2. What isMEDLINE andPubMed?
“MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic
database that contains more than 26 million references to journal articles in life
sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE
is that the records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®).
MEDLINE is the online counterpart to MEDLARS® (MEDical Literature Analysis
and Retrieval System) that originated in 1964. “ (PubMed)
“PubMed is a free resource supporting the search and retrieval of biomedical
and life sciences literature with the aim of improving health–both globally and
personally. The PubMed database contains more than 30 million citations and
abstracts of biomedical literature. It does not include full-text journal articles;
however, links to the full text are often present when available from other
sources, such as the publisher's website or PubMed Central (PMC).” (PubMed)
MEDLINE/PubMED can be accessed through the
University's Library Website
Find the Link to the Database under “Research Guides and
A link to the website will be listed under the “Nursing
Guide” or under the letter “M” in the A-Z Databeses where it
will be listed as “MEDLINE with full text”
You will then be redirected to log in using your Student ID
log in as it is a subscription database
For many searches, it is not necessary to use special tags or syntax.
PubMed uses multiple tools to help you find relevant results:
Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm
to place the most relevant citations at the top of your results.
An autocomplete feature displays suggestions as you type your search
terms. This feature is based on PubMed query log analysis described in
" Finding Query Suggestions for PubMed ."
A spell-checking feature suggests alternative spellings for search terms that
may include misspellings.
A citation sensor displays suggested results for searches that include terms
characteristic of citation searching, e.g., author names, journal titles,
publication dates, and article titles.
To limit the number of search results:
Replace general search terms with
more specific ones (e.g., low back
pain instead of back pain).
Include additional terms in your
Use the sidebar filters to restrict
results by publication date, full text
availability, article type, and more.
Searching by a specific field
Use the Advanced Search Builder to search for terms in a specific
field, such as author or journal. For some fields, an autocomplete
feature will provide suggestions as you type.
1. From the "All Fields" drop-down menu, select the field you
would like to search.
2. Add terms from the builder to the query box to construct your
search. The default Boolean operator is AND; if desired, choose
OR or NOT from the pull-down menu.
3. Once you have finished adding terms to the query box, click
Search (or Add to History) to run the search.
We search the database for using the Boolean operator “or” for ” lower back
pain” or “back pain” or “ back pain or lower back pain or lumber back pain
or chronic lower back pain”
The search has been filtered to only include full-text journals and articles
with abstracts available, published from 2017-2020, and translated in
English. This had refined the results to be around 2,700.
You can click on an article form your search and you will be given access on the
left-hand side to full-text articles. On the right-hand side you be be given the
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