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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

Lin Leesa et al., What have we learned about communication inequalities during the H1N1 pandemic: a systematic review of the literature Disease epidemiology - infectious. BMC Public Health (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-484

Racz Rebecca et al., DNAVaxDB: the first web-based DNA vaccine database and its data analysis Selected articles on Computational Vaccinology 2013 The 3rd ISV Pre-conference Computational Vaccinology Workshop (ICoVax 2013). BMC Bioinformatics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-15-S4-S2

Zhang Bao et al., The variations of VP1 protein might be associated with nervous system symptoms caused by enterovirus 71 infection Viral diseases. BMC Infectious Diseases (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2334-14-243

Christensen Helen et al., Psychosocial interventions for suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts: A database of randomised controlled trials Mood disorders. BMC Psychiatry (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-86

Gou Shanmiao et al., Use of probiotics in the treatment of severe acute pancreatitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Critical Care (2014) doi:10.1186/cc13809

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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