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Biology of Cancer: Find Articles

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Find Articles

Two of the best indexes/databases to search for relevant articles are MEDLINE and PubMed.  Below is more information about each, including searching tips.  For more information about how to access the full-text of the articles on interest, visit the sub-page titled Full-text articles.


Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for citations, indexing, and abstracts of biomedical literature. MEDLINE provides information from the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, as well as coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology. The database contains more than 30 million citations from 5,200 biomedical journals published in the United States and other countries.

Updated daily, it includes In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations, which provide basic information and abstracts for newly published articles before they are indexed with MeSH headings. It also includes ePub Ahead of Print records for articles submitted to NLM before a journal issue’s publication.

MEDLINE search tips

Search Tips: 

  1. Enter keywords to map terms to relevant subject headings.
  2. When selecting the best subject heading, click on its Focus box to ensure that it will be the primary focus of the article.
  3. Combine previous searches with AND if you want to see those results that overlap. 
  4. Consider using the Limits to narrow down your results (e.g., English Language; Humans; Review Articles; Publication Year). Also consider looking at the Additional Limits - for example, to select Clinical Trial, Phase II and/or Clinical Trial, Phase III (use the Ctrl button to select both) under the Publication Types section.


Developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed includes more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed’s primary focus is biomedicine and health sciences, but it also includes related fields such as life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.

Although it contains only citations and abstracts, PubMed does provide links to free full-text content in PubMed Central, the NCBI Bookshelf, and NCBI's Entrez (an integrated molecular biology database). For Rutgers affiliates, the Get it @ R button can be used to link to full-text articles and books through Rutgers University Libraries.

Coverage dates: 1946-present

PubMed search tips

Search Tips:

  1. Use the Advanced Search option!
  2. When entering search terms, consider clicking on Show Index to select from controlled vocabulary.
  3. Consider searching by Date - Publication.
  4. Along the left side of the results page, under the Article Type section, you can filter your results to Meta-Analysis, Review, Systematic Review, and other options.*

*For additional options, first scroll down to the bottom, click on Additional Filters, then select those options of interest (e.g., Clinical Trial, Phase II and/or Clinical Trial, Phase III). 


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