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Library Orientation for Nursing

This information is focused toward nurses conducting research via the Emory Libraries

About PubMed


PubMed (Public MEDLINE) is a free resource from the National Library of Medicine® (NLM).  PubMed:

  • Is the interface for MEDLINE, NLM's bibliographic database of citations and abstracts, PubMed Central and Bookshelf (eBooks)
  • Covers the fields of medicine, nursing, behavioral sciences, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, health policy development, bioengineering, environmental science, preclinical sciences and more.
  • Contains citations from approximately 5,400 biomedical journals published worldwide.
  • Coverage extends back to 1946 with over 32 million citations.

When to use PubMed

  • You will always search PubMed, and use other databases to supplement your PubMed search, when looking for information related to health sciences, the business of health, health technologies, or biology.

Create an Account

Setting up a free account allows you to personalize your PubMed.

  • Save collections of results from searches (the Clipboard holds results for 8 hours).
  • Access your search history.
  • Save your searches and set up automatic alerts to check for updates.
  • Customize personal preferences like filters and display settings.

Because PubMed is free to anyone anytime, you can use your personal email, not your Emory email.