PubMed Search Terms Bolded

[Editor’s note: This feature has also been implemented in the NLM® Catalog and the MeSH® database.]

A bolding feature is now in PubMed® to help users quickly find where their search terms appear in their search results. Search terms are bolded in the Summary and Abstract display formats. The Abstract display in Figure 1 was retrieved from a search of cancer.

Figure 1: Bolded terms in partial Abstract display.

Bolded terms include your search terms as well as terms that have been added by PubMed to enhance your search. For example, a search of cancer translates to include the term neoplasms. Use the Search details portlet on your results page to see how searches are enhanced (see Figure 2). PubMed also bolds words or phrases retrieved by a truncated term, and bolds all terms searched as a phrase.

Figure 2: Details of PubMed search for cancer.

This new feature is the default for all users. You still have the option to sign into My NCBI and change your Highlighting Preferences in My NCBI.


PubMed Search Terms Bolded. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Jul-Aug;(381):e1.