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MEDLINE / PubMed Search

The PubMed service at the National Library of Medicine offers several search services that access the 9 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. Genomic, Nucleotide, Protein and Taxonomic database entries can also be found using this search.

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  • Enter one or more search terms.
  • Enter author names as smith jc. Initials are optional.
  • Enter journal titles in full or as MEDLINE abbreviations.
  • You may search the following databases using this form: PubMed, Protein, Nucleotide, Structure, Genome, PopSet, OMIM, Taxonomy.

Journal Database Browser

Enter the journal name, MEDLINE abbreviation or ISSN. You may also enter a single word from the journal title or several adjacent words in the title. Use an asterisk * at the end of a word to truncate. For example, engl* would match england, english, etc.



Citation Matcher for Single Articles

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Author's last name and initials (e.g., Smith BJ)


  • You may omit any item if you wish
  • Journal titles may be entered in full or as valid MEDLINE abbreviations
  • For Date, you may enter yyyy, yyyy/mm, or yyyy/mm/dd. For example, 1998, 1998/03, or 1998/03/06
  • Author names are automatically truncated to account for varying initials, e.g., smith j will also match on smith ja, smith jb, smith jc jr, etc. Enclose author names in double quotes to retrieve that exact match, e.g., "smith j"

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