Knowledge Finder is the brand name of the search engine developed by Aries Systems Corporation used to search the biomedical literature licensed from the National Library of Medicine (MEDLINE). It has been successfully used by hundreds of thousands of knowledge workers since its initial release in 1986. See what users say about Knowledge Finder.
Knowledge Finder is based on the premise that most knowledge workers are not trained in the science of database searching; but, that technology can be used to help them retrieve accurate and relevant search results.
For example, a trained searcher knows that a search for “Advil” is better expressed as “Advil OR Ibuprofen” (i.e. a Boolean search expression). Knowledge Finder bypasses this complexity by automatically mapping an inexperienced user's search for “Advil” to “Ibuprofen” and other synonyms.
In this way Knowledge Finder behaves like an “automatic transmission” for searchers because it undertakes all the appropriate searching steps while shielding users from complexity. Knowledge Finder also provides traditional Boolean search options for users that have received the necessary training, and incorporates a number of additional specialized features.
Knowledge Finder analyzes your search request and retrieves the most relevant articles based on proprietary Knowledge Finder algorithms and probabilistic analysis including the following elements:
Knowledge Finder conveniently packages all of these enabling technologies into a single search button. The continuous enhancement of the technology since 1986 ensures that you retrieve excellent search results as quickly as possible.
To get the most out of Knowledge Finder, enter your full search query at the start. For example, if you are interested in the use of aspirin to treat hypertension, you should enter “how can aspirin be used to treat hypertension”, not just “aspirin”.
Retrieved documents are presented in order of likely relevance, unless you specifically select a chronological ordering from the Relevance/Recency pop-up menu.
On the Internet, Knowledge Finder can be accessed using current versions of standard browsers.
On DVD, Knowledge Finder is accessed using local “client“ software for Windows and some Apple computers.