Adding PubMed Links

How to create a link that performs a specific PubMed search (i.e. for a faculty member's publications) and takes users to current results.

Start to create a link as you normally would (either by clicking the Insert/Edit Link icon Link while editing a page, or by adding a Link item to a folder).

Searching by Author

By Last Name, and First Initial Only

In the URL field of the link dialog box, you'll enter something like this (you can copy and paste it, to start):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=(Doe+J[Author])

The above link will search for all items by an author named "J Doe". This is specified near the end of the URL (emphasized in bold).

Replace "Doe" with the last name of the author you want to search, and replace "J" with their first initial. If you're certain that no middle initial is used in an author's publications, wrap the name portion of the URL in quotation marks, to restrict results only to credits without a middle initial:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=("Doe+J"[Author])

Otherwise, the default behavior is to return all authors with a specified last name and first initial, regardless of middle name.

By Last Name, and First and Middle Initials Together

In the URL field of the link dialog box, enter something like this (you can copy and paste, to start):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=(Smith+JL[Author])

The above link will search for all items by an author named "JL Smith".

Replace "Smith" with the last name of the author you want to search, and replace "JL" with their first and middle initials together, with no space in between.

By Last Name, At Least the First Initial, AND Affiliation

If after trying either of the above methods you think you're getting too many results (perhaps from multiple authors with the same name or initials), you can narrow results further by filtering by the affiliation of the first author:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=(Smith+JL[Author]+UNC[Ad])

This is useful for specifying work done at a specific institution. The above link will search for all items that an author named "JL Smith" is credited to, in which the first author is affiliated with UNC.

Additional Options

The PubMed site details additional search options and examples.

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