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Nov 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 20)

GoPubMed

URL:www.gopubmed.com
  • Clever idea
  • Not appropriate for all searches
“Give me a ‘G’, give me an ‘O’, give me a ‘PubMed’ too. Roll it all together. Make something new. GoPubMed, GoPubMed, GoPubMeddddddddd.” OK, the spirit moved me, which may be what also happened when the designers of this site came up with the idea for it. Simply put, GoPubMed takes input, makes PubMed inquiries, and then sorts the results. It may sound trivial, but it’s not. I used my name “Ahern” as a search term and quickly retrieved over 900 hits. Making sense of those hits was made easier by the fact that a panel on the left side organized the results according to topic, author name, journal published, and time of publication. If I wanted to bring up all of the hits for M. Ahern, it was a simple click. Similarly, getting a list of all articles in 2003 was another click. This is one of the best ways I’ve seen to wade through the sometimes massive results of a PubMed search.
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