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Free Hands-On PubMed for trainers class (15 hours MLA CE Credit) by NLM’s National Training Center

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Register for a FREE hands-on PubMed® for Trainers class provided by the staff of the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)!

Would you like to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to help create effective training strategies? PubMed® for Trainers is held in 4 sessions; 3 online and 1 in person session. The class is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit. This hands-on course consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with approximately 2-3 hours of independent work.

The in-person class will be held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library in Worcester, MA.

These hands-on classes include 9 presentations created by the National Library of Medicine, interactive demonstrations, hands-on exercises, small group work and networking opportunities. By the end of the course, you should:

• Have a functional knowledge of the MEDLINE database
• Understand behind the scenes details of how PubMed translates your search
• Know how to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
• Customize your search results and save search strategies using My NCBI
• Increase you knowledge of how to more effectively search for drugs, diseases, and patient centered research.

The class runs from June 28 – July 17, 2012. Attendance in all four sessions is required to earn CE credits. Upon completion of all four sessions the course will be worth 15 hours of MLA CE credit.

The dates and times for the four class sessions are:

1. Thursday, June 28, 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
2. Monday, July 9, 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
3. Thursday, July 12, 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
4. Tuesday, July 17, 9-4 ET (in-person in Worcester)

To register, visit

My NCBI has been Redesigned

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The MY NCBI redesign occurred last week.

There is an NLM Technical Bulletin article about it that does a thorough overview including screenshots: My NCBI Redesign, You can also find, on the NCBI YouTube Channel, an overview of how to customize the page:

Here’s quick overview:
As with all the recent changes the header will be consistent with other NCBI resources. Once you log in the homepage will display all of your content. If you have an iGoogle account and maintain your own customized homepage then some of this should feel familiar to you. You can maneuver each of the sections to display, or not, in the order that you prefer.

  • Each of the sections in My NCBI; Saved Searches, Collections, Filters, Recent Activity and My Bibliography will have their own box that you can move, close or delete from the main page.
  • The filters section displays your choices all in one box (portlet, function window) making it easy to add and change filters. You can create a custom filter to fit your specific needs. More information about filters can be found in the My NCBI online help book:
  • All stored data will display on the homepage.
  • A search box will be available where you can search NCBI databases directly from the My NCBI homepage.
  • If you haven’t explored the My Bibliography function a nice overview is included in the Technical Bulletin article.

If you run into issues please let NLM know by using the “Write to the help desk” link found at the bottom of the page.

PubMed Health

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

PubMed Health is a new consumer health website brought to you by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Library of Medicine). PubMed Health includes information on:
• comparative effectiveness
• diseases and conditions
• drugs and supplements
• first aid and emergencies
• healthy living and
• tests and treatments

The comparative effectiveness research is provided by the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality. The ADAM Medical Encyclopedia is the source for most of the health topics. The drug information is from the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. Information from ADAM and the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists is also available on MedlinePlus. Other sources of information on PubMed Health include InformedHealthOnline: Fact Sheets and Research Summaries from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care and the PubMed Clinical Q & A: NCBI summaries of comparative effectiveness drug reports.

Take a look at PubMed Health at:

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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