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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.

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PubMed Display Changes: Citation Status Tags

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.

Turn Text into a Mind Map

This is a fun tool for getting thoughts down quickly and it has a pretty shallow learning curve. Just go to: https://www.text2mindmap.com/ It’s free and you don’t even have to register to get started.

Why Tell Stories

Chalkboard with What's Your Story

Take a minute and think of a story that inspired you. Maybe it changed your mind about something, spurred you to action, or just made you think. Don’t you hope your classes do the same for students?

We often hear about the importance of using stories to in classes to engage students and improve understanding, but let’s take a look at a few reasons why stories work.

Stories help us connect emotionally with our students, and when we do that, our students are primed to believe us.
Stories sharpen our curiosity. If you’re reading a good story, you want to continue reading and find out what happens next. The same is true for learners. A student trying to predict the next event is more engaged in learning.
Stories give relevance and context to the lessons, which helps students identify what’s in it for them.
Stories make complex concepts easier to understand by demonstrating what learners should do.
Stories are easier to process. Since you learned to read you’ve been making sense of stories, but you’ve had to learn to process graphs and charts.

To learn more about why stories work, check out this publication from SHIFT elearning.

Do you Annotate?

If you have videos that you’ve made and uploaded to your YouTube account, then you have access to the annotation tool. Here is a 5 minute video that demonstrates how to add annotations, speech bubbles, callouts and links to other videos from within your completed video.

What We’re Reading: March Edition

Here are a few things that we’ve been reading lately. Now to get through the rest of the stack and bookmarks!

What interesting things have you come across lately? Share with us on Twitter @nnlmntc or Facebook.

Do You Padlet?

Padlet is a cool tool that can be used for instruction. Basically, it is a blank wall and you can decide what you want to “hang” on it. You can use Padlet to: take notes, solicit feedback, as a discussion board or any other thing where you want some sort of input from others.

I made two Padlets to demonstrate different uses. Here’s a padlet that I used as a forum for people to introduce themselves: http://padlet.com/rebeccaleon/aboutme Here’s another Padlet I made based on the video in this post. If you don’t like the chaos of letting people write anywhere they want on the wall, you can make columns, as seen here: http://padlet.com/RebeccaLeon/psr Here is the 4 minute video that shows you how to make columns in Padlet:

You can find Padlet here: https://padlet.com/ It’s free!

Improve Your Presentations: 10 Tips

Check out this TEDx video with Garr Reynolds from Presentation Zen for tips on improving your presentations with storytelling.

 

You Heard it Here First. Well, Maybe Not First.

This 4 minute video posted by the History of Medicine department at the National Library of Medicine is from 1994 (the fairly recent past). However, it will seem like light years away.

Subject Filter Strategies Updated

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].

2 Ways to Shut Down the Urge to Multi-Task

Yes, I am repeating myself (and I reserve the right to say it again). Multi-tasking really means that you are not giving your full attention to any one thing. Now it’s true that we can walk and talk at the same time (usually), but try reading an email and listening to a conversation at the same time. Speaking for myself, something will be missed.

Watch this very short video (you won’t even have time to multi-task) for 2 ideas on how to shut down the urge to multi-task.