  Always access PubMed from a library website
  • Create a My NCBI account to save searches and citations
  • Start your search using Keywords
  • Always check Search details box to see how PubMed interprets your search (be mindful of matched MeSH terms and use of ANDs and ORs)
  • Click on Temple's Find Full Text link to get to full-text of articles

How do I import references from PubMed to my RefWorks account?

1.  Conduct your search.

2.  Mark the records you wish to export.  To export all the citations do not select any citations.

3.  From Send to, select Citation manager and click the Create File button.

4.  Using your browser's Save As function, navigate to the local drive and directory where you want to save the file and save the file.

5.  Log in to RefWorks.

6.  Select References/Import from the toolbar.

7.  Select NLM PubMed as the data source and as the database.

8.  Browse to find the .nbib file you saved to your computer.

9. Click Import.

10. Your records should appear in the Last Imported Folder.

Keyword vs. MeSH Searching

Keyword search

  • •Tries to automatically map to MeSH as well as searching terms in All Fields
  • •More comprehensive, will include more recent citations that haven’t been indexed yet
  • •Necessary for new and emerging topics and trademarked names

MeSH search

  • Use when automatic term mapping is not effective
  • Will not find newest article citations that have yet to be indexed

Combining Searches

Search with AND retrieves articles that discuss all your terms/topics in the same article

Search with OR retrieves articles that discuss 1 or more of your terms/topics in the same article

Limiting Your Search

  • You can narrow your results with filters for article types, ages, publication dates, etc.
  • A few filters are available to the left of your search results
  • For more filters click show additional filters or more
  • Click on filters you would like to activate
  • Filters remain in effect until you clear them
  • **Using filters will exclude current articles that are not fully indexed**