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Formulate your search as short and clear as possible and without a question mark. For a quick search it is not necessary to add Boolean operators (such as AND or OR). A more extensive search? Use the Advanced Search Builder.
Results are automatically sorted on 'Best Match'. The newest articles at the top? Sort on Publication date or Most recent (that is when a record is added to PubMed).
For more tips and tricks for a quick search in PubMed:
Before you start looking up information on your search strategy it is useful to divide it into the most important elements. You can do this for example using the DDO model (see image below). For more information go to the LibGuide Search Strategy
Enter your search in the searchbox
Enter your separate keywords in the search box. In this case: cardiovascular disease' (domain), 'snake venom' (determinant) en 'death rate' (outcome). Click on 'search'. For a quick search there is no need to use the operator 'AND"
Your search results
After entering your search you immediately see your search results. By default your results are sorted on 'best match'. You can change this to e.g. ''publication date". This can be done by selecting the right option under "display options". To see how your initial search is translated, click on "Advanced" to see the search details.
After clicking on 'Advanced', you enter the 'advanced search builder'. Here you can see your 'Search History". You can unfold your search by clicking on the > symbol next to your search. This shows you how PubMed translated your search and what PubMed has actually searched for.
Filter your results
You can filter your results with a variety of filter options which you will find on the right-hand of your results. By clicking on "additional filters" you can select even more filters than the standard options. Use filters with caution: The filters 'publication date" and "language" are the only filters that are a 100% reliable.
In a news article we find the following clues about an original publication
The author name: Stephen Lazarus.
The journal the article was published in: New England Journal of Medicine
Year of publication: 2019
Adding the search in the searchbox
Add the last name/surname of the author, the abbreviation of the journal and the publication date into the searchbox .
Results of Citation Matching
Based on this search we find 1 article with the help of citation matching (zie figure below). Based on the title and author you can decide if this is the article you were looking for. If you need more information, click on the title to see the abstract of the article.
Next to the results based on citation matching, PubMed will also give you regular results in case you were not searching for a citation. This can be useful when the topic you are searching for is also the title (or part of it) of a journal such as 'Virus' or 'Cancer'.
Single citation matcher
Below the searchbox you can also find the single citation matcher. You can also use this single citation matcher to find a specific article/publication.