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PubMed: Database Introduction & Search Tips

An introduction to PubMed.

Introduction: PubMed and NCBI

PubMed is a free database of more than 30 million citations for published articles in the fields of biomedicine and health. 

PubMed has citation information (i.e., title, author, journal, publication date) and abstracts of published articles and books. PubMed includes the MEDLINE® database, citations for articles in PubMed Central (PMC) the free full-text archive, articles that report on research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and citations for books from the NCBI online Bookshelf (

PubMed includes links to the full text from various sources:

  • UHSP library: When full text is NOT available, you will be directed to our interlibrary loan request form

  • PubMed Central (PMC) archive

  • Publisher's websites: The sites will often ask you to PAY for the article

Always access PubMed through the Library

Using our link to Pubmed ensures that you have access to the full-text articles provided by the Library. 

PubMed Results Page

Understanding the Results Page

See the figure below to understand the Pubmed search results page.

PubMed Item Descriptions

Understanding a PubMed Entry

See the image below to identify the parts of a PubMed item record.