PubMed is a platform for researching health science publications. Developed and maintained by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), at the US National Library of Medicine, the database holds over 30 million citations from medical and biomedical literature. The contents, extracted from scientific journals and digital books, can be easily accessed by any user. In the following tutorial, learn how to use PubMed to search online and free medical articles.
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PubMed holds over 30 million citations from medical and biomedical literature Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / TechTudo
Step 1. Access PubMed (http://pubmed.gov). In the search bar, type the keyword and click "Search". Remember that the search terms must be in English;
Search for English terms on PubMed Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 2. A list of results will be displayed. To show only free scientific articles, go to the left column and select "Free full text";
Display only free texts on PubMed Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 3. Click on the title of the publication to display it;
Click on the article link to open it Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 4. By default, the results are displayed in "summary" mode, which indicates the publication references. To change this setting, click on "Format" and choose the desired format;
Change the display format of results in PubMed Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 5. Next to "Format", you can select the display criteria of the results (Sort by) and the number of publications listed by page (Per page);
Change the result rank criteria and the number of articles displayed by PubMed's page Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 6. In the left column, filter between article types (Article Type), text availability (Text availability), date of publication (Publication Dates) and the kind of object of study (Species) to refine search results;
Use filters to refine your PubMed search Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 7. To perform an advanced search, select "Advanced" below the search bar;
See advanced search for more accurate results Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 8. A new page will open. In the first menu drop down, select the category of the searched term. Beside, type the keyword. In the image below, for example, "Author – Last" means "author's last name" and "Varella AD" is the scholar in question. To add more search criteria, just click the "+" button. It is noteworthy that it is important to know how to use this tool, otherwise the results displayed may be little expressive. At the end, press "Search".
Add advanced search criteria on PubMed Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Take advantage of the tip to research scientific articles from the health area.
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