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Medical Subject (MeSH) Terms
MeSH is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed. MeSH terminology provides a consistent way to retrieve information that may use different terminology for the same concepts. MeSH subject headings are used in the OhioLINK Book Catalog and in the PubMed and Medline article databases.
If you do not know a specific heading to search, you may find it more helpful to start with a Keyword search, or use the NLM MeSH Browser to explore available headings.
Use the MeSH Browser to find an appropriate MeSH search term.
The MeSH Browser provides an excellent means for searching MeSH to find an appropriate Descriptor. For example, if you are interested in "SARS" [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome], a search of the MeSH Browser will retrieve all MeSH terms containing the text word "sars", including synonyms and other entry terms. In this example, the user will see SARSVirus on the list, which will have additional information.
PubMed or MEDLINE?
What's the Difference Between MEDLINE®, PubMed® and PubMed Central?
PubMed is the freely accessible online database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM®).
PubMed Central is an archive of the full-text biomedical journal papers available online without a fee.
MEDLINE is one part of PubMed. Approximately 5,400 journals published in the United States and more than 80 other countries have been selected and are currently indexed for MEDLINE. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM's controlled vocabulary, the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®).
In addition to MEDLINE citations, PubMed also contains:
In-process citations which provide a record for an article before it is indexed with MeSH and added to MEDLINE or converted to out-of-scope status.
Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing (when supplied electronically by the publisher).
Some OLDMEDLINE citations that have not yet been updated with current vocabulary and converted to MEDLINE status.
Citations to articles that are out-of-scope (e.g., covering plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and general chemistry journals, for which the life sciences articles are indexed with MeSH for MEDLINE.
Citations to some additional life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral® and receive a qualitative review by NLM.
Citations to author manuscripts of articles published by NIH-funded researchers.
Citations for a subset of books available on the NCBI Bookshelf (a citation for both the book and each chapter or section of the book).
Databases are the most efficient way to find quality articles. It's important to use the most useful database for your particular topic.
Many of the article citations include a link to the full text of the article, in either PDF or HTML format. If there is no full text link for an article, click on Full Text Finder to discover if the article is available in full text in another of our databases. If there is no or full text link, click on the Interlibrary Loan link to request the article.
The Search Tips on the Books page are also used for database searching.
This can be the starting point for most of your research. CINAHL Plus provides indexing for 3,024 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with indexing back to 1937. Offering complete coverage of English-language nursing journals,and publications from the National League for Nursing.
The Subject Heading options are:
MW Word in Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase anywhere in the subject heading fields
MH Exact Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase that exactly matches an existing subject heading anywhere in the subject heading fields
MJ Word in Major Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase that is a major topic of the work anywhere in the Major subject heading field
MM Exact Major Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase that exactly matches an existing subject heading that is a major topic of the work anywhere in the subject heading fields
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 650 journals.
Comprehensive nursing and allied health research database, providing full text for more than 770 journals and indexing for more than 4,600 journals.
Some full-text coverage dates back to 1937. Total number of records is approximately three million. Also provides offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals, and book chapters. Dates covered: 1960s-present (plus some older content) Included in OneSearch
MEDLINE indexes authoritative research in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE with Full Text provides full text for more than 1,400 journals indexed in MEDLINE.
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related reso
A component of the Web of Knowledge database platform. Includes the following suite of databases for coverage across the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities: Science Citation Index Expanded (1965-present); Social Sciences Citation Index (1965-present); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present); Conference Proceedings Citation Index: Science (1990-present); and Conference Proceedings Citation Index: Social Science & Humanities (1990- present). (
MedicLatina is a Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals published by renowned Latin American medical publishers. This unique database provides access to full text for nearly 100 peer-reviewed medical journals in native
From U.S. National Library of Medicine, on topics such as: adverse drug reactions, air pollution, carcinogenesis via chemicals, drug toxicity, food contamination, occupational hazards, pesticides and herbicides, toxicological analysis, water treatment...
Covers twenty-nine key food industry and market reports, as well as tens of thousands of additional articles, benchmarks and best practices in food science and nutrition, selected from trade and industry publications.
Health Source: Consumer Edition is a rich collection of consumer health information. Health Source: Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 300 consumer health periodicals, plus indexing and abstracts for over 300 periodicals. Also inclu
Alt Health Watch focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers an immediate resource of full text articles, from more than 170 international, and often peer reviewed, reports,
Natural & Alternative Treatments contains more than 700 evidence-based articles covering medical conditions, alternative therapies, herbs and supplements, functional foods, drug interactions, and homeopathy.
Open Access Databases
What is Open Access?
"By Open Access, we mean the free, immediate, availability on the public Internet of those works which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment – permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose." More from SPARC
DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the point-of-care. Clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics. Not the full subscription database.
Select "print" rather than PDF for free access. Medknow Publications is a publisher for peer-reviewed, online/print+online journals in the area of STM. Medknow is the largest open access publisher publishing on behalf of learned societies and associations.
App for CINAHL & other EBSCO brand databases
There is an app for some of the EBSCO databases, including CINAHL.
Ebscohost Mobile Access Instructions:
Search CINAHL via EBSCOhost Mobile.
EBSCOhost Mobile includes:
HTML and PDF Full Text
Image Quick View
Image Collection (depending on the database that has been selected)