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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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Dowswell George et al., How to set up and manage a trainee-led research collaborative Career choice, professional education and development. BMC Medical Education (2014) doi:10.1186/1472-6920-14-94

Tilson K Julie et al., Promoting physical therapists’ of research evidence to inform clinical practice: part 1 - theoretical foundation, evidence, and description of the PEAK program Approaches to teaching and learning. BMC Medical Education (2014) doi:10.1186/1472-6920-14-125

Maschuw Katja et al., Intracutaneous suture versus transcutaneous skin stapling for closure of midline or horizontal skin incision in elective abdominal surgery and their outcome on superficial surgical site infections–INTRANS: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials (2014) doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-25

Tilli M Tatiana et al., Changes in the transcriptional profile in response to overexpression of the osteopontin-c splice isoform in ovarian (OvCar-3) and prostate (PC-3) cancer cell lines Cell and molecular biology. BMC Cancer (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2407-14-433

Mackenbach D Joreintje et al., Obesogenic environments: a systematic review of the association between the physical environment and adult weight status, the SPOTLIGHT project Environmental and occupational health. BMC Public Health (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-233

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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