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What is PubMed?

PubMed, from the US National Library of Medicine, is the core biomedical research resource and contains well over 27 million citations and abstracts to medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, health care, and preclinical sciences journal articles. Many articles are Open Access, and thus available to all, and the ATSU community can get access to many more via ATSM Library subscriptions.

Access PubMed through the Library links to automatically get access to articles with ATSU subscriptions, or look up journal titles in the Library's A-Z Journal finder to see if they are available.

Tutorials : How to Search PubMed

7 Steps to an Effective Search

  1. Access PubMed via the Library’s web site in order to have access to the full text of Library subscriptions.
    1. Note: PubMed is free to use and contains many full-text articles, but using the Library's link will give you access to far more.
  2. Break your search into component concepts and enter terms for each concept in separate search boxes.
  3. Use Advanced search to get multiple search boxes and the index list.
  4. Change Display Setting to “Abstract”, and apply
  5. Review abstracts and send relevant citations to Clipboard
  6. For the most relevant citations, click on Related Articles and send to Clipboard additional relevant citations; repeat till most relevant citations are identified
  7. If necessary, further refine your search using the filters on the right and the left of the results page.
    1. Filters include article type, language, publication dates.
  • Find more detailed information in the PDF provided above

Single Citation Matcher

Using MeSH to improve your search


Find Answers to any question you may have about PubMed.  Some examples include:

  • How do I find systematic reviews?
  • How can I save my results?
  • How do I find a specific citation?
  • Also check out video tutorials and quick tours of database features