To search PubMed, type a word or phrase into the query box (e.g., a subject, author and/or journal). Then click on the Search button or press the Enter key. Optionally, combine search terms with connector words: AND, OR, or NOT using upper case letters.
PubMed offers alternative searching options: The Auto Suggest drop-down menu appears when entering words; and the Titles with your search terms option may appear after a search.
After clicking the Search button or pressing the Enter key, PubMed displays a list of results in Summary format.
Enter the author’s last name plus initials without punctuation in the search box, and then click Search. Names entered using either the last name+initials format (smith ja) or the full name format (john a smith).
View a tutorial on 'Find Articles by Author' developed by NLM.
There are a few ways to add specific journals to a search:
View a tutorial on 'Search PubMed by Journal' developed by NLM.
PubMed search results are displayed in a summary format, see the anatomy of search results page below. Citations are initially displayed 20 items per page with the most recently entered citations displayed first. You can mouse over a journal’s title abbreviation to display the full journal name.
When you enter a phrase in the query box, it's recognized by the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) Translation Table used in PubMed's Automatic Term Mapping (ATM).
For example, if you enter fever of unknown origin, PubMed recognizes this phrase as a MeSH Term. If a phrase is not recognized you can bypass ATM and search for a phrase using the following formats:
The Similar Articles link is as straightforward as it sounds. PubMed uses a powerful word-weighted algorithm to compare words from the Title and Abstract of each citation, as well as the MeSH headings assigned. The best matches for each citation are pre-calculated and stored as a set.