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Bioengineering & Biotechnology

Biomedical Databases

Engineering Databases

Strategies for Finding Pre-Clinical Research

PubMed Search Tips

  • Search the title/abstract, or all text fields in conjunction with using MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) terms. While MeSH terms lend specificity to your search, they are not applied to every reference in PubMed (e.g. brand new articles and non-MEDLINE content).
  • Try pulling up a few articles that you already know (or do a quick search to get some), and look at how they are indexed, to get ideas for additional keywords and MeSH terms to add to your search. 
  • Set up a MyNCBI account to save searches and configure alerts.