Monday, September 24, 2018

Get even more control over your literature searches with Personal Blocklist!

Maybe everyone else knows about this, but I didn't.

Imagine that you are trying to research a new-to-you disease but you keep getting directed to dumb things you can't actually read. Annoying, right? What can you do about it?

You can install a personal blocklist!  It's a Google add-in that puts a little "talk to the hand" thing in the top right corner of your browser.

Now go to one of those sites that takes up all the space in your search history -- and hit the hand button --

-- now decide if you ever want to go to that site again! Nope? Hit the blue thing! 

Good-bye, forever WebMD!! 20 ads from something that is clearly copy/pasted from the Mayo Clinic web page...?....

Holy cow -- all you have to do is hit the "Sync" button and now it's blocked both of these things on my Ipad and my phone and everything but my work computer!! 

Now -- try really hard not to go all trigger happy with all this power!!! 

Good people still publish good science in Elfseverer....but that button is pretty tempting....

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