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Medical Database Guides: PubMed



New PubMed Interface

Use Medical Subject Headings in PubMed

Advanced Search Builder in PubMed


New PubMed Interface

Basic Search:

1. Enter your search terms and click "Search"

2. At the result list, you may sort the results by "Best match", "Most recent" or "Publication date"

3. You can make use of various filters to get more focused results.

4. You may save the selected items or all results in RIS, CSV, PMID etc formats for further manipulation.

5. Advanced search allows for more sophisticated search.

6. Enter the search term into "Query box" and click "Search".  Repeat this step for subsequent terms.

7. After all terms have been searched, click the  icon of each term and select appropriate boolean operator such as AND.

8. When all search terms have be added to the query box above, then click "Search"

For each record, you will find:

You will also find other useful information like links to "Similar articles", "Cited by" articles, "Associated data" etc.

Please Note: 

The New PubMed Interface has already replaced the legacy version in spring 2020.


PubMed comprises over 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

Select PubMed

From the A-Z Databases list on the Library homepage, select PubMed (with full text).

Basic Search

1. Type your keywords in the search box. The keywords will be mapped to corresponding Medical Subject Headings in the search if available.

Filter & Combine Searches

2. You can filter the search results by selecting the options on left column, e.g. publication dates, article types.

3. Click to show more filtering options, e.g. sex, age, etc.

4. To combine searches, click on the Advanced link.

5. The screen now displays your search history. Click on the Add link to include the search into the search builder.

6. Combine the searches using AND, OR, NOT Boolean operators and press the Search button..

7. Your combined search strategy will be shown on the search box.


View & Output Results

8. Click on the title to view the record. To access the full text, click on the journal icon or Findit@CUHK button.

9. To output the search results, check the boxes to select records.

10. Click on the Send to and select Citation manager from the drop-down menu. The results will be saved as file for importing to citation management tool, e.g. RefWorks.