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One Health Study: Overview of the search process

Search steps

  1. Define your search question or questions
  2. Determine search terms and operators (iterative)
    • subject headings and textwords - use as building blocks in your search
    • operators and limiters, phrase, truncation and wildcards
    • field searching
  3. Choose sources
    • databases
    • grey literature and data sets
  4. Review and manage results
    • save search strategies 
    • find full text
    • save relevant citations
    • share and annotate


Moving from a known article

building a search from a known article

  • Author keywords may be available.  Most specialty databases (PubMed, CAB Abstracts, PsycINFO, etc.) will have subject heading thesauri
  • Use GoogleScholar, Scopus and Web of Science to find citing articles
  • Similar Articles/Related Articles can be based on subject headings or, in databases without subject headings like Scopus and Web of Science, based on co-citation
  • Use Scopus and Web of Science to review references for articles (and download them), even if the full text is not available
  • Look at Acknowledgments in the article or the Grants Sponsor field to see who funded the research, and may have funded similar projects

Penn Veterinary Medicine Librarian

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Margy Lindem
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380 S. University Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19104