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Resource Spotlight: PubMed

by Lara Gamboa on 2023-06-30T08:00:00-10:00 | 0 Comments

In medical research and information dissemination, PubMed is an unparalleled resource, a gateway to a vast sea of scientific literature. Developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), PubMed is a comprehensive biomedical literature database covering a wide range of disciplines. We'll explore the significance of PubMed, its features, and its impact on medical research and healthcare. 

PubMed is an indispensable resource for the global medical and scientific communities. By providing access to an extensive collection of biomedical literature, PubMed empowers researchers, healthcare professionals, and students to stay updated, collaborate, and make informed decisions. As the world of medical knowledge expands, PubMed remains at the forefront, unlocking the power of research to drive advancements in healthcare for the benefit of all.

UHM/JABSOM faculty, staff, and students have access to PubMed. Remember, to avoid paywalls, access the database through our library's website under Quick Links, or you can search under All Databases.

You can also find online training resources on PubMed through the NLM Learning Resources Database page. We also have a playlist of PubMed Tips on our YouTube we made for you all. Below is just one of the handful of videos we have:

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What is PubMed?

PubMed is a widely recognized and trusted online database that provides access to a vast collection of biomedical literature. It is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). PubMed is a valuable resource for researchers, healthcare professionals, students, and anyone seeking authoritative life sciences and medicine information. 

The Power of PubMed

Vast Repository of Biomedical Literature: PubMed boasts over 32 million citations from biomedical journals, including articles, reviews, case studies, etc. Researchers can access information from the latest scientific breakthroughs to historical analyses.

User-Friendly Interface: PubMedʻs user-friendly interface allows researchers to conduct robust searches using keywords, authors, publication types, and specific journals. Advanced search features enable users to refine their queries and precisely locate relevant articles.

Linking Full-Text Articles: While PubMed primarily provides abstracts and bibliographic details, it often includes links to full-text articles if they are freely available. This facilitates access to complete research papers, enabling readers to delve deeper into the study.

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): PubMed employs a controlled vocabulary system called MeSH. This indexing system assigns standardized terms to articles, enabling users to explore related concepts and find relevant literature more effectively. MeSH terms assist in narrowing down search results and exploring specific aspects of a topic.

PubMed Central (PMC): PubMed Central is a complementary resource that houses a growing collection of full-text, peer-reviewed articles. PMC is a digital repository,  ensuring that valuable research remains accessible to all.

Impact on Medical Research and Healthcare

PubMedʻs influence extends far beyond being a repository of knowledge. Its impact on medical research and healthcare is profound:

Research Discovery and Collaboration: PubMed facilitates the discovery of relevant scientific literature, aiding researchers in staying alongside the latest findings in their respective fields. It serves as a platform for collaboration, allowing scientists to connect, share knowledge, and advance research collectively.

Evidence-Based Practice: Healthcare professionals rely on PubMed to access evidence-based research that informs medical decisions. Clinicians can base their practices on the most up-to-date and reliable information, from diagnosis and treatment to preventive strategies. 

Literature Reviews and Meta-Analyses: Researchers conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses depend on PubMed to identify relevant studies, critically appraise existing literature, and synthesize evidence to draw meaningful conclusions.

Impact Assessment: PubMed plays a crucial role in measuring the impact of scientific publications. Citation data, available for many articles, allows researchers to gauge the influence and reach of their work and track how it is referenced in subsequent studies.

Staying Current with PubMed

My NCBI: The My NCBI feature enables users to create personalized profiles, save search queries, and receive email alerts when new articles matching their interests are published. This functionality ensures researchers stay informed without manually monitoring PubMed.

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