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PubMed: Using Filters

Keep in Mind When Using Filters...

1. Many Filters eliminate the newest articles. Notice that when you apply Review or Randomized Controlled Trial filters, your search results include only citations which have been indexed for MEDLINE. Some Filters are MeSH terms and their use limits retrieval to indexed MEDLINE records. These eliminate the newest citations: 'PubMed - as supplied by publisher' and 'Pubmed - in process'.

2. Do NOT limit to 'Free full text available' or 'Full text available'. These Filters do not recognize our library's holdings. Using them eliminates many full-text articles that are available to you!

3. Clear filters when you no longer need them. Filters remain in effect until removed. Click Clear all above your search results, or click an active filter link to deselect it.  

Using Sidebar Filters

Filters allow you to narrow your search for more relevant results.

  • Filter options appear to the left of your search results. 
  • Click on a filter to apply it to your search. To deselect it, click on the filter name again. 

Screenshot showing search filter bar to the left of search results


To clear all of your selected Filters, click Clear all, found at the top of your search results.

Screenshot pointing out "clear filters" link above search results

Additional Filters

Click on "Additional Filters" at the bottom of the filters sidebar to view other filters you can apply to your search.

Screenshot pointing out additional filters button on the left side of search results

Screenshot circling additional filter types in filter box pop-up

Select additional filters to show on your filters sidebar. Keep in mind that showing these filters does not automatically select them.

Using additional filters