Healthcare Delivery Publications

Publication Search Help

This publication search engine may provide some or all of the following features.

Setting the Search Criteria


Publications in the database you're searching may be categorized according to a particular organization or subject with which they're affiliated. If you are interested only in publications that are the product of one of the listed organizations or subjects, select that category from the appropriate drop-down list. Leave the drop-down list at its default setting if you want to search through all publications, regardless of category.

Keyword, Author, Title, or Abstract Search

You can search for publications based on their author, their title, or both. You may also be able to search based on keywords relevant to the topic of the publication, and within the abstract, for those publications that have one.

You can decide how strictly the search should adhere to your search terms separately for each field. Choose one of these options from each drop-down list:

  1. At least one word - This uses the "or" operator among words; that is, your results will include citations with any one or more of the names or words you enter. Do not use punctuation.
    • For authors, it is best to search for last names. First and sometimes middle initials are also stored in the database, but searching for a single letter will find any author with that letter anywhere in their name. For example, searching for "B" would find "Miller BA", but also "Abraham LA".
  2. All words - This uses the "and" operator among words; that is, your results will include only citations that contain all of the names or words you enter. The order of the words is not important. Do not use punctuation.
  3. Exact match - Publications will be found only if their citations contain text that exactly matches what you typed, including order of names/words, punctuation, etc.

It is not necessary to enter a complete title or list of authors. For example, searching for "Miller" in the Author field will return any publications for which an author named Miller is credited, even if the publication has several other authors as well.

It is likely that most keywords in the database are MeSH terms.

Date Published

You may limit your search to include publications from a certain data range. Publications will be found only if they were published on or after the start date you enter (if any) and on or before the end date you enter (if any). For each date, type the year in the indicated field, then select a month from the drop-down list.

Searching on Multiple Fields

When you enter search criteria in more than one field (for example, if you enter an author, a title, and a date range), you can choose whether to require that the search must find citations meeting all of those criteria, or at least one of those criteria. As with the Author, Title, or Keyword Search above, you are choosing whether to use the "and" operator or the "or" operator between fields. Search fields that you leave blank are ignored.

  • All fields must match the search criteria - The "and" operator is used. Citations will be found only if they match all of the fields in which you entered search criteria.
  • At least one field must match search criteria - The "or" operator is used. Citations will be found as long as they match at least one of the fields in which you entered search criteria.

For example, suppose you search for publications with "Miller" as an Author and "1996" as a Start Year.

  • If you choose All fields must match the search criteria, only publications that were published in or after 1996 by an author named Miller will be returned.
  • If you choose At least one field must match search criteria, the search will return all publications by an author named Miller, regardless of year, and all publications since 1996, regardless of author. Publications that meet both criteria; i.e., that were published by Miller since 1996, will only be listed once in the results.

Display Options

You may edit a number of settings that affect how your results are displayed.

  • # Entries to Display - This setting imposes a limit on the number of citations to be displayed. Your search will find no more than this number of citations, even if there are more matching records in the database. Choose All to remove this limitation.
  • Sort by - This setting determines the order in which your search results are listed.
    • Date, First Author - Citations will be ordered primarily by year of publication, with the most recent year at the top of the list. Publications with the same year will be ordered by the last name of the first author credited.
    • First Author - Citations will be listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author credited.
    • Title - Citations will be listed in alphabetical order according to the first word of the title.
  • Display abstracts (if available) - When this option is marked, the text of each publication's abstract, if it is in the database, will be displayed along with the citation.
  • When searching on title, also search the abstract field - When this option is marked, publications' abstracts, if they are in the database, will also be searched for the text you entered in the Title field, if any. Matching publications will be displayed in the results, but their abstracts will not be displayed unless you also mark the Display abstracts (if available) option.


The results page includes a listing of the search criteria you entered, the number of articles matching those criteria, options for viewing and downloading the results, and the bibliographic information for the matching publications. For journal articles, links to the PubMed entry, the abstract, and the full text will be provided, when available.

Generate a Report

Each publication listed on the results page has a checkbox next to it. Mark the checkbox to include that publication in your report. When you have indicated all of the citations that you want to include, use the "Report" controls at the top or bottom of the page to generate the report in one of three formats.

  • Bibliography - shows the citations only, listed in a standard bibliography style, without field names. This format is suitable for printing, or for copying text to paste into another application.
  • Printable, with abstracts - shows the citations and their abstracts as they appear on the results page, but without the graphics and interface controls. Like the bibliography, this format is suitable for printing or for copying and pasting.
  • RIS - downloads a file containing the marked citations in RIS format, which is suitable for importing into reference management software such as RefMan or EndNote.
Last Updated: 29 Nov, 2021