May 28, 2022

Search Auto-Complete Feature Added to NLM Main Web Site, MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en Español

From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

In November 2011, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a search box auto-complete feature for the NLM main Web site, MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. Auto-complete improves the search experience on these sites by:

  • suggesting relevant terms and phrases as users begin typing;
  • helping users execute searches and arrive at a focused set of results more quickly;
  • guiding users to content that exists on the site;
  • providing accurate spellings to help users avoid misspellings; and
  • suggesting new lines of inquiry for users exploring a topic.

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