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NLM Activates the Emergency Access Initiative re: Ebola

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service.

EAI has been activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Ebola
NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:
• Articles in PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ebola
• Ebola (for the general public): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ebola.html
• International health (for the general public): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/internationalhealth.html

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail
custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

Updated Tutorial Hot off the Press: Searching for Drugs in PubMed

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Work your way through this updated tutorial to view tips to help you effectively search for drugs, chemicals and other substances in PubMed.

There are nine brief modules with video demonstrations. You’ll find guidance on substance-related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), using the MeSH Database, searching with pharmacological action terms, converting special characters in systematic names, and using tags in searching.

When you’re done, there’s a quiz. You can find the tutorial at this URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/drugs/intro.html
NLM Drugs tutorial

PubMed Commons Gets a New Look

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Read all about it here: http://pubmedcommonsblog.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2014/07/28/unveiling-a-new-look-and-more-for-pubmed-commons/

Medical questions: MEDLINE has answers

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Take a walk down memory lane (all the way back to 1998) and watch a 40 second video of Dr. Michael DeBakey (world renowned heart surgeon) in a public service announcement about access to MEDLINE. Notice the PubMed interface which became available to the public in 1996.

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Watch the short video here:

 http://collections.nlm.nih.gov/vplayer?pid=nlm:nlmuid-101566950-vid

ChemIDplus Updated

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ChemIDplus, one of the resources available via TOXNET, has a new interface and updated functionality. ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals with links NLM databases and other resources.

In the Advanced Search, a  new “3D” button on search results pages provides calculated three dimensional structure models for over 300,000 chemicals and 645,000 variations.  Users can adjust the rotation speed, the image type (ball and stick, space fill, wireframe), and 3D angle of viewing; dragging the image changes its orientation. Right clicking on the structure box provides other control options such as color, style, measurements, and computation.

To see the changes, visit ChemIDplus, or read more about the changes in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

To learn more about ChemIDplus, watch for our updated tutorials on our Tutorials & Recordings page.

New TOXNET Class

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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New class, new format!

Discovering TOXNET is our new class that allows you to customize your learning experience of TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases. The class is asynchronous and organized into 13 modules. All but one of the modules are optional, so you complete the segments that are of most interest to you. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials and/or tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course. The class runs over the course of 4 weeks and at the end of the course, you will receive MLA continuing education credit based on the number of modules you completed, up to 12 MLA CE hours. 

The modules are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

Register at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html 

For questions or to let us know what you think of the new format, contact us at ntc@utah.edu

 

SciENcv the Movie

Monday, July 14th, 2014

NCBI’s latest YouTube video focuses on special features in SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) that help users create, share, and maintain NIH Biosketch profiles for federal grant applications.

Training Materials for PubMed, MeSH, My NCBI, and LinkOut

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Do you teach others about PubMed? Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has a resource page of PubMed instructional materials? The next time you’re building a class or helping a user, instead of reinventing the wheel (or the tutorial), check to see if one already exists. The resources on this page include pamphlets, handouts, slides, and videos and can be reused and adapted for your own training.

Screen capture table of MeSH materials on linked PubMed Instructional materials page

Have an idea for a different topic or format? You can contact NLM (see the link on the above website) or the NTC.

NLM Apps for iOS and Android

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Do you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device? The National Library of Medicine has developed a number of free apps for some of their databases.

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Visit your nearest iOS or Android download site to find these apps.

TOXMAP: How to Search for a Chemical

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Watch the video to learn how to search the new TOXMAP interface for a chemical.