Friday, May 27, 2005

Google Scholar

A great new research tool...

Google Scholar Review from Kidney Notes

There are several ways of searching the medical literature. Previously I used PubMed, the interface from the National Library of Medicine. I've recently switched to Google Scholar, which has these advantages:

Papers are listed not in order of publication, but in order of relevance, which is determined by PageRank, the same system used in regular Google searches.

Next to each publication is a link to other publications that cite it. This allows you to immediately determine whether a paper is influential and who it has influenced.

Scholar also includes searches of publications that don't make it to Medline, like books, small journals, and private collections.

Scholar uses the familiar uncluttered Google interface.


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