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PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset
Sample Searches

These samples illustrate the correct way to format searches for the PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset. When searching from the ODS Web site, your searches will be automatically limited to dietary supplement-related citations.

Example 1. Citations to articles about magnesium as a dietary supplement. Try this search at PubMedexternal link icon.

Image of PubMed search with the word magnesium in the search box.external link icon

Example 2. Citations to articles about research studying use of cinnamon and diabetes. Try this search at PubMedexternal link icon.

Image of PubMed search with the words cinnamon diabetes in the search box.external link icon

Example 3. Citations to articles written by a specific author (Johanna T. Dwyer). Try this search at PubMed.external link icon

Image of PubMed search with the words dwyer jt in the search box.external link icon

The subset will be added as a choice in the Subjects filter in the examples above. Alternatively, the dietary supplements subset can be selected as a filter in MyNCBI or you can incorporate the subset into a search using AND dietsuppl [sb].

Example 4. Citations to articles about diabetes and dietary supplements. Try this search at PubMedexternal link icon.

Image of PubMed search with the words diabetes AND dietsuppl [sb] in the search box.external link icon

If you search directly from PubMed, you need to limit the search to the Dietary Supplement subset. The dietary supplements subset was formerly available under the Limits feature that appeared under the main search box in PubMed. The Limits have been replaced with "Filters" to the left of search results. First, scroll down and click on "Choose additional filters." Then select and apply "Subjects." Under Subjects, select "more . . ." and then select and apply "Dietary Supplements" to bring Dietary Supplements into your Filters list. The Dietary Supplement subset will now be activated for your search until you "clear" it.

Image of PubMed search with the words diabetes AND dietsuppl [sb] in the search box.external link icon