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PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – Recording

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Watch the recording to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We investigate the structure of the MeSH database and we look at the components of a MeSH record.

Sometimes the audio and video portions of the recording are out of sync. If the slides don’t seem to match up with what the presenter is saying, close your browser window and reload the recording. This may fix the problem.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – Recording

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

View the recording to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, customize with My NCBI, discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation and use the Clinical Queries search tool.

Sometimes the audio and video portions of the recording are out of sync. If the slides don’t seem to match up with what the presenter is saying, close your browser window and reload the recording. This may fix the problem.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

While those are indeed MeSH terms, they are not new. Find out what is new for MeSH 2013 by visiting this link:

PubMed for Librarians

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering a new online class called “PubMed for Librarians” beginning in January. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments (one hour each) that interest them. Each session will be held using Adobe Connect and is worth 1 hour of MLA CE credit.

Choose from the following segments:
Introduction to PubMed
Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
Building and Refining Your Search
Customization with My NCBI
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)

You can find the full class descriptions and the registration form at:

The class will be offered at least once a quarter. Enrollment for the live segments is limited, but the sessions will be recorded and posted on NTC’s web site.

PubMed E-mail Notification of Major System Problems

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

It doesn’t happen too frequently, but sometimes PubMed goes down. When PubMed goes down for a significant amount of time and effects a significant number of users, the National Library of Medicine will send out an email alerting users who are subscribed to the announcement-only listserv.

Follow this link to subscribe to the listserv:

ALTBIB Portal Updated

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine ALTBIB portal provides access to PubMed® and MEDLINE® citations relevant to alternatives to the use of live vertebrates in biomedical research and testing.

This collection provides citations from published articles, books, book chapters, and technical reports published from 1980 to 2000. The bibliography features citations concerning methods, tests, assays, and procedures that may prove useful in establishing alternatives to the use of intact vertebrates. Many citations provide access to free full text.

Visit the site at:


2013 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Now Available

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Introduction to MeSH 2013 is now available, including information on its use and structure, as well as recent updates and availability of data. Read more about it:

MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and Substance Names on existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2013 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates
November 14, 2012: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. Publisher-supplied and in process citations will continue to be added.

Mid-December 2012: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2013 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 14 to mid-December, see: Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2012.

For background information on the general kinds of changes made annually, see: Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Background Information.

What’s New in PMC: Another Facelift

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

PMC (also known as PubMed Central) recently updated its look and feel, to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

For more information, see Fogelman M. What’s New in PMC: Another Facelift. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Jul-Aug;(387):e4.

Structured Abstracts: New PubMed® Search Feature

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A new PubMed® search feature is now available that allows a search for structured abstracts in PubMed. For more information see Structured Abstracts: New PubMed Search Feature. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Jul-Aug;(387):b1.