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What is it?
Pubmed is a freely available, online, searchable, bibliographic database, which includes data from Medline. You can use it to complement and supplement your literature searching.
You use the main text box to enter your simple free-text search terms or the more sophisticated advanced search options to combine searches and apply limits.
The results list will often include links to freely available article pdfs, though you will need to check on our journal lists for access to most journal titles.
The search results list can be filtered, emailed or exported.
If you sign-up and create a free login you can also save your searches and set up alerts.
How can it help you?
Pubmed is a useful extra database for you to search as part of your literature searching. As well as including Medline it does include a number of additional scientific databases.
How to access it?
Pubmed is freely available on the Internet to search. Note that you may not have access to all the full-text articles.
Did you know?
Pubmed includes a number of additional helpful tools:
Single Citation Matcher – use this tool to find the complete reference of an article if you do not have the full reference. Complete the form with the data that you have for an article and click the Search button. If the article exists on Pubmed, it will return the bibliographic details that it retains.
MeSH on Demand – you can use the MeSH on Demand tool to search for MeSH terms from text or search terms entered; you can even enter an abstract of an article you have found.
There are a range of tutorials to help you to get to grips with Pubmed.
How do you go about looking for the Full-text of an article?
Not sure what an article is? Complete our etutorial What is an Article? To learn about the different elements of an article that you will need before you start your search.
So now you have your article reference and you can recognise all the different elements – where are you going to start?
First things first – not everything is freely available on the Internet so expecting to find everything via Google is being a bit optimistic.
Secondly – the library service buys stuff for you. We purchase journals so that you can access the full-text.
What do we buy?
You can find out what we buy by looking on our Journals Lists.
Lists – there’s more than 1?
We have a journals list that we buy for Keele students and staff.
We have a journals list that we buy for our NHS users.
The lists are different – that is, we buy different journal titles for our different groups of users.
The Keele journals list is available to Keele students and staff. To access the full-text articles on this list you will need to be on a Keele networked computer or off-campus you will need to use your Keele computer login.
The NHS journals list is available to NHS Athens users. You will need to login to the list to see all the journal titles bought for your organisation. You will need to use your Athens login to access the full-text.
NHS Staff can access Keele Journals
If you are a member of the Health Library you can access Keele networked resources in the IT suite. Bring your library card to the counter and ask for a temporary login to the Keele network.
Show me HOW
Here’s how to find the full-text from a Reference
Here’s how to find a Keele eJournal
Here’s how to find an NHS Journal
But it is still not there!
If the journal you need is not available on any of our lists, and not freely available on the Internet (openaccess), then you can request an inter-library-loan for the article and we will try to get a copy for you – more details here.
Clinical Key has sent me an update about the patient education content within Clinical Key.
ClinicalKey offers access to leaflets that support hospital staff to deliver patient education in multiple languages, as well as adapted text for different populations (easy-to-read).
Patient Education materials in ClinicalKey cover conditions, procedures, drugs and behaviours and include approximately 10,000 individual leaflets. Patient Education handouts can be customised to add a custom comment and contact details for the treating professional. You can share Patient Education information with individual patients, as a printed handout or electronic pdf file and for their personal use.
How to access and customise Patient Education handouts
1. Log in to Clinical Key using your UHNM Athens username.
2. Use the search options to look for patient education content on the topic you need.
4. Page down the filter options until you see the Languages filter. Select the arrow to see the languages available.
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5. Select a language if you want something other than English. The results will then be filtered by that language.
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6. Click the title to view the content of the handout. Then select the language that you want to print the handout in.
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7. Use the print options to add any contact information or additional comments. You can also alter the text size the handout will be printed in.
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8. Once you are happy with your print options, click the “Create printable PDF” button. The PDF will then be downloaded.
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9. Open the PDF to check that it is correct. The print options you added will be detailed on the first page.
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10. The handout will then be presented in the language you selected. Note that your details and the copyright information will be printed on the handout footer. You can now print out or save the PDF.
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Please be aware that Authorized Users of ClinicalKey have permission to print copies of Patient Education handouts only for personal, non-commercial use in educating patients Printed or PDF handouts can be provided to individual patients.
What is it?
The NICE/NHS My Journals A-Z List is a list of all the journals that we subscribe to for our NHS Athens users.
You MUST login with your NHS Athens username in order to view all the titles that are available at your trust.
You will then be able to search for a journal title. You can also browse the list via the alphabet.
Each journal entry will tell you what holdings you can access and, importantly, where you can access the articles from ie the platform, database or publisher website.
How can it help you?
This list is the main “go to” list to check whether you have access to the full-text of the articles you are looking for.
How to access it?
You can find a link to the list via the Journals page on the Health Library website.
Complete our etutorial Finding NHS eJournals to learn more about the list or check our Information Skills blog for quick step-by-step instructions on using the list.
I have added a new pdf document to the Health Library page on the UHNM intranet. This contains links to the major NHS-based resources. There are sections on:
- Current Awareness
- Reference Resources
- And more help, including training, literature search service and article requests
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Please remember to check the Health Library website for a comprehensive list of services and resources.
Want to find information quickly? Need to brush up on your literature searching skills?
Health Library training courses are presented by qualified librarians, usually to small groups and offer you plenty of time for hands-on practice.
Our courses include opportunities to:
- Get help finding the right information via the Internet
- Learn how to conduct a literature search and use our databases to get information quickly
- Find high-level good quality systematic reviews and evidence summaries using the Cochrane Library and similar resources
- Start to develop your critical appraisal skills
- Get to grips with Refworks