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Lehigh University Libraries - Library Guides

BIOS 251: Writing and Biological Sciences

Fall 2020


The following are tutorials to watch before the class on Wed., 9/9/2020. 


This tutorial discusses the role of "background information" in library research. (This was done for a summer institute.)


Web of Science tutorial [wildcards, Booleans, and phrase searching; using cited/cited searching, finding review articles]


Go to the  Ebooks library guide, specifically the page on it titled "Finding Ebooks".
Look for the online tutorial about "How to search for ebooks" but also glance over the library guide.


Please read the Writing Tips library guide and view the online tutorial on it. 


 Here is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) tutorial about searching the PubMed interface. PubMed is a freely accessible search database for medically related literature. Although PubMed is free on the web, make sure you access it off Lehigh's library homepage, since you will then see Lehigh Links (mentioned in the Web of Science tutorial).

In the NLM tutorial, the presenter shows you how a PubMed search is mapped into a controlled search vocabulary (thesaurus). The terms in this vocabulary are used in PubMed to index articles, therefore providing a very focused way of searching. You can search in PubMed itself or go directly to the MeSH database

Some brief comments to supplement the NLM tutorial:

--When you search PubMed, look at the documentation about it. For example, look at these sections in the table of contents.

--When you search a topic in the MeSH database (MeSH=Medical Subject Headings), you can limit the search to aspects of the topic Say you want to find literature diagnostic imagining of the brain. You can search on "Brain" in the MeSH, then check off "diagnostic imaging" in the list of subtopics. If there are any questions about how to do this, I can do a demo of it in the class.

--I'm checking on this with NLM, but you may find that using the MeSH database does not bring up very recent search results, since there may be a delay in assigning the MeSH subject headers to literature.