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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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Huang Yunyu et al., Economic evaluations of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers in type 2 diabetic nephropathy: a systematic review Health Care, Guidelines and Policy. BMC Nephrology (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2369-15-15

Hoffmann Tammy et al., Reporting of interventions in randomised trials: an audit of journal Instructions to Authors. Trials (2014) doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-20

Reboiro-Jato Miguel et al., geneCommittee: a web-based tool for extensively testing the discriminatory power of biologically relevant gene sets in microarray data classification Knowledge-based analysis. BMC Bioinformatics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-15-31

Pharithi B Rebabonye et al., Magnetic resonance myocardial perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of functionally significant obstructive coronary artery disease: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews (2014) doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-53

Chen Hsing-Yu et al., Identifying Chinese herbal medicine for premenstrual syndrome: implications from a nationwide database Patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2014) doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-206

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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