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PubMed is a very large biomedical database with over 20 million citations from Medline, life science journals, and online books.  One of the problems with PubMed is that the search pages and results screens can be confusing, but  HubMed is designed to help with this. 

HubMed gives you a very straightforward basic search for PubMed.  (You can use the “refine search” box on the results screen to create more complex HubMed searches.)  You can also set up HubMed alerts to rerun your searches automatically.

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If you are trying to access an older webpage that has been removed from the internet, try using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.  This US project has been archiving hundreds of thousands of web pages since 1996, and is a very useful way of accessing copies of webpages that are no longer online, e.g., pages from projects that have finished, or old government websites.

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1. Look for an Advanced Search link in your resource.  Using the advanced search options will make your results more relevant.

2. Enclose phrases in quotation marks to find articles where these words appear next to each other.  This can be useful if you are looking for the name of a procedure or test such as “Rathus Assertiveness Schedule” or “allele silencing”.  You can also use phrase searching in Google.

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