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Find It Fridays

What's scarier than ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night? Here at the library we think not knowing where to find the medical information you need can give you a fright!

As promised last week, this Find It Friday will teach you where to find MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms when using MEDLINE. When using the MEDLINE Advanced Search feature the most accurate way to search is by using MeSH terms, which are created through the National Library of Medicine. Articles are sorted and separated by MeSH terms to ensure similar groupings. Click HERE here for the link to the MeSH browser where you can find the correct terms used.

For example: Say you wanted to know more about the Ebola disease. Your first step would be to go to the MeSH browser and select “Main Heading Terms.” You will see that there are three main subject headings: Ebola Vaccines, Ebolavirus, and Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola. These are the three subject headings that will give you the most relevant results when searching MEDLINE.

Once you find the MeSH Subject Heading you are ready to search in MEDLINE. Enter “Ebolavirus” (all one word as shown in the MeSH browser!) into the search box and select the appropriate selection from the drop down menu on the right. In this case it would be exact subject heading. You will receive a list of results that were collected under the “Ebolavirus” subject heading. Using the filters below the search box to narrow your search further!

Posted Friday October 31, 2014 09:00am

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