HINARI/PubMed Advanced Searching

HINARI/PubMed LIMITS has a new feature - an ‘Advanced Search’ option. By using the ‘Advanced Search’, you can LIMIT your search (by language, human or animal, gender, type of article and/or age, etc.) and link it to a previous search result using the HISTORY option.

For detailed information on using PubMed LIMITS, go to the PubMed/HINARI Module 4.2.

Useful Tools for the Effective Use of HINARI

The training team has developed two useful tools: 'HINARI – The Basics' and ‘Access Problems and Solutions’. Both are accessible/downloadable from the Brief Training Section of the HINARI Training Page.

'HINARI – The Basics' is a two page Word document that summarizes all the basics for using HINARI. This can be printed or saved and used as a reference tool – to facilitate your use of HINARI.

‘Access Problems and Solutions’ is a PowerPoint presentation that contains a step-by-step process to resolving problems when accessing the available full-text articles. By following these steps, you might be able to resolve the problem and, if not, know what information needs to be sent to HINARI (

HINARI/PubMed Access to Full-Text Articles

Within HINARI/PubMed, you can complete keyword searches and link directly to the full-text articles. After completing your search, switch from the ‘Summary’ display to the ‘Abstract’ or ‘Abstract Plus’ displays (located below the Seach Box). You will see ICONS with hyper-text links to the full-text articles – either journals from ‘HINARI Participating Publishers’ or e-journals that are ‘Free Full-Text’. By clicking on an ICON, you will be able to access the full-text articles.
By using the ‘Abstract’ or ‘Abstract Plus’ displays, you should not have to go from HINARI/PubMed back to the A-Z Journals List on the initial HINARI page - to get access to the full-text article. Note: if the ICON does not give you access to the article, you will need to use the A-Z Journals List.

In the HINARI/PubMed searches, note the ‘HINARI’ and ‘Free Full Text’ tabs that are below the search results line. By clicking on either of these, you will get a list of either ‘HINARI’ or ‘Free Full Text’ articles. Again, by using the ‘Abstract or Abstract Plus’ display, you will get the ICONS that link to the full-text articles.

If these links do not work properly, see the ‘Access Problems and Solutions’ presentation. This document contains a series of options to resolve access problems.

HINARI Short Course

For users who have not been trained using HINARI or need an update, there is a 3-4 hour ‘Short Course’ available from the HINARI Training page.

The course consists of a PowerPoint presentation and an accompanying Word document with a series of exercises. It course features: HINARI Background and Do’s and Don’ts, Searching Strategies & Boolean Operators, Sign In Procedures, HINARI Website Features, Participating Publishers’ Websites Features and PubMed Searching from HINARI, (Overview of PubMed Website, Limits, My NCBI).
This is a ‘self-paced’ course that can be completed at the students’ own pace and also could be used to introduce HINARI to researchers, clinicians and students at your institution.


If you create a MY NCBI account in HINARI/PubMed, you can receive email updates on specific searches that you have completed. These updates will alert you to newly published articles in your specific areas of interest. To access these articles, you will need to LOGIN into HINARI and locate the journal issue and specific article from the A-Z Title list.
The MY NCBI option is located in the top-right corner of HINARI/PubMed. The registration process is somewhat complicated as is the setting of the ‘HINARI’ and ‘Free Full Text’ filters. We suggest you follow the registration instructions detailed in the PubMed/MY NCBI (4.5) PowerPoint presentation

(Updated Dec. 2008)

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