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Wednesday, 30th September 2009

Redesigned PubMed Goes Live & Getting to Know Rapid Research Notes

The PubMed redesign that we first posted about in May of this year is now live. You can access the database here.

The NLM Technical Bulletin has a complete and detailed overview with screenshots to illustrate various features.

From the Overview:

NLM is pleased to announce a redesign of the PubMed interface. While retaining the robust functionality, the interface was simplified to make it easier to use while promoting scientific discovery.

Please note that search processing, including Automatic Term Mapping, has not changed.

The PubMed homepage has been streamlined, requiring less effort to find resources. The new homepage includes an NCBI Header, Search Bar, and Footer that are common to all PubMed pages.

Also, late last month (August, 2009) the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) introduced Rapid Research Notes.

From the Web Site:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at NIH, is a national resource for molecular biology information and as such has a mandate to develop new products and services to meet the needs of the biomedical research community. Upon the recommendation of public advisors, NCBI developed an archival service to support research shared through new venues for rapid communication enabled by the internet. Introduced in August 2009, the archive, called Rapid Research Notes (RRN), allows users to access and cite research that is provided through participating publisher programs designed for immediate communication.

The RRN archive was prompted in part by the spring 2009 worldwide outbreak of H1N1 influenza and the call for a means to quickly share research information about this critical and emergent public health threat. To address the influenza information sharing need, the Public Library of Science developed PLoS Currents Influenza, the first collection being archived in RRN. NCBI expects the RRN archive to expand over time to include additional collections in other biomedical fields and other critical topics.

Source: NCBI/NLM
Hat Tip: L.S.

See Also: Beyond PubMed: Other Free-Access Biomedical Databases


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