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Database & Resource Help

Tutorials & information for ATSU's subscribed online resources

What is PubMed?

PubMed, produced by the National Library of Medicine, is the world's largest biomedical database and is considered the premier database to use for conducting medical research. In addition, PubMed's rigorous requirements for being included help to ensure that the material found in PubMed is generally of higher quality than what you can find in other places like Google Scholar.

One of the best things about PubMed is that the database itself is freely available on the internet, and many of the articles within it are available for free, meaning PubMed is a resource you can use and rely on regardless of what kind of library access you have in your professional future.

Of course, you can use our library links to ensure you get full-text access to all articles via the ATSU Library's subscriptions and ILL service. 

PubMed includes:

  • the MEDLINE® database, a predefined list of journals that meet the NLM's rigororus quality checks
  • articles from PubMed Central, an open-access database that provides full text of all research articles funded by the National Institutes of Health
  • select book chapters and government documents from the NCBI Bookshelf

On this page you will find:

  • Short instructional videos on PubMed produced by the ATSU Library
  • Interactive Tutorials on Using PubMed produced by the National Library of Medine
  • Links to help documentation and additional information on using PubMed

Library PubMed Tutorials

PubMed Basics

Advanced PubMed Searching

What are MeSH terms?

MeSH is:

  • the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary (thesaurus).
  • a vocabulary that gives uniformity and consistency to the indexing and cataloging of biomedical literature.
  • a distinctive feature of MEDLINE.
  • arranged in a hierarchical manner called the MeSH Tree Structures.
  • updated annually.

PubMed Advanced Search Tutorial

Additional PubMed Features

Additional Help