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  • PubMed ® for Trainers

    Do you train others to use PubMed? If so, join us for PubMed for Trainers, a hybrid class with 3 online sessions and 1 in-person session (eligible for 15 MLA CE credits). The class is an in-depth look at PubMed and a chance to share training ideas with your fellow participants.

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  • PubMed® for Librarians

    PubMed for Librarians is made up of five one-hour segments. These five segments will be presented via Adobe Connect and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend.

    PubMed® for Librarians

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  • Discovering TOXNET®

    Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises in thirteen independent modules. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, and more.

    Discovering TOXNET®

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Back to the past with Plickers

I recently attended a conference called the Summer Institute of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT…pronounced Side Light). In years gone by I have been a fan of using clickers in the classroom as a way to engage and assess students, but you have to have the devices and they cost money.  Enter Plickers or paper clickers. Plickers work with a free app on your iPhone or Android smart phone. Print the cards, hand them out to students and then display your question to the class. Students hold up the paper card with the letter of their answer on top. I was student #18 and I answered C in the image below. Then, the instructor walks around the class scanning the cards. This works best with a small group and goes quite fast. Real-time results are displayed to the class.

Find more information here:


Paper Clickers AKA Plickers

Meet the NTC Staff: Cheryl Rowan

Hello! My name is Cheryl Rowan, and I am the newest member of the NTC staff, having worked previously with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region for five and a half years in the positions of Consumer Health Coordinator and Public Health Coordinator. I have also worked in public and elementary school libraries, and, prior to receiving my MSLS from the University of North Texas in 2009, in other careers including medical technology and microbiology. I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years when my children were young, and did some substitute teaching during those years.

I have had an interest for many years in the country of Guatemala, traveling there for the first time as a high school student. This April [2015], I served as part of a 15-person service team with Librarians Without Borders to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala with librarians and library students from the U.S., Canada, and Switzerland for twelve days. I have now made a total of nine trips to the country.

My husband and I currently live in the greater Houston, TX area, but I have also called Midland, TX, Aurora, CO, Phoenix, AZ, and rural southern WI home, having been born a Hoosier. We have three adult children and one beloved fur-child, and recently entered the world of grandparenting with the arrival of our first granddaughter. Outside of work, I enjoy walking, bicycle riding, knitting, and cooking for my family. I am also currently serving as the editor for MLA News.

I look forward to meeting you soon – in person or virtually!

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Introducing PubMed Labs

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.

Save the Dates: 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course

“…by far the best educational experience I have had in my years of being a librarian.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a comprehensive professional development opportunity.”

[I am] “confident going back to my institution and teaching these resources as well as starting an information service.”

— Comments from recent class participants

Are you a health science librarian in the United States who offers (or wants to offer) bioinformatics services at your institution? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015-2016. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel, lodging and related costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course. Successful completion of this pre-course is required to continue to Part 2.

Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Previous graduates of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” online course are encouraged to apply and may audit Part 1 in preparation for Part 2.

Interested in taking only the online version of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” course? Watch for an upcoming second announcement of an offering in January – February, 2016.

Important Dates:
Monday, August 10, 2015 – Application materials will be posted, linked from a detailed announcement here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, September 14, 2015 – Application deadline.
Monday, October 5, 2015 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed.
Monday, October 26, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins.
Monday, March 7, 2016 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM.

Mark your calendars for this extraordinary training opportunity!

Laboratories can be dangerous

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a guide to web resources in laboratory safety with links to information for clinical, academic and school labs. It includes resources for handling chemical, biological, and nanotechnology safely.

The guide also links to repositories of health and safety videos and includes pre-formulated searches of NLM resources.


Check it out at


Sharing a PubMed Search Strategy: The Movie (repost)

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.

PubMed Milestone – 25 Millionth Journal Citation Added

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

25 million citations in PubMed

Particulate Matter and your Health

Do you work with young audiences? Here’s a video (intended for middle schoolers) from the Specialized Information Services division of NLM about particulate matter, its sources and the impact on our health. The animated video defines particulate matter, where it is found, how it is formed, and the potential risk to human health. 

You can find other resources intended for young audiences by following this link:

Citation Status Tags: The More You Know

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

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.