New Features in the New PubMed Interface


In the next few days the new PubMed interface will be the default interface for the Medline database; the old interface will vanish altogether soon after that. Now at the latest is the right time to learn the new and easier features of the new interface!

What changes when searching?

  • If you want to keep several words together, use quotation marks: "mental health"
  • You can truncate only the last word inside quotation marks: "medical student*"
  • The truncated word must have at least four characters: test*

How do the search results change?

  • The database will take account of all the different variations of a truncated word instead of only 600 first variations as in the old interface.
  • The built-in algorithm of PubMed changed and therefore the Best match and Most recent listings will now bring the same amount of results.
  • There may appear big differences between the search results in the old and new interface because the new features in the algorithm: recognition of British/American spellings, singular/plural word forms have been improved.

What is new?

  • The search details box, which tells you the exact search details, has been combined with the History box.
  • It is now possible to browse between the results In the summary display format instead of going back to the main display in between.

PubMed is the interface of the Medline database developed by the U.S. National LIbrary of Medicine and the most important international database of medical information.

Although the database can be googled easily, we recommend you to use our guide for medicine: (PubMed / Medline link under Databases). After logging in it is then easier for you to access the articles provided to you by the Turku University Library.

You can learn more about the new interface at the NLM web pages 

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Created 15.05.2020 | Updated 19.05.2020