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June 30, 2006

New in PubMed: Related Articles Enhanced

Are you one of the many people using PubMed as your preferred source for Medline searching? Patrons who choose PubMed over OVID for MEDLINE access have told me there are two favorite features of PubMed that contribute to this choice. One is the "Single Citation Matcher" and the other is the "Related Articles" option. Well, the "Related Articles" option has just been improved.

Previously, you would do a search, and then select an article you wanted to look at, such as this one by Laurie McCauley.

McCauley LK, Tozum TF, Kozloff KM, Koh-Paige AJ, Chen C, Demashkieh M, Cronovich H, Richard V, Keller ET, Rosol TJ, Goldstein SA.
Transgenic models of metabolic bone disease: impact of estrogen receptor deficiency on skeletal metabolism.
Connect Tissue Res. 2003;44 Suppl 1:250-63.
PMID: 12952206

In the listing of articles, beside the author names, you would see the words "Related Articles, Links" as active links. If you clicked on "Related Articles", you would then receive a new list of articles that begins with the article you selected. This list is usually very long. For example, today, using the McCauley article above as the jumping-off point, there are 646 related articles.

So, what has changed? Let's say you don't want 646 related articles, at least not to start with. You have an article of interest, perhaps you might think of it as a target article. From the list, you would normally click on the authors for the target article, and this will put you in to the Abstract Display (including citation, PMID, contact information and abstract). Above the article citation, is a menu with a variety of options to customize your display. There is a new option in the "Display" menu -- "AbstractPlus". With this choice, the display gives you a blend of the "Abstract" display and the "Related Articles" -- you will see the top 5 related articles displayed beside the abstract. For the McCauley article that is our target article, these are shown like this:

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Related Links

Effects of sex steroid receptor specificity in the regulation of skeletal metabolism. [Calcif Tissue Int. 2004] PMID: 15037970
Estrogen receptor specificity in the regulation of the skeleton in female mice. [J Endocrinol. 2001] PMID: 11691642
Female estrogen receptor beta-/- mice are partially protected against age-related trabecular bone loss. [J Bone Miner Res. 2001] PMID: 11499861
Effect of osteoblast-targeted expression of bcl-2 in bone: differential response in male and female mice. [J Bone Miner Res. 2005] PMID: 16007339
Estrogen responsiveness of bone formation in vitro and altered bone phenotype in aged estrogen receptor-alpha-deficient male and female mice. [Eur J Endocrinol. 2005] PMID: 15745940

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A nice feature! Try it out ...

Posted by pfa at June 30, 2006 08:16 AM

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