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Tutorials by NNLM / PubMed

It is your choice whether you use PubMed or EBSCO to search for articles in MEDLINE.  If you choose PubMed, be sure to educate yourself about how the database functions!


PubMed Tutorials Page

This page has links to static web-based tutorials, animated video tutorials, and webcasts on many aspects of using PubMed.


Recommended Video Tutorials from the above page are:

Searching PubMed

PubMed's MeSH Database

Saving Searches (My NCBI)  

Overview of PubMed searching

Finding the full text of articles in PubMed

Now that you know how to search for articles in PubMed, you need to be able to access the full text.  Remember to always access PubMed through the Pace library homepage so you will have access to all Pace resources.

PubMed Clinical Queries

If you want to see the full table of the clinical queries filters in PubMed, click here.

Advanced Searching in CINAHL

CINAHL is another important database for health sciences. CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature. CINAHL, like MEDLINE, is an indexed database. That means that the database uses a list of specific vocabulary called CINAHL subject headings to describe the concepts in an article. CINAHL subject headings are based on MesH but some may differ. Using CINAHL subject headings to build a search is the same basic concept as building a search using MeSH terms, but the mechanics of building the search are different.
This video shows how to build a search using CINAHL subject headings and save your search. Note you need to create a free My EbscoHost account to save searches in CINAHL. This account also works for other Ebsco databases such as PsycInfo.
Important notes: This video suggests using the Full text limit. I do not recommend using the full text limit because you may be leaving out the most relevant articles, and you can request them easily using InterLibrary Loan.

Citation Tracing

Citation tracing is the process of working from the list of references from a published article to retrieve the full text of articles you're interested in reading.