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Combining search terms with AND / OR

This short video provides a simple explanation of how to use AND & OR in database search strategies.  [There is no audio.]

Search strategies in systematic reviews

Just for fun, check out a very complicated example of the use of AND & OR in the search strategy for a public health-related systematic review.  

Note:  You are NOT being asked to do the kind of in-depth search strategy that would be employed in a systematic review.

Welcome to the SPH 222 Course Guide

Welcome to the library course guide for SPH 222: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health.

This guide is intended to help you:

  • access the required book for your course readings;
  • get research help from a health science librarian;
  • find the literature that you will need to write your research paper for this class; and ultimately,
  • learn how to find evidence to support your public health practice after graduation.

Questions???  Contact me by phone or email.  I am happy to answer quick questions or we can schedule a consultation appointment, either at Carlson or Blaisdell Library for more in-depth assistance.


    Research process

    • How to Search for Literature More Effectively
      From Sheldon Margen Public Health Library at UC Berkeley, this webpage offers tips about developing a topic and search strategy, as well as critically evaluating and managing search results.
    • PubMed Tutorial
      From the National Library of Medicine, this is an interactive tutorial that provides comprehensive instruction about searching PubMed, using MeSH controlled vocabulary, and managing citations in a MyNCBI account.
    • Evidence Based Practice Tutorial
      From the University of Minnesota Libraries, this multidisciplinary tutorial includes EBM examples from public health, nursing, veterinary medicine, medicine, and other health fields.


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