|Literature Search Applications|
|PubSearch URL35||1.6 (free)||iOS||An application for medical literature searches from PubMed.||Searches PubMed; display search results; sort by authors, title, journal or year; display article’s abstract; bibliographic entry.|
|PubMed on Tap URL36[41,42,56]||2.6 ($2.99)||iOS||A medical literature search tool for iPhone.||Searches and displays reference information from PubMed; store references in a searchable personal library; email references from within the application; advanced search specifying search field and using logic operators; links to full text articles; remember recent searches; navigation between references.|
|MD on Tap URL37[50,55,57-59,63-65]||2.1 (free)||Palm OS, Windows CE, Windows Mobile||An application that retrieves MEDLINE citations through Internet connections.||Searches using 3 search engines: PubMed, Essie, and Google; previous query history; save citations as text file; take notes; cluster search results; related articles; auto spell check; links to full-text article.|
|askMEDLINE URL38[45,60-62]||(free)||Web-enabled smartphone.||A natural language query tool for PubMed/MEDLINE developed by the NLMf.||Searches PubMed by entering natural language query; spell checker; handles query in the form of questions or complex phrases; MeSH speller available in “MeSH Speller + askMEDLINE” program that is an extension of askMEDLINE.|
|PICO URL39[45,60,62]||(free)||Web-enabled smartphone.||A Patient, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome (PICO) search interface for PubMed/MEDLINE developed by the NLMf.||Includes 4 text fields: problem, intervention, compare to, and outcome.|
|Disease Associations URL40||(free)||Web-enabled smartphone.||A search interface for case reports and review of reported cases in PubMed/MEDLINE developed by NLMf.||Includes three text entry fields: (1) two text fields for sign, symptom, disease, condition, or procedure joined with AND operator, (2) one text entry associated with that disease, condition, or procedure.|
This table presents the version, platforms, a short description, and a list of functions of the six literature search applications for healthcare professionals.
fNLM: National Library of Medicine.
URL35: http://www.deathraypizza.com/deathraypizza/PubSearch_Home.html webcite, Accessed June, 2011.
URL38: http://askmedline.nlm.nih.gov/ask/ask.php?from=tbld webcite, Accessed June, 2011.
URL40: http://askmedline.nlm.nih.gov/ask/da.php?from=tbld webcite, Accessed June, 2011.
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