See updates for New PubMed searches here.
Type any key word or phrase into the Search box. Use an asterisk (*) to retrieve variations on a word, e.g., bacter* retrieves bacteria, bacterium, bacteriophage, etc.
Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to combine topics in the Search box. Boolean operators should be entered in UPPERCASE and are processed from left to right. Change the order by using parentheses.
Example: osteoporosis AND (drug therapy OR exercise). If desired combine concepts using the Search Builder feature on the Advanced Search page.
Use the sidebar filters to restrict your results by language, article type, date, or subset of PubMed, e.g., nursing journals, cancer or bioethics. See the Refine Searches page for more details on each filter.
To add additional filter categories to the sidebar, click the “Choose additional filters” link, select the additional categories, and then click apply.
When filters are selected a Filters activated message will display on the results page.
At the top of your results list you see the Limits Activated for your search and Filter Your Results which delineates UW Online results, indicating the number of articles available electronically through the UW Libraries. Click on the link to move to that set. The Manage Filters link takes you to My NCBI, your personal space in PubMed where you can configure your results filters.
PubMed citations are displayed in Summary format, 20 at a time, "last in, first out", except results that retrieve a single citation which will display the Abstract view. You can change the display for all or selected citations by selecting a new display format from the Display Settings link.
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. Click on the Display Settings link to increase the number of citations per page (up to 200) or sort the order of the citations displayed, e.g., by journal title instead of date.
Links to Full text Documents: Display references (either all of them or the marked citations) in Abstract format. Click the Check for Full Text button to see if the journal is owned by UW Libraries. (You can also go to the eJournals tab on the HSL home page). NOTE: If the UW does not own the journal, you can follow the link under Get a Copy for obtaining the article at no charge if you are a current UW faculty, staff or student. For more information, see the Find Full Text page.
Save: From the Send To link, select File, choose Format and Sort order, and click the Create File button. When prompted by the operating system, provide a name and appropriate extension for your file. Video below
E-mail: From the Send To link, select E-mail, choose Format, Sort order, add email and additional information, and click the E-mail button. Video below.
Citation Manager: To send citations to EndNote, Mendeley, etc. select Citation Manager under Send to. For more information see the Export to Citation Managers tab.
Clipboard: The Clipboard acts as a temporary holding file for all citations collected during your online session. Use the Send to link to save to Clipboard. Click on the Clipboard link on the right side of the Results page to retrieve all citations on your Clipboard. Results on the Clipboard will be lost after 8 hours of inactivity.
Collection: To save citations for longer than 8 hours, use the Send to link to create a collection that can be added to and referred to indefinitely.
Go to the History section on the Advanced Search screen. Either print the screen(s) using your browser or to avoid copying the entire Advanced Search screen, copy and paste the Search History into a document for future reference.
11-minute video demonstration of the Basics of Searching in PubMed, part of a 6-part video series, by Julie Nanavati of Johns Hopkins Welch Medical Library.
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