Become a PubMed Pro


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This short tutorial will help you become more familiar with PubMed, a medical/health information database.

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Become a PubMed Pro

  1. 1. Become a PubMed Pro: Getting Started An Online Tutorial brought to you by Pilgrim Library
  2. 2. Watch this tutorial if you: Have any questions about using PubMed Need to locate specific articles, journals, etc. Want to learn how to better use this database
  3. 3. Get the most out of the tutorial See things for yourself – follow along! 1. Access PubMed • Go to the library homepage ( • Click on Databases A – Z • Scroll down to P • Click on PubMed (MEDLINE) 2. Follow the directions in the yellow boxes Click to continue!
  4. 4. This section of the PubMed homepage is incredibly helpful if you have questions or you need some additional guidance. Click on PubMed FAQs!
  5. 5. If you have any questions, this FAQ section is the ultimate help guide! You can scroll to the top and search within the help manual, or look at the table of contents and jump to sections of interest. Explore a bit and then click on the PubMed logo at the top of the page to return to the PubMed homepage!
  6. 6. If you are looking for a specific article, the Single Citation Matcher is what you want to use. Click on Single Citation Matcher!
  7. 7. Here you will enter information for a specific citation. Thankfully, you don’t have to know all of this information – just enter as much as you know. The more you can enter, the more likely your search is to bring back the right article right away. Let’s run a sample search! In the Journal search box type in New England Journal of Medicine. In the Date box type in 2008.
  8. 8. These are citations of articles from the 2008 volumes of NEJM. To limit your search to full-text articles only, click on the Free Full Text link above. If you accessed PubMed through the library’s website (as directed at the beginning of this tutorial), the database will have synced with library holdings. This allows you to click and access articles from library subscriptions within PubMed. You can click on the title of any article to get more information, including MeSH terms and related citations. Click on the title of the article by Matuchansky (result #1)
  9. 9. Sample article record: Not every record will look the same, but this is a good example. Links to access the full text of this article are here. These links will change depending on who is making the article available online. You could also see a logo for the EJC: Complete citation information is given, though it is not formatted with MLA or any other citation style.
  10. 10. What if the full-text of your article isn’t available through PubMed? If the full-text of your article is not available through PubMed, don’t despair! You have other options! Be sure to save the complete citation information and then follow the directions on this website for help: Find It! If you’re really stuck, remember that your librarians at Pilgrim Library are standing by and more than happy to help you with this! Ask us!
  11. 11. Congratulations! You successfully finished the library tutorial: Becoming a PubMed Pro: Getting Started If you have any questions about this tutorial, please get in touch with Pilgrim Library or email
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