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You Can Now Search and Match Exact Phrases or Words in Our Citation Statement Search

Search over 940M citation statements with amazing precision

Tue Nov 16 2021

A couple of months ago, we announced the release of a new way to search the research literature called Citation Statement Search. This search lets you search over 900M citation statements that we have extracted from over 27M full-text scientific articles. In short, it allows you to see what the research literature says about nearly any topic in short excerpts. Importantly, these excerpts directly link to papers, data, and analyses, meaning what they say can be verified and explored in more depth. That is, after all, the beauty of a citation; it is a sentence backed by research.

This search is helpful to see what multiple papers say about any topic you care about, see how others have used experimental reagents or protocols, and verify claims made on the internet, whether that is a scientific paper you are reading or a tweet. We have, since launching, added multiple ways to filter and organize this information. You can now search citation statements from papers that have been supported. You can filter citation statements based on the location they appear in the article (Introduction, Discussion, etc.). You can organize the citation statements by relevancy or publication date.

Today, we are excited to announce even more control over our Citation Statement search by introducing the ability to search and match exact phrases or words, so you can find relevant articles and better use the literature to answer questions you may have. To do so, simply add quotation marks to your search terms.

For example, say you are interested in seeing which subsequent studies could not replicate papers on cancer. You can now search for the exact phrase, “we could not replicate” and then narrow it further by adding the word cancer.

“We could not replicate” AND cancer

“We could not replicate” AND cancer

You can also search directly for product/reagent IDs to find how others have used them in experiments. For example, if you are working with the Anti-CENPA antibody from Abcam and want to see what dilutions or blocking solutions are being used by others, you could search:



Or “blocking” antibody abcam cenp-a

“blocking” antibody abcam cenp-a

The ability to see what multiple research papers say directly inline with your search moves us beyond the typical search results from other search engines where only abstract and titles are displayed. Now, you can see what was said about your search, who said it, and you can control this down to the exact phrase you might want to search.

We think this is quite powerful and we invite you to try it for yourself:

We also encourage you to share any fun or exciting example searches you come up with by tagging @scite on Twitter!