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PubMed is a search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The database is maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Overview of the database
  • Snaphot: PubMed v Ovid MEDLINE
  • How to search PubMed
  • Accessing full-text content (video)
  • Support and training resources
  • Create a personal account in PubMed
  • Saved searches & alerts

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Saving and e-mailing results and searches

It is possible to save both a citation or search strategy in PubMed (for later export or re-use), and to utilise that search as part of a RSS feed.

Please Note: Many of these features require that the user have a personal account in PubMed so you can access My NCBI (see the dedicated info box for further details).

For more videos like this, visit the NCBI channel on YouTube

Access PubMed (users will be required to authenticate using their ANZCA ID and password)

PubMed comprises over 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Snapshot: PubMed v Ovid MEDLINE 

The US National Library of Medicine's (NLM) MEDLINE database is available via multiple sources, with ANZCA providing access via the NCBI PubMed and Ovid platforms.

Use Ovid MEDLINE to:

  • build a guided search based on MeSH headings, subheadings, filters and limits [Note: using MeSH subheadings generally returns a higher number of relevant search results]
  • build a line-by-line search strategy using BOOLEAN to create multiple search variations
  • utilise Ovids' proprietary search algorithms to provide for better matching of non-MeSH terms to their applicable MeSH counterparts
  • access the full-text available on the Ovid platform

Use PubMed:

  • when you want quick keyword-based results with automatically generated search strategies
  • when you are looking for extremely recent citations
  • when you also want to search NCBI's molecular biology resources

For a full comparison of the 2 services, see Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries comparison chart.

How to search PubMed

Searching PubMed

Advanced Search Techniques

Support Resources

Access the full PubMed Help for additional support resources.

My NCBI: Create a personal account in PubMed

My NCBI saves searches, results, your bibliography, and features an option to automatically update and e-mail search results from your saved searches.

  1. Log into PubMed using the proxied ANZCA link (users will be required to authenticate using their ANZCA ID and password)
  2. Click on the Sign in to My NCBI link, located at the top right corner
  3. In the Sign in to NCBI box, click on the Register for an NCBI account link at the bottom
  4. Complete the registration form:
    • Username
    • Password
    • E-mail
  5. Click the Create account button when complete

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