Spring break reminder: visit the PICO toolkit for library research help: http://guides.nyu.edu/pico
Does handwashing among healthcare workers reduce hospital acquired infection?
View step-by-step, a sample search here.
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary, a standard collection of terms used to index PubMed article contents.
- MeSH terminology imposes uniformity and consistency to the indexing of the biomedical literature.
- Searching using MeSH pulls together all articles on a concept including synonyms and allows for spelling variations.
When searching Pubmed with terms, e.g.: joint replacement the search results will include:
- The entry term translated to MeSH terminology: Arthroplasty, replacement
- A display of Subheadings that further describe contents of an article.
- A display of a MeSH term hierarchically, for example, the term Arthroplasty, replacement and its narrower terms.
- The important point: a search using the MeSH term will include results indexed with all of the narrower (indented) terms.
- Link to live MeSH term for Arthroplasty, replacement, its allowable subheadings, and its narrower terms.
- Link to a MeSH video tutorial
- Link to MeSH factsheet
Your professor may have asked you to submit a search “history.” Or, you may (and should) keep a paper trail of how and what terms you searched as you conduct a literature search.
The popular databases each have a way (idiosyncratic…) to “save” a search history.
As of 2015, The “JBI DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS AND IMPLEMENTATION REPORTS” is now being indexed in PubMed as a “journal title.” Sort of… It is not really a “journal.” It’s a collection of reviews and reports.
But what this means for searchers of the literature is good! Discovery of Joanna Briggs evidence summaries in a database! Here is an example of an article:
Kornhaber, Rachel. Wiechula, Rick. McLean, Loyola.
The effectiveness of collaborative models of care that facilitate rehabilitation from a traumatic injury: a systematic review.The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews. 13(8):190-210, 2015.
From PubMed, linking to the full text of the reviews is idiosyncratic. (Normally you click from a journal on the red and gray NYU icon. Not so with JBI. Instead, leave PubMed and go directly to the JBI EBP Database via NYU: https://arch.library.nyu.edu/databases/proxy/NYU04719
And once there, re-do a search on the review title, next click the link on the right to JBI Database PDF to open the article.
This video demonstrates using Boolean logic to conduct a literature search in PubMed.
Conducting a literature search to support “evidence-based practice requires the use of search strategies to filter results from article databases. Like a “magnet in a haystack,” a search strategy will help you to systematically apply limits to search results:
- Limiting in CINAHLPlus (limit to “Research,” “peer-reviewed,” etc.)
- Limiting using Popular Filters in Medline via PubMed