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Using Search Engines to Find Online Medical Information

  • Mohammad Al-Ubaydli
  • Published: August 02, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020228

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Medical Information Internet Search Gems

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:45 GMT

Author: Gregory Richardson
Position: Psychiatrist
Institution: The Center for Mental Health
Submitted Date: August 11, 2005
Published Date: August 12, 2005
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I enjoyed your recent article in PLoS about finding medical information using search engines. I thought I would share two specific gems I have found. If I use Google, I can add the term "pdf" to a search query. This tends to select journal articles and high quality non-journal articles from the internet. Of course, Google Scholar allows this option. By adding "ppt" to a search query, I can pull down slide sets from graduate school programs. For example, if I search Google with "aripiprazole D1 D2 receptors ppt", I am likely to find PowerPoint presentations from Neurochemistry graduate courses that detail receptor affinities for antipsychotics, and which contain the most recent antipsychotic, aripiprazole.

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