How To Find Citations In PubMed Quickly

Often, you may want to find a particular citation in PubMed. There are a couple of quick and easy ways to do this, so that you don't have to go through a formal search.

One way is the PubMed ID (PMID). It is a series of number and appears with each citation. If you have that, simply type (or copy and paste) it into the searchbox and the citation appears.

But if you don't have the PMID, there are other ways. On the main page under the search box, there is a link to Advanced. Click on that and it takes you to the PubMed Advanced Search Builder. Enter whatever information you have. Often the article you want comes up even when you enter only minimal information such as author, volume and first page.

However, sometimes articles are cited incorrectly, and a single mistake might be replicated repeatedly over time. If you are in the Single Citation Matcher, try taking out some of the numerical information - volume, issue, or page number for example - and put in more title words. PubMed will also auto-suggest names of  journals and of authors too, though those can be trickier. And if all else fails, contact a librarian.