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.
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:
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.
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 http://nnlm.gov/training-schedule/all/NTC