Searching PubMed in five easy steps

Published: August, 2009

You can find and read the studies that are referenced in the pages of Perspectives on Prostate Disease by searching PubMed, a resource of the National Library of Medicine. The abstracts (short summaries) of the studies are available for free, but in most cases you will have to pay to obtain the full report.

Here's how to access an abstract:

  1. Open up your browser's window while connected to the Internet. Type and hit return.

  2. This brings you to the PubMed welcome page. You will see the following:

    screen shot of the PubMed home page

  3. In the space after "For," type the PMID (short for "PubMed ID") number that appears with the reference you want. For example, for the study by Andriole et al, published in 2009 in The New England Journal of Medicine (see "PSA screening and mortality"), the PMID is 19297565.

  4. Click on "Go" or press the enter key. PubMed will retrieve the abstract, which will appear on your screen.

  5. If the journal provides a link for purchase — or if a link is provided for a free copy of the article — click on the icon and follow the instructions.

    screen shot of an abstract on the PubMed site

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