Biomedical Engineering and Design
- Search Tips -- Save Your Time!
- Consumer Information
- Medical Textbooks Online
- Online Dictionaries
- Device-related Organizations
- Managing Your Citations
Save your time! Use these search techniques:
- Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together
--- Example: "machine learning"
- Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings
--- Example: high* = high, highs, higher, highest
- Start by putting your search words in the Title. If you get nothing, you can take them out of TITLE and move them to ANYWHERE.
- AccessMedicine - A collection of medical textbooks (e.g., Harrison's Internal Medicine), with overviews of diseases and conditions, lab tests, drug information, images, and more
--- Wheeless's Textbook of Orthopaedics (Duke University) is not included in this database, but is also a good source of information
Note: Always check a page's revision date to make sure that the information is not too old.
- AccessEngineering and ENGnetBASE (which is part of CRCnetBASE) - Collections of engineering textbooks, including several about device design
Note: Just use the search box on the top right.
Here are just a few of the public and private organizations for those involved in rehabilitation engineering:
Most databases allow you to EXPORT citations to a citation manager, such as RefWorks or EndNote.
It's usually simple -- however, some databases need a few extra steps.
PubMed -- Pubmed's way of exporting articles is complicated, so here is the easy way:
- Put the article title into Google Scholar
- Underneath the article's citation, click "Cite"
- At the bottom of that window are some citation managers, including RefWorks
- Do your search
- Check the citations you want to export
- From the top of the page, choose "Selected Records"
- Choose "Download"
- You can choose RefWorks, and they also offer MyPC, Mendeley, Google Drive, DropBox, and YourFolders
To see links to our full-text articles:
Go through the library website this URL, which includes "jhum"):
Get to PubMed in any of three ways:
- On the MSEL home page: Articles and Databases --> Databases --> "Find a specific database by name" (the first box)
- Or, use the second box after "Databases," which is "Find a database by subject," such as "Medicine" or "Public Health"
- On the Welch library page, click on PubMed (on the left, under "Popular Resources")
Refine your searches, so that you get exactly what you want:
Use the choices on the left side of the page, including
- publication dates
- article types
Use "Show Additional Filters," also on the left of the page; these include
- languages (e.g., English)
- subjects (e.g., bioethics)
- ages (e.g., adult:19-44 years)
Phrases - Put phrases in quotation marks, so that the words stay next to each other ("chicken pox")
Truncate - Save your time! Put an asterisk - * - at the end of your search word (for example, transplant* will get you "transplant," "transplants," "transplanting," and "transplantation")
EMBASE is the world's other great database for biomedical topics. It includes articles, conference papers, and post-market surveillance reports, among other things.
- It has greater coverage in some areas than PubMed, especially in the areas of pharmacology and toxicology
- It has some specialized search features for medical devices, including "manufacturers," "comparisons," "economics,"
EMBASE also has content that PubMed does not have, so always search *both* databases.
Registration -- To save your searches, you must register for a free username and password.
- During the registration process, you will be asked to enter an "institutional key," which is Johns Hopkins University
To do a search, click on "Search" on the blue line at the top of the page, and pull down "Advanced Search":
Now you can do a comprehensive search with the limits that you want:
- date -- the years during which articles were published
- sources -- either EMBASE or MEDLINE (the *published* articles from PubMed, not those in press)
- fields -- author, title, etc.; e.g., for articles with your search words in the article *Title*, add :ti to your search
- quick limits -- limits such as "humans," "only in English" and a few others
- EBM -- "evidence-based medicine"; choose "Cochrane review," "systematic review," "controlled clinical trial," "randomized trial," and/or "meta-analysis"
- pub types -- for example, review articles, editorials, and a few more choices
- languages -- choose from among lots of languages
- gender -- male, female, or articles about both men and women
- age -- choose from among given age ranges
- animal -- "animal cell," "animal experiment," "animal model," and/or "animal tissue"
Your searches can also use:
- AND -- Every article must include *all* search words (e.g., dog AND cat)
- OR -- Articles must include at least one of the search words (dog OR cat OR bird). The articles do not need to have all of these words in them.
- NOT -- You do not want articles with that search word(s) in it (e.g., dog NOT cat)
- NEAR/n – The words must be within some number of words of another word (e.g., e: symptom NEAR/5 headache gets articles with the word "symptom" within 1, 2, 3, or 4 words near "headache," no matter which comes first)
- NEXT/n – Same thing as above, except the order *does* matter (e.g., symptom NEXT/5 headache will get articles with the word "symptom" *before* the word "headache," with 1, 2, 3, or 4 words between them)
There are two ways to focus on finding device information:
- Do an advanced search and then use the left column to choose *Device,* and narrow it down from there
-- OR --
- Start with a "Device" search:
Device Fields includes
- device manufacturers
- device trade names
Device Subheadings includes
- adverse device effect
- device comparison
- device economics
- clinical trial
There are two ways to focus on finding drug information:
- SEARCH (word in the middle of the top of the page) --> Choose Advanced (word under the second blue line at the top of the page), then use the left column to choose *Drugs,* and narrow it down from there
- SEARCH --> Drug (word under second blue line at the top of the page)
Drug Fields includes
- drug manufacturers
- drug trade names
Drug Subheadings has 17 choices, including
- adverse drug effect
- drug analysis
- drug dose
Routes has many choices, including
Compendex (Engineering), Google Scholar, and More
Best Database for Engineering --> Compendex
- It is the biggest database for engineering, and for computer and IT topics
- Use its features to focus your search (remember to put PHRASES in quotation marks)
- Put some of your search words in the TITLE, and change the dates
- If you get too many results, refine the list by using the choices on the left
- All of the other Engineering databases are here, on "Databases by TOPIC"
More articles and other kinds of information:
- For finding for finding comparisons between treatments, use Cochrane Library and PEDro [Physiotherapy Evidence Database
- Remember that PubMed and EMBASE also have clinical trials, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and other publication types
To find other databases with articles about your topics:
The Welch Library subscribes to some specialized databases that require a username and/or password.
- If a medicine-related database asks you for a password, check this list.
UptoDate cannot be accessed through the JHU portal or VPN. It can only be accessed through
- a Hopkins computer, or
- a device using the Hopkins wireless network
Patents -- The patent literature can also supply information about companies. You can examine the patents assigned to a company, especially the recent patent applications, and perhaps gain insight into its plans for research and/or product development.