I’m a great fan of IntelliWebSearch, a time-saving method for performing Internet terminology searches. Basically, it’s a series of keyboard-based macros that lets you click a word in any Windows application and go straight to a website that you’ve defined in your search settings using a short-cut. It was created by Michael Farrell, an Italian-English translator.
In medical translation it’s very useful for searching for drugs, diseases and terminology on sites such as the UK eMC, Medscape, EDQM Standard Terms or the EMA itself.
IntelliWebSearch is freeware, but you can pay a registration fee (the exact amount is up to you) to support this useful program.
Once you’ve downloaded the application you’ll need to customise it for your own use. It comes with a lot of search settings already, so just pick the ones that are relevant to your speciality and languages, and add them to a group (you can set up five groups in all, each containing ten resources). You can use a wizard to define your own searches and if you get stuck, there’s a clear help section.
The ten searches in my default group* are:
- EMA medicine search (European Medicines Agency)
- EDQM Standard Terms
- Collins ES>EN
- DRAE (RAE Spanish monolingual dictionary)
- OUP (Oxford Dictionaries Pro)
- EMC (UK electronic Medicines Compendium)
- Medscape emedicine
- ChemIndustry.com search
* Since writing this post I’ve added these three search settings to my default group:
Other resources that I keep in a second group include:
- Dicciomed (Diccionario médico, histórico y etimológico)
- IATE (my search takes me straight to ES>EN, health domain, unlike the IATE widget)
- Diccionario de Términos Médicos (RANM)
IntelliWebSearch comes with some of these search strings straight out of the box. I customised the others and added some of them to the shared database of users’ settings, where you can copy them from.
Here’s an example of how fast a search is with IntelliWebSearch. Suppose you’re translating a Summary of Product Characteristics. You’re not sure how to translate the pharmaceutical form “comprimido bucodispersable”. In two steps:
- Highlight the term and click Ctrl+Alt+B. IntelliWebSearch is called up with the term in the search box (see screenshot above).
- Click Alt+3 to select EDQM Standard Terms* and the page comes up in your browser. Solution: “orodispersible tablet”
It takes a little time to define the search settings and get them working but it’s definitely worth the effort. If it all seems rather overwhelming, then you may be interested in attending a three-session course that is coming up shortly at eCPD Webinars, by Mike Farrell himself. I don’t have a business interest in IntelliWebSearch or eCPD Webinars, in case you’re wondering. I’m simply a happy IWS user. Are you?
* Read my blog post about new free access to the EDQM Standard Terms database.