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PubReMiner; a nice PubMed ‘added-value’ tool

In Website reviews on September 25, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , ,

PubReMiner is a nice little tool that will help you find MeSH and other terms quickly for a bunch of references in PubMed without clicking Display:MEDLINE all the time. So let’s say I’m about to do a search on dyspepsia and am looking to get some pointers on what synonymous terms I can use. Well, I can go to PubReMiner and put in, say “dyspepsia[ti] AND review[pt]”, and PubReMinder will go off and search PubMed and quickly and clearly come back with a breakdown of the resulting hits showing you the frequency of MeSH terms, the text terms, the most common authors, journals, countries and substances. The ‘authors’ list might be useful for finding commentators, experts etc., the ‘journals’ may tell you where you want to try and publish in the field or maybe which journals are useful to consider “table of content” searching, while of course text and MeSH terms will help you in planning any searches you might be considering. So, to come back to our search for dyspepsia, PubReMiner quickly points me in the direction of keywords such as “Helicobacter, gastroesophageal reflux, endoscopy, anti-ulcer agents, gastritis, peptic ulcer” etc. It’s nice. I like it. The best thing to do is just to try it out, though should you like to know more Laika has written a clear and longer review.

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