Publications in the database you're searching may be categorized according to a particular organization or subject with which they're affiliated. If you are interested only in publications that are the product of one of the listed organizations or subjects, select that category from the appropriate drop-down list. Leave the drop-down list at its default setting if you want to search through all publications, regardless of category.
You can search for publications based on their author, their title, or both. You may also be able to search based on keywords relevant to the topic of the publication, and within the abstract, for those publications that have one.
You can decide how strictly the search should adhere to your search terms separately for each field. Choose one of these options from each drop-down list:
It is not necessary to enter a complete title or list of authors. For example, searching for "Miller" in the Author field will return any publications for which an author named Miller is credited, even if the publication has several other authors as well.
It is likely that most keywords in the database are MeSH terms.
You may limit your search to include publications from a certain data range. Publications will be found only if they were published on or after the start date you enter (if any) and on or before the end date you enter (if any). For each date, type the year in the indicated field, then select a month from the drop-down list.
When you enter search criteria in more than one field (for example, if you enter an author, a title, and a date range), you can choose whether to require that the search must find citations meeting all of those criteria, or at least one of those criteria. As with the Author, Title, or Keyword Search above, you are choosing whether to use the "and" operator or the "or" operator between fields. Search fields that you leave blank are ignored.
For example, suppose you search for publications with "Miller" as an Author and "1996" as a Start Year.
You may edit a number of settings that affect how your results are displayed.
The results page includes a listing of the search criteria you entered, the number of articles matching those criteria, options for viewing and downloading the results, and the bibliographic information for the matching articles. Links to the PubMed entry, the abstract, and a full-text version of each article will be provided, when available.
Click this link to skip past the download and report options to the list of matching publications.
Click this link to download a file in Reference Manager's (RefMan's) RIS format that contains all of the displayed citations.
To import this file into RefMan:
You can create a text-only version of your search results in one of two formats. Select the with Abstracts option to view the citations and their abstracts as they appear on the results page, but without the graphics and interface controls. Select the in Bibliography format option to view the citations only, listed in a standard bibliography style, without field names. Both of these formats are suitable for printing, or for copying text to paste into another application.
Only the citations that you specify will be included in this report. To include all of the displayed citations, mark the box labeled Check this box to add all publications to the report. To include only some of the citations, scroll through the list and mark the Add to Report List box by each citation of interest. When you have indicated all of the citations that you want to include, click one of the Create Report buttons at the top and bottom of the page.