PubMed for beginners
Using PubMed to search for papers that you need can initially be a daunting task.Mohammad Al-Ubaydli takes you through the basics of using this valuable internet resource
- By: Al-Ubaydli Mohammad
One option is to visit PubMed. This is a website. It has abstracts of much of the modern biomedical literature. If someone has done research that gives the answer to your question, you will probably find the abstract of the paper on PubMed.
PubMed contains a huge amount of information, so you need to learn a few things to find your way around. But after that, the site is simple to use.
Open your computer's web browser, and type in “www.pubmed.gov” in the address bar at the top (fig 1). In the top right corner is the logo of the National Library of Medicine in the United States which runs the website. The top left shows the logo of the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The centre has databases on gene sequences and proteins, entire textbooks, and of course PubMed.
The website helpfully defaults to “Search PubMed for” something, a