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Comparative Study
, 116 (2), 336-40

Searching the Literature Using Medical Subject Headings Versus Text Word With PubMed

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Comparative Study

Searching the Literature Using Medical Subject Headings Versus Text Word With PubMed

Angela A Chang et al. Laryngoscope.

Abstract

Objective/hypothesis: This study was conducted to investigate the performance of two search strategies in the retrieval of information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on otolaryngology-head and neck surgery related conditions and diagnoses using PubMed.

Methods: Two search strategies-one based on the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and the second based on text word searching-were compared.

Results: The MeSH search provided a more efficient search than the text word search.

Conclusions: Head and neck surgeons can most efficiently search the NLM using PubMed as a search engine by initiating the search with MeSH terms. Once a key article is identified, the searcher should use the "Related Articles" feature.

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