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PubMed Resource Guides

These PDF guides show you how to use the PubMed database and MeSH to find references to articles and other publications in biomedicine and health literature.

The main component of PubMed is MEDLINE, a database which indexes articles and other documents from across 5,600 worldwide publications. Most of these publications are academic journals; a small number are newspapers, magazines and newsletters.

There is a basic guide to searching PubMed.

Lastly, there is a PDF guide describing MeSH-searching. Searching this way can often help researchers find a more refined and targeted set of results that those retrieved through a standard ‘key word’ search. Also, unlike standard searching, MeSH searching can remove the need to enter multiple alternative terms to describe the same concept.