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Why PubMed?

  • To find the latest research
  • If it's a complex topic
  • If it's a controversial topic
  • For psychosocial issues
  • For cultural questions

But first consider how might you construct a well-built clinical question?

For more info see our guide on Evidence-Based Medicine | http://jabsom.hawaii.libguides.com/ebm


PubMed's Search Tools

PubMed offers some advanced features to build your search:

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. 

Topic Specific Queries: Prefabricated searches that limit to specific topics (i.e. cancer, bioethics, therapy, alternative medicine,


Managing Your 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.

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


Alternative methods to find articles

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

Find It: Links to full text resources through UH using the Find It button. 

A-Z Journal List: Search for individual journal titles.


Other Databases

Academic Search Premier: Combines results from social science and biomedical databases

Web of ScienceCombines results from social science and biomedical databases and journal citation reports.

More Databases

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