GeneCite is a multiple public databases query tool. The zip archive
contains the following files:
GeneCite is a generalized query application that allows you to specify sophisticated sets of queries and generates a table of the number of bio-related records found for each query. The table can be presented as a Web page or in a standard spreadsheet format that will allow you to view the full output of only those queries that generate an interesting number of records. Currently, GeneCite allows you to submit 'term'-type queries to web based PubMed database and UniSTS database, as well as PathwayScreen database stored in Microsoft Access software. You provide the application with partial queries in standard ASCII text files. These queries can then be combined in various ways to produce the set of queries that is sent to the databases, called a search. The program stores the number of citations returned for each query. The result of a search is a column (one-dimensional) or a table (two-dimensional) of those counts, depending on the type of search selected. The results can be output in a variety of formats. The list of output formats may be enlarged in the future, but currently includes:
The hyperlinks in the first two kinds of file allow you to re-run queries in which you are interested, receiving the full list of citations this time, instead of just the citation counts. GeneCite has a number of advantages over simply keying queries into a database. In its simplest, one-dimensional, mode, it allows you to type a set of queries once with a simplified syntax and run them repeatedly over a period of time, to look for changes. It also can execute large batches of queries unattended, leaving you free to do something else while it runs. In its two-dimensional modes, it allows you to generate complex combinations of queries automatically. GeneCite also reduces the result of each query to a single value, the number of related citations, while preserving the ability to regenerate any query result simply by clicking on it. Instead of wading through a whole web page for each query, you see a summary of the results of a whole set of queries, so you can choose the ones that are relevant to you.