Know and understand the database MEDLINE
Understand the difference between MeSH and textword searching
Effectively perform a simple search in PubMed and NLM Gateway
Effective MEDLINE searching involves the proper use of Boolean logic, an understanding of medical terminology, proper spelling, and an understanding of the database structure.
PubMed has the full text of all medical journals
PubMed indexes books
PubMed indexes book chapters
PubMed will show the best articles first
PubMed indexes all the medical journals that ever existed
MEDLINE indexes over 4,600 biomedical journals.
MEDLINE contains over 12 million citations back to 1966.
MEDLINE indexes the medical literature from over 70 countries.
MEDLINE on PubMed currently only indexes materials back to the 1950s, although more information is being added to it on a regular basis. However, for those citations not yet incorporated through OLDMEDLINE, you will need to use the print Index Medicus for the required years.