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This guide helps users to learn how to use the new and updated PubMed and show them what the new features are and where to find some of the old features.

About PubMed

PubMed consists of more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals, and online books. Although it is primarily focused on biomedicine and health sciences disciplines, it also includes other related fields (e.g. behavioral sciences, bioengineering, chemical sciences, and life sciences,etc.)

The new PubMed is now the default platform to search PubMed. The URL does not change. Rutgers users can access the new PubMed just as the same way as they did to legacy PubMed via the Rutgers specific link <> in order to access fulltext articles from our subscribed ejournals (GetIt@R). The public users access it at

The new PubMed has several improvements:

  • Mobile-Friendly. The new search interface is optimized and responsive to any kind of mobile devices. Users can access and search New PubMed on any device and have the same searching experience.
  • Improved Best Match Function. Using machine learning algorithm, the new PubMed enables users to get the most relevant references listed on the top of their search results. 
  • Increased number of References to Be Exported: The new PubMed now allows users to export as many as 10,000 references from PubMed to a citation management tool such as EndNote. This is particularly helpful for those who search for systematic reviews.

While it offers the new and improved features, the new PubMed also retains most of the features that users have been relying on when searching the legacy PubMed:

  • Filtering options to narrow search results. Users can limit their results by year, article type, age, and so on. However, for customized publication dates, users need to search in the Advanced Search mode. This feature is no longer listed in the filters on the search results page.
  • Options to save and/or email results. Users can save up to the first 10,000 results in these formats: summary, PubMed (similar to Medline in legacy PubMed), PMID, Abstract (test), and CSV. Users can also email up to 200 references to a specified email address in Summary or Summary (text), Abstract or Abstract (text)
  • Using the Send to function to manage results. Users can add 100 references at a time into NCBI's My Bibliography. They can send 1,000 at a time into NCBI's Collections, and export up to 10,000 results into a citation manager such as EndNote.
  • Email alerts for new references. Users may set up email alerts to receive notifications of new references of their searches. 
  • Search details. Search details are now listed in the search history (no longer in the front results page.)

New PubMed Interface:


Article on Updated PubMed:

Kang P, Kalloniatis M, Doig GS. Using Updated PubMed: New Features and Functions to Enhance Literature Searches. JAMA. 2021;326(6):479–480. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.12021


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