Tag: PubMed

What is MeSH?

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.


Where is the Joanna Briggs EBP Database indexed?

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. 




How do I Filter database searches for “Research Studies?”

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: