Allied and Complementary Medicine: AMED

Allied and Complementary Medicine: AMED


This video demonstrates how to conduct a basic
search in the AMED database. AMED covers a range of health care related subjects including
physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, complementary medicine, and speech and language
therapy. This is the AMED homepage, which will automatically
start on the ‘Basic Search’ screen. However, to carry out the most effective searches
you will always need to select the ‘Multi-Field Search’ screen as this helps you to search
with more keywords simultaneously. In this example search, I will look for information
on how physiotherapy can help a child with cerebral palsy. I enter my first search term:
“physiotherapy” and to ensure I don’t miss any relevant results I also enter “physical
therapy”. I then type “cerebral palsy” in the next box and click the search button. The search retrieved 418 results, too many
for me to go through. In order to remove irrelevant results, we
can add another keyword to the search: “child” and select the search button again. This new search has retrieved 282 results
so I need to narrow my results further. I can ensure that AMED only looks for my terms
in specific sections of the database by changing the drop down option next to “physiotherapy”
and “cerebral palsy” to “Title”. AMED will now search for these words in only
the titles of articles. Click on the search button again to see the results. This revised search has brought back 38 results.
If I wanted to further refine these results, such as set a date range for when the articles
were published, I would select all the results and apply a filter using the options on the
left of the screen by scrolling down. For this search, I will select the option
that will retrieved articles only within the last 5 years – this search now only shows
5 articles. Once I have completed my keyword search I
can begin to select articles I want to view. AMED does provide citations and in some instances
abstracts, which give more detail on the content of an article.
To view the abstract, click on the ‘Abstract’ button and it will appear underneath. To see if there is access to the full text
article through the online library, click on the ‘find [email protected]’ button. A find it! box will appear with the details
of the article at the top of the page such as the journal title, and the year, volume,
issue and page numbers. You will be able to see if there is online access to the full
article. If not, then you can check the library catalogue for print access by clicking here
to be taken to Library Search. Once you click on the “Full Text Online” button the article
will load if access is available online. Not all articles may be available online and
this message will be displayed if you cannot access this through MMU Library. A print version
maybe available – you can check Library Search using the link underneath the error
message. AMED also offers the Search History function,
which allows you to revisit previous searches. Each individual search you conduct, and the
number of results retrieved, is stored separately in the Search History box. You can quickly
combine any of your individual searches by selecting them and then click AND. Any combination that I try is also saved in
the search history. To make the most of this feature it is best to initially search for
one word or phrase at a time, before combining them with ‘AND’ here, as this gives you
the most flexibility in combining your search terms. This feature saves time and gives greater
flexibility as it is not necessary to re-enter individual searches, I simply mix and match
the individual keyword searches from the search history box. To view the results of any of
the combined searches in the search history box, click on the ‘Display’ button to
the right of your relevant search. If you would like to learn how to narrow your
search results to find relevant resources faster by using AND or other Boolean Operators,
you can visit the library address on the screen to learn how. For more help and information, please ask
a member of staff in the Library or visit the Library website.

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