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Finding Articles in PubMed

PubMed is one of the most-used and respected biomedical databases that encompasses many medical topics such as: biology, medicine, health, psychology, nursing, rehabilitation, veterinary sciences, etc. PubMed is also VERY powerful and offers a lot of nifty tools. Connect with PubMed through the library to go to the main search page.

Things to note on the main page of PubMed:


MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed.

Meaning that if one of your search terms is "Patient Education" then you should search "Patient Education" in the MeSH database to see how Pubmed will interpret your term. Not everyone uses the same definitions and the same context, so understanding how your words will be searched gives you a better understanding of what your results may be.

When I search "Patient Education" in MeSH, this is what I get:


Using the Advanced Search Option: Video Tutorial directly from PubMed