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Last update July 2009 by Mick Draper
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Reid, J. and P. Trompf, Eds. (1991). The Health of Aboriginal Australia. Sydney, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
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Databases for finding journal articles (and sometimes other material)
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Databases or Resource Guide tabs on the Library home
To get the Uni of Adelaide customized version PubMed
Our first search will be for aborigines and Australian health policy
There are 3 concepts
It's useful to find a Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) for each of these concepts.
Use PubMed's MeSH database to find the subject headings PubMed uses to describe these concepts.
Enter a single term to search for a MeSH.
The MeSH Database takes us to the subject heading Oceanic Ancestry Group.
Add this to your logic grid for your PubMed search.
On the MeSH Database screen scroll down and look at the Entry Terms.
It isn't important what Entry Terms are, but they might give you an idea of the sorts of terms authors would use in the titles and abstracts to describe the contents of their articles.
We can search in the titles and abstracts of PubMed citations to find other articles that are about aborigines.
to force PubMed to search only in the titles and abstracts of citations.
Never truncate MeSH or within phrases that aren't MeSH (but it's ok to truncate the last word of a phrase)
What other terms might turn up in the titles and abstracts of articles that mean aboriginal?
Notice I'm not suggesting that you search for oceanic ancestry group in the title and abstract because I don't think authors are likely to use this term.
Now look at the terms in the second column of the logic grid.
The MeSH for Australia is Australia
A search on the MeSH Australia in the PubMed database will also search the more specific MeSH indented below it.
To see how powerful explosion can be in a search, look at the MeSH for Heart Diseases.
So finishing the the second column will make the grid look something like this
If you use a phrase with a field tag [mh] or [tiab] PubMed will search only for the phrase.
Grab a bit of paper, a pen and your computer and see if you can construct the third column of the grid.
Don't scroll down until you've had a go yourself.
Using the MeSH database will help you find the language you need in your PubMed searches.
Enclose these terms in round brackets
Do this for each column.
Join the column searches with AND logic
(aborigin*[tiab] OR oceanic ancestry group[mh] OR indigenous[tiab]) AND (australia[mh] OR australia*[tiab] OR queensland[tiab] OR victoria*[tiab] OR tasmania*[tiab] OR northern territory[tiab]) AND (health policy[mh] OR polic*[tiab] OR health care reform*[tiab] OR healthcare reform*[tiab] OR health care strateg*[tiab] OR healthcare strateg*[tiab])
Enter this search in the PubMed database not the MeSH database.
If you can't find a MeSH
Search in the PubMed database for your term but restrict your search to the titles of articles by adding [ti] to the end of the search term.
Display the results in Citation format to show the MeSH attached.
The Citation display includes article title, authors, publication details, abstract if available, and a list of MeSH if the citation is indexed.
Limit Using MeSH
If you find too many irrelevant articles you can limit your searches to just those articles that have MeSH.
Use the MeSH Database to find the MeSH ear diseases.
Click on Send to.
Repeat using the second MeSH australia, by
Now that both your search terms are in the PubMed search box, click on the Search PubMed button.
The search will happen in the PubMed database.
The citations will appear in Summary format providing you with article title, authors, publication details, a unique PubMed identification number, a link to related articles, and if the article is free to all in full text on the internet, then there will be a link to it.
If you change the display to Abstract you can view citation abstracts if they are available, and you may find full text Uni of Adelaide Online icons.
If the citations you want don't have Uni of Adelaide icons, and you are on the University network you can click on any publisher icons that appear.
The Catalogue doesn't always recognise the abbreviations of journal titles used by PubMed.
Return to the MeSH database and once again search for Ear Diseases.
Send to Search Box with AND
Try this now and compare this with the previous search.
Look through the list of subheadings and choose as many as you want by clicking in the box to the left of a subheading.
If your MeSH has more specific MeSH listed below it, these MeSH will be exploded but of these only those citations that include the selected subheading(s) will be found.
Have a go at searching for Ear Diseases as a Major MeSH with a subheading (or 2 or 3 subheadings) and Australia as a MeSH.
Limiting Using PubMed Clinical Queries Filter
You can add your terms to search a clinical study type, for systematic reviews, or aspects of medical genetics.
The search below looks for articles that are focused on therapy for otitis or labyrinthitis.
The limits appear.
If you limit by Human, or many of the other limits you'll lose the in process and supplied by publisher citations.
Click on Go at the top or bottom of the screen to enforce the Limits.
We'll try to find material to answer the question
There are 2 concepts here. We are interested in finding citations to articles that are about aboriginal health workers and smoking, including their role in helping patients to quit, or the influence on patients if the health worker is a smoker.
Underneath each of these concepts you should add terms that are synonyms or alternatives.
At least one of the Informit Health databases uses MeSH.
Make a logic grid now for both concepts.
Informit Health doesn't use [mh] or [tiab]
If you enter phrases it's best to put them in double quotes
Informit Health uses * for truncation on single words.
If we are progressing well I'll ask you to do this for yourself right now.
Don't scroll down until you've tried this.
You can enter the terms from the first column in the first search box of Informit Health,
How did you go with your search?
Access to Scopus is available from the Library home Quick Links.
Scopus is also available from the Catalogue and the Databases site.
You can use almost the same search in Scopus and PubMed, but
In Scopus include phrases that aren't MeSH in double quotes.
Because Scopus can find a MeSH such as asthma, and also find title and abstract words such as asthmas, asthmatic, asthmatics etc, you can use both asthma & asthma* in a search.
(asthma OR asthma*) AND (oceanic ancestry group OR aborigin* OR indigenous) and (australia OR australia* OR queensland OR "new south wales" OR nsw OR victoria* OR tasmania* OR "northern territory")
The Basic Search in Scopus provides only limited space for searches.
I always select the Scopus Code for title abstract and keywords.
Scopus will generate a set of round brackets.
When Scopus produces your search results any links to other articles that cite the articles found will be linked to the right.
Some of these citing references will be cited themselves, so it may be worth looking at the citing citations of the citing references of the citations found in your search; ok?
Click in the box to the left of citations to select them for saving, printing, etc.
Click on Back to return to your search results.
Then Add these to the list.
Click on Select All before printing saving etc.
Factiva is available from Quick Links on the Library home, from the catalogue,
You can use the Subject and Region terms to limit your searches.
You can use date limits.
There are two links to stats relating to Indigenous Australians on the AusStats home site.
These two documents can provide info on many aspects of the health status of indigenous Australians.
You can use the search box to look for particular stats
(health service*[tiab] OR health services[mh]) AND (oceanic ancestry group[mh] OR aborigin*[tiab] OR indigenous[tiab]) and (australia[mh] OR australia*[tiab] OR queensland[tiab] OR new south wales[tiab] OR nsw[tiab] OR victoria*[tiab] OR tasmania*[tiab] OR northern territory[tiab])
Before you can requests alerts in PubMed you need to register with MyNCBI.
Complete the registration form.
Run your search.
Click on the Save button.
Click in the Yes button to set up your alert.
You will have to register.
Informit Health Alerts
Then you have to provide an email address for the alert,
Look at the features of each database to see what will help you to make your searches efficient. For example PubMed and Scopus use MeSH to find subjects, and Factiva has subject and region fields to help reduce the number of irrelevant articles found.
Learn the differences between what databases find. For example Informit Health will find journal articles, books, reports etc about Australia that probably won't turn up in the big international databases such as PubMed and Scopus. Factiva will find newspaper articles that won't be found in PubMed or Scopus.
Mick Draper is employed to point you in the right direction not only in this subject but for all your information needs in the MBBS.
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