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Questions About PubMed Changes During the February Midday at the Oasis

Here are some questions that came up during the Midday at the Oasis session on PubMed Changes Revisited. This session built upon the December session that was called, The “New” PubMed: Doing Fine with the Redesign! The February session highlighted the changes that took place early February. This recording is available at I answered or demonstrated most of the following questions and answers. For some of the questions we put together some additional information.

How are years calculated if you choose “Last 3 Years” from the Limits?

We found that the years were calculated depending on the date we searched. So during the session the time period was added to the search as
…AND (“2007/02/19″[PDat] : “2010/02/17″[PDat])

Can you show how to email more than 200 citations?

This is a new change. You can email more than 200 nowadays! See this Technical Bulletin article for information.

Re Single Citation Matcher: Is there a quick way to go from viewing your single citation back to the Single Citation Matcher without using the browser back arrow?

You can go back to the PubMed homepage, choose Single Citation Matcher under PubMed Tools. Or you can go to Advanced Search and choose it from the More Resources. Others suggested clicking on the browser down arrow and choosing the page to return to.

What’s the average response time for messages sent to the Help Desk?

That depends on the question. In my experience, NLM or NCBI will get back to me quickly. Sometimes it takes a few days.

How do you highlight the word you are searching with the text?

You can set your preferences in MY NCBI for color highlights!

Does NLM have a recommendation for minimum operating system requirements to run PubMed optimally?

We deferred answering this question on the webcast so as not to flounder around trying to find it. Here is a link to what we found on PubMed Help:
You may also find the DOCLINE system requirements helpful. They show the browser versions supported in DOCLINE with detailed instructions on how to set them up. See

Other Comments

We always learn from each other! Here are some comments from attendees:

One attendee commented that My NCBI Collection URLs made public is a great way to send large numbers of citations. You can use a link such as to make a friendlier link to send. This is a link shortener.

Another attendee pointed out a problem that happens with cutting and pasting search results to a Word file. I am aware that when you email results in the Abstract format you receive the Abstract Supplemental Data including MeSH and Publication Types even if you don’t want these. It turns out that if you cut from the browser window and paste into a word processor, you receive the abstract along with the Abstract Supplemental Data! Hopefully, this is something that NCBI will change in the future! In the meantime, you could print to a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Pro or a free program such as CutePDF Writer or PDFCreator.


You may have noticed that we were using “captioning” with Adobe Connect. This is a new feature we will be using with public events such as Midday at the Oasis.

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