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NRS328 Research Skills Guide: Using MeSH terms in PubMed

MeSH Searching in PubMed

We have already seen that, in a PubMed basic search, the database automatically matches your search terms to MeSH terms.

 

If you want to build a search using MeSH terms, and are not sure of which terms to use, you can click on the link to the MeSH database, in the Explore column on the PubMed home page.

 

 

 

Here you can search for, match to, and select MeSH terms, and add them into the Search Builder:

  1. Search the MeSH database for MeSH terms that match the search terms you are using
  2. Select a MeSH term and add it to the PubMed Search Builder
  3. Repeat the process if necessary
  4. Click on Search PubMed to run the search in PubMed.

Note that, in PubMed, selected MeSH terms are automatically "exploded" - that is, the search includes all narrower terms in the MeSH hierarchy.

For more help with this more complex way of searching, assistance, try the PubMed User Guide and Search PubMed using the MeSH database.

PubMed also has its own YouTube video tutorials, including:

You can access all 11 of PubMed's video tutorials at Tutorials: PubMed.

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