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Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category

2016 MeSH: This is what the future looks like

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The default year in the MeSH Browser (the browser versus the database many of us use each day) remains 2015 MeSH for now, but there is an alternate link that provides access to 2016 MeSH.

Access to two years of MeSH vocabulary is always available in the MeSH Browser, the current year and an alternate year. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2016 MeSH and the alternate link to the 2015 MeSH.

More updates and download information about 2016 MeSH are forthcoming. Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin here.

2016 MeSH Browser


What’s the answer? Try Google Forms to find out.

Monday, October 19th, 2015

I usually use SurveyMonkey to create questionnaires, but this time I used Google Forms and I’m testing it out on our website. You do not need a Google account to try it.

Create a Biosketch with SciENcv: The Webinar

Monday, September 21st, 2015

This 30 minute webinar presented by NCBI shows you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate the new NIH Biosketch.

Create an alert in PubMed. Get Notified when MeSH terms have been applied.

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Watch this short video to learn how to create an alert in PubMed so you can be notified when MeSH terms have been added to an in-process citation.

Use the buttons below the video to turn closed captions off/on or to change the resolution of the video.

SciENcv Updated to Support New NIH Biosketch Format

Monday, August 17th, 2015

In November, NIH announced a new format for biographical sketches (aka biosketches); the new format is required for grant applications submitted for due dates after May 24, 2015. SciENcv, a tool available through PubMed’s My NCBI for creating biosketches, has been updated to reflect the format changes and to help users convert their existing NIH biosketches from the old format to the new.

Differences between the old and new NIH Biosketch formats include:

  1. Maximum length increased from 4 to 5 pages
  2. Rearranged data in the table at the top of the Biosketch
  3. Section A, Personal Statement can now include up to 4 supporting citations
  4. Section C is now called “Contribution to Science” and should be comprised of up to 5 brief descriptions of your most significant contributions to science, each with up to 4 supporting citations. In addition,  you may also provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as My Bibliography. This section is the most notable difference in the new format.

old and new biosketch

Read all about the changes here

Introducing PubMed Labs

Friday, July 31st, 2015

PubMed Labs is a new initiative from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) designed to create innovative and relevant products by involving the user community from the very beginning. PubMed users are now encouraged (and being solicited) to provide feedback on PubMed directly through the NCBI blog.

A few of the key points of this new initiative:

  • PubMed Labs will feature early versions of new tools, experimental content, and proposed features.
  • The focus of PubMed Labs is on what works in the real world.
  • PubMed Labs is intended to be a forum for conversation.

For more information, read the post on the NCBI Insights blog. The “PubMed Labs” category on the blog will help facilitate conversation, and interested persons can follow the posts via RSS feed.

PubMed Milestone – 25 Millionth Journal Citation Added

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

You can find the latest number of citations in PubMed by searching with this command: all[sb].

25 million citations in PubMed

Citation Status Tags: The More You Know

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Do you miss viewing the PubMed Citation Status tag while in the Summary View? The Citation Status tag tells us which step in the indexing process a particular citation is in and whether or not we can expect to find MeSH terms applied to the citation, now or in the future.

Click here for a previous post on how to setup a Custom filter using your MyNCBI account for some of the citation statuses.

Here is a list of the different statuses that a citation can have and the search command to use to create a filter.

Here is a short video by NLM on how to use your MyNCBI account to add a right-side filter.


PubMed “Save Search” and” Related Citations” Renamed

Monday, June 8th, 2015

You knew them as Save Search, RSS and Related Citations. The names have been changed, but the functionality is the same.

Click here to read about the new “Create Alert” link.



 Click here to read about the new “Similar Articles” link. 




PubMed for Trainers Coming to a Town Near You

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The NTC and NLM will be offering PubMed for Trainers 10 times between now and April 30, 2016.

PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class. The class is worth 13 MLA CE credits.

Click here for a complete description of PubMed for Trainers

Boston, MA August 5-25, 2015 (Registration Closed)

New York, NY August 5-27, 2015 (Registration closed)

Chicago, IL September 3-25, 2015 (Waiting List Only)

Seattle, WA October 22-November 10, 2015 (5 seats available as of 9/8/15)

Bethesda, MD October 20-29, 2015 (3 seats available as of 9/8/15)

Miami, FL January 7-28, 2016

Bethesda, MD February 2-9, 2016

Davis, CA February 4-25, 2016

Dallas, TX March 3-24, 2016 (Waiting List Only)

St. Louis, MO April 4 – 14, 2016 (1 seat available as of 9/8/15)

PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Discover what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Click here to view the complete schedule of classes.

We hope to see you there!!