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New PubMed is Live

The new PubMed interface is live as of today! Things look different, but the underlying information and record data is very much the same. 

What are the more noticeable changes? 

  • the way you save citations.  
  • the way you select filters and date ranges, 
  • the organization of settings, 
  • similar articles, citing articles, and references all appear under the record, 
  • advanced search, and  
  • the management of alerts 

We have updated our PubMed tutorials and our course materials. You can also find short tutorials in the PubMed Online Training Quick Tours provided by the National Library of Medicine.   

If you would like to learn tips and tricks for using the new PubMed interface, please feel free to reach out to a librarian via

A reminder: in order to access UNMC licensed journals, you will need to log in through the Quick Links Literature Databases page. 

PubMed Interface Updated

PubMed looks different today.

A new PubMed interface is now available and linked within our home page Quick Links Literature Databases section. This new interface will become the default in spring 2020 and will replace the legacy version. While some features will be refined in the future, the core of what you experience in the new PubMed interface will be like the legacy PubMed interface.

What mostly stayed the same?

  • the way results are presented,
  • year selection options, and
  • subject headings and linked resources within an article record.

What are the more noticeable changes?

  • the way you select filters and date ranges,
  • the organization of settings,
  • similar articles, citing articles, and references all appear under the record,
  • advanced search, and
  • the ability to set alerts or send search results from the front page.

If you want to use the legacy PubMed interface, you can access it through our home page Quick Links Literature Databases section. If you would like to learn tips and tricks for using the new PubMed interface, please feel free to reach out to a librarian via

A reminder that in order to access UNMC licensed journals, you will need to log in through the Quick Links.

Predatory journals in PubMed?

It has been reported in the journal literature and on scholarly publishing blogs that PubMed contains articles from predatory journals. In short, articles from potentially predatory publishers may appear in PubMed, although they are not part of MEDLINE. 

We turn to PubMed as an authoritative source for biomedical literature, so what happened? Simply put, there is a “backdoor” for getting journals listed in PubMed. PubMed is the publicly accessible platform of the MEDLINE database from the National Library of Medicine. However, PubMed is also a portal for finding PubMed Central articles in journals that are not indexed in MEDLINE. When searching MEDLINE on platforms such as Ovid, Scopus, or EBSCO, you are likely searching only MEDLINE, depending on your search filters. In PubMed, by default, you are searching MEDLINE and PubMed Central together, in addition to other collections.  When you see the [Indexed for MEDLINE] tag below the abstract, you can tell that an article is from a publication indexed in MEDLINE, such as this one. Very new records will not have this tag, but may be from a journal indexed in MEDLINE. You can also see if a journal is indexed in MEDLINE by looking it up in the NLM catalog.

If you have questions about MEDLINE or searching the biomedical literature, contact a librarian.

Search tip: PubMed Clinical Queries

By Alissa Fial

MEDLINE via PubMed has advanced features to help users to get more specific results.  One of these features, Clinical Queries, can be found under PubMed Tools on the PubMed Page.

Clinical Queries helps users look for the filters by specific clinical research areas: Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews or Medical Genetics.

For step-by-step instructions, see the following guide.

Embase vs Medline: which should I use?

By Roxanne Cox

Combined Embase and Medline searches yield more articles than searching either Embase or Medline alone. Searchers who rely on only one database will miss relevant information.

Embase, an Elsevier database has a broad biomedical base with in-depth coverage of drugs and pharmacology as well as medical devices. Embase, which includes Medline, has 30+ million records from 8500 journals including six million record from 2700 journals not covered by Medline. It has over 71, 000 subject headings of which more than 30,000 are drugs and chemicals and it indexes over 300,000 conference abstracts beginning in 2009. Embase has more European journals not covered by PubMed, more non-English journals, and more drug therapy journals.

Embase also has extensive limiting options including routes of drug administration, drug trade names, drug manufactures device trade names as well as study types, age groups, and publication years.

There are also specific search options for drugs, disease, or devices, as well as a basic and advanced search options. You can also take advantage of searching for terms that are next to or near one another, thus taking advantage of the implied relationship between the terms.

PubMed/Medline contains over 25 million records from over 5,600 biomedical journals with Medline, a subset of PubMed. Medline comprises approximately 98% of PubMed. Medline covers areas of medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and veterinary medicine. Medline uses MeSH to index records providing more subject/ subheading combinations than Embase providing more specific search results.

Wilkins, T., Gillies, R. A., & Davies, K. (2005). EMBASE versus MEDLINE for family medicine searches: Can MEDLINE searches find the forest or a tree? Canadian Family Physician Medecin De Famille Canadien, 51, 848-849.