ChemIDplus, one of the resources available via TOXNET, has a new interface and updated functionality. ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals with links NLM databases and other resources.
In the Advanced Search, a new “3D” button on search results pages provides calculated three dimensional structure models for over 300,000 chemicals and 645,000 variations. Users can adjust the rotation speed, the image type (ball and stick, space fill, wireframe), and 3D angle of viewing; dragging the image changes its orientation. Right clicking on the structure box provides other control options such as color, style, measurements, and computation.
To see the changes, visit ChemIDplus, or read more about the changes in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
To learn more about ChemIDplus, watch for our updated tutorials on our Tutorials & Recordings page.
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New class, new format!
Discovering TOXNET is our new class that allows you to customize your learning experience of TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases. The class is asynchronous and organized into 13 modules. All but one of the modules are optional, so you complete the segments that are of most interest to you. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials and/or tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course. The class runs over the course of 4 weeks and at the end of the course, you will receive MLA continuing education credit based on the number of modules you completed, up to 12 MLA CE hours.
The modules are:
- Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
- TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
- ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
- Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
- Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
- Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
- TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
- Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
- LactMed: 0.5 hour
- Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
- WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
- REMM: 0.5 hour
- LiverTox: 0.5 hour
Register at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html
For questions or to let us know what you think of the new format, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It can be such a challenge to keep up with the literature, blogs, books, and other sources that help you to stay updated in your field. Here’s a short list of what I’ve been reading lately that you might also be interested in.
- The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, by Cammy Bean. I attended a presentation by Ms. Bean at the American Society for Training & Development TechKnowledge conference in January. (You can read a post about her presentation here). Her new book has great tips for both the novice and experienced designer of instruction, with a focus on e-learning. You can read a chapter of the book for free here.
- Database Resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information . This 2014 article by the NCBI Resource Coordinators provides updates on the suite of NCBI resources as well as a bit of background on the resources.
- “Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment,” by Allison Meier on the Hyperallergic blog. Interesting read on the dangers of style for both the wearers and the makers. And you can learn more about the toxicity of substances mentioned in the new TOXNET interface.
- “Getting Started with File Naming Conventions,” by Jake Carlson on the e-Science Community Blog. Very useful advice for someone like me who has been guilty of using “final” in a file name.
What interesting things are you reading lately? Let me know on Twitter @nnlmntc or Facebook!
NCBI’s latest YouTube video focuses on special features in SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) that help users create, share, and maintain NIH Biosketch profiles for federal grant applications.
- “This course was a great idea and very well executed! I learned a lot and am much more confident going back to my institution and teaching these resources as well as starting an information service. It’ll take time to become proficient but this was a great start!”
- “The singularly most useful and interesting class I’ve taken in years.”
- — Comments from recent class participants
Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant.
There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:
Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM
Mark your calendars for this training opportunity.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
Not on Twitter? Here are a few of the most popular links we’ve shared in the last few months:
- Wouldn’t it be great if you could find MeSH terms directly from text? Check out MeSH on Demand
- What’s in Gene from @NCBI? Get the basics with this factsheet.
- 4 PowerPoint slide makeovers
- .@ users take note: you can now create multiple SciENcv profiles, download profiles & grant others access ow.ly/xp7O4
- What does do with errata, and comments? ow.ly/vOJ9H
- ChemIDplus from the National Library of Medicine has a new look: ow.ly/x8GOz
- Good training closes. Bad training ends. Read these tips from @ for good closure: ow.ly/xzTI4
If you’d like to follow us, you can find us @nnlmntc.
Do you teach others about PubMed? Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has a resource page of PubMed instructional materials? The next time you’re building a class or helping a user, instead of reinventing the wheel (or the tutorial), check to see if one already exists. The resources on this page include pamphlets, handouts, slides, and videos and can be reused and adapted for your own training.
Have an idea for a different topic or format? You can contact NLM (see the link on the above website) or the NTC.
Do you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device? The National Library of Medicine has developed a number of free apps for some of their databases.
Visit your nearest iOS or Android download site to find these apps.