Sunday, 01 November 2009
PubMed is the most prominent of the various interfaces for MedLine, the Biomedical literature database published by the National Library of Medicine. It is an index, not a full-text database. It does provide links to selected full text of articles in PubMed Central and Tufts users can access a customized version that highlights and links to the full text of articles in journals to which we subscribe. However, you usually have to make multiple clicks to retrieve an Acrobat PDF version of an article.
A work-around for this is a website called Pubget. Although ostensibly in beta mode, Pubget already is a pretty effective tool for grabbing PDFs right from a set of search results within the Pubget interface. By default, it only retrieves PDFs from open access journals but Tufts affiliates can use the “Activate an Institution” feature to access PDFs from journals to which the University subscribes. The PDF appears in full Acrobat glory within the Pubget window and permits the usual Acrobat functions, such as printing, saving, and emailing the visible file.
Other handy features include a utility to download PDFs in bulk; the ability to download citations for use in bibliographic managers such as EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero; and links to “related” papers, the original PubMed abstract, and the publisher’s website. Setting up a personal account enables you to store favorites and get alerts. An Advanced Search feature permits article screening by PubMed ID, MESH term, chemical, and other facets.