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This guide is a central location for information regarding PudMed. The guide will be used to create a landing page for general information and link to outside resources to assist with PubMed. The genesis of this project is the upcoming change from the Leg

Display Options for Search Results

PubMed offers options to change the display format and to sort the results.

Display options

Results can be displayed in various formats:

  • Summary - displays the article citation information and snippets of the abstract that contain your search terms. You can opt to hide the snippets.
  • Abstract - displays the article citation information, the full abstract, MeSH terms, a link to Cited by articles, a link to the article's references, and full text links (including the FindIt@UT button).

You can choose the number of results to be displayed on each page: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200.


Sort by

Options are:

  • Best Match - this is the default setting and is a relevance ranking
  • Most recent - based on the date of indexing (i.e. entry into PubMed)
  • Publication date
  • First author
  • Journal

Feel like getting into the weeds? If interested in how PubMed's Best Match ranking works, read the following article:

Kiester L, Turp C. Artificial intelligence behind the scenes: PubMed's Best Match algorithm. J Med Libr Assoc. 2022 Jan 1;110(1):15-22. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2022.1236. PMID: 35210958; PMCID: PMC8830327.


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