Get to Know the New Web of Science Interface!

On July 7th, 2021, Web of Science‘s new interface became the default interface for all users! The new interface had been in Beta and Preview modes since November 2020, and based on user input the new experience is faster, more intuitive, easier to use, with new functionalities and a responsive design.

Along with a large scale redesign of the interface, the new Web of Science includes two new visualization tools.

Other useful features in the new Web of Science interface are the ability to export 1,000 records at a time (previously it was 500), ability to export to RIS format from the Core Collection, and the ability to share search queries with others!

To learn more about the new interface, check out the Clarivate Blog.

MeSH Mapping in PubMed

The latest version of PubMed has made a significant change behind the scenes that for more sophisticated PubMed users, needs to be addressed. If a PubMed user manually types in a subject heading, a MeSH term, in the search box, double quotation marks should now be used around these terms even with the [MeSH], [MH], or [Majr] fields; otherwise PubMed will automatically map to a variety of Mesh terms.

There can be times when PubMed’s mapping of [Mesh] designated terms can be useful. If, for instance, you knew that the Mesh term for cancer was neoplasm, but did not make it plural, using double quotation marks would retrieve no results while not using quotation marks would retrieve relevant results as PubMed is able to map to the correct Mesh term.

Even though manually typing in Mesh terms into the search bar can be more efficient, it can also become problematic. It is advised to simply use the MeSH Database to not only ensure that you are inputting the terms properly, but also to ensure that you are using the correct term for the concept you are searching for!

Finding the Right Database

Explore the MSK Library’s redesigned A-Z Databases list!

Last year our old alphabetical database list got a makeover and now it’s easy to search and browse for the perfect database for your specific needs.

Our databases can always be browsed alphabetically, but now they can also be browsed by subject area and found by keyword search!



Once you identify the database you want to search, the link will take you directly to that database – remember, if you are working remotely be sure to log into Remote Access first – or you can “share” the database by selecting the icon, which allows you to copy the permalink to the database as well as send the URL to yours or someone else’s email.

The Database page is linked to the Help page but you can always contact the Library with questions about this page as well as for assistance with database selection and searching.