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Let’s TOX

The NNLM Training Office(NTO) is offering a free, online, asynchronous CE class called Discovering TOXNET® from March 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017.

How is the content delivered?
You will discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided hands-on tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.

What is TOXNET?
TOXNET is a suite of databases that cover hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

Who should take the class?
Health sciences librarians and health or environmental science professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?
You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; all the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA continuing education credit. Each module carries 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?
This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided, interactive, online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules (and their CE credits) are:
Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
LactMed: 0.5 hour
Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
REMM: 0.5 hour
Drug Information Portal: 0.5 hour

How do I register?
Follow the link below to register (you will be asked to login):

For questions, contact the NTO at

How to Cancel your Class Registration on the NNLM Website

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[caption] Venn diagram cancellation

Here’s a Venn Diagram I’m sure everyone is familiar with. You sign up for a great online class on a day completely clear of events. Then reality sets in and you have to cancel due to that Really Important Thing you Totally Forgot About.

For times of need, here’s how to cancel your class registration for any event listed on the NNLM Website – whether its through NNLM  Training Office or your regional medical library, these directions will work.

How to Cancel a Class registration:

  1. Log into your account on the NNLM Website.
  2. Navigate to the class you want to cancel (try the universal calendar for all NNLM course listings).
  3. Click the link ‘Cancel Registration.”
  4. A new page opens asking “Are you sure?”
  5. Click the green DELETE button to cancel registration.
  6. A new page loads with the message “Registration has been deleted.”


Yale’s MeSH Analyzer

Have you tried Yale’s MeSH Analyzer? It’s a tool that “helps identify the reason why some known relevant articles are missing in a set of search results and serves as a scoping search tool to help identify potential new search terms and phrases.”

About the Yale MeSH Analyzer:

Watch the MeSH Analyzer video to see it in action:

Try the Yale MeSH Analyzer:

30 Minute MeSH Update Scheduled for January 27

Mark your calendars! From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

On January 27, 2017, join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2017 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation will feature a new subheading; new protein classes; additional dietary supplement concepts; changes to both the phenomena and technologies trees; and a new MeSH Browser. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Friday, January 27, 2017, 12:00 pm EST / 11 am CT / 10 am MT / 9 am PT

To register, go to:

PubMed for Librarians is coming up fast! Are you registered?

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PubMed for Librarians logo

Here at the NTO we are super excited to kick off the new year with our updated roster of PubMed for Librarians sessions (or PML, as we like to say). PML is designed with the  busy librarian in mind. Each of our six sessions focus on different aspects of PubMed – giving you the option to pick and choose based on your needs.

For example:

The Newly Minted Medical Librarian –  Get the basics about PubMed  in our Intro class on Thursday January 19th.**

The Blossoming Cataloger –  Discover something new about 2017 Medical Subject Headings with the MeSH session on Wednesday, January 25.

The Information Architect – Upgrade your knowledge of  MEDLINE search functionality with Automatic Term Mapping on Wednesday, February 1.

The Know it All – Add to your arsenal of esoteric PubMed trivia and search shortcuts with Building and Refining Your Search on Wednesday, February 8.

The Expert Searcher – Our evidence-based medicine session on Thursday, February 16 discusses how publication types are used to index articles in PubMed.

The Research Support Specialist – Explore the nuances of myNCBI on Thursday, February 23 and become your university researcher’s best friend.

All PMLs start at 1pm ET/Noon CT/11am MT/ 10am PT. PMLs are held online via WebEx and run about 90 minutes per session.  Recordings are also available. And best of all, THEY ARE FREE!

Register at:

PS: Several folks have experienced registration hiccups since we’ve updated the website. Here’s a video and instructions on how to register. Or email us at and we’ll work with you to get it working.

**Also recommended for the Accidental PubMed Instructor, the Overachieving Library Student, and the Bored and Burnt-out Reference Librarian.