NCBI: Beyond PubMed

We are often promoting and explaining how to use PubMed.  However, PubMed is only one of MANY resources freely available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  Recently, I attended training at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, on how to use and how to teach others how to use NCBI tools and databases.

Resources covered in the training included BLAST, a tool that examines a piece of DNA or a protein and finds similar ones in the system; Gene, NCBI’s repository for gene-specific information; Cn3D, a tool that allows a user to see the 3D structure of a protein, and much more.

In an effort to support research in the areas of genomics, proteomics and drug discovery at Duke, I am working on developing workshops covering several NCBI resources and topics.  In the meantime, I am excited to test my knowledge of the resources by helping you answer your questions. 

Please send me your questions! If you have been wondering if NCBI may hold data that you could mine for your research or if there is an easier way to accomplish something you have been doing, I’d love to hear about it.  No question is too big or too small.  If I can’t answer it, I now have direct access to the researchers at NCBI who design the tools and can provide answers to advanced questions.  You can email me, Emily Mazure, Biomedical Research Liaison Librarian, at

Don’t forget!  You can submit your sequences or structures to NCBI so that your research can be discoverable to advance research in your area of interest.