Follow these five steps using the sample research question below:
What is the efficacy of conflict management curriculum using simulation exercises?
- Use OR to connect similar concepts
- Use AND to connect different concepts
- Use “quotation marks” to look for an exact phrase
- Use [tiab] to find word/phrase in the article title/abstract
- Use [ti] to find word/phrase in the article title
- Use * to find possible endings to a word (i.e., discover* finds discovery, discoveries, etc.)
effect* AND (“conflict management” OR "conflict resolution") AND (simulat* OR "role play")
Note: When building a search with AND and OR, put parentheses around groups of similar concepts joined by OR.
- MeSH terms are assigned to articles in PubMed to help classify the topics of a paper.
- Select + MeSH Terms below the abstract to see the MeSH terms for that article
- Jot down the different MeSH terms that you are interested in searching as you peruse several
articles of interest.
- Use the MeSH Database to browse terms (located on the homepage of PubMed)
Sample search terms:
|Concept A||Concept B||Concept C||Concept D|
Sophisticated search strategy utilizing PubMed’s Advanced link:
#2 negotiating OR communication
#3 simulation training OR workplace OR role playing
#4 program development OR program evaluation OR data collection OR educational measurement
Sample search strategies can be mixed and matched in the Advanced Search Builder boxes:
#1 AND #2 AND #3 – This formula searches for:
conflict AND (negotiating OR communication) AND (simulation training OR workplace OR role playing)
#1 AND #2 AND #3 AND #4 – This formula searches for:
conflict AND (negotiating OR communication) AND (simulation training OR workplace OR role playing) AND (program development OR program evaluation OR data collection OR educational measurement)
- Connect to the Web of Science database
- Enter the title of an article and run a Title search
- Click the Times Cited link to get a full list of articles citing this paper