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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.

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

Cai Qiang et al., Relationship between CYP7A1 -204A C polymorphism with gallbladder stone disease and serum lipid levels: a meta-analysis. Lipids in Health and Disease (2014) doi:10.1186/1476-511X-13-126

Quinlan Jacklyn et al., Protocol for a systematic review of the association between chronic stress during the life course and telomere length. Systematic Reviews (2014) doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-40

Landoni G et al., A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the use of statins in septic patients 34th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 34th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Critical Care (2014) doi:10.1186/cc13437

Sepehripour H Amir et al., Does off-pump coronary revascularization confer superior organ protection in re-operative coronary artery surgery? A meta-analysis of observational studies. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2014) doi:10.1186/1749-8090-9-115

Theocharidis Vasileios et al., Smoking cessation prior to elective plastic surgery: why, when and how? 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (ISPTID) 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (ISPTID). Tobacco Induced Diseases (2014) doi:10.1186/1617-9625-12-S1-A18

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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