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Database Searching Tutorials: Further Information and Training

This guide provides information about tutorials that are available to demonstrate how to use different scholarly databases

National Library of Medicine’s Medline: PubMed comprises over 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Publishers of journals can submit their citations to NCBI and then provide access to the full-text of articles at journal web sites using LinkOut.

If you are searching in PubMed make sure to use the link from the Pratt Library Database page.

The direct link is here: PubMed   This link is configured to connect you with journal subscriptions from Pratt Library and UC Libraries.  This will allow you to see buttons with the library logos that will take you to the full-text article or to the Pratt Library journal list.  The public version of PubMed won’t display these buttons for you and you will not be able to access full-text as easily.

 or UC libraries logo

Click these links in the PubMed record (also visible in Abstract view on the results page) to access full-text articles.  You may need to log in as an affiliate if you use the UC Links.

If you cannot find the full-text of an article in PubMed and after searching Pratt EDS or UC, you can use the Send to E-Mail button*. This allows you to send your search results to your personal email and then forward to You will receive a confirmation email from Pratt Library along with an order number once your request is processed.
*Please note the comment box has been removed so you must send the request to your email account and then forward it to Pratt Library.

  1. Search as usual in PubMed.
    Before ordering please try these options:
    1. Click on Pratt or UC icons in PubMed.
    2. Check directly in Pratt and/or UC Journal Portal
      as only a portion of the journal collection is in PubMed.

      If the publication cannot be found in either place
      proceed to number 2.
  2. Check the box(es) of the article(s) needed.
  3. Select Email above the results.
  4. To: enter your email address.
    Selection will show your checked boxes or use the scroll down to choose All results on this page. Please make sure you check Pratt and UC.
    Format:  choose Summary.
  5. Click on Send email.
  6. Go to your personal email. The email might take a few minutes to receive. The email displays as Sent by NCBI.
  7. Forward this email to:

A confirmation email with an order number will be sent once your request is processed.



Access Pratt Library Databases

The links in this guide are to the tutorials and information guides with instructions about how to use the databases and other resources available through the Edward L. Pratt Research Library.  To access the databases please visit the Databases Page of the Pratt Library website or you can also access UC Libraries databases through our affiliate access.