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MEDLINE - is a citation database of approx 26 million citations, derived globally from biomedical scholarly sources. MEDLINE citations are displayed when searching Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed and other major citation databases. See this link for an overview of MEDLINE. You are recommended to search MEDLINE primarily via our Ovid MEDLINE platform (also see 'Databases' tab above or links to subject Library Guides).
Biomedical citation datbases using MEDLINE include the following, note, only Ovid is licensed/ supported by the Library:
Ovid MEDLINE - Ovid is a commercial database licensed by the Library allowing you to search the MEDLINE database, the Ovid database is configured to show links to Library smartlinks (Is it @ Liverpool). Each MEDLINE record is assigned MESH headings, allowing you to use MESH headings within your literature search or systematic review methodology. Ovid provides the best integration with Library sources and provides lisenced support.
NCBI - (National Center for Biotechnology Information), incorporates many searchable biomedical databases and is funded by the US National Library of Medicine. NCBI's full search (when searching all NCBI sources) includes Full Text collections such as PMC, but also databases providing citations which may link to commercial sources. You can use this link to search NCBI using your UoL login (to view sources licensed by the Library). See this link for an overview of NCBI sources.
PMC - PubMed Central is a Full Text collection of approx 6 million Open Access articles and scholarly papers shared prior to formal publication. All content in PMC should display a Full Text document (usually PDF). PMC results are also included when searching NCBI or PubMed. You can search PMC individually to search alll Full Text content in the collection, this is a public collection and requires no login. See this link for an overview of PMC content and sources.
PubMed - is an interface to search the NCBI MEDLINE database and additional NCBI citations (approx 30 million citations) and is part of the NCBI platform. PubMed also includes Full Text sources within the NCBI platform, including PMC. PubMed searchability is generally less structured when compared to Ovid MEDLINE, however you can use the PubMed 'advanced search' to limit your search to MESH heagings. PubMed may display Full Text results or citations which may link to commercial sources. You can use this link to search PubMed using your UoL login (to view sources licensed by the Library). See this link for an overview of PubMed sources.
Europe PMC - Europe PubMed Central is a global biomedical platform, it includes approx. 38 million citations and approx 7 million Tull Text articles. You may need to use other Library databases such as Ovid MEDLINE, SCOPUS or Web of Science to search for papers where citations only are provided. See this link for an overview of Europe PMC content and sources.
This database provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.
It brings together evidence on health, drugs and technologies, public health, social care, and healthcare management and commissioning in one place. Sources include the British National Formulary, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, SIGN, the Cochrane Library and Royal Colleges, Social Care Online and GOV.UK. The site includes guidance, systematic reviews, evidence summaries and patient information. They aim to help professionals make better evidence-based decisions.
Search for articles using MESH headings on databases
ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection - see the advanced search for a MESH search option
OVID (Medline) - this databases provides suggested headings when searching, alternatively to begin a search using a MESH heading, in the search area of the page choose 'Search fields' then select the tab 'All fields', then select a MESH heading (checkbox) a little way down the page, you must then supply a MESH term/phrase for your search (see lists of MESH terms below or on Pubmed above). You can also use the 'Multi-Field Search' option and select 'Mesh subject heading' in the pull-down list (to combine searches).
Other NLM/NCBI databases also support MESH, note, when using PMC and PMC Europe you may need to search for Ful Text using UoL databases such as OVID, SCOPUS, Web of Science (or NCBI databases configured for UoL authentication such as Pubmed).
Systematic Review usually consists of developing a search strategy built around topical terms related to the research question, then identifying a number of case studies to evaluate. If you are using a Systematic Review approach for your final written project, this should be defined in your research proposal or methodology. There are a number of Systematic Review models, some of these are shown below. You should follow any special instructions for conducting a Systematic Review provided by your programme of study. Please contact your tutors if you have any questions on the systematic review.
EPPI Centre and EPPI tools/ EPPI reviewer - The EPPI-Centre is a specialist centre for: developing methods for systematic reviewing and synthesis of research evidence; and developing methods for the study of the use research.
See the Webinars and sessions page for LIbrary KnowHow systematic review bookable sessions available (including online sessions) and related research support training, recordings of past sessions and online, interactive research support tutorials