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How to do a literature search in PubMed

PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher’s websites.

To do a literature search:

1)      Enter your keyword(s) in the search box

2)      Click on “limits”

3)      Dates – published in the last (5 years is standard)

4)      Type of article

5)      Species

6)      Subsets – nursing journals

7)      Text options

8)      Languages

9)      Sex

10)  Ages

11)  Click on “search”

Click on the title to see the abstract

Click on the icon to get the article full text (some articles will not be available full text)


Still too many articles? Add more search terms (i.e. diabetes and type 2)

Not enough articles? Check out “related citations” on the right or remove a “limit”


Optional step – clipboard or email

1)      Check box by desired article

2)      Drop down box “send to” clipboard

3)      Clipboard may be printed or sent to your email


To find a specific article:

1)      Click on single citation matcher

2)      If the article is not available full text ask the librarian or 918.599.5298


FYI: articles in brackets [Blah, blah, blah] are not in English.


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