PubMed | MedLine
MedLine is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database covering
the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health
care system, and the pre-clinical sciences. Free access is available through
the Internet at the PubMed website. No login is required.
Accessing | Searching | Accessing Articles | Save Articles & Searches
Accessing PubMed | MedLine
Searching PubMed | MedLine
Use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database to find medical terms, definitions, and substance names (not articles). MeSH is a great resource if you are unsure of the best keywords with which to search. MeSH allows you to build a PubMed search with medical-specific search terms; when you transfer your search to PubMed you will retrieve extremely relevant articles.
- Change dropdown to MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
- Select the term(s) that you want included in your search.
- Add term to search builder.
- Go back to MeSH search box; search for next term. Find the right term in your result list; add it to search builder. Repeat as necessary.
- When finished “building” your search, hit Search PubMed.
Use the FILTERS to refine your search (left side of results page).
- Article language
- Article type
Accessing the Full Text of Articles
Open an article record by clicking the hyperlinked title of the article.
- Look in the upper right corner of the page for a full text icon.
- If you do not see an icon telling you the full text is available from the publisher's Web site, or if the
publisher's site does not offer you the text for free, then click the red Full Text Options - SMU button. is TC Library's
full text linking system. If you find an article citation in one database (i.e. PubMed) but cannot access the full text, Full Text Options - SMU links you to other databases (i.e. ScienceDirect) that do carry that article for free. If no databases carry the full text of the
article, Full Text Options - SMU takes you to SMU's Interlibrary Loan page.
If the button does not appear on the article record page, you can manually search for a SMU database with access
to that journal by using Journals A-Z. Please visit our tutorial on Finding a Specific Article for more information on Journals
Permanently Save Article and Search Results
In order to save and access your articles or past searches later, you need to create a free NCBI account.
- Sign in or create your account
- After you have performed a search and netted relevant results, select the boxes next to the articles you would like to save.
- Click on the "Send to" dropdown menu; select Collections.
- You'll be asked to name your collection. (Or you may "append" an existing collection.)
- Articles saved!
- Saving a search: After you perform the search you will see, at the top of the results page, hyperlinked text that says "Save Search." If you are signed into your NCBI account, your search will be saved when you click that link.