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PubMed via LHL: Effective Searches

Effective Searching

Each of the pages below provides detailed instructions or videos on the different ways to search PubMed.

Basic Search   Focus with Filters   Too Few Results?     Using MeSH   Advanced Search

Demonstration: How to Use PubMed (Overview)

This 2 video playlist shows how to go from question to full text articles using PubMed via LHL. Use the tabs on the guide to learn more sophisticated search strategies and specifics on managing results. Learn even more details on Getting Full Text here.


Getting Started

To start searching, just enter your search terms in a PubMed search box. (You can use the one in the right column on this page or start in PubMed via LHL.

You can check how your search was mapped in the "Details" box on the right dashboard in the result set. Then focus your search.


Or, use Advanced search and MeSH search options in PubMed to streamline result sets and build effective search strategies.

View this video to learn more about how PubMed Works (flash required.) iPad or iPhone users: Click here

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Updated PubMed

The new PubMed interface is now available, after months of testing and refining by the National Library of Medicine and librarians and end users around the globe. This new PubMed will become the default interface in May 2020, however access to "legacy" PubMed will be available for a short time. For more information about the transition to new PubMed, see

For help with new PubMed features, please see the National Library of Medicine FAQs and guide at the or contact the librarians at Lister Hill Library at

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