If you're just looking to browse articles on your topic without much concern for specificity, you may want to use the Basic Search function, which is on the PubMed homepage. When you arrive at PubMed, the homepage will look like this:
Type in your keyword(s) into the search box at the top of the page. As you start typing, a dropdown menu will appear with suggested terms. You can either click on a term that is relevant, or type out what you'd like to search for in full.
Hit Enter on your keyboard, or click the blue Search button to the right to see your results.
In advanced searching, you are given more ability to pinpoint exactly the kinds of articles you would like to see in your results.
To get to Advanced Searching, click on the link directly below the search box at the top of that page that says "Advanced". This is what the advanced search page looks like:
Once you're ready to search, click the orange/brown "Search" button below the search terms!
Once you've done a search, your screen will look like this:
These are your search filters. Select which options you'd like to modify your results.
Helpful ones: Publication Dates, Article Type
To undo a filter, click the little "clear" link next to the category you'd like to clear.
If you don't see a filter you'd like to use:
If you don't see the option you'd like to use within a particular filter (ex: if you want to see newspaper articles, but that isn't an option listed under "Article Types"):
NOTE: If you run another search, these filters will stay on until you click "Clear" or end your session.
These are your articles. There will be a few at the top that PubMed deems most relevant - you can look at these, or they'll be replicated below.
Click on the title of the article to see detailed information including the abstract and where to get full text.
Here is more information about your results:
When looking for full articles in PubMed, always look for the WebBridge button, which looks like this:
PubMed itself doesn't hold full-text articles, so there will never be an option to just download a PDF from the database directly. So when in doubt, look for WebBridge and you'll get your article. There are a few other places you can see the full article, but WebBridge is your best bet, and you'll follow similar steps for all of them.
You will only find find the full text of an article from the full item record. From the results page, if you click on the title of the resource you want to look at, there will be a link in the top left of the screen for full text. WebBridge will always be there, but sometimes there will be other links to publisher websites you can also click on (though we don't always have full-text access to these) This is what that screen will look like:
To the right of the page, there is a section heading called "Full Text Links". As you can see in the above example, usually there will be more than just WebBridge as an option.
Always try WebBridge first - you'll be able to see more options of where to get your article.
If we don't have it through WebBridge, then click on the other links (in this case, Elsevier) and see if you can download the article from there. If you can't find where to get the PDF from that publisher link, ask a librarian and we'll figure it out with you, or we'll help you request an Interlibrary Loan.
Please don't ever pay for articles!!
WebBridge is an application we use here in Geisel Library when articles are not available in full text in the database you searched. This means we either have access to said article in another database, we have it in print in the library, or we don't have access to it at all and you'll have to use Interlibrary Loan to get it.
When you click on the WebBridge link, one of three things will be displayed.
Your screen will look like this:
To see the full text of this article, simply click on the link to one of the databases shown, and you will automatically be taken to the article in full in that database.
Your screen will look like this:
Click on the "Check here for Location" link provided, and you'll be brought to the library catalog, where you can see where in the building the title you're looking for lives, and what volumes (if it's a journal article) we own. That page will look like this:
You will have to come into the library itself to retrieve these items. If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask someone at the Reference or Periodicals Desk for help. We're happy to assist!
Fear not! You can still get said article! Your screen will look like this:
If this is your screen, simply click on the "Geisel Library Interlibrary Loan (ILL)" link. You will be redirected automatically to a login page for ILL, which will look like this:
Type in your SAC Username (the first half of your email address, before the @), and then your password is your student ID number (including the beginning letter, probably an S). Once you login, WebBridge will fill in all the information you need about the article, so you will be shown a screen that looks like this:
Simply click the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the screen (you may have to scroll down), and you're all set! You should receive an email from our Interlibrary Loan Office that explains where you can retrieve your article when it is available. If you have any other questions about Interlibrary Loan, feel free to look through our ILL page, or you can contact the ILL Office directly.