The new feature on the MedlinePlus web site is the creation of search clouds in both English and Spanish. This fascinating display history is a visual representation of the searches visitors have completed using MedlinePlus. The description of the clouds comes from the BHIC blog…
“MedlinePlus Search Cloud: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cloud.html
MedlinePlus en español Search Cloud: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/cloud.html
The MedlinePlus search cloud displays the top 100 English searches, and the MedlinePlus en español search cloud displays the top 100 Spanish searches. The search clouds are linked from the MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español homepages.
The search clouds are usually updated every week day. The search terms appear in alphabetical order, and their size represents their relative frequency. The bigger the term, the more often it is searched by people who visit MedlinePlus. A term’s exact ranking is found by placing your cursor over the term, and you can click on any term in the search cloud to conduct a search for that term in MedlinePlus.
As the most popular searches change over time and with the seasons, visitors can see the dynamic and diverse interests of MedlinePlus users. For instance, the term “tick bites” might appear in the cloud during the summer, and the term “frostbite” might appear in the winter.”
Another blogger made special mention of the differences between the most popular topics for English speakers compared to Spanish speakers searching site. This graphically gives a “snapshot of the health searching needs of certain populations.
Remember, MedlinePlus is a good source for Easy-to-Read materials. Just search “easy to read” in the search box.