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Comprehensive guide to using PubMed.
Last Updated: Feb 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Using the PubMed Guide

Welcome! This is a fairly comprehensive guide to using PubMed at UAB.  Please click on the tabs above or the links below to find what you need.  You can also search this guide using the search box beneath the tabs on this page.


About PubMed

PubMed comprises over 23.5 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, in-process citations and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant websites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central, publisher websites, and libraries. PubMed does not include the full text articles. Learn about the differences between Medline, PubMed and PMC here.

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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How PubMed Works

PubMed indexes articles using controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). This enables all articles about a certain subject to be retrieved, even if different terms for the concept are used in the article, such as myocardial infarction or heart attack.

The PubMed search engine uses "automatic term mapping" to map your search to the appropriate MeSH term. You can display the MeSH terms for a citation in Abstract View as shown below:

PubMed Abstract

Click on "MeSH terms" to display terms.


To start searching, just enter your search terms in the PubMed search box.  You can check how your search was mapped in the "Details" box on the right dashboard in the result set. Then focus your search.


Or, use Advanced search and MeSH search options in PubMed to streamline result sets and build effective search strategies.


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