Alternative interface of the PubMed

by Alexey Bersenev on March 4, 2008 · 1 comment

in web tools

PubMed is one of the oldest and frequently used database for biomedical literature and search engine. In the last few years a new generation of the PubMed-based search engines were developed. They have very friendly interface, allow us to expand options of the search and make it more easy.

The first alternative, what i really like and use last year is GoPubMed. This is the first semantic web-based platform for search literature in life sciences. The major advantage of this application is integration of Gene Ontology (GO) and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). This amazing engine was developed by the German company – “Transinsight”.

Our mission is to create the next generation search engine for the life sciences, which makes search much better than it was/is today. We are working to realize our vision “towards answering questions,” meaning to ease the process of getting answers. Although GoPubMed is the only semantic search engine on the web which works like ours – left tree for your own ranking / filtering and statistical overview of the search space – there are other companies targeting the same market.
(Michael R. Alvers, CEO of GoPubMed interview)

below is example of my search for “hematopoieitic stem cell


I absolutely love the left sidebar (MeSH integration!) options, which are allow me easily filter my search results:


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The next alternative interface of the PubMed, what I was trying last year – HubMed

HubMed uses information from PubMed’s database, provided by the NCBI through the EUtils web service, to produce a search interface focused on browsing, organising and gathering information from the biomedical literature. Searches can be conducted using the full range of operators available in Entrez/PubMed; when using the default search options, results will be identical to those those of a PubMed search.

Special features of HubMed include date- or relevance-ranked search results; web feeds for regular updates of published literature matching any search; clustering and graphical display of related articles; expansion of query terms; direct export of citation metadata in many formats; linking of keywords to external sources of information; manual categorisation (tagging) and storage of interesting articles

Example of my search:

I really like such options as: Free, History, Tags, Feeds, Export


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The last PubMed-based search engine what I just started to explore is Healia

Healia PubMed/Medline Search is a search engine specifically designed to help consumers find information in the PubMed/Medline dataset in a user-friendly way. Healia PubMed/Medline Search retrieves abstracts (published summaries) of journal articles.


I like such features as: “automatic AND option” between your key words, filter your results and “Clinical trials” search option.
But Healia didn’t give me most recent publications for my query “hematopoietic stem cell”. My result was limited by date – August 2007.

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Special thanks to David Rothman
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Lost and Found March 11, 2008 at 11:44 am

Thank you! Very helpful info


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