What is an Electronic Database?
An Electronic Database is a computer-based collection or listing of information. It can include professional, peer-reviewed journal articles that are organized in a systematic way with searchable elements or fields. This allows the search to be fast and easy.
How do We Search Electronic Databases?
MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings, and is best described in the excerpt from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s, "Fact Sheet, Medical Subject Headings" (2013a):
"MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. MeSH descriptors are arranged in both an alphabetic and a hierarchical structure. At the most general level of the hierarchical structure are very broad headings such as "Anatomy" or "Mental Disorders." More specific headings are found at more narrow levels of the twelve-level hierarchy, such as "Ankle" and "Conduct Disorder." There are 27,149 descriptors in 2014 MeSH. There are also over 218,000 entry terms that assist in finding the most appropriate MeSH Heading, for example, "Vitamin C" is an entry term to "Ascorbic Acid." In addition to these headings, there are more than 219,000 headings called Supplementary Concept Records (formerly Supplementary Chemical Records) within a separate thesaurus"
Review the following short tutorials to provide you with a "how to use" overview of boolean operators:
Finding Research Evidence: Search Resources (University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library)
To Search Google Scholar (University of Minnesota Health sciences Library, 2016d)
To Search PubMed (PubMed Tutorials)
Building a Search Strategy (GVSU Libraries)
Four Search Strategies for Research (Rivier University)
Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Searching Databases (Modern Librarian Memoirs, 2013)
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