MEDLINE: A Guide to Effective Searching in PubMed and Other Interfaces

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Ashbury Press, 2006 M02 1 - 136 páginas

"....a well-written, quick read perfect for medical librarianship students, physicians, and researchers or anyone interested in improving their MEDLINE searching abilities." -- Journal of the Medical Library Association

This concise and clearly written book will make your PubMed searches more productive.

This completely revised second edition of Brian Katcher's MEDLINE: a guide to effective searching in PubMed and other interfaces promotes the cultivation of an informed and thoughtful approach to searching in PubMed/MEDLINE and other interfaces to MEDLINE.

MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's on-line bibliographic database, is the premiere index to the world's biomedical literature. It is the primary component of PubMed. MEDLINE is exquisitely organized: each journal article is manually indexed under an average of a dozen Medical Subject Headings (MeSH Terms), one or more publication types, and more. An understanding of this organization is essential to effective searching. Any health professional, health sciences student, or researcher will benefit from reading this book. It explains the basics of formulating searches, shows how to put the main indexing elements in MEDLINE to best use, illustrates the importance of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), provides guidance for framing questions, and backs everything up with practical examples.

MEDLINE: a guide to effective searching in PubMed and other interfaces is an essential resource for those concerned with evidence-based medicine and those engaged in biomedical research. Medical librarians and teachers of medical informatics will find this book to be useful in promoting the careful use of PubMed/MEDLINE. 

Sometimes simply reading a linear narrative--even on a screen--is a good way to learn. In addition, PubMed offers excellent on-line tutorials.

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Página vi - So it is in contemplation; if a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
Página 4 - These are classed under subject-headings and followed by the titles of valuable original articles upon the same subject found during the like period in medical journals and transactions of medical societies. The periodicals thus indexed comprise all current medical journals and transactions of value, so far as they can be obtained.
Página 98 - Hosking D, Chilvers CE, Christiansen C, et al. Prevention of bone loss with alendronate in postmenopausal women under 60 years of age.
Página vi - In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few.
Página 45 - ... or monographs it is not worth prolonged search by the original investigator. Yet he should know how to make this search, if only to enable him to direct others, and it is for this reason that a little acquaintance with bibliographical methods of work ought to be obtained by the student. When a physician has observed or (thinks he has observed), a fact, or has evolved from his inner consciousness a theory which he wishes to examine by the light of medical literature, he is often very much at a...
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 Brian S. Katcher, Pharm.D., is the author of MEDLINE: a guide to effective searching in PubMed and other interfaces, now in its second edition. Dr. Katcher has edited clinical pharmacy textbooks and written about prescription drugs and public health for scholarly journals and for a broader audience.

He is interested in both the clinical use of drugs for common health problems and public health strategies to reduce the burden of these problems. His promotion of the most effective use of PubMed/MEDLINE supports a larger vision of evidence-based health policy and practice.

Dr. Katcher is a consultant to the San Francisco Department of Public Health and mentors pharmacy students at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently writing a book about the history of prescription drugs and public health during the twentieth century. 

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