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PubMed: Advanced Search

This guide helps users to learn how to use the new and updated PubMed and show them what the new features are and where to find some of the old features.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search allows you to search by specific field and use the Search Builder to combine multiple searches. In the Advanced Search mode, you will also see your search history and the Search Details.

You may access Advanced Search by clicking Advanced link located right beneath the Basic Search box.

  • Accessing Advanced Search on the PubMed homepage:

  • From the search results page:

Here is what the Advanced Search interface looks like:

How to Use the Advanced Search?

In Advanced Search, you may search in a field one at a time and add each term with a specified field in the Query Box. Then perform search. For example, to search publications on heart attack by Rutgers authors, I will choose All Fields to search the topic heart attack (I can also choose MeSH, or Title, or Title/Abstract field).Then click Add to place it in the Query box. Then I choose the Affiliation field to search Rutgers and click AND to combine it with heart attack. Click Search to retrieve relevant results. See below:

212 results were retrieved:

I can also perform the searches separately and then combine them to search, as shown below:

It retrieves the same number of results as the previous search:

You may wonder why most of the publications are in the recent years. It is worth mentioning that in 2013, the legacy UMDNJ was merged with Rutgers and became what is now called RBHS. That's why most of the publications on heart attack by Rutgers authors were published after 2013. In order to search all the publications on this topic by both Rutgers and legacy UMDNJ authors, another search in the Affiliation field for UMDNJ as well as its name variations should be performed.  


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