The numbered boxes below refer to PubMed components that are circled in red in the PubMed Record box.
The display options menu allow you to change the way results are shown. By default, references are sorted by relevance (Best match). This can be adjusted to publication date or most recent (date the record was added to PubMed).You can also switch from a short Summary format to Abstract format.
Every record in PubMed has a unique number: the PMID (PubMed Identifier). To quickly find a specific article, just enter the PMID.
With an NCBI account (free) you can:
To save a search strategy or set up an alert click Create alert. Watch this short tutorial for more information.
Creating an account
To create an account go to Log in. Then, click 'Sign up' (bottom of the page). As of June 2021, an account is only possible via 3rd party sign-in. This can also be your Radboudumc or RU login. To set this up, choose 'more sign up options' and find your institution. Log in with your Radboudumc or RU credentials.
Do you already have a NCBI account? As of June 2021, all existing accounts need to be linked to a 3rd party sign-in. See PubMed's FAQ on how to set this up.
Via Send to records can be sent to reference managers, e.g. EndNote (See tab: Tips & Tricks). Or use Cite to export a single record.
Using Send to search results can also be:
In the Abstract format you can see whether MeSH terms have already been assigned to an article. It also shows which MeSH terms are considered the major topic of the article. These Major Topic MeSH terms are marked with an *.
The / indicates that a particular aspect (subheading) of a MeSH term is being covered in the article.
The button Proceed to details brings you to a more detailed Abstract view. You will find suggestions for similar articles and for some open access articles you can preview the figures of the article directly in PubMed.