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PubMed for Librarians 2017 – registration is open

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

PML_slide_imageRegistration is now open for the next round of our highly popular PubMed For Librarians series.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into six 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 6 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.

Using Evidence-Based Search Features: Explore terminology used for indexing study design in PubMed, explore 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and learn how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.

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.

Space is limited, register now at http://nnlm.gov/training-schedule/all/NTC

All about the new MeSH browser

Monday, November 21st, 2016

If you’ve spent any time among medical librarians, you’ve probably heard the term MeSH tossed about. MeSH stands for medical subject headings, the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus. In PubMed, MeSH is used to describe research articles. Likewise, you can use the MeSH database in PubMed to build very specific searches. But there is another, separate resource called The MeSH Browser – and it has been totally rebuilt with a design upgrade that enhances term discovery and, in general, is easier on the eyes.

First, a moment of silence for the MeSH Browsers of old:

Mesh Browser ca. 2002

Mesh Browser ca. 2002

 

MeSH browser ca. 2015

MeSH browser ca. 2015

 

Here’s what’s new:

A: Top navigation bar on every page

B: Search box

C: Search options for FullWord (looks for complete words only) or SubString (searches for a string of characters that are a complete term or are within a sentence or within another word)

D: Sort by Relevance or Alphabetically

E: Display many results or just a few

Want to know more? The NLM Technical Bulletin from Nov-Dec 2016 has extensive details.

Link to MeSH Browser

The National Library of Medicine welcomes feedback on the new MeSH browser. Submit here.

Band Name or MeSH Term? A game based on the 2017 Medical Subject Headings

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Seeing the Unseen Poster

Image from NLM collections

The 2017 MeSH terms have been revealed and among them are molecules, philosophies and vices. Some of us here at the NTO geek out more than a little about the annual list of added and redacted medical subject headings, and this year we’d like to share that geekery with a game we’re calling: Band Name or MeSH Term?

Band Name or MeSH Term? 2017 edition

Is the following a medical subject heading, a band or both? Answers after the jump

  1. Sexual Minorities
  2. Tetralogy of Fallot
  3. Anthrax
  4. Cancer
  5. Morgue
  6. Spinal Tap
  7. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  8. Morphine
  9. Wolfiporia

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Teach Them What They Don’t Want to Know. A report from the field.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Recently, I taught a PubMed class at the public library targeted at clinicians. For almost a year I kept a folder at my desk (yes, a manila folder) that I would add notes that I scribbled on paper about content for the class. I had well over an hour of material and an hour and fifteen minutes to present it in. I reserved the computer lab (for free) and set out to drum up some attendees (seats 10). I am lucky enough to have the headquarters for the American Academy of Family Physicians in my town, so I gave them a call. I also tapped a doctor friend, who sent the class announcement to some well-placed medical educators. Seven RSVPs. Woo hoo! I am good to go. On the week of the class, I sent out a reminder. One email bounced back to me as “undeliverable”. The person no longer worked there. Uh oh. A second person responded that they wouldn’t be able to make it after all. OK, now I’m down to five. In the end, I had two people attend; a Pediatric Nephrologist and a Pediatric Nurse Clinician. Two is more than zero. Remember that kids.

I scheduled the session from 6:30-7:45 (closing time for the lab) and now here’s the part where I boldly went where not all go…I also scheduled a 30-minute optional session from 6-6:30. I advertised this as a time to sign up for a My NCBI account. I’ve heard from so many librarians that doctors, nurses and students don’t want to take the time to create a My NCBI account; it’s just another username and password they have to remember. I said, tough (to myself). Part of learning how to use PubMed to your advantage includes creating a My NCBI account. The good news for my small group was that the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) is on the list of 3rd party sign-in options found on the My NCBI login page. All they had to do was remember their KUMC login credentials, which they use every day. This made them happy.
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Comings and Goings in PubMed

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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

Going
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.

Reminder
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:

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj16/mj16_pubmed_display_changes.html