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.Respiratory Care

Research Guide

How to Use this Subject Guide


I am Iris Godwin, the respiratory care librarian. This guide points you toward the best starting points for doing research in this subject area. If you have questions, please let me know at Suggestions for this guide are appreciated.

   Use the tabs on the left to explore different sections of this guide.

   If you have questions or need help with research, visit the Get Help section and/or contact the librarian on this guide.

Best Databases to Try

PubMed Search Help

  • If a simple search in PubMed does not retrieve the articles for which you are searching, try PubMed Advanced Search Builder (tutorial video above).
  • To search by subject in the Libraries Catalog or PubMed, MeSH terms should be used for best results. See the About MeSH Headings tab of this box for more information.
  • Do you need a more in-depth PubMed tutorial? Please contact your librarian (see the profile boxes on this guide), try the tutorials on the NIH website (under Quick Tours), or you can use this PubMed Playlist by medical librarian Carrie Price to get quick tutorials.

MESH headings are used in a number of databases to provide more precise results. The video below explains what they are and how to use them.

To search by subject in the Libraries Catalog or PubMed, MeSH terms should be used for best results. The following list represents a sample of available headings; to obtain a complete list of relevant subject terms, please use the MeSH database in PubMed, the NIH MeSH Browser or consult with a librarian. 

Aortic diseases
Coronary disease
Echocardiography, Doppler
Echocardiography, Doppler, color
Echocardiography, three dimensional
Echocardiography, transesophageal
Heart defects, congenital
Heart Diseases 

Need images? This database can help you with that.

Videos to help

Duke Evidence Based Practice Intro 

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