Anyone use for literature reviews? What are your favorite search-terms?

The AI Research Assistant

Elicit uses language models to help you automate research workflows, like parts of literature review.

Elicit can find relevant papers without perfect keyword match, summarize takeaways from the paper specific to your question, and extract key information from the papers.

While answering questions with research is the main focus of Elicit, there are also other research tasks that help with brainstorming, summarization, and text classification.

??? I heard it’s really useful


What is Elicit?

Elicit is a research assistant using language models like GPT-3 to automate parts of researchers’ workflows. Currently, the main workflow in Elicit is Literature Review. If you ask a question, Elicit will show relevant papers and summaries of key information about those papers in an easy-to-use table.


Very cool Alex - thanks for posting. I had not heard of this… I’ve joined it, and will start playing with it now. I encourage others who like to read research papers to do the same:

Here is the interface once you login, and complete their short questionnaire.

Elicit currently works best for answering questions with empirical research (e.g. randomized controlled trials). These tend to be questions in biomedicine, social science, and economics. Questions like “What are the effects of ____ on ____?” tend to do well.

Some of our favorite queries are:

You can also watch an explainer video here.