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Search PubMed for Articles

How to Search PubMed

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Basic Search Tips

Search Tips & Examples

Break your research question down into the main concepts and connect the terms using AND, or OR.

  • (adolescent OR "young adult") AND depression AND "vitamin D" 
  • sex workers AND HIV AND interventions
  • adults AND ("heart attack" OR "myocardial infarction") AND aspirin 

Change the words to focus your search if needed.

Check the publication date of each source you find. Try to use resources published within the past 5 years. 

Contact a librarian to get help searching!

Citation vs. Full Text


  • Includes just the basic information about a specific source of information
  • A citation for a journal article will typically include:
    • title of the journal
    • title of the article
    • author(s)
    • volume and/or issue number
    • page numbers
    • publication date

Full text:

  • The complete work (book, article, etc.) in either print or electronic format

Scholarly vs. Peer Reviewed

Scholarly Articles:

  • Written by credentialed experts
  • Use complex language and terminology
  • May have charts, graphs or tables
  • Begin with an abstract that gives a summary of the article
  • Always cite sources
  • Have a bibliography at the end

Peer Reviewed or Refereed Articles:

  • Scholarly articles that have been reviewed by a panel of respected experts in the field and deemed to be of high quality

Get Articles from Other Libraries

article share iconIf PCC Library does not have a full-text article that you need, we can see if another library is able to provide it through our interlibrary loan (ILL) service. Just fill out the ILL form as completely as possible. Articles are typically e-mailed directly to you. 

Keep in mind...

  • Cost: FREE in most cases. If there is a charge we will contact you before making the request.
  • Allow 5-10 business days for processing and delivery.