|December 27, 2004 [posted]|
March 11, 2005 [posted]
|New PubMed® Spell Checking Feature|
new spell checking feature will be added to PubMed to suggest alternative spellings for PubMed search terms that include misspellings. Terms entered with a search tag (e.g., [mh]; [majr]; [tw]) will not generate alternative spellings.
[Editor's note: This feature was implemented in PubMed on February 7, 2005.]
Results from a search will display along with an option to link to the alternative spelling to provide users with an easy way to retrieve results for untagged words that are misspelled.
For example, a search for: breast cancerr probably does not retrieve the desired results. A "Did you mean:" link will display the alternative spelling along with the number of citations that will be retrieved for the query using the alternative spelling (see Figure 1).
Users may click the "Did you mean:" link to run the search in PubMed using the alternative spelling of the term (see Figure 2).
The Spell Checking Function
By Kathi Canese
Canese K. New PubMed® Spell Checking Feature. NLM Tech Bull. 2004 Nov-Dec;(341):e12.