Narrowing Down Google Results

Once you run a Google search, you have several options to narrow your search results.

One way is searching Google using its general search box and then limiting the search results to News, Images, Videos or other common material formats. You can then further refine your search by format:

  • Type your search terms in the Google search box
  • Once you get the search results, click on the format icon of your choice (e.g. News, Images, Videos) located under the Google search box
  • Click on Tools (also located under the Google search box) to see drop down menus with options that allow refining your chosen format search

These options are sensitive to each format. For example, you can refine your Images search by Size, Color, Usage Rights, etc., while your Videos search can be refined by Duration, Source, etc.

PDQ® Cancer Information Summaries

The National Cancer Institute‘s PDQ® (Physician Data Query) cancer information summaries are “peer-reviewed, evidence-based summaries on topics including adult and pediatric cancer treatment, supportive and palliative care, screening, prevention, genetics, and complementary and alternative medicine.” Versions specifically customized for both patients and health professionals are freely-available for every topic and can be accessed via PubMed or via the NCBI Bookshelf.

The range of topics available is quite extensive, with the Treatment section even including a recently updated PDQ® on Financial Toxicity, a topic both patients and health professionals could benefit from knowing more about – for example, see:

PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board. Financial Toxicity (Financial Distress) and Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version. 2019 Jul 3. PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Cancer Institute (US); 2002-. Available from   PubMed PMID: 28682576.

To find out more about the development and impact of the PDQ® series, be sure to read this article:

Manrow RE, Beckwith M, Johnson LE. NCI’s Physician Data Query (PDQ®) cancer information summaries: history, editorial processes, influence, and reach. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Mar;29(1):198-205. doi: 10.1007/s13187-013-0536-3. PubMed PMID: 23996204.

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