Tips for successful PubMed searching

  1. Combine terms with AND or OR 
     » asthma AND (tobacco OR smoking)
  2. Use Limits 
     » Limits include age groups, publication type, language, ...
  3. Search for your term as a word in the title or title or abstract (using Limits)
  4. Use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), with subheadings
  5. Try PubMed's Clinical Queries or Topic-Specific Queries 
     » Clinical Queries = "evidence-based medicine" searches 
     » Topic-Specific Queries: Health Disparities, Comparative Effectiveness, Health Services Research, and many more
  6. Use the Related Citations link, once you find highly relevant citations