How To Search/BioMed Central

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BioMed Central

  • Purpose: "BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research." [1]
  • Audience: People researching topics in the field of biomedicine.
  • Scope: Biomedical research.
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  • Further Information: In order to perform advanced searches on BioMed Central, you are required to create a login name and password. This is free but somewhat inconvenient.

Boolean OperatorsEdit

Syntax Example
skunk AND tomato
skunk OR tomato
skunk NOT tomato

Other OperatorsEdit

Syntax Example Description
"skunk smell removal"
phrase search

Search FieldsEdit

Syntax Example Description
125 [PG]
article number or first page number
rogers [AU]
author name
hopkins [AD]
institutional affiliation or author addresses
brain [TIAB] AND cancer [TIAB] AND jones [TIAB]
search only the citation and abstract
'inaccurate results" [DISC]
search the discussion/conclusion section of texts
[DOI] search the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
"rate of change" [FIG]
search figure legends
doctoral [INTR]
search the introduction section
[IP] search by issue
neuroscience [TA]
search the journal title, abbreviation, or ISSN
"statistical sample" [METH]
search the methods section of an article
innaccurate [RES]
search the results section of an article
barnes [REF] AND metcalf[REF]
search reference sections
"cranial splint" [BDY]
search text bodies (excludes citation and abstract)
"stomach cancer" [TI]
search titles
"stomach cancer" [TW]
search title, abstract, and text (excludes abstract)
5 [VI]
search volume number
1999 [DP]
search year of publication

Other FeaturesEdit

BioMed Central also allows a number of searches which can only be done using templates on their web pages. These include content sets (BioMed Central Journals, The Scientist news), date ranges, and "added in last" (last 1 day, 7 days, 30 days).

Other features not directly impacting search results include number of results shown per page, order in which results are shown, and whether to show the abstract or not.

More Example SearchesEdit

The Following example will find all articles written by someone named either "jones" or "smith" and that contains the word "assessment" and the word "pain" in the body of the text.

(jones [AU] OR smith [AU) AND assessment [BDY] AND pain [BDY]