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).