My Favorite Enhancements to PubMed and Introducing PMC

In order to distinguish it from PubMed, PubMed Central, the free archive of full-text, peer-reviewed, biomedical literature, now goes by PMC. It has a cleaner look and some new features, including links to author information, article notes, and copyright and license information. My favorite enhancement is the new author link feature. You can click on an author’s name when viewing an article in PMC and it will take you to a PubMed search results page for that author. How convenient!

PubMed results by year featureOne of the recent notable changes in PubMed is the addition of discovery tools to the search results page, including “Results by year” in the page’s right column.   This feature displays the number of citations for each year. You can click on an individual bar to see the results for a single year. I like to compare the number of articles published each year to see how popular a topic is. Now I can do this without even changing my search!

As always, if you need help searching or want a more detailed explanation of PubMed or PMC features, come by the library and talk to one of the librarians. We can all learn from each other. — Rebecca

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