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PubMed's Advanced Search Builder allows you to create and refine your searches. To access the Advanced Search Builder, click "Advanced" underneath the PubMed search box.

Screenshot pointing out advanced search link on PubMed homepage underneath the basic search box

Using the Advanced Search Builder

Step 1: Select the field you wish to search from the dropdown menu.

All Fields is PubMed's default search, but you can specify other searchable fields, including:

  • Affiliation
  • Author
  • Journal
  • MeSH Term
  • Publication Date
  • Title/Abstract

Screenshot pointing out field dropdown menu in advanced search

Use the drop down to select the appropriate search field:

Gif showing how to select a new field from the search field menu in advanced search


Step 2: Enter your search term(s).

Enter the term in the search box. Click "ADD" to add the term to the query box.

Screenshot pointing out how to add the title/abstract term "urinary tract infection" to a query using the advanced search builder


Step 3: Continue to add search terms as needed.

When you add more terms, the Advanced Search Builder adds the Boolean operator AND between terms by default.

Click the down arrow on the "ADD" button to change the Boolean operator you wish to use when adding the term. For more information on using Boolean operators to combine terms, visit the Combining Terms section of this guide.

Screenshot showing how to add an additional term with OR to a search query using the advanced search builder

Remember to select the appropriate search field before adding new terms. For example, selecting Date - Publication allows you to enter a publication date range.

Gif showing how to add publication date limits to a search query using the advanced search builder


Step 4: Run your search.

Once you have combined all of your terms using the search builder, click "Search" to run your search in PubMed.

Screenshot pointing out the search button used to search a query built in advanced search builder


Alternatively, use the down arrow on the "Search" button to add the search to your History without leaving the Advanced Search Builder.

Screenshot pointing out where to select "add to search history" from the search button on the advanced search builder page


This will add the query to your History and Search Details table. To view the search results, click the results link. Search history will be saved for up to 8 hours.

Screenshot showing search history and details box at the bottom of the advanced search builder page