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I understand this is not a biological question but this is often a problem whenever I look for literature.

How to look for a reference for some fact based on keywords. For instance you know about a fact such as - Cell signaling responses are faster but short lived compared to transcriptional responses. How to find the literature which actually says this. I often end up getting irrelevant results.

In other words, how to represent a fact using appropriate keywords. Is there an algorithm which can generate synonymous statements [like MeSH terms in pubmed] and search for those. Or is there any way of setting up a hierarchical search.

PS: If someone finds a reference for "Cell signaling responses are faster but short lived compared to transcriptional responses" then please let me know

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You may want to have a look at Gene Ontology and at GOPubmed –  nico Jun 18 '13 at 8:48
    
GO is about functional annotation of genes. That's not what I am looking for. GOPubmed is cool. I need to see if it has the function of search levels –  WYSIWYG Jun 18 '13 at 8:50
    
perhaps set up a 'Google alert' with those phrases. –  user3795 Jun 18 '13 at 11:26
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I would either cite an advanced molecular biology or developmental biology textbook or if you must cite a paper, find the relevant chapter in the textbook and look at its references. –  Drosophila Jun 18 '13 at 21:52
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