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Pre-Med Seminar Guide: PubMed & MeSH


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What are PubMed and MeSH?

PubMed is the free online version of the MEDLINE database of medical literature.  It covers more than 5,500 journal from around the world, and it is updated almost every day.  

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is the controlled vocabulary that PubMed and MEDLINE use to classify articles and books.  When a new item is added to PubMed, indexers assign several MeSH terms to it based on its contents.  This means that the best way to find something in PubMed is to use MeSH terms.  

For example, Mad Cow Disease, BSE, and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy are all different phrases used to decribe the same disease. Using the MeSH term Encephalopathy, Bovine Spongiform will ensure you find all the relevant articles no matter what words the authors used.

How to Link LMU databases articles to PubMED searches

How to access LMU articles from PubMed:
Start on PubMED home page:

Create a my NCBI account in PubMed (look on the top right corner of the Pubmed screen for a sign in link). After you create the account, click on My NCBI in the top right corner. Then choose NCBI site preferences (also on the top right). Look on the left middle of the screen for Outside Tool. Click on it and then choose Lincoln Memorial University from the alphabetical list. Make sure the radio button is filled. Scroll all the way to the bottom and hit SAVE. After this, whenever you do a search and get results that LMU students/faculty have access to, you will see a button on the top right under the Full Text Links box that says LMU Reed Health Sciences Library. Click on that button to access the article. If you are off site, you will need your library login and password which are the same as your mylmu account but without the on the login.