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Archive for January, 2011

Environmental Health Student Portal

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Introducing the Environmental Health Student Portal from the National Library of Medicine

(Connecting Middle School Students to Environmental Health Information)

 January 10, 2011 – The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal (  This Web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards.  This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a FREE non-subscription- based Web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:

  • water pollution
  • climate change
  • chemicals
  • air pollution (coming soon).

Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the Web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the Web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos.  Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Visit our new Web site, the Environmental Health Student Portal, at, as well as other classroom resources from the National Library of Medicine:

Environmental Health Science/Chemistry

 Forensics and Medical Technology


General Health Science/Biology

NLM homepage gets a new look!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

 On January 11, 2011, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new design and organization for its Main Web site. The NLM homepage ( has an entirely new design, focused on your top tasks.

 We also updated thousands of pages within the site. They now include site-wide navigation in the header so many of your favorite links should be just a click away. There is also a new “Share” feature so you can send content to your friends, colleagues or yourself via social bookmarking and networking. Plus, we’ve added links to make it easier to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 We hope you find this new design useful and welcome your feedback via our Contact NLM link.

Update for the New Year 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Here’s a brief update for the New Year.

NLM completed their Year End Processing activities in December. You can read about what’s new or different in 2011 for Medline®, MeSH® and PubMed® in the November –December issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin, . This is a very full issue with many other interesting topics.

In addition, the Journals Database was recently integrated with the NLM catalog.

Here are some brief notes about it: (more…)

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