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Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category

OLDMEDLINE Back to 1946

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

OLDMEDLINE now includes citations from 1946.  The National Library of Medicine  has been converting pre-1966 citations into PubMed over the last few years.  Now there are 20 years worth of citations (about 2 million) in OLDMEDLINE.

OLDMEDLINE is Another Year Older with the Addition of the 1946 CLML Citations. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e1.

PubMed Author ID Project

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

From the Nov-Dec 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is developing a system that will address the problem of ambiguous author names within PubMed and facilitate accurate search and retrieval of a participating author’s works. The specifics of PubMed Author ID, as the system is now known, are still evolving. It is currently envisioned that authors (or their designees) would register for the service through My NCBI and identify their research articles in PubMed using provided tools; this identification of articles will allow NCBI to link alternate names/spellings associated with an individual. The anticipated launch for PubMed Author ID is in mid-2011.

PubMed® Author ID Project. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e2.

PubMed Enhanced with Images

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Citations in PubMed now include images from the new NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Images database. The database has more than 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals. Images is expected to have a wide range of uses for a variety of user groups. These include the clinician looking for the visual representation of a disease or condition, the researcher searching for studies with certain types of analysis, the student seeking diagrams that elucidate complex processes such as DNA replication, the professional or educator looking for an image for a presentation, and the patient wanting to better understand his disease. Currently the only the images from PubMed Central are available.

The images display in the PubMed Abstract view as a strip of thumbnails.  Mousing over the image will show a preview image.

For more details, see: Canese K. PubMed® Display Enhanced with Images from the New NCBI Images Database. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e14.

For more about the Images database, see the press release.

My NCBI’s My Bibliography

Monday, November 1st, 2010

PubMed citations can now be added to My NCBI’s My Bibliography using Send to.

Canese K. Enhanced PubMed® My Bibliography Feature. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e13.

LinkOut for Libraries FAQ Page

Friday, October 29th, 2010

LinkOut now has a new LinkOut for Libraries Frequently Asked Questions page. On this page, librarians will find answers to questions such as “What is LinkOut?” and “What is the LinkOut Library Submission Utility?” Additional questions and answers will be added in the future.

Another resource for libraries interested in LinkOut is the Training and Educational Resources page.  It includes Quick Tours and other information for libraries using LinkOut.

SCR CONNECTions September 15 Webinar Recording Available

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The recording for the September 15, 2010 SCR CONNECTions webinar, NCBI Overview, is available online at

There will not be an SCR CONNECTions in October due to the South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association 2010 meeting. The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, November 17, at 10:30am CT.

PubMed Health, a New Site from NCBI

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is currently developing a new site called PubMed Health, which is intended to focus on consumer-level, evidence-based health information.  Though PubMed Health is still under development, NCBI has released some of its initial content, provided by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), to be searchable through search engines such as Google.  NCBI is currently reviewing some development decisions for the PubMed Health site to determine how these particular pages are being used.  Once the site is ready for production release, PubMed Health will have its own search function as well as links to other NLM online products.  An NLM Technical Bulletin article about PubMed Health will be published once the site is ready to be launched.

PubMed Health does not replace MedlinePlus (, NLM’s premier health Web site for patients and their families and friends.  MedlinePlus continues to be expanded, including a full site redesign launched this July as well as a new mobile interface, MedlinePlus Mobile ( that was released in January 2010.  MedlinePlus provides reliable up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language the public can understand.

PubMed Abstract Display Improving

Monday, August 9th, 2010

An update to how structured abstracts are displayed is coming to PubMed. Structured abstracts will soon be reformatted for easier readability. Section labels will remain in uppercase followed by a colon, but will be bolded and each section will begin on a new line. This change affects only the PubMed Abstract display using your Internet browser; it will not be available with other display formats, e.g., Abstract (text).

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article for an example of the new formatting: Ripple AM, Mork JG, Knecht LS. Structured Abstracts: A New Look for the PubMed® Abstract Display. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jul-Aug;(375):e11.

Clinical Queries Redesigned

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The PubMed Clinical Queries page has been redesigned to filter one search by three clinical research areas: Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics.

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article: Canese K. PubMed® Clinical Queries Page Redesign. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun;(374):e26.

Tools for LinkOut for Libraries

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

LinkOut for Libraries now has a Training and Educational Resources page to assist librarians using LinkOut. It has a number of Quick Tours on using the Library Submission Utility and other LinkOut techniques. The latest Quick Tour is on managing Outside Tools.

See the May-June 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin for more information:

Frost E. LinkOut® for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web Site. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun; (374):e13.

Frost E. New LinkOut®  for Libraries Quick Tour. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun; (374):e14.