I ran a simple search with “myocardial infarction” as the topic, limited to 2015 and 2016. 17,277 hits were returned. The database listed possible filters for the search along the left hand side, including Web of Science categories (including such things as Cardiac Cardiovascular Systems, Hematology, and Medicine General Internal). This feature reminded me of a discussion which arose during one of our classes which covered some of the reference and point of care tools. It was pointed out how important it is that the health care provider be able to look at a problem (in this case, a heart attack) from different angles. So, although it is certainly the heart that is at the center of the problem, a physician should also look at how liver functions contribute/are affected by the condition. Making it possible to limit the search results in this fashion greatly aids the health care research process.

Other filters included the various types of authors and sponsoring organizations and, interestingly, a choice between open access or proprietary journal articles, which seemed like a strange choice for a subscription database. Entries for the search results presented all of the basic information used in citations, along with a button to view the abstract and a specialized link.

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