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Literature Searching

Connecting Search Terms

Boolean operators allow you to include multiple terms in your search and connect them with the words AND, OR, and NOT. Searching with Boolean operators can help broaden or narrow your search.  These terms should be capitalized. 

    AND - connecting terms with AND will combine your terms and give you more specific results. Example: diabetes AND children
    OR - connecting terms with OR will broaden your results by finding more than one search term. Example: elderly OR geriatric
    NOT - will exclude a term from your search. Example: lead poisoning NOT children

How To Do A Basic / Quick Search in PubMed

Go to PubMed -

Type in your search terms, using Boolean operators if appropriate.  Click the SEARCH button.


Your search results will be displayed - 672 citations.



Here is a sample citation.  Click on Get It @ OU Libraries for the full-text of the journal article.


Search for an Author

Enter the author's last name and first initial:

Single Citation Matcher

Use the PubMed Single Citation Matcher Form when you are trying to locate a specific citation and your have some of the information -- author's name, article title, journal title, year, page numbers, etc. 

Go to the Single Citation Matcher link on the PubMed home page -

Enter the information you have about the journal article:

Click on SEARCH to retrieve the citation:

Have Questions? Need Assistance?

A Librarian can conduct a one-on-one session with you on how to use the PubMed database. Feel free to call us at (248) 370-3772 or email if you have questions or need assistance with searching.