Spotlight on PubMed

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A part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed “comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.” Essentially, PubMed is a medical database with citations, clinical trials, clinical queries, and more. Entries from MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE are also available through PubMed.


PubMed FAQ:

Who uses PubMed?

Biology majors, nursing majors, Pharmacy students, professors, and researchers from around the world.


Does PubMed have tutorials?

Yes, their tutorials help you in searching through PubMed and finding the resources that you need.


Can I download a full article from PubMed?

No, PubMed generally just houses citations and abstracts. However, sometimes an abstract will provide a link to its full article, housed in a different database.


Can I access PubMed on my phone- is it mobile friendly?

Yes, PubMed Mobile was made to make PubMed easily accessible.

How To Find Scholarly Articles On Our Website

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Sooner or later a professor will give you a classic assignment- maybe it’s making an annotated bibliography or writing a research paper. Either way, you’ll need to find scholarly articles from reputable sources.

The library provides access to thousands of articles through different databases and journals. To find just the right article for your assignment, you may need to narrow your search.


How to find a basic article:

  1. First, head to the library website:
  2. Click the link on the left of the page that says “Research Guides.”
  3. Pick the appropriate Research Guide for your major or class (English, Engineering, etc.).
  4. Locate the suggested databases on your subject’s Research Guide. Choose a database to get started with and click the link.
  5. Within the database, search for a specific title or author name, or use keywords for your intended subject matter. Put quotation marks around phrases or title names for more accurate results.


When you need more specific help…

  1. Check the Databases that the library has listed. Read their descriptions to see which database contains the information that you need (some databases are subject-specific, others are general). When searching through a database, you can usually check a box marked “peer-reviewed” to filter the search for scholarly articles.
  2. Ask a librarian for help by using the Chat function on the library’s home page, or schedule an appointment with a Research Coach for one-on-one coaching.
  3. Click the “Research Tips” link for even more!


Finding scholarly articles doesn’t have to be hard! Use the library website for successful research!



Come Visit The Research Desk!

Research Assistance (Books) - Fall 2017 (SM)

Need help finding that one pesky article? Looking for which Reference books to use for your paper?

Come by the library’s Research Desk, located on the first floor. Trained librarians are available to help you find what you need. You don’t need an appointment, but if you do want one, you can schedule to meet with a Research Coach on the library website. We’re happy to help!