|P I C O||Example|
|Patient Problem Population||Patients with Knee Replacements|
|Outcome||Optimal range of motion|
Identify Search Terms
There are two basic types of search queries Keyword and Controlled Vocabulary (MeSH).
Subject Searches (Controlled Vocabulary, MeSH)
Adapted from Valpariaso University.
The Basics: Simple Searching & Viewing Results
For a basic keyword search, type the word or words you are looking for into the search box, and click Search. PubMed will suggest phrases that complete your entry or that are related to the words you're entering. The next page will show your search results.
Setting Filters (aka Limits)
Use the filters on the left sidebar to narrow down your results by specifying different categories such as language, type of article, age, gender, etc.
Changing the Display Settings
Click Summary at the top left hand of the page to change how much information you see for each citation. To change the number of citations shown per page, choose 20 per page. To change how the citations are sorted, click on Sort by Relevance.
Look for the icon or another "free full text" icon in the top right of the abstract page, and click the icon to access the full article text.
Saving, Printing, and Emailing Search Results
As you search PubMed you can temporarily store articles of interest on the Clipboard. To add an article to the Clipboard, check the box next to the article, and select Clipboard from the Send To link located to the upper-right corner above your search results.
After you have placed items in the Clipboard, a clipboard icon will appear at the upper-right of your screen. To view all the items in the Clipboard, click that link. Articles already posted to the clipboard are marked below their citation information with "Item in Clipboard" in both the Summary and Abstract displays.
Use the Send To menu to choose what you want to do with your saved citations:
To print your citations, select Print from your Internet's browser window when you're looking at your Clipboard items.
To remove an item from the Clipboard, click the Remove from Clipboard link below the citation.
Adapted from UNC Health Sciences Library.