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PubMed: Display Settings

Making Your Results Easier to View

Your display options are located just above your search results and allow you to adjust the way your search results are presented.

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Format: The default view is Summary, but you can select the Abstract option to view not only abstracts but also any Levy Library full-text buttons as well as supplementary information such as Publication Types and MeSH headings.

Sort by: The default sort order is Best Match, PubMed's relevancy algorithm designed to bring the most relevant results to the beginning of the search results list. Other sort orders are:

  • Most Recent to display search results by the date they were added to the database.
  • First Author to sort results alphabetically by author name.
  • Journal to sort results alphabetically by journal name.

Items per page: PubMed automatically displays your search results with 10 citations to a page. You can change that number to 20, 50, 100, or 200.