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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.

Medical Subject Headings 2020

Medical Subject Headings 2020  may be a useful tool in addition to using MeSH at the Pubmed drop down menu. This MeSH tool searches for Medical Subject headings(MeSH) related to the word(s) entered including:

  • Full Words, as hallucinations or Substring search, as heart attack
    • Each of the above searches may be modified by exact match, all fragments, or any fragment
    • More information about these types of searches at Searching Vocabulary with the MeSH Browser