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New PubMed URL

December 5th, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

The UC-eLinks button in PubMed stopped working late last week. In fixing the problem, the UCs now have a new link to access PubMed:              

The links to PubMed on the Health Sciences Libraries web pages and in the Electronic Databases A-Z list have already been updated, so if you use those links you need do nothing. However, if you have PubMed bookmarked and regularly use that bookmark, please update it to:

PubMed Commons

October 23rd, 2013 by Mary Wood

PubMed Commons is a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications. Researchers can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed, and read the comments of others. PubMed Commons is a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. It will thrive with high quality interchange from the scientific community.

PubMed Commons is currently in a closed pilot testing phase, which means that only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed.


How to Join PubMed Commons
For the current pilot testing phase there is a limited facility for joining that may work for you. Several organizations have provided lists of approved author e-mail addresses. If you are included on the list, you can request an invitation to join. Additional options for joining will be provided in future releases.

In order to complete the process you will also need to have a My NCBI account.

Currently, author information has been compiled from:
NIH extramural programs
NIH intramural programs
Wellcome Trust


PubMed Commons:  Frequently asked questions
..such as  Why can’t I see any comments in PubMed?


PubMed through VPN problematic

February 27th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Due to various updates and issues, PubMed and NCBI are not functioning well via VPN.

Following is a temporary workaround offered by Library Systems.

Click here for a short slideshow

Essentially: go to Pubmed outside the VPN, but go to licensed resources through the VPN…

1. Open browser to the Library’s home page.
2. Use File/New Window to produce 2 windows at the Library’s web page.
3. Bring up PubMed in one window and the VPN in the other
a. L window: Navigate to PubMed using Libraries and Collections tab /HSL menu item. PubMed link appears on the left
b. R window: Click on the VPN button and log in
4. Click the link to PubMed and begin searching.
a. L window: Get to search results and locate relevant article
5. Go to abstract display of relevant article and locate UCe-Links button by clicking on the article’s title hyperlink
a. L window: Place mouse cursor over UC-eLinks button, right click and select Copy Shortcut.
b. R window: Place mouse cursor in the dialog area to the left of the VPN menu Browse button and use CTRL V to paste the Shortcut in.
6. Navigate to the journal article if it is available.
a. L window: Article details on view in PubMed.
b. R window: Click on the VPN Browse button to arrive at article.
7. Continue viewing results in PubMed and return to VPN menu page when done viewing article
a. L window: Return to search results in PubMed by using Browser window’s Back Arrow.
b. R window: Return to VPN menu page by clicking House icon on VPN window.

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PMC introduces new way to browse collection – The PubReader

January 7th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

PMC, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, has released a new browsing and reading tool for it’s users. The PubReader is a new type of interface that let’s readers easily view figures and images, browse pages using hotkeys, and even flip pages on a touchscreen device as you would a book. The PubReader is accessible on multiple operating systems and is compatible with many types of browsers. Try it now!

From Pubmed:

“The PubReader view is an alternative web presentation that offers another, more reader-friendly way to look at articles in the PMC archive. Designed particularly for enhancing readability on tablet and other small screen devices, PubReader can also be used on desktops and laptops and from multiple web browsers.”

PMC PubReader

Image courtesy dullhunk via Flickr.

PubMed–revised Advanced Search Page

January 5th, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

The National Library of Medicine has released an online tutorial for the new Advanced Search Builder which replaces the previous Advanced Search page in PubMed.

Here’s a link to additional information on the Advanced Search Builder:

PubMed’s My NCBI Has Updated Their Look!

April 21st, 2011 by

Have you logged into My NCBI and noticed your homepage looks completely different? My NCBI has been redesigned with an improved user interface; the homepage now displays six “portlets,” and PubMed is now searchable from within My NCBI. The sign-in page and much of the functionality of My NCBI will stay the same. There is also a new “gear” symbol used for editing functions of saved searches and collections. Filter category names will be tweaked slightly to “popular,” “link out,” and “properties.” Your active filters will appear on the new My NCBI homepage.

Here is the URL to a great two-minute You Tube video covering some of the new features:

Also, the “Send To File” option offers a CSV format, which enables exporting files to Excel or other databases. The CSV selection generates an abbreviated summary citation in a comma separated file.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact one of your Subject Specialist librarians!

PubMed® Mobile Beta

March 17th, 2011 by Bruce Abbott
From the announcement from NLM:

PubMed® Mobile Beta provides a simplified mobile friendly Web interface to access PubMed. PubMed Mobile includes the same basic search functionality and content as Standard PubMed; that is, all search terms and fields work similarly.


PubMed Mobile does not include specialized search pages, such as Limits and Advanced search, or added features, such as My NCBI, Clipboard, or LinkOut/Outside Tool. To use these and other PubMed features, display your retrieval in Standard PubMed via the link at the bottom of the screen.

NIH introduces Images, a database of images in biomedical literature

October 30th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

This is from the NIH press announcement (10/28/2010):

More than 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals are now available through Images, a new resource for finding images in biomedical literature. The database was developed and will be maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health. Images is available at Currently access is available only from:

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 analyses, 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.

The initial content of Images reflects images and figures contained in NCBI’s PubMed Central full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, located at Images content may be expanded in the future to include other NCBI full-text resources, such as NCBI’s Bookshelf database of biomedical books and reports, at

Endnote, Locating literature, Using the library – Fall 2010 classes at CHSL

August 31st, 2010 by Mary Wood

All sessions will be offered in the CHSL Conference Room, Rm 128.
If possible, please bring your wireless-capable laptop.
You are also welcome to bring your lunch, snacks and covered drinks.
If these class times prove inconvenient, please contact Deanna Johnson,, 530-752-3271 to make other arrangements.

EndNote for the Health Sciences
Learn to collect, store, organize, and retrieve articles, and how to cite them in your posters or publications. Discover how to export citations from your favorite sources into EndNote, to attach and access the fulltext.endnote

Wednesday,  September 22,  12-1pm
Friday,  October 1,  2-3pm
Tuesday,  October 19,  4-5pm
Thursday,  October 28,  12-1pm
Monday,  November 15,  11am-12pm

Library on the Go
Learn about the VPN, which allows access to licensed resources when you travel; about UC-eLinks that links you from the article citation to the fulltext of the article or lets you Request a copy when the fulltext isn’t available electronically; and about EndNote Web that can be used from any computer that has internet access, wherever you are.

Monday,  September 27,  3-4pm
Thursday,  October 21,  11am-12pm

    Finding Health Literature
    Learn the ins & outs of using PubMed, CAB Abstracts, or other life science databases; set up alerting services in the databases to help keep up with your interests; use UC-eLinks to access the full article.vpn_computer_fish_blog270x170

    Tuesday,  October 5,  12pm-1pm
    Friday,  November 5,  3-4pm

      To register for one of these classes or one of the many others offered at Shields Library, visit Library Instruction’s Description of Classes page.  Of course, registered or not, you are always welcome.

      MedlinePlus – Consumer Health Website Redesigned

      July 16th, 2010 by Mary Wood

      The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist consumers in locating authoritative health information.  The MedlinePlus website redesign is now complete – and looks entirely different – but it continues to provide free and accessible information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.

      MedlinePlus can be used to learn about treatment options, to look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. It provides links to recent and relevant medical research on over 800 health topics, as well as information about related clinical trials.


      MedlinePlus is a resource intended for consumers, not to be confused with, or used in place of, other NIH and NLM resources and databases intended for researchers and clinicians,  such as Clinical Trials and PubMed.