Autosuggest comes to Gene, Nucleotide and other databases


If you’ve been searching in Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Genome or Assembly databases, you’ve probably noticed the new search experience we introduced in September to interpret several common language searches and offer improved results. We’re excited to announce we’ve added as-you-type suggestions to the search bar in these databases.

Here’s a peek at the new menu in the NCBI Gene database.

"human" is typed in the search box and a drop-down menu shows the most popular results

Figure 1. Typing into the search box brings up automatic suggestions of the most popular queries.

Use the resource-specific suggestions to avoid typos or to quickly find organisms with names that are tricky to spell. These suggestions reflect a subset of the most popular queries associated with the text you’re typing that are recognized by the new search experience. They are intended to direct you to high-value results for several types of queries: organism-gene/transcript/protein, organism-assembly or organism-targeted loci sequence (TLS).

What if you don’t find a match to your query in the drop-down menu, or if you prefer to construct a query with Entrez limits and bypass the menu? No problem! While selection of a result from the drop-down menu guarantees you a result from NCBI’s new search experience, queries that don’t use the drop-down menu will be processed as usual and you’ll get the same results you would have before this new feature was introduced.

We welcome your feedback on the new menus and on additional ways in which we can continue to improve the search experience.

thumbs up and thumbs down feedback buttons at top right of box, outlined in red

Figure 2. Give us feedback on the search results by clicking thumbs up or thumbs down (outlined in red) at the top right.

You can rate the search results by clicking the thumbs up or thumbs down buttons at the top right of the box. You can also send your comments, questions and suggestions to info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

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