May 25, 2022

Video/Webinar Recording: “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals”

UPDATE: October 8, 2019

The New PubMed Updated: Homepage, User Guide, My NCBI Alerts and Collections, and More (via NLM Technical Bulletin)


From the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI):

In this webinar for librarians and other information professionals Marie Collins from the National Library of Medicine demonstrates the new, modern PubMed.

From the Key Points Web Page

  • The new PubMed is currently available for testing at PubMed Labs.
  • The new PubMed is richly featured, including Advanced Search, Search details, Search history, filters, My NCBI, links from MeSH, and more. Try it out!
  • NLM will officially announce the new PubMed in October. The new PubMed will be the default system in early 2020.
  • Once the new PubMed system is the default, all links to PubMed will be redirected and run in the new system. This includes searches from the MeSH Database, the NLM Catalog, Clinical Queries, the Single Citation Matcher, and the Batch Citation Matcher.
  • Our legacy PubMed system will be available for some months following the launch.
  • The new PubMed boasts some great new display, navigation and output features in a truly responsive design that facilitates mobile access, including to the full text when available from the publisher, PMC or your library (via Outside Tool).
  • Best search practices are the same as with the legacy system:
    • To find articles by topic, enter your words or phrases into the search box without quotation marks or fancy syntax (e.g., treatment incidental adenocarcinoma). Let PubMed’s term mapping and always-improving retrieval algorithms do the work for you. Your best matches will be at the top of your results.
    • To find articles by citation, enter the citation elements you have (author, title words, journal, volume, year, etc.) and let PubMed’s citation sensor find the article for you (e.g., neale science 2019).
    • To find articles by author, search the author’s last name and initials (e.g., fagerness j).
    • To find articles by journal, use the complete journal title, ISSN or title abbreviation (e.g., lancet oncol).
  • Improvements to retrieval include enhanced synonymy, addition of plural forms, better British/American translations, and unlimited truncation. Try your searches in PubMed Labs now.
  • PubMed will be continually improved over time, informed by usage and your feedback.

See Also: A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals: Questions and Answers

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.