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PubMed and NCBI: Advanced MeSH Search

A guide to assist in signing up for and using this database.

PubMed: MeSH Search

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary.

  • It is used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed.
  • MeSH terminology provides a consistent way to retrieve information that may use different terminology for the same concepts.
  • It pulls together all articles on a concept including synonyms (myocardial infarction/heart attack) and allows for spelling variations (estrogen/oestrogen).

Getting Started


  • Once you have clicked on MeSH database, click advanced under the MeSH search bar.
  • Then enter your search terms while using the boolean options.undefined
  • Once you have added all of your search terms, click on search, and you will receive a list of all articles with your search terms.
  • You are also able to filter your search depending on year, test subject, language, age, sex, and many more options.

How to Request a Literature Search

If you are in need of a more advanced search, or you need help navigating the PubMed MeSH,  you may contact one of the Librarians at either location.

  • For Literature Searches or Systematic Reviews, please see the Reference Services page on our website for more information.
  • To request a Literature Search Service, please fill out the online request form.
  • Librarians Contact information:
    • Corina Bustillos