LSUHSC Libraries is pleased to offer a new way to search MEDLINE.
Doody’s Precision Search is a new resource designed to simplify your search of citations added to MEDLINE® within the last 3 years. It has a streamlined, user-friendly interface that allows you to keep your search concise and your results manageable. All you need to get started are your search words or phrases. You can use keywords or MeSH terms (Precision Search will autosuggest terms if available), and you can use Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. The secret ingredient to your precision search is in the specialties. While optional, choosing one or more specialties allows you to target articles that match your particular interests without having to compose a librarian-level search strategy (that strategy, by the way, is already built into the expert-created specialties).
Once you’ve got some results, you can limit even further or revise your search. Your results are also faceted into topics within each specialty; just expand an area to see the articles.
Doody’s Precision Search works with our WebBridge Link Resolver to check article availability right from the citation. Just click on to see if we have an article online or in print, or to borrow the article via our InterLibrary Loan service, ILLiad.
Citations can be exported to RefWorks or other citation managers, and you can even share citations on Facebook and Twitter.
Creating a free profile is easy, and once you are logged in you will have the added options to save citations and searches, and set email alerts.
For more information and to get started, please visit the library’s online resource page for Doody’s Precision Search. It is available on or off campus. If you experience technical difficulties or need assistance, please contact a Reference Librarian.
Here’s a quicky guide to get you started:
1. Enter search terms
2. Focus your search using specialties (recommended, but optional)
3. Choose time period from last 7 days to last 3 years
4. Choose between searching all journals or just MEDLINE’s Core Clinical Journals.
1. Add additional limits: article type, species, language
2. Revise your limits, search terms, and specialties
3. Sort by article title, journal, author, or date
4. Print current results page or selected citations
5. Export current results page or selected citations to RefWorks, EndNote or CSV
6. See faceted results
7. Return to original search
8. Start a new search
1. “Check full text” to see library holdings (online or print) or borrow via InterLibrary Loan
2. See related articles
3. Output to printer, email, Twitter or Facebook
4. Add to “My articles” once you have created a profile
5. Return to results
1. Create a personal profile for free
2. Save articles and searches, run saved searches, and delete saved searches.
3. Set email alerts when saving a search