I have to find an article for PTH 110 with specific limits (not older than 10 years, randomized controlled trial, from the countries United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand).


1. Go to PubMed.gov. This database is linked on the TCC Libraries databases, on the Health Portal, and on the Physical Therapy Research Guide.

2. In the search box, enter the following search strategy:

  • ("United States" OR USA OR Canada OR "United Kingdom" OR Australia OR "New Zealand") AND your topic/disorder
    • Think about the search as a combination of the concepts of your topic. We're including the concept of the location limits with the first parentheses. The next concept will be the disorder you're researching. You may also want to add the concept of ("physical therapy OR rehabilitation) depending on how many results you get.
    • PubMed is specific about how to combine concepts. Group concepts with parentheses.
    • Use "quotation marks" to identify phrases or groups of words you want to appear together in that order.
    • Capitalize AND and OR just like the example above.
    • If you add more concepts, be sure to capitalize AND or OR.
      • Example: ("United States" OR USA OR Canada OR "United Kingdom" OR Australia OR "New Zealand") AND "muscular dystrophy" AND ("physical therapy" OR rehabilitation)

3. Click Search.

4. On the left under My NCBI Filters, check the box next to Randomized Controlled Trial and select 10 years under Publication Date.

5. Review the results. Click on the title of an article to get more information.

  • Under the authors, click +expand to confirm their affiliations with institutions in the countries specified in the assignment.

  • View options for accessing full text on the right under Full Text Links. If the full text isn't available in PubMed, you can see if we have it available through another database using Journal Finder or request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Get the formatted citation in a variety of styles by clicking " Cite and selecting the preferred format.

  • Last Updated May 20, 2024
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  • Answered By Brittany Horn

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