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PubMed Guide

Use this guide to learn about the new PubMed and how to use it for your research.

Start at the Library

It is very important that you enter PubMed (MEDLINE) via the library's Database page or your course LibGuide. Doing so ensures that you can access library electronic journal subscriptions.

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PubMed Advance

In this 3 minute video, learn to use PubMed's Advanced Search features to refine your search with the example of a publication date range; and find journal and author names using the autocomplete feature. Click on the image below to watch the video or go to

The Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

MeSH is the authority list of the vocabulary terms used for subject analysis of biomedical literature at NLM. MeSH vocabulary is used for indexing journal articles for MEDLINE and is also used for cataloging books and audiovisuals. Arranged in a hierarchical manner called the MeSh Tree Structure, it is updated annually. Below are the 16 main branches:

1. Anatomy


3. Diseases

4. Chemicals and Drugs

5. Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment

6. Psychiatry and Psychology

7. Phenomena and Process

8. Disciplines and Occupations

9. Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena

10. Technology, Industry, Agriculture

11. Humanities

12. Information Science

13. Named Groups

14. Health Care

15. Publication Characteristics

16. Geographicals

To learn more about MeSH, click here for the tutorial.

Watch this 2 minute video on how to save your searches and set up alerts. Click on the image below or go to

Video Source: The National Library of Medicine PubMed Training Resource. 

Watch this 4 minute video on PubMed Clinical Queries, produced by Drexel University Libraries.