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Getting the Most out of PubMed Medline: What is PubMed?

What is PubMed?

PubMed is an interface for searching biomedical and life sciences journal articles and other related content:

  • MEDLINE citations and links to some full-text articles.
  • PubMed Central papers which are open access full-text articles.
  • Articles that are "in process" prior to being indexed with MeSH terms.
  • Articles submitted by publishers "ahead of print."
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf.

 Currently, PubMed contains over 30,000,000 citations.

What subject areas are covered?

PubMed contents cover a wide array of fields within the health sciences, including: 

  • clinical medicine
  • dentistry
  • nursing
  • public health
  • pre-clinical research
  • veterinary medicine

What's in PubMed?

PubMed contains: MEDLINE, PubMed Central Journals, NIH-funded author manuscripts in PMC, and books from the NLM bookshelf.