If you’ve used PubMed recently, you will have noticed that the National Library of Medicine has launched a redesigned interface for searching the medical literature. The database’s functionality remains the same, but a number of changes to the site were made.
- The PubMed homepage has been streamlined and includes an NCBI Header, Search Bar, and Footer that appear on all the PubMed pages.
- The NCBI Header includes an NCBI Resources pull-down menu categorized by topic, a How To menu, and the Sign In for My NCBI.
- A menu of databases can still be selected from the Search Bar, which also includes a link to Advanced Search and Help. RSS and Save search display after running a PubMed search.
- The Go button has been renamed the Search button.
- The tools and resources previously on the homepage sidebar (e.g., the Single Citation Matcher and Clinical Queries) and More Resources (e.g., New and Noteworthy and the PubMed Tutorials)
are now located under PubMed Tools.
- The Footer includes links to many NCBI resources.
- The Limits, Preview/Index, History and Details tabs’ features have been consolidated in Advanced search.
The Summary format includes these changes:
- Item checkboxes appear above the item number.
- The previous free article notations have been combined into the single indicator, Free article.
- Items in the Clipboard display the green note, Item in clipboard, in lieu of displaying the citation number in green.
- Display Settings and Send to features appear only at the top of the search results.
- To move to another page, the options are now First, Last, Previous, and Next.
Limits are still accessible in the advanced search.
Further details about the site rededesign can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so09/so09_pm_redesign.html