If you’ve ever searched through a pile of papers for a bill or record, you appreciate
the art of organization. Digital information also needs organizing.
The AAP removed outdated information that is no longer useful and reorganized where
resources are stored. The digital clean-up will keep fresh, relevant content at the
forefront of the advanced search.
New look, familiar feel
The AAP advanced search has the feel of a PubMed search. Modern technology does the
work of Boolean searching for you.
Boolean logic is a type of searching that uses logical relationships among search
terms. (Learn more at the Library of Medicine: http://bit.ly/NLMboolean.)
For example, a search for car seats AND booster seats returns all AAP materials on
car seats and booster seats. Replace AND with OR and you will get materials with either
car seats or booster seats. Use NOT instead of OR and you will get car seats but not
booster seats. This is just a basic example of an initial Boolean advanced search
using more than one keyword.
When you use the drop-down category menus, the advanced search automatically fills
in the search query to add, eliminate or narrow your topic.
To broaden or narrow advanced searches more, use the filter boxes on the left side
of the page after the first advanced search. As you narrow your search, the filter
choices will change to help you locate the most specific information.
For example, select search filters such as date, type, price and product type. Or
use the dropdown menu and select topics such as Shop, News or All AAP.
All relevant search topics are displayed, even those that require subscription/login.
Do-it-yourselfers still have the option to use the search bar to enter keywords, Boolean
operators AND, OR, NOT, and query modifiers such as parentheses, asterisks and quotation
In the new year, the AAP will continue to remove outdated information and enhance
the membership directory.