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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.


    Book on Reserve at Carlson--Winter 2015

    Library-licensed eBooks Icon should be accessible if you are on the UC Davis Network (including WiFi) or logged onto the VPN.

    Cover Art
    Health Program Planning - Lawrence W. Green; Marshall W. Kreuter
    ISBN: 0072556838
    Publication Date: 2004
    Print: Carlson Reserves

    Cover Art
    Planning Health Promotion Programs - L. Kay Bartholomew; Guy S. Parcel; Gerjo Kok; Nell H. Gottlieb; Maria E. Fernandez  Icon
    ISBN: 9780470528518
    Publication Date: 2011
    Print: Carlson Reserves
    Electronic available

    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.
    • Begin Research Tutorial
      In this tutorial by UC Libraries, the Basic Search and Advanced Search tabs provide an excellent overview of database search techniques, including the use of "AND" and "OR" in search strategies.
    • 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.


    Amy Studer

    Contact Info:
    Blaisdell Medical Library
    (916) 734-0206

    Subjects:  Open Access, NIH Public Access Mandate, Public Health, NCBI Bioinformatics Databases & Tools

    Carlson Health Sciences Library [map]
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    Health Sciences District
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    Librarian Presentation -- January 21, 2015


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