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Basic PubMed


PubMed/Medline is the premier source for biomedical literature.

Learn how to search PubMed using these Quick Tours.

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Search PubMed:

Search Construction

There are many ways to construct a search.  Here are some things to consider when creating your search.

Advanced PubMed: Search Tools

PubMed offers some advanced features to build your search:

Single Citation Matcher: A fill-in-the-blank form for searching a citation when you have some bibliographic information (e.g., journal name, volume, page).

Filters: Use filters to narrow your search results by date, language, article type, etc.

Building Blocks: Use Boolean logic (AND, OR, and NOT), search history, phrase searching, and truncation.

MESH: An acronym for Medical Subject Headings; PubMed/MEDLINE uses MESH terms for indexing articles.

Clinical Queries: Prefrabricated searches that limit to specific clinical studies (i.e., etiology, diagnosis, therapy, prognosis, or clinical prediction).

Advanced PubMed: Manage Results

Display/Sort: Use the Display Settings menu to change the display format, the number of citations per page and the sort order of your results.

Send to: An menu option to send or copy PubMed records to a file, to the Clipboard, to Collections, to E-Mail, to order, to My Bibliography, or to a Citation manager program.

Linkout: Links to full text resources from PubMed are available through a service called LinkOut.

MyNCBI: A feature that allows you to save records and searches, and customize your results display with filters and other options.

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