Thursday, April 20, 2006

New Google Scholar Feature: Recent Articles

Google Scholar is my preferred method of searching the medical literature. (See here for a review.) One major advantage is that articles are displayed according to number of citations, but this leaves open the possibility that classic, frequently-cited, but very outdated articles may be displayed first. A new feature, "recent articles," corrects this problem by ensuring that only recent papers are displayed.

Another major problem with Google Scholar is that very new articles are not included in the database. Also searching PubMed (from the National Library of Medicine) ensures the newest articles will be found.

As an example, here are three searches for "hyponatremia" using these methods:
See ResourceShelf for more information.

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