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PubMed includes many types of items including clinical trials, systematic reviews, and articles from leading journals.
Your Research Topic:
Use PubMed to look for reliable medical information on complementary medicine treatments for women diagnosed with skin cancer.
Our first step will be to select some good key terms.
Take a look at the Query Translation search box and the Translations box
What term does PubMed use for "skin cancer"?
What is MeSH?
90,000 is a lot of results and many of these probably aren't applicable to our research.
We can tailor our results by using PubMed's filters.
This will open a new dialog box with a list of the possible filters. For example, you can filter for species, sex, and age.
Now set the following filters on the left-side menu:
This eliminates all items from your search that are more than five years old. You should now have less than 20,000 results.
Let's narrow these down further by using more filters.
You should now have around 900 results.
Take a look at the titles of some of your results.
What do you notice about these items?
PubMed defaults to displaying your results by the year they were published. Let's change this.
PubMed includes many different types of articles including clinical trials and systematic reviews.
Systematic reviews are "the basis for what is often called evidence-based medicine or health care." In other words, it reports on what really works.
This should bring your results down to less than 40.
Many of your results are marked or
As a UA affiliate you also have access to the other articles.
To access articles, you want to locate the different access points in the Full text links panel to the right.
Note this will open the article in a new window or tab. Come back to this tab to continue with the tutorial.
What topic do all of these related citations have in common?
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