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Nursing Research Guide: PubMed Citation Matcher

Tips for Best Results

With the PubMed Citation Matcher, you can type in a few key elements of your article's citation.

You do NOT have to fill out all of the fields--often you will bet BETTER results if you only fill out a few key fields.


Can't Find Your Article?

Single Citation Matcher will only retrieve articles from journals that are indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE.

If you are sure the citation information you have entered is correct, try using the E-Journal Portal and search by the JOURNAL NAME to see if your article is available.

PubMed Citation Matcher

PubMed Citation Matcher is a handy feature to quickly retrieve the citation/abstract for a specific article and to obtain the full text of the article using SLU's Article Linker.

You MUST use the special PubMed URL which has been set up through SLU's Medical Center Library in order to get the full article. On the opening PubMed search page, select Single Citation Matcher under the PubMed Tools heading.


Example: Carroll, D. L., Dykes, P. C., & Hurley, A. C. (2010). Patients' perspectives of falling while in an acute care hospital and suggestions for prevention. Applied Nursing Research, 23(4), 238-241.

Enter year, author's last name, and 1 or 2 significant words from the article title:


Or you could enter journal name, year, and first page number:



By entering a few key pieces of bibliographic information, you will retrieve the article citation and can click on the  button to access the full article.



Liaison Librarian

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Donghua Tao
Interim Assistant Director for Information Services/Professor
Medical Center Library
Saint Louis University