In this section, you will learn:
|Note: if you want to learn how to construct a search strategy, visit Plan your search tab.|
Scholarly journal articles contain highly focused and current research information. They provide:
The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point to do a quick search for peer-reviewed articles. However, searching in Library databases will give you more comprehensive information on a particular topic.
Below is a search example of a search strategy that combines different concepts and synonyms.
Note: choose Advanced Search in the Library catalogue.
|Example question: Does an improvement in drinking water quality reduce the incidence of cholera in Haiti and Papua New Guinea?|
|Note: After results are displayed, select Peer-reviewed Journals filter in the left menu, then select Apply.|
MEDLINE has a different search interface than most databases. It requires you to enter all the synonyms for one concept at a time, and use AND to combine them together at the end. See example below:
STEP 2: Repeat this step for other concepts
STEP 3: In Search History, tick all your concepts and combine them with AND.
Emcare uses the same Ovid search interface and you can search the same way as you search for MEDLINE.
If you already have search strategy in MEDLINE, you can simply switch the database to Emcare:
STEP 1: Above the search bar, select Change
STEP 2: in the pop-up window, select Emcare, then select Run Search.
Searching in Scopus is similar to the Library Catalogue (see above). Select + symbol to add another concept line.
Searching in Web of Science is similar to the Library Catalogue. Select + Add row to add another concept line.
[Link to Library webpage databases catagories]
|What is a Subject heading?|
A subject heading is a specific word or phrase used to find and organize books and articles by topic. They are used to categorise the scholarly articles based on their subject relevances. The combination of subject headings and keywords can be used to produce a more rigorous search strategy.
Below is an example of a keyword, a synonym and a relevant Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) in MEDLINE database.
|Note: in MEDLINE, a subject heading will have a forward slash behind it.|
For more information about subject headings, visit the Systematic review guide: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)