This guide covers search tools for research in topics related to the professional care of the teeth and mouth.

Getting Started

Searching the Literature

Using Subject Headings In Ovid Medline (7:02 min) This tutorial describes the differences between keyword and controlled vocabulary (MeSH headings) searching. It introduces the MeSH tree structure, subheadings, scope notes, autoexplode features, and how to combine terms using Boolean operators. 

Using Limits and Refining a Search in Ovid Medline (3:46 min) Learn how to effectively use limits when searching Ovid Medline. 

Saving and Recovering a Search in Ovid Medline (3:23 min) Learn how to set up an Ovid account, save a search strategy and retrieve it. 

PubMed Searching for Dental Students (4:08 min) This short video introduced students to the basics of searching Medline via the PubMed interface. 

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Organizing Your Research

NLM Citation Style

Citing Medicine, 2nd Edition 

Citing Medicine provides assistance to authors in compiling lists of references for their publications, to editors in revising such lists, to publishers in setting reference standards for their authors and editors, and to librarians and others in formatting bibliographic citations.

Mendeley: Personal Citation Manager

Mendeley is a freely available citation manager that allows you to manage your PDFs and create a database of your own citations by importing references or PDFs. Mendeley also has a plug-in for MS Word call Cite-O-Matic which allows you to format papers and bibliographies.

Using Mendeley for the first time? See the videos below to learn about how Mendeley can help you organize your research. You can also view additional guides and tutorials from


Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020 10:46 AM