The NLM PubMed Team has been hard at work adding the latest features in preparation for the full transition to the new and improved PubMed on May 18. The new PubMed features a modern interface with enhanced search results, including highlighted text snippets to help you preview an abstract while scanning your results list, and updated web elements for easier navigation. The new Best Match sort order uses advanced machine-learning technology and a new relevance search algorithm to bring you the top-ranked results.
One of the PubMed Team’s primary goals is to deliver the same great experience to mobile as well as desktop devices. Whether you want to create an RSS feed to keep you up to date, save items to a My NCBI collection, or have your perfectly-crafted search automatically deliver the latest results, the responsive design means you can have it all from your phone and your laptop. In fact, responses from mobile users were so overwhelmingly positive, the old, separate mobile site was decommissioned this past March. Once the new PubMed becomes the default site, your existing links will be automatically redirected — meaning you won’t need to manually update your links to PubMed citations or search results. Your My NCBI saved searches and collections will continue to work in the new PubMed.
Several resources are available to help you, and the people you support, navigate the new site. Take a minute to read the New PubMed Transition FAQs. This page is likely to answer your general questions about the transition. The Trainer’s Toolkit provides instructional materials that you can customize and share. Whether you want to learn about the new PubMed for your own use or to train others, this is a great place to start. The series of nine quick tours, each only 1 to 4 minutes long, can be viewed online or embedded in course management software. You’ll also find slide decks, handouts, and webinar recordings all designed for sharing and reuse.
How PubMed® Works is a series of four 90-minute online classes offered by NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Recordings will be available for viewing after each session ends for those who can’t attend or would like to view the material again. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed. It starts with a list of frequently asked questions, allowing you to jump to short, easy-to-follow instructions for finding and using your favorite features. As with our other resources, you can copy the text into your own training materials, trifolds, and user guides.
Click on the green Feedback button on any screen in the new PubMed to write to the help desk. When the Feedback button is retired, the NLM Support Center link will remain on every page in PubMed. That is the best way to alert NLM what is — and isn’t — working for you. Also, subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin and PubMed New and Noteworthy for the latest news and new releases. In the future, PubMed will continue to be improved with new features and data to stay current as technology, publishing standards, and users needs evolve!