PubMed comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Articles cited in PubMed may be available in EBSCOhost and/or Gale, the library's periodical databases. The library can also request materials found in PubMed via Interlibrary Loan.
Access to PubMed is freely available on the web. It is part of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
PubMed has a number of different search features. To get started with a basic search:
PubMed is a powerful search tool. However, many of the articles are not available in full text directly from PubMed. The ones that are available are clearly marked as either "Free Article" or "Free PMC Article." (See examples below--links to the full text are available from the individual article pages.)
There are several options for getting the full text of an article you find in PubMed:
This helpful video explains how to use PubMed's filters to limit and refine your search.
**The video uses an older version of the PubMed interface, but the filter function works the same way.**
What is a controlled vocabulary? A controlled vocabulary is a set of selected words or phrases that are used to aid in the search of organization, and therefore the ability to search and retrieve information. Synonyms and words that could be spelled different ways are often redirected to the 'authorized' term, assuring that search results are accurate. Controlled vocabularies are often hierarchical in structure. Meaning the authorized word can often be linked to broader or narrower search terms. Basically using a controlled vocabulary helps you to be precise in your search. Example.....
What is MeSH? MeSH is the controlled vocabulary thesaurus of the NLM (the National Library of Medicine). The NLM uses MeSH to index the articles found in the MEDLINE and PubMed databases. It is also used in the descriptions of items cataloged by the NLM such as books, documents, and images. Since the NLM covers all areas or medical and health care using MeSH terms in your search can be very helpful.
Watch the video below about using MeSH to improve your searching in PubMed.
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