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Physical Therapy - Houston

Physical Therapy Subject Guide for the Houston Campus

PubMed/Mesh Simplified Search 2022

PubMed is the largest Health Sciences (that includes Health Care Administration, Nursing, Nutrition, Food Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy) database in the world, in any language,  so searching it can save research time. Enter PubMed  Database  then click Advanced. Enter a term (obesity) and click ADD. On the right, click ADD then Search to see results page. At the results screen, click limits on the left including  Full text, Publication date (5 years) Humans and  English  as preferred. Clicking additional filters lets you limit by article type, ages of the subjects, and more.  Click an article title, then Find It @TWU button and input your Pioneer Portal to open full text or to submit an interlibrary loan request. Click email to send. One method to save the citation(s) to your RefWorks account is to choose citations in your screen, click Send to then Citation Manager and  select citations to Create File and save to your desktop. Open your RefWorks account, and Import a file from your computer by finding the file you saved on your desktop with Add and Import References.  PubMed database changed in January, 2020 with streamlined searching. Video on PubMed 2022 is available here. See PubMed training here.

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These lists of journals represent a core selection that pertain to the subject area. If you wish to find more journals, please look in our Journal Search.

Why Use Multiple Resources?

Utilizing multiple resources, including a variety of databases and journals, give researchers more comprehensive insight into their field of interest. Some databases provide a breadth of literature, while other databases may choose to focus on a specific aspect. Expanding your search strategy to accommodate multiple resources offer a greater chance of success in your research efforts. 


Interlibrary Loan

If you need an article that you're unable to access through TWU Libraries, you can request it via ILLiad. To find out more or to submit an interlibrary loan request, please click here. 


These lists of databases represent a core selection that pertain to the subject area. If you wish to find more databases, please review our A to Z List of Databases.

Selected Help for PubMed, MEDLINE and Cochrane Database Use

The Cochrane Library is a valuable and different database  in health sciences research, described here with training available

The PubMed searching Help Guide here and more searching help on PubMed and MEDLINE are  here

A PubMed MeSH 44 minute controlled vocabulary tutorial video produced by the National Library of Medicine is here.

Advanced Searching in PubMed: see and also here

Is part of your article citation missing?  Use PubMed's tool to find the full citation: Single citation matcher

Learn how to save PubMed citations to RefWorks or another citation manager here

Search PubMed in a language other than English, including Spanish, French or others at BABEL PubMed

Here is a search guide to Finding Nursing Articles Fast in PubMed 2022

What does the National Library of Medicine do? See here

If you need to locate a test with internal validity and reliability, use these databases listed below to search for your subject (such as hand strength) and find articles that discuss the reliability and validity of those tests. You may need to obtain access to the full-text version through one of our databases, through TWU Library Search.