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ENC 3459: Speaking and Writing in Medicine: PubMed/Medline

This guide will provide you with resources to complete your assignments for this course as well as for your future profession

PubMed / Medline

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There are two ways you can search the Medline database.  See your options below:

PubMed / Medline hints

* Medical Subject Headings (or MeSH) tell you what each article is about (think hashtags!) Use MeSH to search PubMed in a very targeted way.

* In PubMed, click on Advanced (below the search box) top open up more search options:

  • Combine your searches using the Query box.
  • See and reuse searches using History. 

* Find definitions of the article types (a.k.a. "publication types") used in PubMed.  Click on "Additional Filters" in the PubMed filters to see all the article types.

Getting References from PubMed into a citation manager

You can accomplish this two different ways:

  1. You can use a capture tool in your browser to export your citations into any citation management software program such as:
    EndNote      Mendeley link          
  2. Follow the 3 steps below to export citations using PubMed's Citation Manager tool:
  • In your search results, use the citation check boxes to select citations. To export all the citations do not select any citations.
  • From Send To, select Citation Manager.
  • Import this saved file into your citation management program.

Is this journal peer-reviewed? Is this a trade magazine?

Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory can help you answer these questions.  Simply search the journal title to determine if it is peer reviewed/refereed (look for the tiny referee shirt). Ulrich's will also tell you if the title is a trade magazine or journal.

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