Monday, 15 January 2018

Get the essence: introducing search snippets

Reading scientific papers can be very time consuming. So you should not waste a minute searching for the relevant literature. Thanks to the cutting-edge search technologies Europe PMC helps you find facts and evidence in research publications in a blink of an eye. Search results now display snippets - highlights from the article matching your query. For every result you can see up to two snippets, separated by an ellipsis. 

Why is it important? The search term appears in context, so you can judge whether it is a negligible mention or an essential reference. This means that when sorting results by date or citation count rather than relevance, you can easily identify articles to add to your reading list thanks to the snippets shown. Not only that, but you can also quickly navigate to the place in the text, where your keywords appear. If your search terms appear in the abstract, they will be highlighted in yellow once you open the page.

To locate the keywords found in the full text take advantage of the snippet links on the abstract page. They will take you directly to the mention, saving you time of scanning through the text.

Next step? Letting the AI to read the paper for you. Learn about advances in text-mining for biomedical discovery from our recent post. We wish you happy reading!

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