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Glad You Asked: Making PubMed Mobile

Monday, December 10, 2012

On several of our posts, we’ve asked you to tell us what information you’d like to see optimized for mobile devices.

Recently, four commenters asked for the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) popular PubMed tool to be made mobile-friendly. The good news is it already is—in two different ways!

PubMed application for iOS

PubMed application for iOS

The PubMed mobile site allows you to search the same 22 million citations you can access on the desktop site from your mobile browser. You do the same thing using PubMed mobile applications for iOS and Android smartphones.

We like that NLM chose to create both a mobile site and an app version.

In this case, the staff at the NLM wanted to offer the wealth of information available through PubMed in a quick and accessible format for mobile users. They weren’t trying to add additional functionality to the mix, just bring this popular tool to the palm of your hand.

To access the mobile site, just search for ‘pubmed’ in the browser of your smartphone and you will be redirected to the stripped-down mobile version.

For those who use PubMed more often, you can quickly access the tool through the downloadable app. This can save time otherwise spent navigating to the website.

This dual approach allows NLM to meet the needs of two kinds of users. Frequent users can rely on their app and infrequent users can use the tool through the mobile site. It’s a win-win!

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