Tuesday, September 30, 2008

PubMed Quick Tip #7

When viewing an abstract in PubMed, you can reveal the MeSH (medical subject heading) terms assigned to that article. Knowing these MeSH terms can help you find other search terms to use that can improve your search strategy.

(1) Change the abstract's display to CITATION

(2) The MeSH terms will appear below the abstract. (If the article was recently published, the MeSH terms may not have been assigned yet, but will be assigned shortly after publication.)

(3) If you are not sure what a MeSH term
means, you can click on the MeSH term to see its definition. Select the "MeSH" that appears in a pop-up box. You will be taken to the MeSH database to see the definition.

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