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Proximity searching is now available in PubMed

by Brandon Carroll on 2022-11-30T09:24:10-07:00 | Comments

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce proximity search capabilities have been added to PubMed. Users can now search for multiple terms appearing in any order within a specified distance of one another in the [Title] or [Title/Abstract] fields.

For more information (or want resources to share with other users), visit the new NLM Technical Bulletin article, PubMed Update: Proximity Search Now Available in PubMed.

You can also check out the newly added “Proximity Searching” section of the PubMed User Guide.

Finally, there is a Quick Tour introducing users to the basics of Proximity Searching, which can be found via this direct link, and will be added to the PubMed Trainer’s Toolkit in the near future.

Though the new proximity search capabilities in PubMed are a major improvement to PubMed’s functionality, for systematic review searches and other searches relying on complex searching methods, using HSLIC’s access to MEDLINE via Ovid remains recommended.


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