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MeSH on Demand Update

MeSH on Demand Update. NLM Tech Bull. 2017 May-Jun;(416):e8.

2017 June 29 [posted]

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the release of an enhanced version of MeSH on Demand, a tool that can be used to identify Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms relevant to text of up to 10,000 characters. The new version takes advantage of user feedback, extensive usability testing, and continued integration of the Medical Text Indexer (MTI). For more background information, see the article, MeSH on Demand Tool: An Easy Way to Identify Relevant MeSH Terms.

MeSH on Demand was developed in close collaboration with the NLM MeSH and Index Sections and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and is supported by the Medical Language Branch.

New Features

  1. Highlighted user text corresponds to MeSH terms
  2. Quick view of MeSH descriptor term definitions (Scope Notes)
  3. Search results include PubMed/MEDLINE Similar Articles listed by title and PMID
  4. Easy interface to search PubMed using MeSH vocabulary found by MeSH on Demand
  5. Function for saving MeSH on Demand data to a text file

Using MeSH on Demand
Currently, you can access the new version of MeSH on Demand from the MeSH Browser homepage by clicking on the "NEW" button (see Figure 1). Later this summer, the new version will be available from the MeSH on Demand homepage.


MeSH Browser homepage with a link to the new version of MeSH on Demand
Figure 1: MeSH Browser homepage with a link to the new version of MeSH on Demand.

Next, add your text, such as a project summary or abstract, to the box labeled "Enter text to be processed here-then click Search" (see Figure 2A).

Then, click the "Search" button (see Figure 2B). You have access to the MeSH on Demand new features from the results page (see Figure 3).


New version of MeSH on Demand
Figure 2: New version of MeSH on Demand.

MeSH on Demand Results
The MeSH on Demand results page displays a list of MeSH Terms (in a column on the right side of the screen). The MeSH Terms listed are relevant to the text that you submitted and are highlighted in your text on the left side of the screen. For example, "Biodiesel" in the text results in the suggested MeSH term Biofuels (see Figure 3A).


MeSH on Demand results page with text words that correspond to MeSH terms highlighted
Figure 3: MeSH on Demand results page with highlighted text words that correspond to MeSH terms.

View Scope Notes
View MeSH term definitions (Scope Notes) by hovering over the letter i mark icon icon in front of the MeSH term (see Figures 3B and 4) or click on the MeSH term itself to open a new window in the MeSH Browser for that MeSH term.


Quick view of a MeSH Scope Note
Figure 4: Quick view of a MeSH Scope Note.

Start a PubMed Search
MeSH terms suggested initially by MeSH on Demand can be used to search PubMed by clicking on "Start PubMed Search" button (see Figure 3C).

In the next window, select MeSH terms for your search (e.g., Biofuels and Interleukin-6) (see Figure 5A).

Alternatively, select a broader MeSH term such as Renewable Energy instead of Biofuels (see Figure 5B).

Then, click on the "Search in PubMed" button (see Figure 5C).


New feature to select MeSH terms to build a PubMed search
Figure 5: New feature to select MeSH terms to build a PubMed search.

Your search will resolve to the PubMed Search results page (see Figure 6). Click "See more..." to view the complete Search details (see Figure 6A).


PubMed Search results page
Figure 6: PubMed Search results page.

When MeSH terms are selected for searching, all narrower terms are included automatically (as with most PubMed searches) as well as the MeSH synonyms (or Entry Terms). For example, when Biofuels is selected, the Entry Terms Biodiesel and Biogas are included in the PubMed search. You will see the Entry Terms in your PubMed Search Details (see Figure 7). As usual, you will not see the narrower terms.


PubMed Search Details
Figure 7: PubMed Search Details.

Export MeSH on Demand Data
MeSH on Demand allows you to export your data in a text (.txt) file by clicking the "Export MoD Data" button on the MeSH on Demand results page (see Figure 3D).

View PubMed/MEDLINE Similar Articles
The MeSH on Demand results page displays titles of the ten most similar articles in PubMed (see Figure 3E). As in the previous version of MeSH on Demand, the PMIDs are linked directly to PubMed (see Figure 8).


Display of PubMed/MEDLINE Similar Articles
Figure 8: Display of PubMed/MEDLINE Similar Articles.

Suggestions and Feedback
This new version of MeSH on Demand is a result of user feedback received from our initial MeSH on Demand release. We encourage you to continue to send questions, suggestions, and comments to NLMMESH-MOD@mail.nih.gov.

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