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Last updated December 21, 2017
PubMed is an excellent free version of Medline from the National Library of Medicine in the United States.
MEDLINE, PubMed and PMC (PubMed Central) How are they different? explains the difference between Medline, PubMed, and PMC.
The Library has a customised version of PubMed which contains links to the full text of articles from many of our electronic journals. However as there are not links to all of our journals it's a good idea to check Library Search if you can't get full text direct from PubMed.
The notes to help you to exploit the features of PubMed include:-
Boolean logic - AND, OR NOT
MeSH - the indexing language of Medline
Subheadings - to use with MeSH
Other common search options - article titles and abstracts, authors, and journal names
Field Names - essential for accurate searching
Truncation - to allow for variant word endings
Limits - to apply when you have completed your search (includes publication date, age groups, language limits, and study types)
Combining searches - using your search history
Clinical queries options
Subset strategies - including cancer, AIDS, and systematic reviews
Saving Searches - and setting up alerts to keep you up to date
Exporting Results to EndNote
Additional Help and Resources - from the National Library of Medicine.
MeSH on Demand - a tool with multiple uses.