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Using Online Search Engines of Medical Journals

Directions, written for "PubMed": (from NK)

When you go to the PubMed site, you will see an empty box next to the "search" button. Enter a topic in the box, such as "Lyme disease" and click on "search". The program tells you how many citations (or "hits") are available for that topic. Lyme disease resulted in 3,972 hits. As you can see, in some cases you will need to narrow the search or you will waste valuable time scrolling through endless lists of journal abstracts. To narrow the search, simply add another search term. Type a comma after "Lyme disease" and put in the second item. For example, you might want to learn about diagnosis of Lyme disease, so type in "Lyme disease, diagnosis" and click on search.

PubMed allows you to control the limits on publication dates. You can choose to view abstracts from the last 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 180 days, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, or 10 years. If you have a chronic condition, and you check MEDLINE once a month, this feature prevents you from receiving hundreds of old citations that you have already seen. If you have difficulty with any of the above steps, or want to learn more about options in the program, click on the "help" button on the sidebar to the left.

To conduct an advanced search, click on that button. If you wish PubMed to divide the information into topics, type in one subject, and change the mode setting from "automatic" to "list terms."

You can also experiment with the search field setting in PubMed. The default setting is "all fields". However, you can also search using author name, journal name, text word, title word, and several other methods.

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