Search Strategies for Medical Pharmacology using PubMed

This page is a reference tool for you to use while you are completing the research necessary for your assignment in Medical Pharmacology. Below you will find tips and hints for searching PubMed for specific literature sources reviewed in the library presentation during lecture. The searches that you are required to perform for this assignment are challenging, so don’t wait until the last minute! If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Library by email at or by calling (617) 358-4810. You can also stop by the Reference Desk between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.


Search 1: Finding Review Articles that May Compare One Drug to Another

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Search 2: Finding Clinical Trials that Evaluate the Efficacy of a New Drug

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Search 3: Finding Pharmacokinetic Studies

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Search 4: Finding In Vivo or In Vitro Studies

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NOTE: New citations are added to PubMed everyday. When you replicate a search, you may find greater numbers of results than are shown in these examples.