PubMed and finding citations

Todd Vandenbark

Today’s NLM Technical Bulletin offers a tip for those trying to find a specific citation using PubMed searching. Built into its search engine is a “citation sensor” which can “recognize combinations of search terms that are characteristic of citation searching” and match them to citations. By entering the entire title of a citation you are trying to find (or at least six words from that title), the citation sensor is invoked and the desired item is quickly found. It is more effective if the searcher refrains from using Boolean terms and/or tags.