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Guide to searching PubMed

Research Tips

Don't ever pay for articles! 

  • Access the Library's Journal Finder  to see if we have full-text.  If not, order it through LVC's Tipasa Interlibrary Loan service.  We'll pay, not you!

Write down your references.

  • Write out or save a complete citation for each source you find; you may need it again later.  Use Zotero to help.

Search multiple databases...

  • to be sure you don't miss the very best book, article, or summary on your topic.


Use the "one good resource" approach. 

  • When you find a good article/resource, look at the bibliography to see what resources that author used--consider using those resources.  
  • Run a Google Scholar search on your best article title.  Click on the Cited By link to see what papers have cited this article after it was published.

Ask a librarian for help! 

  • Call a reference librarian at 717-867-6972
  • Use the chat box on the Library's Ask a Librarian site
  • Email us at

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