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BME 3506: Tissue Mechanics Laboratory : Finding Literature

Research strategies and tools for your literature review on tendons and ligaments

Research Assignment

For your ACL reconstruction graft challenge design project, you should be able to find sources in each of the following categories:

  • articles with examples of similar and relavant biological material models
  • articles which could assist you in understanding stress-strain behavior of the biological and synthetic materials (polypropelyne strands) used
  • material properties (such as stiffness at a given strength) of materials to verify with published values


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Search Summon for books, articles & more

What are MeSH Terms?

MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings and is a controlled vocabulary used within PubMed and other search tools available through the National Library of Medicine.

When searching PubMed, these can really help you narrow your searches, for instance try to use/combine some of the following:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament/injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament/surgery
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Elasticity
  • Tensile Strength
  • Models, Biological

Finding High Impact Literature

Selected sources for finding high impact research.

Research Challenge: Research Impact

Research Challenge
  1. Use one of the search tools above to find an article on your topic and make note of the complete citation information.
  2. Using Web of Knowledge, Google Scholar, AND ScienceDirect, give an estimate of how many cited references there are for this article.
  3. Is there a related article that has been cited more often?  If so, why do you think?

Filter & Follow Up

  • Scan results: Use subject headings, keywords, and phrases from your search results to refine your keyword searches.
  • Scrutinize article titles, number of pages, and journal title.
  • Browse promising abstract and conclusion sections of long studies.
  • Bibliographies can clue you in on the value of the article as well.
  • Find an interesting author? Search for more articles by that author.
  • Notice an agency, association or expert mentioned in an article? Follow up.

Only Finding a Citation? Get the Full Text

Within most databases, click on the FullTextFinder link to get options for obtaining the full text of the article.