Join the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.” Classes in June 2016 are now open for registration.
The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.
The segments are as follows:
Introduction to PubMed: Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, employ three ways to search for a known citation, and how to customize with My NCBI.
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Explore the four different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. Investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.
Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. Look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in search details, and explore how PubMed processes phrases.
Building and Refining Your Search: Use some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Explore the filters sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries. Use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Advanced Search Builder to build searches and explore topics.
Customization – My NCBI: Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, locating and identifying available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to fifteen filters, and creating a custom filter.
Every few years or so an emerging, important topic necessitates MeSH changes outside of Year End Processing. It is happening this year with the addition of Zika virus. On Monday January 25, 2016 the MeSH Section at the National Library of Medicine added 2 new MeSH Headings to the current 2016 MeSH.
Mosquito in biting position
The 2 new MeSH Headings are:
1) Zika Virus Infection (with an Entry Term of Zika Fever)
2) Zika Virus
Remember that the terms won’t retrieve any citations until they are applied to MEDLINE records by indexers, but NLM WILL be doing some retrospective indexing, which highly unusual — ONLY done in these types of situations. The Index Section will review citations indexed in the past to see if any of these citations need to be re-indexed to include the new terms.
On January 20, 2016, NLM staff provided a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation featured a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing, MeSH, and PubMed searching experts answered user questions.
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.
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:
Maximum length increased from 4 to 5 pages
Rearranged data in the table at the top of the Biosketch
Section A, Personal Statement can now include up to 4 supporting citations
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.
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.