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Journal articles will be accessed via the biomedical and life sciences database, PubMed/MEDLINE. There are two versions of this database and you have access to both.
When clicking the links below, you will need to enter your ONID information so we can "authenticate" you as an OSU student and give you access to the databases. If you are on campus, this authentication will happen automatically.
Once you have accessed the database, there are many different ways to search for your article citation. One effective way is to do a keyword(s) search. Keywords are those words or short phrases that capture the essence of your question or topic. Do not use sentence-length queries to search the database.
In PubMed/MEDLINE (the Ebsco version):
In PubMed/MEDLINE (free):
Articles indexed in Medline/PubMed are assigned subject terms (words or phrases) that represent the important concepts presented in each article. These terms are known as (Me)dical (S)ubject (H)eadings or shortened to MeSH (pronounced mesh). When used, MeSH helps researchers to identify the the most relevant term(s) used to represent concepts.
For instance, a researcher using Medline/PubMed to find articles about heart attacks would instead want to use the term Myocardial Infarction, the phrase used by Medline/PubMed and assigned to articles on this subject. For complex topics, it may be necssary to identify multiple MeSH terms that, together, represent the best search terms for the information need.
A systematic review is a type of rigorous literature review that meets well-defined criteria. The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (section 1.2.2) provides the following characteristics of systematic review:
Although the systemic review that you conduct may not "live up" to Cochrane's high standards, it is important that you clearly identify what literature you will include or exclude from your study, conduct your searches in a systematic and thorough manner, document your search strategy, assess the literature you locate and synthesis and present your findings in systematic way.
The University of Texas School of Public Health Library has excellent guidance materials on doing systematic literature reviews.