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Literature searching for Medical and Dental Sciences

Activity 3H: PubMed

Introduction - PubMed and Medline

Please note that PubMed offers essentially the same content as Ovid Medline. PubMed and Medline content is provided by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information.  However, full-text links to journals subscribed by the University of Birmingham may not always be present in the open-web interface PubMed.  Full-text links are clearly available within the subscription databases available on FindIt@Bham, such as Ovid Medline. 

For more information on Ovid Medline, see Activity 3A in this guide

For University of Birmingham members, it is recommended to download a file of search results from PubMed for import into supported referencing software: EndNote Online for taught undergraduate and postgraduate students.  This should then confirm full text links where available.

PubMed is one of a large number of databases hosted as open-web resources by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 

  • For the full selection, check the drop-down menu on the NCBI site

Through FindIt@Bham

Screenshot of PubMed search template below (advanced search), from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Support materials

There are a number of existing support materials on using PubMed.  The following are from the NCBI / NLM itself, and selected Universities.

Please be aware that any links to University sites refer to those Universities only, not to University of Birmingham.

EndNote Online and PubMed

For information on downloading a file of results from PubMed to then import into EndNote Online reference management software, please see our EndNote Online guide.


Watch this Panopto video from the Academic Skills Centre on literature searching using PubMed (and exporting results to EndNote Online).  Includes sub-titles.

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