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This guide will walk you step-by-step through searching for citations in PubMed. Follow the instructions on this panel to navigate through PubMed on the browser.
Once you've followed the instructions on this panel, click the arrow at the bottom of the page to move on to the next panel.
PubMed is a free citation database made available by the National Library of Medicine, a National Institute of Health. In PubMed, you will find citations and abstracts in the fields of:
You must navigate to PubMed through the UNTHSC Library web page in order to download full-text articles from their citation and abstract in PubMed.
Locate the "Find" tab on the Lewis Library website home page.
Make sure "Databases and Articles" is selected on the left-hand tabs.
From the drop down menu under "Select a database," select PubMed and hit "Go."
*Note* If you are off-campus, you may be asked to log in using your UNTHSC EID and password.
This is the PubMed home page. The default search box is located at the top of the page. Notice that there is an “Advanced” search option beneath the default search box.
Let’s say you’re looking for literature on how to treat shin splints. We can build a search using keywords and filters to help us locate articles in the Lewis Library collection.
Type “shin splints” into the search box and hit “search.” You should be taken to a list of PubMed search results. How many citations do you have?
Modify your search at the top of the page to search for “shin splints AND therapy.” Click search again to re-run it.
You should have significantly fewer results by adding a second search term, using the AND connector.
Select “languages” and “ages” and hit “show,” to add them to your filter menu. You can now filter results using those categories.
You can also customize certain filter categories. Under the Article types filter, select “Customize.” You now see the full list of article types available in PubMed.
You have now added them to your Article types Filter.
How many search results do you see now? It should be significantly less than our original search results.
To remove your filters, simply click on the applied filter again to remove the check mark, or select “Clear all” at the bottom of the filter menu.
Be sure that your results are sorted by "Most Recent."
Locate the “Search details” box on the right hand of the page. Notice that PubMed has taken your search string and applied additional search terms to the search, without the searcher having to do anything.
Change your results to be sorted by "Best Match."
Now see that the Search Details box has become "Best Match" and is displaying only MeSH terms. You will learn about this and MeSH terms in another guide.
Click the blue title of your first search result. You are now seeing the full record view for that article.
The PMID is the unique identifier for this article. If you were to copy and paste that article into the search results box, it would take you directly back to this record. Each article entry in PubMed has their own PMID number.
Here you see the publication types and MeSH terms applied to this record. MeSH (or Medical Subject Headings), are terms used to describe the content within the article. You’ll learn more about MeSH headings in another guide.
Click any MeSH heading once to view the “Actions” menu that appears.
Once you’ve found an article that fits your research needs, you can build a new search using the MeSH headings applied to that article to expand your search.
Scroll up to the top of the page and click the green “Find Full Text” button.
You have now searched the Lewis Library collection for the article. If we have a copy available, you should see a green “Article Full Text” button. Click on the button to be taken to a PDF copy of the article.
If we do not have a copy of the article available, you should see a link to “Request item.” Follow that link to place an inter-library loan request.
Go back to your article record in PubMed.
Locate the "Send to" drop down menu on the top right hand corner of the screen.
You can send the citation information for this article to your email or citation manager. Or, if you have created an NCBI account, you can send the article information your files or collections.
*Note: If you do a lot of literature searching in PubMed, it would be a good idea to create an NCBI account or download citation management software. Contact the library for help getting started.
You just completed a literature search in PubMed.
Library Research Services is here if you need any help finding literature or have any questions about this guide.
Contact us M-F, 8am to 5pm at (817) 735-2070 or at AskALibrarian@unthsc.edu.
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