Thursday, August 11, 2005

Search Filters: things to think about

Search filters are:

  • Fast, easy to use, and good when focusing on ‘best evidence’ or looking for articles emphasizing therapy, etiology, prognosis and diagnosis
  • Not great for all types of searches; very focused on clinical information and, not all search topics lend themselves to this approach
  • Not good for comprehensive searches – sometimes there is way too much information and sometimes way too little
  • great to analyze for potential subject headings, subheadings, and textwords to use in creating your own search filters. They can also be translated for use in other databases.


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