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The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library is home to a specialized collection of books, journals and online materials with an emphasis on bioinformatics, cancer research, genetics, molecular biology, neurobiology and plant genetics. Our mission is to provide our scientists, staff and graduate students, and meeting and course participants, with scientific information and access to a state-of-the-art scientific library.

The CSHL Archives strives to develop novel ways of presenting and preserving the records of the discoveries in biomedical sciences as a topic of historical interest. We try to bring together important figures in the history of the molecular biology and genetics fields by presenting biographical information, collecting the original materials that these individuals generated over their careers and collecting oral history interviews with them. As a result, we will be able to merge discussions of the past and the future, thereby framing cutting-edge research in terms of detailed knowledge of the past. We are focusing on creating a “living history” of important aspects of molecular biology and genetics research that blend the traditional discussions of current scientific research with lectures on the history of science; scholarly works; using our collections in public exhibitions; and scientific meetings in which the pioneers of the field interact with the current scientific community.

PubMed Is Getting A Makeover

The PubMed interface we all know and love, and have been used to for decades, is getting a makeover.

Image showing new PubMed search page

To bring the face of the world’s most popular biomedical literature database into the 21st century, NCBI (The National Center for Biotechnology Information), a division of NLM (the National Library of Medicine), is unveiling a new mobile-friendly main page, with a fundamentally different underlying database-searching algorithm.  That new algorithm, named Best Match, uses machine learning to tailor search results for each user based on past search histories.

This updated version of PubMed is currently available at . The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version.  You can learn more about it in the NLM Technical Bulletin linked here.

The Best Match algorithm was introduced in a PLoS Biology paper in August of 2018.  It can be found in the PubMed Central database at this link.

If you have any questions about the new PubMed, don’t hesitate to contact Matt Dunn in the library at x8825 or Or, you can always contact the general library staff at x6872 or

Thank you for your patience while we update our website to better serve you.

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