PubMed QUEST: the PubMed query search tool. an informatics tool to aid cancer centers and cancer investigators in searching the PubMed databases

Cancer Inform. 2007 Feb 12:2:79-82.


Searching PubMed for citations related to a specific cancer center or group of authors can be labor-intensive. We have created a tool, PubMed QUEST, to aid in the rapid searching of PubMed for publications of interest. It was designed by taking into account the needs of entire cancer centers as well as individual investigators. The experience of using the tool by our institution's cancer center administration and investigators has been favorable and we believe it could easily be adapted to other institutions. Use of the tool has identified limitations of automated searches for publications based on an author's name, especially for common names. These limitations could likely be solved if the PubMed database assigned a unique identifier to each author.

Keywords: Bibliographic Medical Informatics Applications; Information Storage and Retrieval; PubMed Databases.