Mapping the Intersections between Disciplines

Librarians perform scoping searches to highlight the amount and makeup of literature on a given topic. Searches can be visualized in various ways. Below are two samples for a search on connective tissue diseases, interstitial lung diseases and undifferentiated connective tissue diseases.

Figure 1. Visual groups of related keywords and Medical Subject Headings


Figure 2. Mapping content with Venn diagrams using eulerAPE


1 Colquhoun HL, Levac D, O’Brien KK, et al. Scoping reviews: time for clarity in definition, methods, and reporting. J Clin Epidemiol 2014; 67:1291-1294.

2 Micallef L, Rodgers P. eulerAPE: drawing area-proportional 3-Venn diagrams using ellipses. PLoS One 2014; 9:e101717.

3 Fischer A, West SG, Swigris JJ, et al. Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease: a call for clarification. Chest 2010; 138:251-256.

4 Fischer A, Antoniou KM, Brown KK, et al. An official European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society research statement: interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features. Eur Respir J 2015; 46:976-987.


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