The objective of this guide is to teach participants how to build a structured and logical search strategy that will find relevant information to answer a research question. The learning outcomes are that you will know about and able to do the following:
As a "guide on the side", the Guided Medline Exercise will take you through the process of developing a search strategy, step-by-step.
Each step includes written instructions, a video clip, and additional tips and information
A walk through following the Step-by-Step instructions will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
Using a framework, such as PICO, a structured search involves breaking down the research question into searchable parts. These individual concepts are separately searched for using subject headings and keywords. The resulting sets of references are then combined to increase sensitivity (using OR) and then be more specific (using AND). Filters and Limits can be used to further define the relevance for the research question.
This methodical process:
Here is an example of a structured search in Medline Ovid: Search Strategy Explained.
Build a structured search in Medline (Ovid) following these processes:
Each page includes
Tip: Have Medline (Ovid) open in another window or screen. As you view each page, follow the steps to create the provided search example. Alternatively, have in mind your own research topic and follow the Build Your Own instructions to create your specific search.
MEDLINE, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the premier bibliographic database containing references to journal articles in the life sciences. It forms a major part of, and is searchable via ,PubMed.
Ovid’s interface is chosen because