PubMed is a free web-based interface for searching MEDLINE.
There is a link to Pubmed on the Health Sciences Library's home page. (www.hsl.lib.unc.edu)
Select PubMed on this page, or on other campus library pages. PubMed links on library webpages are coded to add the Find @ UNC button that links you to full-text online articles.
When the article is not available online in the UNC Libraries collections, the Find @ UNC button links to a page with options to look for print in the library catalog or to request the article via Interlibrary Loan.
Below is an image of a PubMed article record. Labels were added to explain the information that PubMed provides about the article:
Remember: PubMed does NOT include the full-text of articles in its database--it links out to them. PubMed only searches the information about the article(including title and abstract), not the full-text of the article.
SAMPLE ABSTRACT FROM PUBMED
MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings. These are the list of standard terms added by indexers to the article record to help improve search results.
National Library of Medicine indexers examine articles and assign the most specific MeSH headings that describe the concepts discussed.
The indexer assigns as many MeSH headings as appropriate to cover the topics of the article (generally 5 to 15). When there is no specific heading for a concept, the indexer will use the closest, general heading available.
Indexers can also assign Subheadings to further describe a particular aspect of a MeSH concept. Examples of Subheadings in this list are: therapeutic use, physiology, surgery, drug therapy.
The indexer also assigns terms that reflect the characteristics of the group being studied: the age group, human or other animal, male or female.
You can search for MeSH terms for your search by going to MeSH database in PubMed from the PubMed homepage or at: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/
(Content adapted from NLM PubMed Tutorial)