An example of a search constructed from key articles

In a previous blog post we described how known key articles kan be use to construct and test a search. In this post you can follow an example of a search constructed with key articles as the starting point. We've made a film about the search process to make it more accessible.

This is the research question used in the film:
Does compression clothing improve recovery after long distance running events?

These are the key articles used to construct the search:

The use of compression stockings during a marathon competition to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage: are they really useful? Areces F, Salinero JJ, Abian-Vicen J, González-Millán C, Ruiz-Vicente D, Lara B, et al. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Jun;45(6):462-70. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5863

Influence of compression garments on recovery after marathon running. Hill JA, Howatson G, van Someren KA, Walshe I, Pedlar CR. J Strength Cond Res. 2014 Aug;28(8):2228-35. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000469

Compression socks and functional recovery following marathon running: a randomized controlled trial. Armstrong SA, Till ES, Maloney SR, Harris GA. J Strength Cond Res. 2015 Feb;29(2):528-33. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000649

(You can also read the script for the film)

The resulting searches look like this.  Feel free to try them yourself!

PubMed search based on MesH Terms
(Stockings, Compression OR Clothing)
AND
(Leg Injuries OR Myalgia OR Muscle Fatigue OR Skeletal Muscle/injuries OR Recovery of Function)
AND
Running

Free text search, useful for example in Web of Science
(compression stocking* OR compression garment* OR compression sock*)
AND
(muscle* damage* OR muscle* sore* OR muscle fatigue OR recovery OR myalgia OR injur*)
AND
(marathon OR run*)

Magdalena Svanberg

Bibliotekarie som handleder och undervisar studenter på alla nivåer. Är också del av bibliotekets sökargrupp.