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July 2014

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Searching Tips for PubMed Experts

  1. Use the Library’s PubMed Link. By using the library’s link from our homepage, you will be directly connected to all of our full-text subscriptions while searching PubMed. In your list of search results, look for the red and gray MD Anderson Full-text button in PubMed.
  2. Use PubMed’s new Relevance sort. To sort your results in PubMed, select Display Settings, choose Relevance and click apply.
  3. Filter your search results. If you are getting too many search results, filter them by Article Type, Publication Dates or Languages. Remember that filters stay selected during the current search session until you change or clear them.
  4. Use both MeSH and keywords when searching. MeSH are keywords, added by indexers to each record in PubMed, and can be used to find a group of relevant articles. Keywords should also be used to capture new papers in PubMed or any subjects that aren’t currently indexed in the MeSH database.
  5. Use tags to narrow your search down. If you are getting too many irrelevant search results, try searching just the title and abstract field by entering the [tiab] tag at the end of your search. (See example below.) Find more PubMed tags here.

  6. Create a free NCBI account. My NCBI allows you to save search strategies, search results and your own publication list.

Learn more about PubMed in one of our searching classes or make an appointment for a one-on-one or departmental session with a Librarian at 713-792-2282 or

2013 Impact Factors Released Soon

The 2013 Impact Factors from Thomson Reuters’s will be available in the Journal Citation Reports database on July 29th. We will report the top journals in Oncology in the August issue of NewsBytes.

Free Webinars in July

WEBINAR: Searching for Nursing Information

Wednesday, July 9, 11:30am – Noon
The Research Medical Library has many databases, eBooks, and print books for nursing information.  In this 30-minute webinar, you will learn the basic methods and resources that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your searches when looking for nursing literature.

WEBINAR: Beyond PowerPoint: Other Tools for Great Presentations

Wednesday, July 16 11:30am – Noon
Tired of PowerPoint? In this webinar, Laurissa Gann will preview other types of tools for Educational and Professional presentations.

Do you have ideas for future webinars? Contact April Aultman Becker:; 713-792-2293

Schedule of Classes & Webinars

Classes are held in the library classroom (FCT21.6008) unless otherwise noted.  Find the latest class schedule, class descriptions, and links here.

Webinars are live online classes that can be viewed from your desktop. Check out our upcoming webinars and archived webinars.

If you have questions about classes, please contact April Aultman Becker at or 713-792-2293.

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