Monday, January 26, 2009

PubMed Advanced Search: MeSH & Single Citation Matcher

Kay Deeney at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR) gives a great question & answer session about some of the recent and upcoming changes in PubMed including

Can you show where Single Citation Matcher will be?
  • In Advanced Search, you can select Click here! to Add More Citation Search Fields. This gives you Title, Volume, Issue, and Pagination as shown in the screen shot below. Author and Journal are part of the defaults. The drop down boxes will allow you to change any field. This is a substitute for the Single Citation Matcher.


Will we have access to the MeSH details with Advanced Search?
  • Through the Search by Author, Journal, Publication Date, and more, you can select MeSH Terms. The Index will show you terms you can select. Details will also be available at the top right of the page.
So the MeSH Database option will remain in the redesigned search database?
  • Yes. See the bottom of the Advanced Search page for links to Clinical Queries, Topic-Specific (Special Queries), the MeSH and Journals Databases.

Most of the NN/LM regions have already or are soon scheduled to give PubMed updates via free web conferencing.

Pacific Northwest Region - March 25th (hopefully changes will be live)
Pacific Southwest Region - Done, more scheduled when changes are live
MidContinental Region - January 28th
South Central Region - Done earlier this month
MidAtlantic Region - February 11th