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Although PubMed is freely available, ALWAYS enter it through the Connelly Library homepage - otherwise you will not get access to our subscribed journals, nor will you be able to submit an ILL for articles we do not have.  The URL for our link is:  - notice that you must see this ending:?otool=paconlib for the link to be the La Salle University link.  If you go directly to PubMed and not through the Connelly Library, you must check each article against our holdings by yourself and if we do not have the article, you must fill out an ILL form by yourself.  If you use the Connelly Library Link, that work is done for you!


PubMed is the interface for MEDLINE, the database of biomedical research articles compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH). It has over 24 million citations, with more being added every day. From PubMed, you can link out to actual articles using the Article Locator@LaSalle button; extend your search to other databases from the National Center for Biotechnical Information (NCBI) and more. You can set up a My NCBI account and save your searches; get updates on a regular basis whenever an article on that subject is published; save references; and set up a bibliography.

You can also filter your searches to only those articles available at La Salle.


PubMed Help

This page includes both a PubMed tutorial and also brief animated tutorials with audio for using PubMed.

This is help from the National Library of Medicine.

Please note that these Quick Tours are undergoing revision to improve usability. For audio, use your computer speakers and/or click on the closed captions button.


Searching PubMed

Basic searching in PubMed is very easy. Simply enter your search term(s) in the search box at the top. PubMed will suggest topics for you, and if you like any of them you can simply click on one. You can also put in your own search terms, and you can add AND or OR between terms to combine them.

Once you have a set of results, you can refine or expand them in many ways. Right along the top of the results page, you can:

  • Save your search in My NCBI
  • Set Limits (these are very useful in refining searches - you can limit by type of article, sex, age, and more)
  • Do an Advanced Search
  • Set up an RSS feed if you like your search and want to get updates

Working down the results page, you will be able to:

Looking down the Results page, you can click on any result to see the full entry; or click on Related Citations to find similar articles (this is a great way to start if you find a couple of items that are right on target). On the right-hand side, PubMed also tells you the details of what it searched; if you didn't get what you wanted, that will give you clues to what to change. It also gives your search history (Recent Activity) so you can see exactly how you have searched.