"PubMed is a free resource supporting the search and retrieval of biomedical and life sciences literature with the aim of improving health — both globally and personally. The PubMed database contains more than 32 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature. It does not include full text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher's website or PubMed Central."
You will find information below on:
• Getting Started in PubMed
• Performing a Different Search
• Finding Free Articles in Search Results
• Accessing Help Options from PubMed
GETTING STARTED IN PUBMED
For Uveal Melanoma:
For your convenience, the link shown below has specifically been created to find up-to-date online medical journal articles, books, and documents on PubMed that contain any of these key words (from broad to specific terms) relating to uveal melanoma: "ocular melanoma" OR "intraocular melanoma" OR "uveal melanoma" OR "choroidal melanoma" OR "iris melanoma" OR "ciliary body melanoma." The search bar will display the wording shown above and the results will be provided with the most recently added article in PubMed's database showing first ("&sort=date" was also included in the parameters for the above link).
Note: "Uveal melanoma" is by far the most commonly used term; it can be used by itself to pull up about 75% of the more recent journal articles in the search results.
For Conjunctival Melanoma:
For your convenience, the link shown below has specifically been created to find up-to-date online medical journal articles, books, and documents on PubMed for conjunctival melanoma: "conjunctival melanoma." The search bar will display this wording and the results will be provided with the most recently added article in PubMed's database showing first ("&sort=date" was also included in the parameters for the above link).
PERFORMING A DIFFERENT SEARCH
In the past five years alone there have been around 2,000 journal articles published relating to uveal melanoma and around 200 relating to conjunctival melanoma (with about half of those available now to read online at no cost). The above links work especially well if you are interested in skimming titles/abstracts every couple of months for a broader awareness on the latest topics, research, and discussions.
Otherwise, being much more specific will obviously make your search results much more manageable. For example, you may be interested in looking up journal articles about a specific cancer medication or procedure you are exploring. So don't hesitate to start completely over by clearing out the pre-set search terms on the results page — click on the "x" at right corner of search box — and then typing in your own search term(s).
PubMed's User Guide will explain search techniques in detail, but here are general tips:
• Put a multiple-word term together within one set of quotes when instructing the search tool that an exact phrase is wanted in the results (for example — "uveal melanoma").
• Use the word "OR" to separate each term when instructing the search tool to retrieve results that contain any of the terms, thereby broadening your search results (for example — "ocular melanoma" OR "uveal melanoma"). This can be important when the topic you are interested in can be referred to in different ways.
• Use the word "AND" to separate each term when instructing the search tool to retrieve results that must contain all of the terms, thereby narrowing your search results (for example — "eye" AND "brachytherapy"). This can be important for decreasing the number of irrelevant articles. In this example, using "and" would eliminate articles that only discuss use of this therapy in other parts of the body and not in the eye.
FINDING FREE ARTICLES IN SEARCH RESULTS
Free access is available on the initial publication date to all articles published in "open access" medical journals and to articles specifically designated as free by publishers of other journals. [For details, see FAQs from PubMed Central (PMC)].
Sometimes access to articles becomes free after a certain period of time after initial publication. For example,
For the articles that are not free (which are about 50% of articles found in the above search results), you will find that publishers require either a journal subscription or an individual article fee to read beyond the abstract (the summary paragraph at beginning of article).
For full details on how to search for medical journal articles on PubMed, see "Help Options" below.
EyeMelanoma.org provides a "Recent Medical Journal Articles" webpage with links to examples of free articles relating to ocular melanoma diagnosis and/or treatment.
Navigation on the right-hand column of guide includes:
"Search" — "Display, Sort, and Navigate" — "Cite, Save, and Share" — "Advanced Search"
2-minute interactive tutorials on topics such as how to find articles on PubMed and how to save keywords used in a search (and set up email alerts) by creating a free account
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