MeSH is is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed. It is also used in Medline, Cochrane, CINAHL (called CINAHAL Headings). Emtree is the controlled vocabulary used in Embase and is very similar to MeSH.
The Boolean operator OR is used to search for all the potential keywords for one topic or element of the PICO or SPIDER
The Boolean operator AND is used to combine different topics or elements of the PICO/SPIDER
See example of a search at the end of this page.
Each databases has its own wildcard, truncation and proximity symbols!
Read the help sheet in the database to familiarise yourself with its specific search syntax
This lesson covers aspects such as:
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How to find keywords to include in your Title/Abstract/Fulltext search - insert tutorial /podcast(finding "gold articles in Google Scholar", browsing Mesh/Emtree)
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