Archive for December, 2009

PubMed User Search Behavior

A recently published article in the journal, Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, investigates the needs and behavior of PubMed users  through the analysis of log data.  The authors analyzed 23 million user sessions with more than 58 million user queries. 

It’s difficult to find large analyses such as these specific to health informatio seeking behavior, so it’s worth having a look.  The fulltext of the article is available here:

http://database.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/2009/0/bap018

Good times.

December 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

PMCID Converter for NIHMSIDs

Yahoo!  The PMCID Converter will now list NIHMSIDs along with PMCIDs, so we’re all in luck.  Here’s the link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/pmctopmid

In the past, you couldn’t get the NIHMSID unless you were the one to submit the manuscript, so this should make everyone’s life a little bit easier.

Here are some brief tips:

  • Enter PMIDs into the box – on separate lines OR with spaces OR with commas in between
  • Only 2000 PMIDs can be entered in one box
  • Check the “Write result to file” box to output the results into a CSV file (I’d highly recommend this)

Thanks, NCBI!

December 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment


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