In the last post you learned how to do a basic keyword search on PubMed. Now learn how to save your searches, set up email alerts and create filters so you can narrow your search.
Before you watch the video, there is something neat that PubMed allows you to do which is called a “wild card” search; whereby you enter just the root of a word followed by an asterisk, and the search results will provide you with any and all articles that have that root word in it.
Let’s take the term “Borrelia”. Now, certain articles may not contain “Borrelia” or “Borrelia burgdoferi”, but will contain the term “neuroborreliosis” or “borreliosis” which you may not want to eliminate from your search results. Therefore, you would want to do a search so that the results include all articles with the root “borrel” in it, thus, giving you any article that has any of the following terms: “Borrelia”, “Borrelia burgdorferi”, “neuroborreliosis” and “borreliosis”. The way to do this kind of search is you go to the PubMed search bar and type in borrel* (again, this is called the “wild card” search – putting an asterisk after the root of a word to get all articles with that root word in it).
Part of the MIT Libraries video tutorial series. This video demonstrates how to use the MyNCBI tool of the PubMed citation database to save searches, set up email alerts, and create filters.
This is the link to PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ but you can just type “PubMed” into the search bar in a search engine and get to the home page that way as well.