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Comput Biol Med. 2007 Sep;37(9):1252-8. Epub 2006 Dec 20.

PubMed vs. HighWire Press: a head-to-head comparison of two medical literature search engines.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, William Beaumont Hospital, 3061 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA. tvanhecke@gmail.com


PubMed and HighWire Press are both useful medical literature search engines available for free to anyone on the internet. We measured retrieval accuracy, number of results generated, retrieval speed, features and search tools on HighWire Press and PubMed using the quick search features of each. We found that using HighWire Press resulted in a higher likelihood of retrieving the desired article and higher number of search results than the same search on PubMed. PubMed was faster than HighWire Press in delivering search results regardless of search settings. There are considerable differences in search features between these two search engines.

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