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Building an Effective PubMed Search (ASPIRE)

Start Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 2:30pm

End Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 3:30pm

Online: Link emailed to participants

PubMed is one of the most popular ways to search the medical literature but there are a few tricks to getting the most out of it. The first 40-45 minutes of this workshop will take you through the various features of PubMed including how to create an account, build a search using MeSH, use field, truncation, phrase and proximity searching, and save searches and export results. The final 15-20 minutes will be for you to ask questions and (hopefully) get answers to any PubMed challenges you have been experiencing. 

By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to: 

  • Identify and use relevant Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), 

  • Limit your search to specific fields, 

  • Use truncation, and phrase searching, 

  • Understand the new proximity search feature, 

  • Save searches and export results. 


Part of the ASPIRE series of workshops for graduate students. 

Location: online webinar via Zoom 

Instructor: Fiona Inglis  

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