This is one of the most misleading topics that we have faced when talking to practitioners and researchers: PubMed does not search full-text.
🧐 Why do you believe PubMed searches full-text?
Probably because of the PubMed filters:
Taken from PubMed itself: "The PubMed database contains more than 35 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature. It does not include full text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher's website or PubMed Central (PMC)." [source]
Filters such as "Free full text" and "Full text" just limit the search only to citations that include a link to the full-text article”.
Let's run an experiment!
PMID 35743256 is a full-text article. It contains the word “cholesterol”in the full-text.
- It is on PubMed Central
2. On PubMed you won't find it.
3. Not even with the Full-text filters.
- PubMed does not search full-text search.
- Include PubMed Central and re-run all your searches.
- Or use a search engine with full-text capabilities such as PapersHive.
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