Friday, December 23, 2005

Medical Googling 2005

Here are some musings from this week’s BMJ. The author appreciates Google for medicine but approaches it with caution. He is justifiably critical of some of its features. Despite the Google craze in medicine there are shortcomings. It may complement, but cannot replace (in its present form) Pub Med. As useful as Google is, you can’t do rigorous searching because you never quite know the search strategy. In Pub Med you need only click the details tab to know exactly how your search was carried out.

Meanwhile, the author points us to another resource that is new to me---Scirus. I did a couple of quick free text searches and it looks like it may be the real deal, perhaps an alternative to Google Scholar.

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