We are currently developing two different ways to search
the Lindex. The first is a Textfile search and the second
is a database search.
The difference in the two types of searches is that the
Textfile search is a text search that looks through
the 90% of Lindex entries that have textiles and searches
the same way a Search Engine does, by looking for words
or a string of words.
The database search (which is
currently in development) allows you to search data in certain
fields, and to then read the associated textiles. For example,
you may wish to look up all the articles in which one of
the first three authors was Dr. X or you may wish to look
up all the articles involving breast cancer (ICD9 #174.9).
The Lindex will eventually permit you search for articles
by ICD9, by year, based on findings of the article, and
let you make reports based on the your criteria.
We also have number of reports
which can be used to glance at the findings of the Lindex,
and to see an overview of some of the data and results of
In the Textfile Search you can use Boolean expressions.
Boolean expressions are used to describe exactly what you
are searching for. Normally, boolean expressions use the
terms and and or but parenthesis can also
be used to group things together. Here are some examples
of boolean expressions as they relate to the Lindex search:
breast and cancer
breast or cancer
(breast or cervical) and cancer
For more information on the structure of the Lindex click