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Effective Database Searching: PubMed (NLM)

This guide to key library databases helps you decide which databases to use and assists you in searching them more effectively.

Search PubMed

Search PubMed

As alternatives, you might also consider searching EMBASE or CINAHL



PubMed Overview

PubMed is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and it is considered the premier biomedical database providing access to MEDLINE and additional references in nursing & allied health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and general sciences.


- Available externally, although connecting from the Mayo intranet is suggested to access the library's journal subscriptions

Updated almost daily with new citations

- Citations date back to 1946

- Searches using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

- Clinical Queries allow for easy filtering of topics in the areas of therapy, diagnosis, etiology, prognosis or medical genetics

- Can search by grant number (use [GR] field tag)


- May obtain an overwhelming number of results if not using advanced search techniques

- Proximity searching is not available via the advanced searching option

- Conference abstracts are not indexed




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