|last update: 07/10/01|
Searching the PubMed (new version)
It is possible to search the new version, in the same way we searched the old version, in
the "funnel" way.
Let's see some examples that will help you to understand the search.
Example No. 1
A 32 years old woman with vaginal itching, white and smelly discharge (m/p VVC).
What is the efficacy of a single oral dose of Fluconazole compared to topical Clotrimazole on
effectiveness and safety?
Go to http://www.goldenhour.co.il, in the left menu choose, Medline.
Please double click on the first link (PubMed Medline) and you will get this page:
- We have to "translate" this clinical question into terms for the search.
- Mesh Major Topic- vulvovaginal candidiasis OR moniliasis
- MeSh Subheading- therapy
- Substance Name- Fluconazole
- Substance Name- Clotrimazole
- Publication Type- Randomized Controlled Trials
Scroll the page down until you get to: Add Term(s) to Query or View Index:
Open the window with "All Fields" and choose by clicking:
Mesh Major Topic
And on the right window write: vulvovaginal candidiasis OR moniliasis.
You should get:
Please click on the word "Preview" and wait until this screen appears:
Now to narrow our search (we have 11273 articles on this two subjects), we go again
to: "Add terms to the query".
Instead of MeSh Major Topic, we choose MeSh Subheading, and we write the word therapy in the
And we click on Preview.
You can check on your query every time at the window above.
You should get 5732 articles right now.
We are going to narrow our search by adding more terms at our query.
We choose Substance name, and in the right window, we write Fluconazole.
Again we click on Preview, and this is what we get:
We add terms to our query with clotrimazole as Substance Name.
Again we click on Preview, and we get:
30 articles is much better, but we want to narrow our search to only randomized controlled trials.
We go to: add terms to query, and we click on Publication Type, and then write: randomized
Again we click on Preview and then we get 14 articles:
To get the articles we click on " Go":
To check every step we go to Details:
To see all our previous searches we can click on "History":
You can make new searches based on the old searches.
Just writing the number of search (e.g. #2 ) a Boolean operator in capital letters (AND, OR, NOR),
and another search number, you can "play" with your old searches.
If you do not know how to spell a word you can tuncrate it and at the end put an asterisk *
(e.g. flucona*) or you can click on the word INDEX (next to Preview at add terms to query)
and you will get all the possibilities for that term.
To see more examples please click here.