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June 26, 2018

Using Sorting and Relevance Ranking Features in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Web of Science

Your goal is to scan some abstracts, read 2-3 articles, and then move on.  What do you do, then, if your keyword search turns up 10,000 search results?  If you just need a few good articles, one strategy is to take advantage of sorting and relevance ranking features – to try to move “good” articles closer to the top of the list.  A challenge is that each database defines “good” (relevance) differently, and none of them can read your mind (yet).

Click HERE for a summary of sorting and relevance ranking features in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Web of Science, followed by a search example showing how they compare.

All I Need Are a Few Good Articles: Using Sorting and Relevance Ranking Features