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Guide to literature searching


1  Navigate to Ovid Medline page  >> popular databases  >> select institution >>  Medline.   Ovid Medline page will open


2  Break your question down to concepts

EG literature on guidelines for hand hygiene in nursing becomes hand hygiene + guidelines + nursing

You will search each of these separately, then combine.


3. Search first concept   

  • enter words for first concept in search bar eg hand hygiene.       
  • a new page will open suggesting subject headings (MeSH - what's a MeSH?)
  • to see the definition of a subject heading click the symbol to the right of screen
  • click the subject heading to see related terms
  • you can choose multiple subject headings.
  • tick 'Explode' to include related terms
  • click through the sub-headings page
  • if none of the subject headings are relevant select the bottom option search as keyword


4. Repeat for other concepts


5. Combine concepts using AND  

Select the lines you want using the check boxes to the left of screen.

Combine with the AND button below your search history.

This finds material containing all your concepts.

This should be mostly relevant.