PubMed Tutorials

You’re working on the project: Educating Employers of Breast Feeding Mothers about Lactation Accommodation. Therefore you’re interested in researching current practices for workplace breast feeding accommodations in the United States. To run this search in PubMed:

  • Enter in the PubMed search box: breast feeding accommodation
    • Results: 17 citations. This is a small retrieval and upon examining the search details (located in the lower right margin) you realize that “Accomodation” maps to the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) term “accommodation, ocular”. You decide to use the MeSH Database to find the appropriate MeSH term. You can access the MeSH database by using the drop-down option above the main search box.
  • Enter in the MeSH Database search box: Accommodation
    • Results: Accomodation, ocular. Because searching is a process, you experiment with other related terms in the database.
  • Enter in the MeSH Database search box: work
    • Results: 15 MeSH terms. You scroll down and choose “workplace” which you will use in your search. Note: It’s possible to build a search using the MeSH Database, however, a search built from the MeSH database doesn’t automatically search the entire PubMed database, which may mean missing recent citations not yet in MEDLINE.
  • Enter in the PubMed search box:breast feeding AND workplace
    • Results: 115 citations. You could look at them all, but you’re only interested in the US.
  • Enter in the PubMed search box: breast feeding AND workplace AND United States
    • Results: 36 citations. This now more comprehensive retrieval is too large to inspect all of the citations so you decide to limit your search. Limits are located on the Advanced Search Page.
  • Enter in the PubMed search box:breast feeding AND workplace AND United States
    • Limits: English
    • Results: 36 citations.
  • You are so impressed with your search and that you decide to save it to access it later. To do so:
    • Create a My NCBI Account (A free account accessed in the upper left corner of PubMed)
    • From the PubMed results page click “Advanced Search” and scroll to “Search History”
    • Click on the set # next to your search strategy and select “save to My NCBI”
    • Your search is now permanently saved in your account

For more detailed information see PubMed Searching Tips & Hints

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