PubMed is the free database for searching biomedical literature. It was created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine and contains both primary and secondary literature. It is free to access at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ anytime, anywhere.
To have access to full text, make sure you are accessing PubMed via the University of Chicago's proxy account. It is recommended to access PubMed from the science quick links on the library homepage. When you select an individual article from PubMed, you should now see a Find It button in the top right hand corner under full text links. Clicking on this button will direct you to the full text of the article if the University of Chicago has a license with the publisher OR it will direct you to the interlibrary loan service to request the full text article.
PubMed Clinical Queries provides specialized clinical research area searches in three categories:
You can learn more about Clinical Queries search strategy specifics here.
If you are trying to find a specific article in PubMed, you can use the single citation matcher as an alternative to using the main search box.
The Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus is a controlled vocabulary produced by the National Library of Medicine and used for indexing, cataloging, and searching for biomedical and health-related information and documents. Many synonyms, near-synonyms, and closely related concepts are included as entry terms to help users find the most relevant MeSH descriptor for the concept they are seeking. In NLM's online databases, many terms entered by searchers are automatically mapped to MeSH descriptors to facilitate retrieval of relevant information.
-from Introduction to MeSH
You can use the MeSH Browser (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html) to see how keywords map to MeSH terms. The browser can also be used to see where MeSH terms fall in the MeSH Tree Structure, the organizational hierarchy of terms.
When you run the search, check the Search Details on the lower right hand side of the screen.
Heart attack is an entry term for the MeSH term "myocardial infarction". PubMed automatically mapped the term heart attack to articles which included the term myocardial infarction, as you can se in the bolded article title words on the left hand side of the results page.
To see other entry terms for "myocardial infarction", we can do a search in the MeSH database. Entry terms for myocardial infarction include: cardiovascular stroke, myocardial infarcts, and heart attacks.
Constructing a comprehensive search string which yields relevant results can be very time consuming. You might want to save the search and get updates about new literature on the topic or share the article results with others on your research team. PubMed has multiple avenues for saving and sharing search results. Some of these options require you to create an NCBI account. Please review the Introduction to NCBI on the NIH Public Access Policy lib guide for information about signing up.
If you do a search for a gene name in PubMed, you will get an additional results box at the top of your search results list with direct links to Gene and the Genetic Testing Registry.