Speaking PubMed’s Language: How to Translate Your Research Question and Run a Productive Search

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Are you new to academic searching? Do health sciences databases make you scratch your head? In a world where simple Google searching dominates the information landscape, it can be challenging to use a step-by-step search method when gathering research evidence. In this session, we’ll take you through the process of translating your research question into key concepts that are readable by databases like PubMed. This process includes organizing concepts using a search grid, applying Boolean logic, and using search fields and filters.

This session is part of Information in Action: Building Research Capacity brought to you by NSHA Research & Innovation.

Learning Objectives

  • Translate a research question into key search concepts
  • Run searches using appropriate syntax and Boolean logic
  • Apply database fields and filters
  • Assess whether search results reflect your needs

Recommended for: Members of the NS Research Community who are new to writing research proposals or funding applications, or who want to brush up on related skills. These sessions would be of most benefit to Early Career Investigators(PhDs, physicians, residents, fellows, other health care professionals, etc.) or research staff who are interested in learning more, assisting with, or are developing their own research studies.


Leah Boulos, Evidence Synthesis Coordinator, Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU)

Katie McLean, Librarian Educator, Staff Training & Education, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Join Us

In Person: RMU Multimedia Room, Room 114, Centre for Clinical Research, 5790 University Avenue, Halifax

Online: You will receive an email from the organizer prior to the event to join the session remotely.


Please note: Online registration requires an nshealth.ca, iwk.nshealth.ca, dal.ca, unb.ca, upei.ca, horizonnb.ca, novascotia.ca, or vitalitenb.ca email address. Others interested in registering for Research & Innovation sessions are encouraged to email ResearchEducation@nshealth.ca for more information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00