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Exercise 3 - Suggested Answer

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Use the MeSH Database to build a strategy that will find citations to articles about schizophrenia resulting from prenatal exposure to influenza. Schizophrenia and influenza should be the major topics of the articles.

This is a suggested answer. Your approach and retrieval may vary. New citations are added regularly to PubMed.

  • Step 1: Select MeSH Database from the Database Selection menu above the search box.

  • Step 2: Enter your first term (schizophrenia) in the search box. Click Search.

  • Step 3: Click the Schizophrenia term link to see the Full display for this term.

  • Step 4: Click on the check box next to Restrict to MeSH Major Topic. Click Add to search builder.

  • Step 5: Enter your next term (prenatal exposure) in the search box. Click Search.

  • Step 6: Prenatal exposure is not a MeSH term. However, the MeSH database retrieves the term, Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects. Read the definition for the term Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects to make sure this term correctly represents your concept. Click Add to search builder.

  • Step 7: Enter your last term (influenza) in the search box. Click Search.

  • Step 8: Click the Influenza, Human term link to see the Full display for this term. Click on the check box next to Restrict to MeSH Major Topic. Click Add to search builder.

  • Step 9: Click the Search PubMed button to run the search in PubMed.

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