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Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category

NTC Tutorials & Recordings Anytime

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Did you know that you can view our tutorials and recordings at any time that’s convenient for you? If you have a few extra minutes, check out one of our self-paced tutorials or recorded webinars to learn something new or brush up on one of your most-used resources. Here are a few you might take a look at:


PubMed Display Changes: Citation Status Tags

Monday, April 6th, 2015

As of March 26, 2015 PubMed will no longer display the citation status tags while in the Summary Display option. Now, the tags can only be seen while in the Abstract or Abstract (text) options.

If you rely on these tags to quickly scan the status of your results, there is a workaround. You can choose or create filters that will always show on the right side of your results page by using your My NCBI account.

The MEDLINE filter is available in the Filters portlet within your My NCBI account. Once in the Filters portlet, click on Properties and then Subsets. You’ll find MEDLINE in the list.

Here is a short video on how to setup filters in My NCBI:

To create a filter for In Process and As Supplied by Publisher citations, you will need to create two custom filters. When creating the custom filters, use this format to capture In Process citations: inprocess[sb] and use this format to capture As Supplied by Publisher citations: publisher[sb].

Here is a short video about how to create a custom filter.

Click here to view the page in PubMed Help that shows you the search tag format for each type of citation status.

Subject Filter Strategies Updated

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

PubMed has several Subject Filters that can be used for searching, and each year the filters are reviewed to determine if they need to be updated. This year, the following subject filters have been revised:

  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science

You can find information on all of the filters, including links to the full strategy in the PubMed Resources Guide.  Also, notice that you can apply these filters by adding the subject filter name [sb] to your search. For example, to add the complementary medicine filter to your search, simply add AND cam [sb].

Searching for Drug Information: Webinar

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

On November 4, 2014 the National Library of Medicine Training Center gave a presentation to the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region about MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs and tips for searching for drug information in PubMed. Watch the recording to learn how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed and how to search using pharmacological action terms.

Access the presentation here:

Sharing a PubMed Search Strategy: The Movie

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Did you know that you can easily share a PubMed search strategy by sending the URL for the search? Watch this one minute video to learn how.

An Oldie, but Goodie. MeSH, the Movie.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This 11-minute video is an introduction to the development, structure and use of the MeSH® vocabulary. The video may be of particular interest to searchers of MEDLINE®/PubMed®, and is used in the PubMed search classes offered by NLM and the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

Branching Out: The MeSH Vocabulary

2015 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

As of December 15, PubMed/MEDLINE citations (including the backlog of citations indexed since November 19 with 2015 MeSH), the MeSH database, and the NLM Catalog were updated to reflect 2015 MeSH.

The MeSH translation tables were also updated on December 15. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2015 MeSH vocabulary, however, don’t be surprised if your search comes up empty. It will take a little bit of time for Indexers to begin to use the new terms.  For example, the term Courage was added to MeSH for 2015, but it has yet to be applied to a citation.

This link will show you the details for all MeSH data changes made for 2015. Scroll down to item #4 and look at the list of new descriptors/MeSH headings.

On December 16th, NLM will resume daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed (they’ve been on hold due to year-end-processing).

Has Cheezburger?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

No that’s not a typo. And no we’re not going to talk about cheeseburgers (or cats) today. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, visit here:

Now, on to the business at hand. PubMed contains commands to find citations with corrections, erratum, comments and patient summaries. View the 2 minute 32 second video to see where to find the commands and how to use them (Once you view the video below, you’ll see the connection between the title of this blog entry and the commands).

After you press Play, click on the controls below the video to change your view to HD (look for the little gear icon). You can also view the video in full-screen mode.

Are you a Subscriber? NLM Technical Bulletin

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The NLM Technical Bulletin, produced by the National Library of Medicine, is your source for the latest PubMed changes and searching information. You can sign up for email updates or an RSS Feed. Be the first kid on the block to know!


Make Friends with MeSH

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Where do you start your searches? There are many options. Watch this 3 minute video to learn how to build a search from within the MeSH database.