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Basic Searching

Be sure to use PubMed through UAH so that you will have access to full-text provided by the University.

For basic searches, type your search terms in the box:

When you type in your search term, other suggestions will open in a drop down box.  You can turn that function off by clicking on the gray box under the suggestions, or you can click on the term that better suits your search.  Once you click on the "Search" button, the results will be pulled up.

This example shows that over 800,000 results met my search term.  The "Also try" box to the right offers suggestions that might narrow down your search results.  Another way to narrow your results is to use additional search terms in the Advanced Search option.

Setting Limits

Setting limits allows you to have more specific search results.  To set limits for your searches, click on "Limits" under the search box.

When you click on Limits, the page below will open.  Some suggested limits to set include the date published, the subset, links to full text, and the language you prefer.  By setting limits, you can narrow down your search and find the results that best fit your search terms.


To filter the results once you have complete a search, look to the right side of the screen.  Here you can further filter by "Free Full Text", "Review", and "Also Try".  Review means that those articles have been peer-reviewed.  Also Try gives you some suggested search terms.

Advanced Searching

To do an advanced search, click on "Advanced" under the basic search box.

This screen will then open:

For more information on how to use the advanced search, click on "Search Builder Instructions." 

Single Citation Matcher

Click here if you are searching for a specific citation and have only part of the citation information.  

Search Using MeSH

For a tutorial on how to search using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), click here.  You can also look at our libguide for MeSH.

Create your NCBI Account

Be sure to create your NCBI account!  To create an account, click on "My NCBI" NCBI

in the upper right corner of the page.  When the next page opens, click on "Register for an Account".  Having your own account allows you to save searches and create a bibliography.