Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bottom line: If you use Google Chrome to browse the web, this 2-minute tip can make Pubmed searches MUCH easier for you.

Hey everyone,

Quick How-to.  Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers right now because it's blazing fast and secure.  If you have never tried it, it's available for free for PC, Mac, and Linux here.

For those of you that use Chrome, you know that the address bar (where you type in the URLs) also works as a "search Google" box.  In other words, if you put in something that doesn't look like a website URL, it tries doing a Google search on it.  This trick adds to that capability by letting you tell Chrome to search Pubmed instead of Google, and not only that -- it does it a special way so that you can use your UNM access to get full text papers.  It's been very handy for me, and I hope you find it useful as well.  I've labeled the pictures in this how-to to correspond with the instructions; as always, let us know if you have problems.

Here's a very short (20 sec) example video of how this can work when you have it set up.  (sorry, looks like it got a little messed up at the beginning.  All I'm doing is typing in the address bar).

Happy Holidays,

Step 1
Open up a new browser window in Chrome and right click on the address bar.  In the pop-up box, select "Edit search engines..."


Step 2
In the box that pops up, click the small "+" in the bottom left hand corner to add a new search tool.  After you click it, you should get a box with three spaces, like in picture 2.

Step 3
Fill in the following info (I recommend you copy and paste the URL to avoid errors):
Name: PubMed
Keyword: pm (or whatever you'd like your shortcut to be.  You need to remember this, and it should be short enough to type in quickly if you want to save time.)


Step 4
Click OK, you're all set (you can close the other box after you've clicked OK).  Next, let's test it out!  In the address bar, type "pm neuroscience" (without quotes.  Also, if you used a different "keyword" in Step 3, you need to use that instead of "pm", which is my keyword).  When you type the space after "pm", it should transform to look like picture 4.


Step 5
Next, it will take you to a page where you need to log in with your UNM credentials so that you can use your UNM access for full text.  I use my Groupwise login and it works great.  After you log in, it should take you to your pubmed search!


From now on, you should be able to do PubMed searches at lighting speed just by typing "pm" and whatever you're interested in!  

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