♥ (skip_town) wrote in pubmed,

skip_town
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Wow, it's been a long time since anyone (including me!) posted anything here, but I have an interesting story to tell. A friend of mine was trying to locate the citation for an article that she was an author on, but for some reason didn't have all of the citation info (how, I don't know).

So she was using one of the not-entirely-old-yet features on PubMed. She went to the "Limits" tab from the homescreen and clicked "Add Author" to add herself into the search. Now, the old way of doing it was that you just enter your search text and then search, but the new way (or newish to me anyway) is that PubMed now gives immediate feedback on the limit you're trying to apply using something that's not unlike predictive text. I don't think it qualifies as predictive text because predictive text tries to guess which words you might be trying to complete before you actually complete the. What PubMed does here is just do an immediate search of what authors are listed in the index, and returns a list of those authors that your search text has not yet ruled out.

So anyway, she typed in her last name and was about to add her initials (she would have if not for the instant feedback), but saw her father's initials after her last name. Turns out, there are three articles indexed by PubMed that her grandfather, who has the same initials, had published over half a century ago.

They weren't bad, either.

Funny how technology can connect people, don't you think?
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