Submitting a Search Request
All researchers involved in the Caries CDC are requested to fill in a Searching Worksheet/Checklist in full, and to e-mail the checklist to the searcher.
Search results are being downloaded in the OVID format for Reprint/MEDLARS. This can be imported into any version of EndNote and all versions of ProCite *EXCEPT* the newest version. If you haven't upgraded your copy of Procite, *please* wait until after this project. Originally, I was posting results as single files for the search strategy and a separate file for all results. Because of inconsistent problems inporting the merged result files into the databases, I am now posting the raw files as they download from OVID. This makes for less pleasant viewing in Netscape, but better importing. Search strategies and results can be found at: http://www.lib.umich.edu/dentlib/nihcdc/searches/
How to Read the File Names
Each file name begins with some version of the researcher(s) name(s). The following number designates the question number for that topic and is followed by the version of the search. If the search results totalled over 300 citations, the downloaded results are divided into multiple files. If this is the case, the topic and version will be followed by a number indicating the file segment number. Additional "codes" in some filenames are to be interpreted as follows:
- SS = search strategy only
- EM = EMBASE search results
- BRS = BRS download format, *not* Reprint/Medlars
Age Groups in MEDLINE and EMBASE
The age groups which are available as limits in MEDLINE and EMBASE are different, and this difference will require to pay special attention to those ages when reviewing the EMBASE search results. Since EMBASE tends to have the smaller retrieval, I ask that people define the age groups for their question according to the MEDLINE age limits in the table below.
|neonate (birth-1 month)
|infant (1-24 months)
||infant (birth to 12 months)
||child (unspecified age?)
|school age 6-12
||school age 7-12
|aged, (80 and over)
I am trying to provide each researcher with an OVID-ready search string to retrieve just their key articles for their search topics. This *may* make it easier for them to identify whether or not those articles are retrieved in their search results, or to locate them. Thos search strings are comprised of the unique identifier (UI) for each article. This is kind of like a call number, and is an easy way to find one particular article without any others.