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What is Pubget?

Pubget is a search engine for life science articles, indexing nearly 20 million life science research documents, including those in PubMed.  Somewhat similar to PubMed, Pubget provides direct PDF versions of articles when available through AHSL.  When you want to find an article and get the full text quickly, it can be a useful tool.  It is also useful for browsing journal content. 


Pubget vs. PubMed

When do I use Pubget?  Use Pubget to:

  • get the full text of an article owned by AHSL quickly via PDF
  • browse the contents of Pubget's "Top Journals" and view full-text PDF journal articles when available through AHSL
  • browse or read Pubget content on your mobile device using the mobile version or app - PDF full-text content is easy to see and read (mobile version of PubMed is also available but full-text access is less apparent)
  • individual U of A-affiliates may also download the Pubget PaperPlane! widget [via Pubget help web pages] onto their web browser to see PubMed search results automatically imported into Pubget
  • easy to learn and quick retrieval of full-text

When is it better to use PubMed?  Use PubMed to:

  • do an in-depth literature search
  • search for older articles across a wider variety of journals
  • save your searches and search strategies in MyNCBI or to create RSS or email alerts for new, relevant articles on a topic of your choice
  • use more advanced search capabilities and filtering possibilities than Pubget, including the power of MeSH terms, combining previous search queries, and more export options
  • comprehensive and more powerful search capabilities

Some search examples...

Pubget vs. PubMed
Term Searched Search Details in PubMed # of Results in PubMed # of Results in Pubget
"neoplasms"[MeSH Terms] OR "neoplasms"[All Fields] OR "neoplasm"[All Fields]
2,420,566 1,228,294
myocardial infarction
"myocardial infarction"[MeSH Terms] OR ("myocardial"[All Fields] AND "infarction"[All Fields]) OR "myocardial infarction"[All Fields]


heart attack
"myocardial infarction"[MeSH Terms] OR ("myocardial"[All Fields] AND "infarction"[All Fields]) OR "myocardial infarction"[All Fields] OR ("heart"[All Fields] AND "attack"[All Fields]) OR "heart attack"[All Fields]


vitamin D "vitamin d"[MeSH Terms] OR "vitamin d"[All Fields] OR "ergocalciferols"[MeSH Terms] OR "ergocalciferols"[All Fields] 56,577 102,075











Pubget Set-up

When you access Pubget for the first time, be sure to set your institutional affiliation to "University of Arizona."  You may do this in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window or by changing the settings in the Pubget app.  Setting your institutional affiliation allows you to see the full-text of articles that AHSL subscribes to, which will be indicated to you by a "View PDF" or "PDF" icon in your browser or app. 

In addition, if you create a personal Pubget login account, you can access more features of Pubget such as bookmarking and library search integration for PDF articles not immidately available through Pubget. 

Questions?  Check out Pubget's help pages or video tutorials [via YouTube] or ask us



Last updated Sep 26, 2012 by ncapdarest