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Feature Slides

  • 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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  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

    The "Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching" course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI.

    Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

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  • TOXNET® and Beyond

    This course is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM's TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields.

    TOXNET® and Beyond

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  • Teaching with Technology

    Learn how to take advantage of online tools to offer distance education classes and enhance face to face classes! Join us for this "asynchronous" (on your own time) class. The class is taught over 5 weeks and is eligible for 8 MLA CE credits.

    Teaching with Technology

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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.

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Easy Interactive Tutorials

Have you ever tried to follow steps for using a website or database, but had to keep switching back-and-forth between the instruction screen or video and site you were trying to use? The University of Arizona libraries developed an open-source tool called Guide on the Side for creating interactive tutorials that helps alleviate this problem for users. The left frame of the screen contains instructions and can also have quizzes or links to other information, and the larger, right side has the live website to interact with, without losing your place in the tutorial.

Guide on the Side is an open source PHP and MySQL program and needs to be installed on a server. The program requires a handful of common PHP packages enabled. The full requirements can be found at https://github.com/ualibraries/Guide-on-the-Side/blob/master/README.md#about. Once installed, it is very easy for someone without programming experience to create interactive tutorials. One of my favorite aspects is that it can be very easily updated if the interface of the database or other web resource your teaching about changes — no re-recording of audio-visual tutorials!

You can see examples of our Guide on the Side tutorials or those from McGoogan Medical Library at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (thanks to Heather Brown for sharing).

A Look at the NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Monitor

Watch this 3 minute and 44 second video for a quick overview of a new web-based tool institutions can use to track compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Welcome to the (Virtual) Class

Welcome Door Mat

Are you adding virtual classes to your teaching repertoire? When starting to teach online, you might miss some of the face-to-face interaction that you’ve previously enjoyed with your students. Building rapport in the online classroom doesn’t have to be all that different than traditional instruction. Here a few things you can do to create a friendly environment online, even if you might not be able to share your warm smile with your class participants.

  • Welcome students as they enter the room, by name if possible.
  • Conduct a brief warm-up activity. The warm-up can familiarize students with the conferencing software, draw on pre-course readings, or help participants get to know each other.
  • Show enthusiasm and excitement for the class using your voice or feedback icons.

For additional tips, see this short checklist from Langevin Learning Services.

Apps for AIDSinfo Database

AIDSinfo is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.

AIDSinfo creates free mobile applications for two popular AIDSinfo features: HIV/AIDS Drug Database and the HIV/AIDS Glossary. These two apps allow access to federally approved HIV/AIDS treatment and research information optimized for mobile devices and are offered free of charge.

The drug app includes two versions of each drug summary—one for consumers (English and Spanish) and one for health care professionals.

AIDSinfo

AIDSinfo

Follow this link to view the apps for iOS and Android: http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/apps

There’s a Permalink for That!

TOXNET now includes a feature for many of the databases that are part of the TOXNET suite which allows you to share a permanent link to a particular record.

View a 49 second video to see a demo of the new feature.
To watch the video in HD, click on the gear that appears below the video once you start to watch and then choose the HD option.

NIH Videos

Did you know you can watch thousands of recorded videocasts from the NIH? The videocasts are recorded lectures on a wide variety of topics that you can stream or download. You can tune in to watch lectures on bioethics, health disparities, neuroscience, science education, and more. You can also watch Clinical Center Grand Rounds, lectures from Distinguished Women Scientists, seminars from the NIH Director, or a series on Medicine for the Public. You can  search the archive of recorded events for particular topics or find a list of upcoming events.

Here’s a sample of what you might see looking under the topic Bioethics:

Three descriptions of videocasts with thumbnails

 

This could be a great source to share with researchers you work with or for your own learning!

2015 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

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. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/introduction.html 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).

Register (there’s still time) for NCBI Webinar: A Submitter’s Guide to GenBank

On December 17th, NCBI will present a webinar entitled “A Submitter’s Guide to GenBank: Using BankIt for Small-Scale Nucleotide Sequence Submissions”. This presentation will outline the process of using BankIt, a web-based submission tool at NCBI, to submit sequence data to the GenBank® database.

The webinar will demonstrate how to use BankIt forms to complete a submission of a single or a few nucleotide sequences. A second demonstration of BankIt will illustrate how to format and upload text input files needed for submissions of multiple sequences or for sequences with multiple genes.

This webinar will stay at a basic level for sequence submissions; future webinars that illustrate more complex sequence submissions will be considered depending on the feedback received from this presentation.

For more information and to register, check out the latest story on NCBI News:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/11-21-2014-ncbi-webinar-genbank-bankit/

Sticky Teaching

How do you take advantage of the way the brain works to make what you’re teaching stick? Check out this short SlideShare from Chris Lema on The ABC’s of Sticky Teaching.

Has Cheezburger?

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: http://icanhas.cheezburger.com

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.