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November 16, 2007

Firefox Plugin for PubMed Users at the U of Illinois

If you're a bio researcher who uses the Firefox browser and PubMed, you'll want to read this!

Leslie McNeil, the NCSA researcher who manages the National Microbial Pathogen Data Resource (NMPDR), has created a Firefox plugin for U of I researchers who frequently search PubMed!

About Firefox Plugins:
Are you used to searching Google by typing in queries in the top right-hand side of the Firefox toolbar? Did you know that you can add additional search options so you can choose to search Wikipedia, Google Scholar, the U of I domain, or many other search sites, instead? All you need to do is add additional FireFox plugins.

You'll find many additional Firefox plugins from the following sources:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:4
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/
http://www.searchplugins.net/pluginlist.aspx

To load them into Firefox, all you have to do is click on the plugin's link .

About the Firefox PubMed plugin for U of I Researchers:
Leslie McNeil has created a customized a PubMed FireFox plugin for the U of Illinois researchers. Install it from this site by clicking on the "I":
http://www.searchplugins.net/pluginlist.aspx?q=PubMed+for+University+of+Illinois&mode=exactAfter installing the plugin, click on the Firefox drop down box where you normally would type in a Google search. Choose to search PubMed instead of Google and type in your PubMed search. You'll be brought to the PubMed site with all the usual University of Illinois subscriptions and options** intact -- that is, you'll see which articles we have direct e-access to, and you'll see the UI Discover button that lets you discover other options for obtaining the articles. Leslie has also embedded the proxy URL into the plugin, so you can load it on your home computers and still be able to access the full text journals from PubMed citations.

Give it a try! I think you'll agree it's handy!

**That is, you'll go to the same PubMed search as if you started with this URL:
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=406312

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Katie
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Prof. Katie Newman
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and UIUC Scholarly Communication Officer

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Posted by mmalliso at November 16, 2007 11:16 AM