Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Searching PubMed: Checking The Search

Searching PubMed


PubMed uses automatic term mapping to make more complicated, complex, and thorough searches from my simple searches (find this by selecting "Advanced" below the search bar).  If you select the > under details to see how PubMed translated the search.

Here are the results from the search "what causes gout"

Notice that the number of results are very different for the searches "how are senior citizens affected by isolation and covid 19" and "senior citizen isolation covid 19".

And here are the results from the search "cause gout".  Note that they retrieve the same number of results.  That does not always happen depending on the keywords you use.

Searching is an Iterative Process

Searching is an iterative process.  There is no real "right way" to search.  It is very much trial and error.  Try something.  If it doesn't work, try something else.  When you find something that works, build on it.  If you need help, reach out.