Searching PubMed. Search fields/accesses. Affiliation [AD]: Harvard Medical School[ad] Author [AU]: Leon DA[au] Issue [IP]:The number of the journal issue in which the article was published. Journal Title [TA]: J Biol Chem[ta], Journal of Biological Chemistry[ta] Language [LA]: eng[la]
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EC/RN Number [RN]
Number assigned by the Enzyme Commission (EC) to designate a particular enzyme or by the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) for Registry Numbers, e.g., 1-5-20-4[rn]
A RN – a substance name
An ISSN – a journal name
PubMed truncates this search to include varying middle initials and designations such as Jr. or 2nd.
You can search for multiple authors. Enter each name in the author search format.
The search result: author search format.
To search for an author using only the last name, enter the name followed by the author search tag,[au].
For citations from 2002 forward for journals that publish the full names, you can search by the full author name.
As shown in the above figure, even when you search by the full name, citations display in the format: lastname + initials.
For some names, it is necessary to distinguish which name is the last name by using a comma following the last name.
In this example, we are searching for James Ryan, rather than Ryan James. See the following result:
For a simple way to find author names in PubMed, use the Advanced Search page.
Searching by Author and Subject Advanced Search page.
Simple Subject Search Advanced Search page.
To search PubMed, enter your search terms in the search box and click Search. Let’s try a search for the causes of sleep walking.
Search for a journal Advanced Search page.
Note that if you are searching for a journal title that is also a subject term, you need to use the search tag [ta].
The logical relationships among search terms, AND, OR, NOT, must be entered in UPPERCASE letters.
Used to retrieve a set in which each citation contains all search terms
Example: boat AND sail
The retrieval is only the overlap of the results for each term –those record in which both terms appear.
AND is the default operator used in PubMed. If you don’t include operators in your search, PubMed will automatically use AND between terms
Used to retrieve a set in which each citation contains at least one of the search terms
Example:boat OR sail
Use OR when you want to pull together articles on similar topics
Retrieves a set from which citations to articles containing specified search terms following the NOT operator are eliminated.
Example: boat NOT sail
The retrieval is a portion of the total retrieval for boat, -that portion not including the term sail.
Limits allow you to set commonly used parameters for your query, which may result in more relevant retrieval.