Did you know that in PubMed you can:
Use Filters to:
Specify the type(s) of articles retrieved (e.g., Clinical Trials, Case Studies, Reviews)
Specify age groups (e.g., 6-12 year olds, 19-44 year olds, 80 & over, and more)
Specify human or animal studies
Specify the language of the article
Limit resources to specific topics, like Bioethics
Use Clinical Queries to:
Find systematic reviews
Use preformatted filters for evidence-based searching
Target articles on medical genetics
Ask your Librarian
- What are you seeking?
o disease information (diagnosis, treatment, prognosis), differential diagnosis (symptom, lab result), drug or alternative medicine, common calculations, lab values, evidence based recommendation, or patient education materials?
- Where will you start your search?
o Begin with the disease, treatment, test, or symptom.
o Don’t abbreviate & use correct spelling (not all resources offer a spell checker)
- Identify what type of question you are asking –
o Background questions
- When you need quick factual information or recommendations for care
- Ask background questions in clinical resources
o Foreground questions
- When you need research journal articles because there are no guidelines for care
- Ask foreground questions using PubMed or Ovid MEDLINE clinical queries
- Ask answerable questions – PICO FORMAT –
C=Comparison (there may not always be a comparison)
(may also have T=Time and/or type of test)