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National Library of Medicine

(including MEDLINE and life science journals)


Permission from The National Library of Medicine to use screen prints from PubMedis gratefully acknowledged by the Shreveport Nursing Library, NSU Libraries, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 1/26/2005.

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Go to the “Shreveport Nursing” page

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class outcomes for pubmed
Class Outcomes for PubMed
  • Be able to identify full-text icons
  • Be able to use official subject terms
  • Be able to limit and expand searches
  • Be able to use Boolean operators
  • Be able to locate PubMed tutorials
outcomes cont d
Outcomes cont’d
  • Be able to truncate and search for phrases
  • Be able to combine and review searches
  • Be able to search for journal titles using the NSU Journal List
  • Be able to use Library Catalog to determine print holdings
full text icons
Full-text Icons

Orange / green banner - electronic full text available from PubMed Central

Green banner – electronic full text

from others

notice our mesh term in the search pubmed box and the definition then click search pubmed
Notice our MeSH term in the “Search PubMed” box and the definition. Then click “Search PubMed.”
beware of using double quotes for phrase searches
Beware of using “double quotes” for Phrase Searches

“Radiologic Technician” – 48 hits

Radiologic Technician – 48 hits


“Radiologic Technicians” – 81 hits

Radiologic Technicians – 8 hits

beware of truncation
Beware of Truncation: *
  • Use the asterisk * to replace letters in a term:
  • Radiologic Technicians OR Radiologic Technician – 124 hits
  • Radiologic technicians – 81 hits
  • Radiologic technician – 48 hits
  • Radiologic technician* – 8 hits [the * turns off term mapping and explosion of MeSh term]
at bottom of screen we see mesh terms and definitions click mesh term for mesh sub headings
At bottom of screen, we see MeSH terms and Definitions. Click MeSH term for MeSH sub-headings.
major points
Major Points
  • Look for the full-text icons (electronic or print)
  • Use the MeSH database for official terms, subheadings, and restrictions
  • Use the tutorials in PubMed to become an “expert” searcher
  • Use the “Limits” button to narrow search (decrease the number of hits)
major points cont d
Major Points, cont’d
  • Use the “Journals” database to get the complete journal title and ISSN
  • Search the “NSU Journal List” for the complete journal title to get to full-text articles
  • Compare citation to Library Catalog print holdings statement for print journals
major points cont d1
Major Points cont’d
  • Click on PubMed’s “Help” button to learn about truncation, phrase searching, and more!
  • Be aware that “double quotes” and the asterisk * can retrieve different hits!
  • Use the “History” button to combine and review searches
  • Capitalize Boolean operators, AND, OR, NOT
  • “Explode” terms to increase or broaden the search