PubMed is the public access gateway to MEDLINE, the National
Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database covering the fields
of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care
system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic
citations and author abstracts from approximately 3,900 current
biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 foreign
countries. The file contains approximately 9 million records dating back
to 1966. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from
English-language sources or have English abstracts.
You may access PubMed from anywhere.
How to Search PubMed
To find out if the Library has full-text for the source identified
click this icon:
This option is available from the abstract view of each citation, but
not from the citation display. If no full-text is
available, you may use the "Article
not available? Request it from another library (ILL)" link at the
bottom of the results screen to populate the ILL request from with
citation information. In addition, see
to Access Periodicals for
1. TO SEARCH
Enter search terms in the query box. The features bar directly
beneath the query box provides access to additional search options. You
may enter one or more search terms in the query box and press the enter
key or click <Go>. You may want to use the MeSH Browser to
identify specific subject search terms. Once you click
PubMed will display your search results.
2. TO MODIFY YOUR SEARCH
Use AND to narrow your search and OR to expand your search.
Example: nurse midwives AND employment
Example: rural hospital OR rural health center
Use AND and OR to combine sets you have already created.
Example: #3 AND therapy
Example: #1 OR #2
Use truncation * to search for all forms of a root word.
Example: bacter* retrieves bacteria, bacterium, bacteriophage
You may use the Limits feature to limit your search by date,
language, publication types, and others. If you applied
the check box next to Limits will be marked and a listing of your limit
selections will be displayed. To turn off the existing limits, click on
the check box to remove the check before running your next search.
To search by an author's name enter the name in the format of last
name plus initials (no punctuation).
Example: smith ja
3. TO DISPLAY AND MARK RESULTS
PubMed retrieves search results and displays the citations in batches
of 20 per page.
To mark a record to save or print, check the box next to the citation
number of the displayed record. After you have checked the records you
want to print or save, put them in PubMed's Clipboard by clicking the
<Add to Clipboard> button. The Clipboard can hold up to 500 items.
4. TO PRINT OR SAVE YOUR SEARCH RESULTS
To print or save selected items from PubMed's Clipboard: Click in the
box next to each citation you want and then click on <Add to
Clipboard>. When you are ready to print or save your records, click
on the <Clipboard> link to go there. Within the Clipboard, display
the citations in the format you want to print or save. Use your
browser's print function to print the page or the <Save> button to
save your records to a disk.
5. TO EXIT
Use the <Home> button in your Internet browser to exit PubMed.