PubMed is a free search engine that accesses the MEDLINE database, an online collection of scientific papers relating to life sciences and biomedical topics. PubMed was released to the public in 1996.
How to Run a Search in PubMed
PubMed is an ideal way to find technical, scientific articles that will qualify as professional sourcing for medical claims. To run a search in PubMed:
- Go to the advanced search feature.
- If seeking secondary sources, set Publication Type to 'review.'
- If you'd prefer recent articles within the past 5 years, set Date-Publication accordingly.
- Simply enter search terms you are looking for as 'All Fields' although you can restrict the search to 'Title', 'Text Word', or 'Text/Abstract' if you wish.
A PMID or PubMed Identifier is a unique number assigned, for purposes of categorization, to a PubMed paper. PMIDs differ from PMCIDs, since PMCIDs are assigned to all papers in PubMed Central, not just those on PubMed.
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