When you’re a parent searching for information about your child’s medical condition, it doesn’t take long to exhaust the online resources most readily available. MedlinePlus… Mayo Clinic… WebMD… But where do you go when you need more?
If you’re ready to dig deep, you can turn to journal articles for more information and research. One way to search journal articles is to visit NIH’s PubMed website.
You can enter keywords into the search box at the top of the page, and you will get results. But you’ll get a lot of them, and some won’t really be as targeted as you’d like. There are a number of ways to get better results, and we’ll be discussing these in upcoming posts, but today we’re going to show you the most economical: Filter by free text!
First, enter some keywords to search by and click the “Search” button. In our demo shots below, we use “chronic pediatric hepatitis.”
The next page will shows you some results. Depending on your personality, you’re either happy to see the 488 results returned by this search, or reeling with shock at the thought of sifting through 488 results! But for today’s purposes, we’re going to narrow our results the thrifty way, by clicking on “Free Full Text” on the right side of the screen.
Below you can see the 61 free, full text articles available to you. Click on the “Free article” link under the citation.
PubMed shows you services on the right that provide the article’s text free online. Choose one and start reading!
Watch the blog for more posts on conducting targeted searches and finding full-text articles both on and offline.