I’ve been a long-time user of the FireFox browser and the BioBar plugin from EBI. When I switched to Google’s Chrome browser, one of the things I immediately missed were BioBar’s search plugins.Recently I stumbled across a feature in Chrome that allows you to search sites like Wikipedia, and to add your own search plugins. To search Wikipedia you simply type “Wikipedia” in the location bar and then hit the tab key. Then enter your search text and hit the Enter key.Since I search PubMed, Entrez Gene, and OMIM a lot, I decided to add these plugins to my browser. Here’s how:
- Right-click on the Location bar and select “Edit Search Engines” from the drop-down menu.
- Click the “+” button to add a new search engine. Enter a Name, Keyword, URL for the search engine. (The links below should help you get started).
To search Entrez Gene for KRAS, you simply type “gene”, hit the Tab key, and type “KRAS AND Homo Sapiens[Organism]“. Happy searching!