PubMed Limits are now Filters

Where you go to set PubMed?álimits such as dates, language and article types has changed – hopefully for the better. It’s all just semantics with a little bit of functional design thrown in, really.

Limits ?áin Pubmed are now called Filters. They are located on the left hand side of the PubMed screen. This video from NCBI shows where to find filters and how to use them. (Previously they were located under the search box on a separate page called Limits.)

Confused? Enraged? Apathetic? We welcome your responses and questions – just give us a call, email or chat and we’ll do our best to help.

More from the NLM Technical Bulletin

Phrase searching in PubMed

Problem: you want to search PubMed for a phrase like text messaging, but the phrase keeps getting broken up.

Solution: when searching for phrases:

ÔÇó Search the phrase first without quotes or search tags.
ÔÇó Check Search details to see how the search was translated.
ÔÇó Use quotes (” “) when your phrase is broken apart.

For details and screen shots, read the complete article at

Using quotes work really well when you are looking for a specific article title!

MeSH turns 50

MeSH is the controlled vocabulary used by the National Library of Medicine to organize information in the health sciences; it is the underpinning of MEDLINE.

While first discussed at a symposium in 1947, the first volume of the printed subject headings was published in 1960. The last printed volume was issued in 2007, but the database (which is both alphabetical and hiearchical) continues to be available in electronic form as the MeSh browser.

NLM will offer a videocast on Thursday, November 18th from 1-2:30 (CST) by Robert Braude, PhD, entitled MeSH at 50 ÔÇô 50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings.

PubMed SLOW…

PubMed will be operational but may be intermittently slow starting today Friday, November 13 at 2:00 PM until Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. Sorry for the inconvenience.


*Edit* PubMed seems to be working again, although very slowly. (edited 09-11-04 @ 10:28 am)

Due to a problem in the NLM computer room, PubMed is currently down. Hopefully the issue will be resolved quickly.

LSUHSC New Orleans users still have access to Medline via EBSCOhost or Ovid.

PubMed?« Redesign

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.

The changes to PubMed are outlined below. Please note that search processing, including Automatic Term Mapping, has not changed.

Intro to PubMed class @ Dental

The dental library will be presenting a class, Introduction to PubMed, Monday 10/5/09, as part of our celebration of National Medical Libraries Month. Please join us in the dental library conference room from noon-1:00pm. For more information or to reserve your space for this class please email us.


Classes at the dental library

The dental library will be offering five classes throughout the month of October to celebrate National Medical Libraries Month. All classes will be held in the dental library conference room from noon to 1:00pm. Reserve your space by emailing
Thursday, 10/1/09, Accessing Journal Articles Online
Monday, 10/5/09, Introduction to PubMed
Wednesday, 10/7/09, Introduction to RefWorks
Tuesday, 10/13/09, Health Literacy: More than the Ability to Read
Tuesday, 10/27/09, Introduction to Consumer Health Information


Aerospace Medicine & History

July is full of space anniversaries, from the moon landing (July 15th) to the establishment of Cape Canaveral (July 24th), but what did this mean for medicine?

To understand the history of a medical subject, I sometimes check out its history in MeSH. The current subject is Aerospace Medicine and has been since 1980, but it was Aviation Medicine from 1966-74 and Space Flight from 1975-79. If a comprehensive historical search is required, it is always good to check out the Online & History Notes in MeSH.

Check out this article by SE Parazynski, a former astronaut and a physician, entitled “From model rockets to spacewalks: an astronaut physician’s journey and the science of the United States’ space program.” This article is freely available to the general public through PubMed Central.


For a lighter side of research, check out NCBI ROFL, “the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students at UC Berkeley.” From the microbiological laboratory hazard of bearded men to the best birth control for hippos, this site offers a humorous break for anyone involved in biomedical research.


Dental Library to teach two classes this week

Two classes on important library resources will be taught this week:

Thursday, March 26, Finding Electronic Journal Articles (Liz Strother)
Learn how to use library resources for locating free electronic journal articles.

Friday, March 27, PubMed Basics (Julie Schiavo)
Introduction to searching PubMed, the premier database from the National Library of Medicine, for dental/biomedical information. Tips for refining your searches and managing results will also be taught.

Both classes will be held at noon in the Dental Library conference room. Please call 941-8158 or email to reserve a seat.

From PubMed Search to Research Bibliography

Did you know:
1. You can save your PubMed search.
2. Run the same search each week (or month) for updated articles (My NCBI).
3. Store your PubMed citations (and the full-text) in RefWorks.
4. Use Write-N-Cite to insert your citations into your Word document.
5. Create a bibliography for your paper.

Contact the library?óÔé¼Ôäós reference department where one of the librarians can assist you in setting up these available services. You can take it one step at a time.

NLM Pubmed Tutorials Updated

The National Library of Medicine has updated their Pubmed tutorial. Their website also offers Quick Tours on specific topics; these videos are usually less than 3 minutes long. For local Pubmed assistance, please contact a Reference Librarian at the Isch?â?® Library (504) 568-6102 / (504) 568-8339, or at the Dental Library (504) 941-8158.

Let it Snow!

In honor of our unusual weather today, I checked to see if snow is a search term in MEDLINE. And it is in MeSH. Most of the articles in PubMed (when limited to Humans) deal with snow disasters (avalanches and the like). I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that.

Dig In & Dig Dental – 2 Classes & 1 Open House

Two more chances to learn and one chance to celebrate:

  • Advanced Googling Class @ Isché Friday, October 24th from 12 noon to 1 pm
  • PubMed Class @ Dental Monday, October 27th from 12 noon to 1 pm
  • Check out the Dental Library Open House on Tuesday, October 28th from 11:30 to 1:30; Go and “Sink Your Teeth In!”

    Sink Your Teeth In at the Dental Open House

    Sink Your Teeth In at the Dental Open House