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Database Guides: Pubmed

Information about using the various databases in the A-Z Online Resources,


What is it?

Index to the largest database of published medical literature. Searching via Pubmed searches Medline from the 1960's to present day. Covers human health. Veterinary medicine and animal health topics are also covered. PubMed includes Medline plus other types of references - for more details see the National Library of Medicine fact sheet on the differences between PubMed and Medline.


What is it for?

Use it to find publications in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences.


How to access it

Choose Pubmed from the A-Z List of Online Resources. The Pubmed screen appears and you can start searching in the search box.


How to search

See Successful Search Techniques.


Full text?

Click on the abstract icon (on the left of a record) to see the full reference and abstract. There is limited full text. Click on the supplier icon on the left under the title of the article.


Other useful resources

MEDLINE/PubMed Resources Guide:​

PubMed® Online Training:​ (includes Quick Tours, tutorial brochures: PubMed Basics; PubMed My NCBI; and Searching PubMed with MeSH)

Advanced PubMed Searching  


Further help

Click here for Pubmed Tutorial.  There are also useful tutorials and webinar recordings on the NCBI YouTube channel.


Useful factsheet on difference between Medline and Pubmed available here. MESH on Demand is a service which will help generate MESH terms from some text, e.g. an abstract. Read more about MESH on Demand.