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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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Genetic Testing Registry

Have you used the Genetic Testing Registry? Here’s your chance to learn about another resource from NCBI in just 4 minutes. The GTR “provides a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. The scope includes the test’s purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of the test’s usefulness, and laboratory contacts and credentials.”


An Oldie, but Goodie. MeSH, the Movie.

This 11-minute video is an introduction to the development, structure and use of the MeSH® vocabulary. The video may be of particular interest to searchers of MEDLINE®/PubMed®, and is used in the PubMed search classes offered by NLM and the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

Branching Out: The MeSH Vocabulary

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the most popular links we shared on Twitter in the last few months. You can follow us on Twitter (@nnlmntc) for even more tips on NLM resources, teaching or training, presentations, and more.

Brain to Brain Communication: Just Imagine It

About a year ago my daughter and I were sitting at the dinner table and she asked me to text her some information. We laughed at how we were sitting together and sending each other texts and that it would be much easier if we didn’t need an external device to communicate; it would be great if we could just send messages directly to each others’ brain.

Fast forward ~ 6 months (ask and you shall receive) and a Brazilian paraplegic named Juliano Pinto kicked the opening ball at the 2014 Brazilian World Soccer Cup by using sensors to read the electrical “brainstorms” produced by his brain. “The signals are converted into digital commands that any mechanical, electronic, or even a virtual device can understand so that the subject can imagine what he, she or it wants to make move, and the device obeys that brain command. A mental SMS.”

Watch the 19 minute TED talk. At 11 minutes:16 seconds into the video, you can watch Juliano kick the ball.


Housekeeping details at the beginning of a class can seem a bit boring, but covering them is an important step in making your audience comfortable, especially if the training is more than an hour. So what should you include to make sure the basics are covered?

1. The Schedule: When does the training begin and end? When are the breaks? Is there a lunch break? How long is it? Knowing the schedule allows students to concentrate on the class. They’ll know when is the best time to get coffee, make a call, or attend to personal needs and may be less likely to step out of the classroom and miss an important concept.

2. Restrooms: Always include the location of the nearest restrooms, especially if participants are not familiar with the location.

3. Questions: Encourage your students to ask questions along the way. This gives you the opportunity to clear up misconceptions or fill in gaps right away, and allows the learner to move forward in the class.

For more ideas on what to include in your housekeeping details, visit the Langevin Learning blog.

NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

Watch this 4 minute video to for step-by-step instructions for submitting manuscripts and associated files to PubMed Central to comply with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy.

Periodic Table of iPad Apps

Here’s a fun graphic of iPad apps for teaching and learning. The apps are categorized in areas such as creativity, productivity, interactivity, and sharing and I’ve already found a few I’ve used and few more I want to try out. What looks interesting to you?

PubMed, My Bibliography and NIH Public Access Compliance

If you work with researchers who received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), watch this 3 minute video on how to link funding to their citations and manage compliance from within PubMed.

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 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.