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PubMed Labs Update: Using Filters

Collins M. PubMed Labs Update: Using Filters. NLM Tech Bull. 2019 Jul-Aug;(429):e2.

2019 August 05 [posted]

Users can now use filters to narrow search results in PubMed Labs by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category, and age. The most popular filters are included on the sidebar by default.

To apply a filter, run a search and click on the checkbox next to the filter name. A checkmark will appear next to the selected filters (see Figure 1).

The left side of the search results screen lists several filters. Each has a checkbox to turn on or off.
Figure 1: Apply default filters.

To display additional filters, click on the "Additional filters" button (see Figure 2).

A button below the list of filters is labeled Additional filters.
Figure 2: Show additional filters.

A pop-up menu will appear showing the available filters for each category: article type, species, language, sex, subject, journal, and age (see Figure 3).

On the left of the pop-up, a list of categories. On the right, a list of available filters in the selected category.
Figure 3: Add additional filters to your Filters menu.

To add items to the Filters menu:

  1. Choose a category on the left (Article Type, Species, etc.).
  2. Within each category select the filters that you would like to add to your Filters menu.
  3. Click Apply to add the selected filters to the sidebar menu and close the pop-up.
  4. To apply a filter to your search, click on the filter name in the menu (see Figure 1).

More information about filters:

  • When filters are selected, a "Filters applied" message will display above your results and on the Advanced Search page.
  • Click an applied filter to turn it off.
  • To turn off all applied filters, click the "Clear all" link or the "Reset all filters" button.
  • Citations may be excluded for some filter selections because they have not yet completed the MEDLINE indexing process. For example, the "Humans" filter will return results that have been indexed with the term Humans.

The new PubMed is under active development and the appearance and layout will change as features are added, tested, and refined. We welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments, questions, or concerns using the "Feedback" button available on each page of PubMed Labs.

By Marie Collins
National Center for Biotechnology Information

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