Skip to Main Content

Searching PubMed with Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Tools

PubMed free text searching often yield a high volume of irrelevant results. This guide outlines 5 tools to locate and use PubMed subject headings (MeSH) to narrow searches to fewer more relevant results.

PubMed@UToledo - MeSH

Medical Subject Headings may be located directly when searching PubMed@UToledo.
Remember to use PubMed@UToledo at the Mulford Library Home page.
PubMed@UToledo provides access to free articles as well as those that UToledo Libraries subscribes to.


Locating and Using MeSH terms through PubMed @UToledo

 Go to 
 Select MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) 
from the drop down menu and enter a word or short phrase








Select subheadings if desired.
Below the subheadings check off either or both options
   --Narrow to articles having your term as a major topic
   --Exclude any narrower terms 

Go to right column, click on Add to search builder, then Search PubMed


Select how to sort (date, best match, etc)
Narrow search results, if desired through left column
Check out Show additional Filters (as Age and Sex)  at the bottom of the column 




MeSH Videos via US National Library of Medicine

This MesH Tutorials have been selected from the PubMed Online Training Pag