PubMed is the premier database for finding journal articles in the field of biomedicine. PubMed also indexes a number of important scholarly journals in the area of nursing.
This tutorial demonstrates how to
Follow the steps in this left-hand panel to search PubMed, which is open in the right-hand frame.
If you are off-campus, you may have to log in first with your LDAP password (VU email ID and password). Use the navigation arrows at the bottom to advance through the tutorial.
Note that PubMed is a freely available database. However, to see links to Falvey Library's electronic journals, you must log in at the library homepage. Start at (http://library.villanova.edu). Click Databases, A-Z and choose PubMed.
Click on the right arrow below to start.
Let's search for journal articles on the topic of smoking cessation.
Because our keyword is composed of two separate words, we'll enclose them in quotation marks to keep them together as a single keyword. Type "smoking cessation" in the search box. Click Search.
How many results did you retrieve?
As you can see, PubMed is a very extensive database with a wealth of journal articles. Let's use some of its powerful features to focus our results.
Advance to the next screen.
Along the left-hand side of the results screen you will see PubMed filters.
Let's limit our results to articles published during the most recent 5 years. Under Publication dates click 5 years
Notice that a check appears next to 5 years and the typeface becomes blue, indicating that this filter has been activated.
How many results do you have now?
Note that, if we wish to limit to other time periods, such as the last 15 years, we could use the Custom range. If we wish to deactivate this filter, we click clear.
PubMed is an international database. Let's limit our results to articles published in English.
On the left-hand side of the page, scroll up and click Show additional filters. Note that some filters are already selected by default.
In the list of additional filters, click Languages. While we're at it, click Journal categories too (we'll see why in a minute). Then click Show.
You can now click English. Make sure there is a check next to English and that the type is blue.
How many results do you have?
In this search we are interested in articles from nursing journals, so we check the Nursing journals option under Journal categories.
You should now have about 300 results.
Let's focus our results to students.
In the search box, after "smoking cessation" type AND students Be sure to type AND in upper-case letters.
You should now have about 30 articles or so, a very manageable number of results.
So how do we access the full text of these articles?
Click the title of an article that interests you.
At the next screen you will usually see an abstract. This is a summary of the contents of the article and it can help you determine if the article will be useful to your assignment.
In the upper right-hand corner of this screen, click the blue Find it button. Do not click the publisher buttons, as you may be asked to pay.
At the next screen, click this button to connect to the full text of the article and download it to your computer:
Scroll down a bit on the Find it screen and notice the (somewhat tiny!) Export to RefWorks link. If you are using the citation management system RefWorks, you can export each reference by using this link. For more information on RefWorks, view this video:
Use your browser's back arrow to return to your search results.
We've decided to clear the Nursing journals filter so that we can consider articles from medical journals as well.
Sometimes when you click Find it you will see this message:
Sorry, this item is not available online.
This means that the library does not subscribe to the journal in which the article appeared. However, you can request this article from another library at no cost to you by clicking this button:
You will connect to ILLiad, the library's interlibrary loan system. Log into ILLiad with your Villanova University LDAP ID and password (the password you use to access your VU email).
You may have to set up an account at this point. Submit your account information if prompted for it, and close the ILLiad account window. Click a second time on Get a scan to open a pre-completed request form. You will be notified via email when the pdf file of the article has been deposited into your ILLiad account. Articles usually arrive in 2 to 5 business days.
Use your browser's back button to return to your search results.
You can download, email, or print your selected results.
Place a check next to the items you wish to capture. Then click Send to and choose File to download or E-mail.
Note that the options Collections and My Bibliography are useful if you have created a personal MyNCBI account. For more information about MyNCBI account features, view the videos located at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html
The Citation manager option will allow you to export multiple selected citations as a specially formatted file that can be imported into citation management systems such as RefWorks. Download this guide for more information:http://tinyurl.com/mgjuujz
See how much you've learned about searching PubMed by taking this short quiz.
PubMed is the premier database for searching the biomedical literature. It also indexes some important scholarly journals in the area of nursing.
To check for full text, first click the title of an article. Then at the next screen click
You can focus your PubMed results by using
If you see the message "Sorry, this item is not available online," can you still obtain the full text at no cost?
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