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Database Tutorials

This LibGuide contains step by step instructions for majority of research databases available in the Wolfgram collection.

PubMed

About this Database

  • PubMed is a free search interface for biomedical and life sciences literature developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • The PubMed database contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature.  PubMed does not include full-text journal articles, but if the full text is available through a publisher or archive it will be linked within the result record. If the link is unavailable, please make a request through inter-library loan.
  • The PubMed interface allows you to search three collections: MEDLINE, PubMed Central, and the NCBI Bookshelf.  For more information, there is the National Library of Medicine’s page with an explanation of how PubMed, MEDLINE, and PubMed Central are related.

With a foundation in clinical medicine, PubMed includes a wide range of biomedical and health topics including:

  • Environmental health
  • Social sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Chemical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Life sciences
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Bioengineering

Navigate to the PubMed Database

Library Home Page A to Z Database ListPubMed

Keyword Searching

Follow these steps to search the database:

  1. Enter your search terms/keywords. To search for a phrase, put the words into quotation marks. 
    PubMed search interface
  2. View your results.
  3. Filter your results. The options on the left column(in red) allow you to limit your results by publication date, type of research, and the availability of full-text.
    PubMed results list

Advanced Search Builder

Search Terms Drop-Down Menu

screenshot of search term drop-down list

Using the advanced search builder, you can select which field you would like to search.  If you would like to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for more relevant results, that is an option on this menu.  The menu is long, so you may have to scroll to find the field you are looking for.

Query Boxes

PubMed advanced search interface

The advanced search builder gives you two options for entering a query.  The search terms query allows you to select a field, or to search all fields, for your keywords.  The query box below the search term query allows you to search using Boolean operators in a string of text.

For more information, check out PubMed's online User Guide.