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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

Galaviz I Karla et al., Physical activity promotion in Latin American populations: a systematic review on issues of internal and external validity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2014) doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-77

Luckett Tim et al., Elements of effective palliative care models: a rapid review Healthcare needs and demand. BMC Health Services Research (2014) doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-136

Meißner Anne et al., Staff experiences within the implementation of computer-based nursing records in residential aged care facilities: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research Healthcare Information Systems. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making (2014) doi:10.1186/1472-6947-14-54

Meyer-Moock Sandra et al., Systematic literature review and validity evaluation of the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC) in patients with multiple sclerosis Demyelinating diseases. BMC Neurology (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2377-14-58

Xu Rong et al., dRiskKB: a large-scale disease-disease risk relationship knowledge base constructed from biomedical text Knowledge-based analysis. BMC Bioinformatics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-15-105

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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