How It Works
To search PubMed, enter your concepts in phrases into the search box. For most PubMed searches, it is best to:
- Be specific.
The more terms you enter, the narrower your search will be and the fewer irrelevant results you will retrieve.
- Use no punctuation (e.g., no quotation marks).
PubMed will find phrases for you.
- Use no operators (e.g., AND)
PubMed will add AND between concepts.
- Use no tags.
PubMed will differentiate topic words, journal titles and author names.
Focus on terminology, not syntax. This works because of a process called Automatic Term Mapping (ATM).
Last Reviewed: July 26, 2018