A new meta-search and clustering tool for toxicology and environmental health information resources is available from the National Library of Medicine/NLM (http://www.nlm.nih.gov).
ToxSeek (http://toxseek.nlm.nih.gov/) is a meta-search and clustering engine that enables simultaneous searching of many different toxicology and environmental health information resources on the World Wide Web. ToxSeek uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to retrieve, integrate, rank, and present search results as coherent and dynamic sets.
ToxSeek’s “results clustering” feature helps users to more easily identify particular concepts. These clusters are created from what is retrieved in the original query, and can be useful in uncovering a specific concept or focus for more in-depth searching.
ToxSeek searches across a wide range of authoritative sources including:
- All TOXNET databases (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov)
- Additional selected resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), including PubMed
- Resources from other NIH institutes, and toxicology/environmental health information from other United States government agencies
- Selected international resources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Resources from professional societies and scientific organizations.