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PubMed is the premier biomedical database for medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is PubMed? (What is MEDLINE?)

PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE,* life science journals, and online books. Includes the fields of

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine
  • the health care system
  • preclinical sciences.

*MEDLINE is the largest component of PubMed, created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). More than 5,500 journals from the U.S. and >80 other countries are currently indexed.

A noteworthy feature of PubMed is "MeSH" (Medical Subject Headings), the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity.

*Link to MEDLINE fact sheet.


    Where to START Searching?

    Start at: PubMed@NYU  Entering via this connection tells PubMed to:

    • Display the get @ NYU icon in a citation:     

    • Link to options for full-text links, Bobcat catalog records, OR ordering via interlibrary loan.

    NLM Technical Bulletin

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