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PubMed | MedLine

PubMed | 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.

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Accessing PubMed | MedLine

  • Mouseover the Articles, Books, & More tab at the top of the Twin Cities Library website, and select Databases.  Select 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.

Searching MeSH headings
  1. Change dropdown menu to MeSH (Medical Subject Headings).
  2. Enter your search term. Select Search.
  3. Check the box next to the term(s) you want included in your search.
  4. Select Add term to search builder.
  5. 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.
  6. When finished “building” your search, select Search PubMed.

MeSH search results

Search Results

Use PubMed's filters to refine your search results. Filters are on the left side of results page. Limit by published date, type of article (e.g., clinical trial, meta-analysis), language, sex, and more.

PubMed search results


Accessing the Full Text of Articles

Get the free full text of PubMed articles from Twin Cities Library’s subscription databases. If we do not have the immediate full text of an article, we will quickly get it for you through interlibrary loan. Remember - you DO NOT have to buy articles online – use Twin Cities Library.

  • Open an article record by clicking the hyperlinked title of the article.
  • Look in the upper right corner of the page for a publisher’s full text icon. Select the icon.
    • Boom! Free full text.
  • If you do not see a publisher’s icon or if the publisher’s website does not give you the free full text of the article, select the red Full Text Options - SMU button.
    • Select the link for the immediate free full text (e.g., Get this article from ScienceDirect).
      • Off-campus users: You will be prompted to enter your Saint Mary's University username and password.
    • Select the link to order the article through interlibrary loan (e.g., Request this item from another library).
      • Articles will be delivered to your SMU Gmail address in 1-2 days.
  • If the Full Text Options - SMU button does not appear on the article record page, use Google Scholar to see if we have the full text of the article. Learn how.

Permanently Save Article and Search Results PubMed permanently saving search results

In order to save and access your articles or past searches later, you need to create a free NCBI account.

  1. Sign in or create your account
  2. After you have performed a search and netted relevant results, select the boxes next to the articles you would like to save.
  3. Select the Send to dropdown menu; select Collections.
  4. You'll be asked to name your collection. (Or you may "append" an existing collection.)
  5. 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 select that link.