For a basic search enter your search terms in the box. Search terms can be relevant subject terms, author names, protein names, terms identified from other records, or even journal names.
As you type, PubMed will show suggestions for possible search terms based on matches to MeSH headings (standard subject headings created by the National Library of Medicine) and on previous searches done in PubMed.
PubMed will search for the terms you entered as keywords in the article title, abstract, author names, indexing terms, and journal name.
To search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks around the phrase: "protein folding"
To search for the root of a word with different endings, add an asterisk at the end of the root: fold*
For more on how to structure database searches, check the Search Tips tab.
Advanced Search lets you combine your search terms in a variety of ways and select the sections of a record that will be searched for each term. This gives you more control over the search and therefore over the results that will be displayed.
In this search adding the truncation symbol * after model finds more endings than PubMed will process. You can see exactly what terms PubMed searched and how they were combined by checking the Search Details window to the right of the results and clicking on See more . . .
You might want to search a few selected terms instead: model or models or modeling or modelling
By default the search results will display chronologically, most recently added records first. You can change the sorting order to display by most relevant first. Relevance is based on the number of times search terms appear in the record, where they appear in the record, etc.
For more on how to combine terms and structure a search in general, check the Search Tips tab.
Here are two ways to find review articles in PubMed.
Limit your results after a search - While viewing the search results list, click on Review in the Article Type section of the leftmost column. This applies to both basic searches and advanced searches.
Include "review" as a search term in an advanced search - In the search builder use the pull-down menu on the left to select Publication Type and enter review as the search term. Clicking on Show index list will give you a list of the possible terms to search in that field.
Enter the author's last name and initial, initials, or first name. Separate the last name with a comma if needed to distinguish between the first and last names: crick f watson jd james, john
If entering the last name only, add the tag [au] after the name to search only in the author field: wilkins [au]
or use Advanced Search to search in the author field. In Advanced Search you can also choose to search specifically for a First Author, Last Author, or Corporate Author, (e.g, an organization or institution).
PubMed will automatically truncate an author name to find all possible combinations of initials and names: crick f, crick fc, crick fh, crick francis
Use quotation marks to search for an exact name: "willkins m" [au]
From 1966 - 1984 and from 2000 to the present, PubMed indexed all author names, so they are searchable. From 1984 - 1995 indexing was limited to the first 10 authors, and from 1996 - 1999 the limit was 25 authors.
Journal Title Searching
You can search for a specific journal by entering the full title, the journal abbreviation, or the ISSN (an international standard identification number for the journal) in either a Basic or Advanced Search.
Automatic Term Matching
PubMed automatically checks untagged search terms against various tables, including MeSH headings, journal names, and author names. If it finds a match, PubMed will search the terms in the corresponding field as well as doing a search in all fields. You can see exactly what terms were searched and where by checking the Search Details box on the right side of the search results screen.
You can export references of interest from your search results to EndNote or other reference manager software.