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Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category

A Cornucopia of Classes

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Preserve! by Housh, ca. 1917-1919

Preserve! by Housh, ca. 1917-1919

We’ve re-stocked our online course pantry for November and December with some old favorites and one fresh selection that’s vegetarian friendly. Read about and register for free upcoming classes from NTO and NN/LM after the jump.

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Comings and Goings in PubMed

Friday, June 17th, 2016

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) link will be added to the end of each PubMed abstract display when available.

The “Items per page” selection menu will be removed from the top of the results page because it is rarely used by searchers. The option will still be available at the bottom of the search results page.

You can choose your preferred number of results to display by default in your MyNCBI account.

Follow this link to view the upcoming changes and see how to set a default in your MyNCBI account:

Systematic Reviews and PubMed Health

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PubMed Health logo

Are you interested in clinical effectiveness? Do you have a desire or need to keep up-to-date on information related to the prevention and treatment of diseases or conditions? Have you taken a look at PubMed Health recently?

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports for researchers and clinicians. To state it simply, clinical effectiveness research seeks to answer the question, “What works?” in medical and health care.

PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NLM, in partnership with a number of other institutions including AHRQ, Cochrane, NHLBI and NCI at NIH. In addition to the great information on health topics from A-Z, drugs from A-Z, and more, PubMed Health offers ways to stay informed on the news with two RSS feeds: Featured Reviews and Behind the Headlines.

If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic resource and using it to find systematic reviews, register for the upcoming webinar on Friday, June 10. This free 30-minute webinar is provided by the NLM Training Office.

Online Training Opportunity: PubMed for Librarians Series

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

PML_slide_imageJoin the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.” Classes in June 2016 are now open for registration.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

Introduction to PubMed: Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, employ three ways to search for a known citation, and how to customize with My NCBI.

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Explore the four different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. Investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. Look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in search details, and explore how PubMed processes phrases.

Building and Refining Your Search: Use some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Explore the filters sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries. Use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Advanced Search Builder to build searches and explore topics.

Customization – My NCBI: Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, locating and identifying available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to fifteen filters, and creating a custom filter.

Class space is limited, so register now at


Breaking News: Zika Virus MeSH Terms Just Added

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Every few years or so an emerging, important topic necessitates MeSH changes outside of Year End Processing. It is happening this year with the addition of  Zika virus. On Monday January 25, 2016 the MeSH Section at the National Library of Medicine added 2 new MeSH Headings to the current 2016 MeSH.


Mosquito in biting position

The 2 new MeSH Headings are:
1)      Zika Virus Infection (with an Entry Term of Zika Fever)
2)      Zika Virus

Remember that the terms won’t retrieve any citations until they are applied to MEDLINE records by indexers, but NLM WILL be doing some retrospective indexing, which highly unusual —  ONLY done in these types of situations. The Index Section will review citations indexed in the past to see if any of these citations need to be re-indexed to include the new terms.

Read the NLM Technical Bulletin article here:

View materials about the virus:

MeSH Webinar Recording: 2016 MeSH Highlights

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, NLM staff provided a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation featured a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing, MeSH, and PubMed searching experts answered user questions.

You can find the recording here:

MeSH Highlights

For more information about 2016 MeSH, see What’s New for 2016 MeSH and the Introduction to MeSH – 2016.

Show Me the MeSH Terms

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Watch this short video to learn how to setup an alert to follow a single citation and get notified when MeSH terms are applied.

2016 MeSH: This is what the future looks like

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The default year in the MeSH Browser (the browser versus the database many of us use each day) remains 2015 MeSH for now, but there is an alternate link that provides access to 2016 MeSH.

Access to two years of MeSH vocabulary is always available in the MeSH Browser, the current year and an alternate year. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2016 MeSH and the alternate link to the 2015 MeSH.

More updates and download information about 2016 MeSH are forthcoming. Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin here.

2016 MeSH Browser


What’s the answer? Try Google Forms to find out.

Monday, October 19th, 2015

I usually use SurveyMonkey to create questionnaires, but this time I used Google Forms and I’m testing it out on our website. You do not need a Google account to try it.

Create a Biosketch with SciENcv: The Webinar

Monday, September 21st, 2015

This 30 minute webinar presented by NCBI shows you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate the new NIH Biosketch.