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PBL Library Resources: Searching Tips

Using other websites.

You've found a website with information that looks good, but is it?  Click on this link for tips to use to evaluate that website.

http://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/content.php?pid=246839&sid=2039153

items to consider

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

 Want more info?    Find tutorials and hints at

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3827/#pubmedhelp.PubMed_Quick_Start

Ask your Librarian 

General Tips

General Tips

 

-          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 –

            P=Population/Problem  

            I=Intervention

            C=Comparison (there may not always be a comparison)

            O=Outcome

           (may also have T=Time and/or type of test)

Librarian to the Brody School of Medicine

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Kathy Cable
Contact:
Laupus Library - 2528

600 Moye Blvd

Greenville NC 27858

252-744-3222