Ever notice that once you’ve decided on your query in PubMed and made an RSS feed from it, you can’t make any changes to the query? If you want to adjust it, just make one small tweak, you have to start from scratch, make a new search, and output a new feed. This could be especially unwelcome if you’re doing something more than reading the feed in an aggregator. What if you’ve created it FOR a clinician and the clinician is already subscribed to it? What if you’re using the feed in another application or Web page?
PubMed Reader allows some flexibility that can be handy in these circumstances.
You can run your search from PubMed Reader and export your RSS feed from PubMed Reader. Should you want to change the query that generates the feed, you can do so without changing the URL of the RSS feed.
PubMed Reader also has nifty export functions:
However, if I click on a link from a PubMed Reader feed, I’m taken to the PubMed Reader login prompt and made to log in order to read the item. I’d much rather that the links went directly to PubMed.
Other posts about third-party PubMed tools:
- For MedLibs who use Macs: iPapers
- PubMed2Connotea / PubMed2CiteULike
- More notes on BioWizard (Digg for Medical Literature, Part 3.5)
- More Alternate PubMed interfaces via Journalology
- BioWizard Enhancements: ‘Digg for Medical Literature’ Part III (Edited)
- Some Alternative Interfaces and Mashups for MedLibs
- BioWizard: The start of ‘Digg for Medical Literature’?
- Article on HubMed