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Sample Searches

These samples illustrate the correct way to format searches at CAM on PubMed®.

Example 1. Citations to articles about alternative therapies for arthritis. Try this search at CAM on PubMed®.

PubMed search with 'arthritis' as search term


Example 2. Citations to articles about using St. John’s wort for depression in the elderly. Try this search at CAM on PubMed®.

PubMed search with 'St. John's Wort depression elderly' as search terms


Example 3. Citations to articles written by a specific author (Brian M. Berman). Try this search at CAM on PubMed®.

PubMed search with 'Berman BM' as search terms