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Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source (DOSS)
at The University of Adelaide
Latest update by Mick Draper Jan 2013
This database indexes more than 250 dental journals. Many of these journals include articles available in full text, and more than 200 of the journals also have full text links to cited references.
dentistry and oral sciences source
as an exact phrase in the title
You can find a link to DOSS on the Dentistry Databases web site.
You can use this direct link Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source
We will look for articles on oral plaque in children?
Subject Headings or Descriptors
Find the Browsing box and enter your preferred search term.
The correct subject in DOSS is dental plaque.
There are broader terms listed: Dental deposits, Microbial aggregation, & Mouth--Microbiology.
If one of these terms is more suitable then you could change your search by clicking on the link to the more appropriate term.
Click in the box to the left of DENTAL plaque.
Even though you clicked on Subjects to look for plaque, the term added to the search box is a descriptor, with the field tag DE coming before the term "DENTAL plaque".
Next let's look for children the same way.
Click on the link on CHILDREN.
Here the Scope Note is important because it tells you that this subject heading covers a range of ages.
There are three broader terms that each include the descriptor CHILDREN, and a long list of narrower terms that are all included in the term CHILDREN if it's exploded.
To begin let's search without exploding.
Because we want to find citations to articles that include both plaque and children, change the search logic from OR to AND.
Click on the Add button and the term will be added to the search box.
Now the search box has both terms joined by AND.
In January 2013 this search found 45 citations that can be limited using the Refine your results.
Repeat the search but this time explode the search on CHILDREN.
Browse again for the descriptor dental plaque and add it to the search box.
Once you have DE "DENTAL plaque" AND all the descriptors for children in the DOSS search box, click on the Search button.
This time the database will again search dental plaque and as well as the Descriptor children it will also include more the specific descriptors
The number of citations found will be nearly double.
Do you also want to search for your terms in titles, abstracts, or keywords?
DOSS tells me that
SU Subject Terms
Note that field tags in DOSS come before the search term and must be in capitals.
Other field tags for searching include
In the Advanced Search option there is a list of fields for searching.
Other field tags
Here I have revised the logic grid to include search terms as subjects and titles.
and also childbirth OR childish OR childlike
When searching phrases put them in double quotes, but you can truncate within the quotes.
(DE "dental plaque" OR SU plaque OR TI plaque) AND (DE children OR SU child* OR TI child* OR TI girl* OR TI boy*)
There are several search levels, I prefer to use Basic Search but include the search fields such as DE, SU, and TI in the search.
Now you have more than 6 times as many citations.
All Text searching
TX "early childhood caries" AND (TX "bottle fe*" OR TX bottlefe*)
The Near operator finds words that are near each other in any order. You can add a number to tell the database the maximum number of other words that are allowed between the terms you want to search.
Using N followed by 4 finds terms near each other in any order with up to four other words in between.
is asking the database to search the titles of citations and find the word stem scale with up to 4 words between it and any one of the word stems child, adolescen, or teen
and would find titles such as
Evaluation of toothache severity in children using a visual analogue scale of faces
Rasch validation of the early childhood oral health impact scale
...dental anxiety determined by a modified scale in children
The number after N can vary from 0 to ???
You'd probably be better off using AND instead of N with a large number such as N17.
TX molar* AND TX child*
The With operator
TI "mandibular advancement" W3 (appliance* OR device*)
asks the database to search article titles to find citations with the phrase mandibular advancement preceding either of the word stems appliance or device with up to 3 other words between.
and would find titles such as mandibular advancement devices OR mandibular advancement with a dental appliance etc.
You can limit to articles in peer reviewed journals.
As well as adding individual citations to the folder you can add all citations displayed on the screen by clicking on Alert/Save/Share.
If you have a large number of citations to select, you can increase the number displayed at any one time by clicking on the Page Options link.
Wait for the database to change the number of citations displayed in the background.
Now click on the link to the second page of results on the results screen.
Click on Alert/Save/Share again.
To move to the folder display, click on this link in the right hand column of the screen.
You can select all the items in the folder with a single click in the box to the left of Select/deselect and then export to EndNote with relative ease.
You can adjust the publication date if you wish.
Nowall the citations shown will have a link to the references cited by the articles found by your search.
On the next screen you can see these cited references and links to all the articles in the DOSS database that cite each one of these (9) references from the original article.
The first of these articles is cited 7 times in the DOSS database. That means it's cited by the article Diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea and 6 other articles.
To see these 7 citing articles click in the box to the left of this first citation and click on Related Records.
The second citation in this list is cited only once in DOSS. Therefore the article that cites this is the one we know about already Diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea.
The usefulness of this tool is to find similar articles based on the articles cited by the ones found in your search.
Follow the procedure to establish a user name and password.
Do your search, then click on Alert/Save/Share.
Click on E-mail Alert.
Select the alert options including Bibliographic Manager format so that the alerts can go into EndNote.
Type in a search term or terms.
You'll get a list of up to 250 of the most relevant articles on the topic and some categories to refine your search.
You can immediately limit your search to full text and you can see the first few citations. Point your mouse cursor at the bottom of the list, and it will scroll through the other citations.
To view more detail about a particular citation click on it once.
Clicking on More at the bottom of the summary will give a full citation display including a link to the full text if it's available.
Click on a subject category to see a subset of the 250 citations.
To collect citations and place them in the folder point at individual articles in the left hand column.
When you have finished collecting citations click on the Add to Folder link.
There is a link to EBSCO help in the top right of the screen, and online EBSCO tutorials are available here
Download the free app to your device.
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