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Europe PMC team

 | 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
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
in text-mining for biomedical discovery
from our recent post. We wish you happy reading!

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