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When and How to Use: PubMed

Common uses of PubMed in public libraries include:

  • Retrieving citations and abstracts to clinical articles.
  • Searching for elusive terminology or new disease entities.
  • Searching for therapy, diagnosis, etiology and prognosis.
  • Verifying author information, such as spelling of name, address, and additional articles by the same author.
  • Searching for clinical trials information.
  • Using the MeSH browser.

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's search interface to the 11 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE and publisher-supplied citations. PubMed contains links to full-text articles at participating publishers' Web sites, as well as links to other third-party sites, such as libraries and other information providers. 76% of the citations in PubMed have author abstracts, which may contain sufficient information for further discussion with a health care provider.

How to use:

There are excellent directions on searching PubMed in a brochure, "PubMed Basics," available in PDF format from the NN/LM at:
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PubMed also has its own Tutorial Web site at:
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Explore PubMed at
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by researching a question in which you have a personal interest.

Author's Note:
  • If you notice that there is a check next to Limits at any time you are using PubMed, click the button to see what limits have been applied before you start your search. You can deselect the limits if they do not fit your search parameters.
  • You can also click on Details to review the search strategy used to retrieve a set of citations.


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