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Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): FAQ's

Guide to locating health evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is google scholar? How should I use it?

Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. With Google Scholar, you can access peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book sections.  For literature searching, specialized databases have more functionality and access more comprehensive results, but Google Scholar is a good tool to use for a search for a known item.

You can configure Google Scholar to:

  • Display a link to NYU options for the full-text of an article
  • Export your citations to RefWorks or EndNote

Here's how to display NYU links:

  1. Open
  2. Go to the left screen, 3 bars, "Settings" 
  3. Click on menu item, "Library Links"
  4. Type in: NYU
  5. From the results, put a check mark next to "New York University Libraries-GetIt at NYU"
  6. Click on Save to save preferences.

The next time you search, the GetIt at NYU option will be available next to accessible article citations.


Here's how to change settings for Bibliography manager:

  1. Open
  2. Go to the left screen, 3 bars, "Settings" 
  3. In the Search Results, go to Bibliography Manager
  4. Select Show Links  to import citation into: (your choice of bibliography manager, BibTex, Refworks, Endnote, etc.)
  5. Click on Save to save preferences.

Adding References from PubMed to Endnote

    1. In PubMed, perform a search and mark the references you want to export; use the dropdown menu to Send to “Clipboard,” Choose destination, Clipboard, click ADD to Clipboard.
    2. When you are finished with your search session, click on items you have saved in "Clipboard" (upper right of screen) ;
    3. Once you are in Clipboard,  click "Send to" in upper right of screen and in drop-down menu, select “Citation Manager”. 
    4. Then click on Create File.

    If you are using Firefox, you will be prompted to open the file with the ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper. After you click "Okay," EndNote will open and your references will be exported directly to your EndNote library.

    If you are using Chrome or Safari, an ".nbib" file will be saved in your Downloads, then you must import the file, using the following steps:

    1. From the EndNote "File" menu, choose "Import > File". Browse to, and select, the ".nbib" file (in Downloads).
    2. As your Import Option, choose NLM PubMed (if NLM PubMed does not appear in your list of import options, select "Other Filters" to find it in the full list of import options).
    3. Then click "Import". Your citations will be imported to your EndNote library.

    Saving Search Histories in CINAHLPlus, PubMed, PsycINFO, Proquest, and Ovid databases


    How to Save:



    On the main search page, click on Search History. Next, click on Print Search History

    ( to yourself, see below!)


    From Search Results, click Share

    Add search to Folder

    From Folder, checkmark the search

    Email to send to yourself

    PubMed (Medline)

    1. Click on Advanced link, to display your search steps.

    2. On next screen, Click on "Download History"

    Save one line of your search by clicking search # on left, save in a MY NCBI account.


    Proquest Central

    Click on Recent Searches to view history.

    Next, choose Export options.


    Ovid databases (PsycINFO, Medline, Hapi, etc)

    1. EXPAND to view and edit your search steps.

    2. When you are ready to save your search strategy, select one or more citations, the choose Email or Export.  Check the option to "include search history"

    3. You will receive an email with your search strategy included.


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