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.
is the National Library of Medicine's search interface to
the 11 million citations in MEDLINE,
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
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:
also has its own Tutorial
Web site at:
by researching a question in which you have a personal
- 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