PubMed & OvidSP Shortcuts

PubMed <pubmed.gov> shortcuts

OvidSP shortcuts

  1. Explode subject heading — exp eye (searches main heading and all narrower terms underneath or lower in MeSH tree/hierarchy (eyelids, oculomotor muscles, anterior eye segment, retina, etc, etc)
  2. exp heart diseases [retrieves all heart diseases (i.e. arrhythmia, endocarditis, etc.]
  3. exp *heart diseases [retrieves all heart diseases (*as focus)]
  4. exp *heart diseases/di,et [retrieves diagnosis or etiology of all heart diseases (as major descriptor/focus)]
  5. Apply subheadings — smallpox/ep,th (limits to MeSH heading with epidemiology or therapy)
  6. Explode subheading — th.xs. (retrieves articles with subheadings in “therapy” family)
  7. Search for words in title — cardiotoxic.ti.
  8. Adjacency in title — heart adj5 attack.ti. (where 5 refers to number of words away from each other)
  9. purge a set – ..pg n (where n is the set number)
  10. cardiotoxic.ab. — searches for words in abstract
  11. taylor c.au — searches for author of articles
  12. taylor :.au. — searches for author’s name with any combination of first initials
  13. taylor a:.au. — searches for author’s name with any second initial
  14. lancet.jn. — searches for exact journal title
  15. lancet.so. — searches for exact journal source
  16. obstetrics.jw. — searches for word in journal title; use for partially remembered journal titles
  17. myocardium.sh. — searches for exact medical subject heading (MeSH)
  18. ulcer.me. or ulcer.hw. — searches for the single word in medical subject headings (MeSH)
  19. stress.tw. — searches for words in title or abstract
  20. stress.mp. — searches for word or words in the title, abstract, MeSH headings (happens when “map term to subject heading” is turned off)
  21. exocrine glands.xm. or exp exocrine glands/ — retrieves a term and all of its subsidiary terms in the MeSH tree; includes pre-explodes
  22. toronto.in. — searches for words in institutional address of corresponding author
  23. 1989.yr. — searches for date of publication; must be 4 digits
  24. fre.la. or jpn.lg. — searches for non-English language articles (here French or Japanese)
  25. 237.pg. or 44.vo. or 6.ip. — searches for numbers in page, volume or issue; if number is same as number of search set within session, put number in parenthesis: “6”.vo.
  26. 21373447.mi. — searches for MEDLINE/PMID identifier; used for interlibrary loan
  27. 11480094.ui. — searches for unique identifier

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