Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2018     Views: 23

Depending on the database that is used, here are the instructions for saving the search history.

  • In PubMed, after you have run your search, look in the sidebar on the right. One of the options listed there is "Search Details" (you will have to scroll down to see this option). Click on "See More." The box labeled "Query Translation" shows how the PubMed computer interpreted your search. Near the bottom you will see "User Query." That will show your search strategy. Copy and paste this information into a document to submit to your professor.

  • In CINAHL, click on "Search History." This link is located under the boxes where search terms are entered. This option will give you a list of all the searches you have done on your topic. Again, copy and paste your search strategy into your assignment.

  • In ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Database, locate the icons in the upper-right corner. Locate the icon with a counterclockwise circle with a clock face. If you hover over the icon a text box will appear that read "Recent Searchs." You can copy and paste this information.

Be aware that for any database your search history is permanently deleted once you exit the web browser. However, there are options to create accounts in the major database platforms provided by the UW Libraries. These accounts allow you to save search histories and results in a cloud-based account. This FAQ provides information on setting up an account in these databases.


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