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Professional Skills Institute (PSI) Resources: PubMed - Biomedical Articles

What is PubMed?

PubMed is the free version of MEDLINE made available by the National Library of Medicine. It contains articles references form nearly 6,000 health science journals, including those in physical therapy, and some free full-text articles.

  • Off campus: go to
    This public URL only includes articles free to everyone. Most articles require paid subscriptions.

  • In the library: click the PubMed@UT link under Mulford Quick Links from the Mulford homepage.

    This option is only available to PSI students when in the library. It includes full text of many more articles than the off campus link.  However, it includes only those articles available through UT journal subscription


PubMed tutorials and detailed help

"Quick Search"

The best way to search PubMed is by using the thesaurus (consisting of MeSH, or Medical Subject Headings - box to the right).

However, for a quick search, click on the Advanced Search link at the top of the page.


  • Go to the Search Builder box
    • Click the Index button to see a list of terms, if desired
    • Click the AND,  OR or NOT buttons to add terms to the search box
    • Repeat steps as necessary
    • Click Search to run your query, or click Preview to see the result count of your query in the Search History section

  • The results may be refined by using the filterss in the left-side menu of the results page.

Another source for full text articles - Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Cannot access the full text of an article in PubMed?
Are you a registered user of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library?
The Toledo-Public Library may be able to obtain it for you.
Ask a reference librarian at any of the public library branches for details.

VIDEO TUTORIAL from National Library of Medicine: Use MeSH to Build a Better PubMed Query