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A user's guide to PubMed--includes info for USD users.
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**Use the USD PubMed link from the University Libraries Research Gateway to find full-text provided by the University Libraries.

**More PubMed tutorials & videos from the National Library of Medicine

**PubMed provides access to bibliographic citations to biomedical journal articles, which include MEDLINE back to the late 1940's and to additional life sciences journals. It is updated daily.

Basic Search Techniques

Step 1: Enter Your Search Terms

Type any key word or phrase into the search box as shown in the image. Use an asterisk (*) to retrieve variations on a word, e.g., bacter* retrieves bacteria, bacterium, bacteriophage, etc.

For a Subject Search: Enter one or more words (e.g., asthma drug therapy) in the query box and click on GO. PubMed automatically "ANDs" (combines) terms together so that all terms or concepts are present, and it translates your words into MeSH terms.

For an Author Search: Enter the author's name in the format of last name first followed by initials (e.g., byrnes ca).

For a Journal Search: To retrieve articles form a specific journal use PubMed's Single Citation Matcher found below PubMed Tools in the center of the main search page or Journals in NCBI Databases found below More Resources on the the right hand side of the main page.

Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to combine topics in the search box if desired. Note: Boolean operators should be entered in UPPPERCASE and are processed from left to right. 

Step 2: Click on the Search Button to Run Your Search

Step 3: View Your Results

After displaying your search results, view single records by clicking on the title of the article or mark a set of references by clicking on the boxes to the left of each citation. To increase the number of citations per page (up to 200) and to c
hange the order of the citations displayed, e.g. by journal title instead of date, use the Display Settings pull-down menu.

Use the Send To pull-down menu to place citations on the clipboard, if desired, for later review. Otherwise, follow the steps below to see full text, print, save, or email your list or order articles.

Step 4: Connect to Full Text 

Links to Full Text Documents: If you have gone to PubMed through the library databases,  the U Get It! button appears above the article abstract (see above picture), click on it. It will lead you to the full text of the article. Some other online database services also link directly to the free full text of the article, such as SpringerLink or Wiley InterScience. If you are not directed to full text, use the U Get It! button to request the article from Interlibrary Loan.  Select GO next the the library you are most affiliated with: 

 Refining or Improving Your Search


Similar  Articles
To the right of the abstract, you will see "Similar Articles", you may click on any to go directly to a strongly related articles. 

Single Citation Matcher
Lets you fill in known pieces of information about a specific reference in order to retrieve the full citation.

Clinical Queries Search
Uses filters to limit retrieval to systematic reviews or research-based citiations on clinical topics.

MeSH Database
Allows you to select specific subject headings and subheadings to focus your search.

Provides a space to save and update searchers and update user preferences. 



Consult with your liasion librarians for additional help. 


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