PubMed is an extensive search engine which searches biomedical references from MEDLINE, a large bibliographical database in the field of biomedical sciences. PubMed searches literature references from 1946 onwards and is updated on a daily basis.
What will you find in PubMed?
- 27 million references to biomedical literature
- 5600 life science journals from over 80 different countries (however, not many Dutch journals)
- A list of the most recent publications in widely read journals, such as Nature, PLoS One and JAMA
If you log in to PubMed via the search engines of the university library, you will find the UBU link next to each reference, providing information about the (full text) availability of the publication in Utrecht University Library. Is the publication not electronically available? You will be guided to the print version.
Useful tools in PubMed
PubMed offers a number of tools to help you search more efficiently, for instance:
- Clinical Queries, a search filter set up in advance which limits the search results to three specific clinical research areas
- MeSH-terms: each reference in PubMed comes with headwords (MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings). With the help of this list you conduct a direct search in PubMed. The list also helps you to find synonyms, broaden or on the other hand refine your search
- Single Citation Matcher to conduct a known item search, for instance a reference from a reading list. You only need a few data (for instance journal title, volume, page numbers) to find the publication in question.