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  • Understand the purpose and content of PubMedBe familiar with PubMed’s special features: “Related Articles”, “Journal Links to Full Text”, MyNCBI and others
  • Information from over 1,350 organizations46 languages in multiple language collection Health Topics pages: Reviewed at least every six months. We add new links every day.News: Updated dailyRest of content updates range from monthly to annually
  • Over 800 Health Topics pages in English (over 700 of these are also available in Spanish)

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  • Finding the info you need
    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
    John Bramble, MLIS
    Mary Youngkin, MLS
  • Overview
    Eccles Library & the National Library of Medicine
  • Objectives
    Purpose and content
    Updates and changes
    Basic search and navigation
    Special features
    Role of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and support network
  • PubMed Intro / Update
    Mary Youngkin
    801-581-5534 or toll-free 866-581-5534
    The world’s largest biomedical database
    Over 5,000 journals indexed, with worldwide coverage
    Covers all aspects of biosciences and healthcare
    16+ million journal citations, 1947 to present
    90% are in English ; 79% have abstractsThe primary component of PubMed
    Indexed with MeSH
  • So What Is PubMed?
    PubMed = search engine for MEDLINE
    Produced by NCBI
    National Center for Biotechnology Information, part of NLM
    Free access worldwide via the Web
  • What Is MeSH?
    MeSH – Medical Subject Headings
    Controlled vocabulary terms
    Hierarchical structure from broad to specific
    PubMed translates common terms to MeSH terms
    Breast cancer = Breast neoplasms
    Middle ear infections = Otitis Media
    Heart attack = Myocardial Infarction
  • Via the Eccles Library page:
    -Shows you when Eccles owns fulltext
    Directly at:
    Accessing PubMed
  • Query Box aka Search Box
    Advanced search & Limits
  • Searching PubMed
    Let’s use this search:
    What’s the evidence for the use of beta blockers to prevent atrial fibrillation after bypass surgery
  • Related Articles
    Indexing terms
  • MeSH Heading / Subheading
  • Automatic Term Mapping
    “Beta blockers” is automatically translated into:
    ("adrenergic beta-antagonists"[MeSH Terms] OR ("adrenergic"[All Fields] AND "beta-antagonists"[All Fields]) OR "adrenergic beta-antagonists"[All Fields] OR ("beta"[All Fields] AND "blockers"[All Fields]) OR "beta blockers"[All Fields] OR "adrenergic beta-antagonists"[Pharmacological Action])
  • Limits
    Date of Publication
    Age groups, gender
    Human, animal
    Randomized controlled trial
    Practice Guideline, Reviews
    Subsets: Eg: PubMed Central (FREE Fulltext)
  • Limits
  • Other Ways To Limit Your Search
    Add additional or more specific terms to query box
    Use the MeSH database to select MeSH Headings and subheadings
    Use Boolean Connectors
    AND, OR, NOT
    Limit to words in titles or phrases in quotes
  • Advanced Search
  • Search History
    MeSH Database
  • Send to Search box with “and”
  • Search PubMed
  • Working with Results
    Display Settings
    other formats, such as Abstract or MEDLINE
    Send to
    clipboard, save to file, e-mail, order documents, save documents in your MyNCBI account
  • Savings Searches in My NCBI
  • This PubMed feature allows you to save:
    Search strategies & automatic email updates
    Citations to collections
    Custom filters
    and more…
  • Saved Searches
    After you sign in, the Save Search box displays.
    1) Enter a name for your search (something meaningful),
    2) click Yes or No for automatic e-mail updates and
    3) click OK after you have made your selections.
  • What you really want to know…
    How do I get fulltext of the articles???
  • How do I get fulltext???
    PubMed links to articles on publisher sites
    Icons indicate online access
    Most access is subscription or membership based $$$
    You, your institution, Eccles Lib @ $900K per yr
    Some publishers make articles “free after…”
    Open Access journals
    Content in PubMed Central
    NIH Public Access Policy
  • But how do I get fulltext of the articles???
    Google the article and hope the author has put it up on his own website
    the dreaded Pay-per-view
  • Eccles Interlibrary Loan Service
    NLM’s Loansome Doc Ordering System
    Full-text from a library
    For more information ask your librarian or go to:
  • MedlinePlus
    John Bramble
    801-585-5743 or toll-free 866-581-5534
  • MedlinePlus
    NLM’s consumer health information website
    Current and authoritative information from government agencies & health organizations
    18,000+ links to reliable health information
    Available in English & Spanish
    Selected resources in 40+ languages
    Web & mobile format
  • MedlinePlus
    Contains resources and links to:
    Over 800 health topics
    Information on drugs, herbs, & supplements
    Medical encyclopedia & dictionary
    Current health news
    Interactive tutorials & surgery videos
    Healthcare directories
    Consumer health libraries & organizations providing health information
  • Additional Resources
    The National Library of Medicine
    1-888-FINDNLM (1-888-346-3656)
    Your own librarian!
    Eccles Library