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PubMed access to biomedical research literature

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Learn to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's premiere search engine for biomedical literature. More than 18 million citations from life science journals can be searched through this free service. Topics as diverse as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care and preclinical sciences are covered in PubMed. It is one of NCBI's Entrez databases, and so many many handy tools and links are offered. You can quickly access related information in a variety of fields and can customize your results, for example. Improve the efficiency and accuracy of your searches with simple strategies and tips that you will find in this tutorial.
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You'll learn:

  • basic, advanced, and Boolean search methods
  • additional searching methods like the Entrez Global query and the MeSH query
  • tips to understand the visual cues and displays
  • to use My NCBI to customize your results and save searches which can be run and emailed regularly


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Recent BioMed Central research articles citing this resource

Funk Christopher et al., Large-scale biomedical concept recognition: an evaluation of current automatic annotators and their parameters Knowledge-based analysis. BMC Bioinformatics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-15-59

Wagner Stefanie et al., A coordinate-based ALE functional MRI meta-analysis of brain activation during verbal fluency tasks in healthy control subjects Cognition and behavior: learning and behavior. BMC Neuroscience (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2202-15-19

Knox B Tessa et al., An online tool for mapping insecticide resistance in major Anopheles vectors of human malaria parasites and review of resistance status for the Afrotropical region. Parasites Vectors (2014) doi:10.1186/1756-3305-7-76

Pribluda S Victor et al., Were medicine quality and pharmaceutical management contributing factors in diminishing artemisinin efficacy in Guyana and Suriname?. Malaria Journal (2014) doi:10.1186/1475-2875-13-77

Ayieko James et al., Efficacy of isoniazid prophylactic therapy in prevention of tuberculosis in children: a meta–analysis Tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases. BMC Infectious Diseases (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2334-14-91

More about the resource:

PubMed is provided to researchers by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). For decades NLM has collected, organized, and curated biomedical literature and made it searchable. PubMed is continually updated and provides data that are also linked extensively to other NLM and NCBI resources and to many external databases as well.


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