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PubMed Workshop

This guide was created to accompany a library research workshop offered via Zoom in March 2021.


Results by year graph

  • Visualize trends in research over time.
  • Use the box with the two opposite pointing arrows to expand or collapse the graph to make it easier to use.
  • Drag the handles on either end of the graph to filter results by publication date.
  • Scroll down the page for Publication Date radio buttons that will quickly apply a 1-year or 5-year filter.

Text availability

  • Restricts results according to your selection - abstract available, free full text, or linked full text (not necessarily free).
  • Not recommended for graduate-level research; full text may also be available via ILL.

Article Type

  • Restricts to articles that have been assigned a MeSH term for the selected article type.
  • Remember, not all articles have MeSH terms assigned, so using this filter could eliminate potentially relevant literature.

Additional Filters

  • Select more filter options including language, journal categories, age, etc.
  • When you select a filter, it will become available for you to use in the sidebar.
  • Check the box for the filter in the sidebar to apply it to your result list.
  • Always use filters with caution! Some articles have limited metadata and/or lack MeSH terms, so you may eliminate very new studies or other research worthy of consideration.

Summary Display

Key information about each article:

  • Article title and citation, including PMID
  • Article type tags
  • Portion of the Abstract with key terms highlighted, including MeSH terms your query mapped to

Cite button

  • Lets you grab a citation in the format of your choice: AMA, APA, MLA, NLM
  • Select the citation format using the up/down arrow button in the lower right of the Cite box
  • Copy will copy the citation so you can paste it into a document or email message
  • Download will save the citation to your computer in a format that can be imported into citation management software

Save multiple citations

  • Use checkboxes to select citations
  • Save citations to your computer using the Save button at the top of the result list
  • You can also Email citations to yourself or someone else
  • WARNING: You can download a page of results or the entire results set, but this can result in very large files