Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
The NN/LM SCR will be offering the following classes at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Briscoe Library.
Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011
1pm – 5pm
Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed
With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Limits and Advanced Search.
Thursday, Sept 29, 2011
9am – 12pm
TOXNET Toxicology & Environmental Information
This is a 3-hour hands-on class intended for inexperienced users. It is designed to introduce participants to the different databases available on TOXNET. Attendees will gain experience locating toxicology, chemical, and other hazardous substance information. Databases to be covered include: Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), LactMed, TOXLINE, TOXMAP, Household Products Database, and ChemIDplus.
The classes are free. To register for the classes, go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html.
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
PubMed Mobile Beta provides a simplified mobile friendly Web interface to access PubMed. PubMed Mobile includes the same basic search functionality and content as Standard PubMed.
PubMed Mobile does not include specialized search pages, such as Limits and Advanced search, or added features, such as My NCBI, Clipboard, or LinkOut/Outside Tool. To use these and other PubMed features, display your retrieval in Standard PubMed via the link at the bottom of the screen.
Canese K, Welker E. PubMed Mobile Beta. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e7.
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
On November 18th, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) marked the 50th anniversary of MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) with a talk by Robert Braude, PhD entitled MeSH at 50 – 50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings. An archive of this videocast is available at: http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=16292
MeSH was first published in 1960. The seeds of MeSH were planted in December 1947. The Army Medical Library, the NLM predecessor, sponsored a Symposium on Medical Subject Headings in 1947. Participants, who included Seymour Taine, Thelma Charen, and Eugene Garfield, considered the challenges of the bibliographical control of publications. It was noted that the increasing complexity of scientific literature necessitated increasingly sophisticated approaches to organization and access. The participants recognized that the issue of a subject authority was not an academic exercise. Rather, subject cataloging and the subject indexing of journal articles were acknowledged as the essence of bibliographic control. The needs of the user of scientific information was to be always at the forefront in creating a set of medical subject headings that were made equally for subject description of books and for indexing of journal articles.
That first edition of MeSH represented a departure from the then usual library practice. MeSH contained 4300 descriptors, and it was designed to be used for both indexing and cataloging. It is likely the first vocabulary engineered for use in an automated environment for production and retrieval. MeSH continues to evolve and grow. The 2011 edition contains more than 26,000 subject headings in an eleven-level hierarchy and 83 subheadings. Annual revision and updating are ongoing to assure that MeSH remains useful as a way to categorize medical knowledge and knowledge in allied and related disciplines for retrieval of key information. MeSH is 50 years old and new each year.
The speaker: Robert M. Braude received his Masters of Library Science in 1964 from UCLA. In 1965, he attended MEDLARS training at the National Library of Medicine and his talk reflects on his 45 years of life with MeSH. In 1987 he received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska and he was Director of the Mid-Continental Regional Medical Library. His career included positions as director of three academic health science libraries, and he has served on many NLM Committees and Panels such as IAMS Review Committees, the Planning Panels on Medical Informatics and NLM Outreach Programs, and the Biomedical Library Review Committee. He is a past Janet Doe Lecturer, a Fellow of the Medical Library Association and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
The talk was co-sponsored by the Division of the History of Medicine and the Medical Subject Headings Section, NLM
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
The merger of the Journals Database within the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Catalog is complete.
To search for journals, click on the Journal in NCBI Databases on the PubMed homepage.
The results will display the list of journal titles. Notice the Limits for Journal in NCBI Databases are activated. Also notice that you can still build a PubMed search from the results.
NLM has created some tutorials to assist you with this change:
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Update: 12/13/2010 Another article of YEP was recently posted.
What’s New for 2011 MeSH®
Descriptions of some of the major changes to MeSH 2011.
Schulman JL. What’s New for 2011 MeSH®. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e17.
12/09/2010: The November – December 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin has posted many articles about the changes the Year End Processing (YEP) will make on PubMed and other databases. Here are the highlights:
NLM® Catalog and Journals Databases Merge
NLM will soon be launching a redesigned NLM Catalog that will include the Journals Database. The Journals Database will retire.
Torre S. NLM® Catalog and Journals Databases Merge. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e7.
PubMed® Notes — 2011
The 2011 changes to PubMed are listed.
Nahin AM. PubMed® Notes — 2011. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e16.
Changes to MEDLINE® Data for Year-End Processing — 2011
Check out the changes to MEDLINE and MeSH for 2011.
Tybaert S. MEDLINE® Data Changes — 2011. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e12a.
Cataloging News — 2011
MeSH 2011 implications for LocatorPlus® , NLM® Catalog, and the NLM Classification.
Boehr D, Willis S. Cataloging News 2011. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e8.
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Join us on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s webinar is entitled Comparative Effectiveness Research and will be presented by Ione Austin from the National Information Center on Health Services Research (NICHSR) division of the National Library of Medicine.
The web conference will discuss ways of locating comparative effectiveness research using PubMed and other National Library of Medicine databases. Comparative effectiveness research, also known as Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), is the conduct and synthesis of systematic research comparing different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions. The purpose of this research is to inform patients, providers, and decision-makers, responding to their expressed needs, about which interventions are most effective for which patients under specific circumstances.
All NN/LM SCR web conferences are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. You do not need to install any software to join the conference. Simply click on the URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.
The SCR CONNECTions web conference is free of charge and open to all.
We’re looking forward to “seeing you” next week.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
OLDMEDLINE now includes citations from 1946. The National Library of Medicine has been converting pre-1966 citations into PubMed over the last few years. Now there are 20 years worth of citations (about 2 million) in OLDMEDLINE.
OLDMEDLINE is Another Year Older with the Addition of the 1946 CLML Citations. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e1.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
From the Nov-Dec 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin:
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is developing a system that will address the problem of ambiguous author names within PubMed and facilitate accurate search and retrieval of a participating author’s works. The specifics of PubMed Author ID, as the system is now known, are still evolving. It is currently envisioned that authors (or their designees) would register for the service through My NCBI and identify their research articles in PubMed using provided tools; this identification of articles will allow NCBI to link alternate names/spellings associated with an individual. The anticipated launch for PubMed Author ID is in mid-2011.
PubMed® Author ID Project. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e2.
Monday, November 1st, 2010
Citations in PubMed now include images from the new NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Images database. The database has more than 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals. Images is expected to have a wide range of uses for a variety of user groups. These include the clinician looking for the visual representation of a disease or condition, the researcher searching for studies with certain types of analysis, the student seeking diagrams that elucidate complex processes such as DNA replication, the professional or educator looking for an image for a presentation, and the patient wanting to better understand his disease. Currently the only the images from PubMed Central are available.
The images display in the PubMed Abstract view as a strip of thumbnails. Mousing over the image will show a preview image.
For more details, see: Canese K. PubMed® Display Enhanced with Images from the New NCBI Images Database. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e14.
For more about the Images database, see the press release.
Monday, November 1st, 2010