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Discovering TOXNET

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Jessi Van Der Volgen, MLS, AHIP, Assistant Director
This class is now closed to registrants.

Class Overview

Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided hands-on tutorials, and discovery exercises. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.The modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, and a short introductory module.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians, health or environmental science professionals and members of the public interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 6 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional.

This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module offers from 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.

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
  • Drug Information Portal: 0.5 hour

Instructions on how to obtain MLA CE credit.

  1. Demonstrate your familiarity with the TOXNET databases covered in this class
  2. Explain the types of information you can get from each database
  3. Choose appropriate TOXNET resources and use them effectively to obtain specific information
  4. Find further information about the databases as needed