MEDLINE is recognized as the premier index of biomedical literature, and includes coverage of nursing. It is produced by the United States National Library of Medicine and covers thousands of international journals from 1950.
It is a subscription database which is available to CSU users in a number of platforms:
The search tips below are for the Ovid platform. Ovid provides access to a number of health, medical, and psychology databases, including Ovid EBM Reviews, which you learnt about in the NRS311 Research Skills Tutorial. If you want to search other Ovid databases at the same time you can click on the Change link in the search panel, and select from the menu, or go to the Ovid menu of databases.
Meanwhile, PubMed is sort of the free version of MEDLINE. One advantage of using PubMed is that access is free, which means that you will have access after you complete your studies.
If you are interested in the difference between MEDLINE and PubMed, the National Library of Medicine has a fact-sheet.
MEDLINE is available in Ovid in different date packages in Ovid. Here are some tips on searching in Ovid:
For more on searching in MEDLINE, go to the page in this guide on Using MeSH Terms in MEDLINE.
Use the main search box. PubMed will automatically try to match your terms to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms), and search for those terms as well as the terms you entered. In effect, PubMed does a keyword search and a mapped MeSH search at the same time. This means you "get the best of both worlds" without having to think about it too much.
Just type in your topic terms and let PubMed match to, and search for, MeSH terms for you. Here are the results of a search for information on stroke and communication (8638 results):
If you want to know what search has actually been run:
This will show you exactly what PubMed searched for, and how your terms were "translated".
In this case, stroke, and communication, were matched to a number of like terms, including the MeSH terms stroke and communication.
If you want more control over your searching you can go to Advanced Search and use the Advanced Search Builder to search for terms only in certain fields, including MeSH fields. This is also where you can view, and use, your Search History.
In your results list, you can use the filters (limiters) on the left side of screen for refine your results. There is a large range of filters available.
Many PubMed records will include a link to the full item, often in a resource known as PubMed Central. Where full-text does not appear to be available, click on the article title to go to the full record and use the button to search for the article via Primo Search.
For more on searching in PubMed, see the page in this guide on Using MeSH Terms in PubMed.
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