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Penn Veterinary Medicine Librarian

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

Search steps

  1. Define your research question or questions
  2. Determine key concepts and identify 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
    • multidisciplinary databases for scoping searches
    • research databases
    • grey literature and statistics
  4. Review and manage results
    • save search strategies 
    • save relevant citations
    • find full text
    • share and annotate
    • keep a simple search journal noting databases you've searched, scoping search for cutting and pasting, etc.
    • keep a concept table - grid of synonymous text words and subject headings for each concept in your research question


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.  See article in PubMed
  • 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