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BSC 1010H (Sage): Basic Search

This is a guide to help students find original research articles in biology using PubMed.

PubMed Basic Search

1.Type a word or phrase into the search box

  • This can be a subject, author, and/or journal title
  • You do not have to use the connectors AND because the database automatically does this for you. It is called Automatic Term Mapping. (If you do use any of the connectors like AND, OR, or NOT make sure to put them in all capital letters)
  • Ex: To search the effect of blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes
    • Type blood sugar levels type 2 diabetes or
    • Type "blood sugar levels" AND "type 2 diabetes"

2. Click on Search or press Enter


Automatic Term Mapping

If you want the database to search for exact phrases that you want to appear in your search results, you can force the database to turn off the automatic term mapping.

To do this you will need to use quotes around the phrases and add a connector in all capital letters.

For example: To search for articles containing the exact phrase "blood sugar levels" and the phrase "type 2 diabetes".

Your search strategy would be:

"Blood sugar levels" AND "type 2 diabetes"


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