|P I C O||Example|
|Patient Problem Population||Patients with Knee Replacements|
|Outcome||Optimal range of motion|
Identify Search Terms
Adapted from Modesto Junior College and University of Canberra.
There are two basic types of search queries Keyword and Controlled Vocabulary (MeSH).
Subject Searches (Controlled Vocabulary, MeSH)
Adapted from Valpariaso University.
The Basics: Simple Searching & Viewing Results
For a basic keyword search, type the word or words you are looking for into the search box, and click Search. PubMed will suggest phrases that are related to the words you're entering. The next page will show your search results.
Use the filters on the left sidebar to narrow down your results by specifying different categories such as language, type of article, age, gender, etc.
Change Display Settings
Click the Display Option button to change display settings. Here you can change the citation display to summary or abstract, how citations should be sorted (best match, most recent or publication date), and how many citations should show on the page (10, 20, 50, 100, 200). To permanently set your display settings, create a My NCBI account. Learn more about My NCBI here.
Full-Text. Email. Save. Export to Zotero. Print.
Full-Text. Make sure to access PubMed from the library's database list: Doing so will allow you to connect to LVC's full-text. After you've run your search, click on the article title. The icon will lead you to LVC's full-text; there may also be other full-text icons.
Email. Email results to yourself with the Email button. If you access PubMed through LVC's database listing, you'll need to create an NLM account for email to work (otherwise, the CAPTA box will give you an ERROR for site owner: Invalid domain for site key error).
Save. Save your marked results by using the save button. Send To allows you to save your marked items to a clipboard, or send them to Bibliography or Collections (you'll need an NLM Account to do that).
Export to Zotero. To send citations to a citation management tool (like Zotero), choose Send To, Citation Manager. Push that downloaded file to your desktop. In Zotero, choose File, Import, and choose the file from your desktop. Zotero will import those citations and create a new folder for them.
Print. To print your citations, select Print from your Internet's browser window when you're looking at your saved Clipboard items. The Clipboard link is found underneath the Search Box.
PubMed will format your citations for you. Click on the article title. The Cite button is found on the full record. After you click that button, you'll be given several different style choices (AMA, APA, MLA, NLM).
Adapted from UNC Health Sciences Library.