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Registration Available for the February/March 2017 NLM Webinar Series: “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed”

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine will present the three-part Webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed. This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data, Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML, Tuesday, February 28, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions, Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Before registering for these classes, NLM strongly recommends the following:

  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed” or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
  • Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (see the Installing EDirect page for more information.)
  • Install the EDirect software (see the Installing EDirect page for more information.)

NLM Glossaries: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More!

Whenever learning about a new health topic, it helps to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, and a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

NLM Announces Two New Digital Collections!

The National Library of Medicine has announced two additions to the NLM Digital Collections, the Library’s free online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps.

Incunabula: A collection of books and broadsides printed in Europe before 1501 includes over forty items from the Library’s world-renowned collection of more than 580 incunabula on subjects relating to science and medicine, from printed classical works of Galen and Hippocrates to materials on the plague and other “pestilences.” Incunabula (from the Latin for “cradle”) are books and other materials produced with movable type on a printing press between the mid-1450s through the end of 1500 — the infancy of the age of printing. This digital collection will grow over time as the Library scans more incunabula titles.

World War 2, 1939-1949: A collection of U.S. government documents includes more than 1,500 federal, state, and local government publications. Among the variety of materials included are government reports, first aid manuals, informational pamphlets, and recruitment materials that demonstrate the efforts of government, military personnel, health professionals, and scientists, among others, on the home front and overseas during and immediately following the Second World War.

All of the content in NLM Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. As with all printed materials added to the NLM Digital Collections, items from these new collections will also be included in the Internet Archive, and as part of the Medical Heritage Library through the ongoing collaboration with that international digital curation collaborative. More information about the content of these two new digital collections is available from the NLM History of Medicine Division Reference Desk.

NIH MedlinePlus Salud Winter 2016 Issue Now Available!

The Winter 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is now available online! Featured on the front cover of the issue is American designer Carmen Marc Valvo, who speaks out about his personal journey with colorectal cancer and the importance of early detection. The issue also discusses health disparities, tips for your doctor visit, alcohol-medicine interactions, finding good online health information, fibromyalgia, Zika Virus and more!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine and NIH MedlinePlus Salud are free, trusted consumer guides to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus.gov (español). These magazines present the best in reliable, up-to-date health information, showcase the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research, and feature people from all walks of life talking about how they’ve handled their health challenges. NIH MedlinePlus Salud is a bilingual publication, with articles in both English and Spanish.

Both magazines are available online in HTML and PDF format. Free print subscriptions are also available for US addresses.

DOCLINE Annual and Quarterly Statistical Reports Now Available!

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for October-December 2016:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Summary Statistics (Report 5-1B)

NLM has also released the following DOCLINE yearly statistical reports for January-December 2016:

  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Borrower (Report 1-8B)
  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Lender (Report 1-8D)
  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-1AY)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1BY)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-2AY)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2BY)

Please note: Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.

DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in the Reports section of DOCLINE’s FAQ page.

NNLM Training Office Upcoming Classes: PubMed for Librarians Series, 2017 MeSH Highlights, Classroom Assessment on the Fly, and Discovering TOXNET

There are several class offerings coming up from the NNLM Training Office (NTO). Class details and registration links are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin, or you can visit Training Opportunities to see a schedule of classes that are open to all regions.

PubMed® for Librarians Series: Six Classes

Sessions on January 19 and 25; February 1, 8, 16, and 23, 10:00-11:30 AM PST. Learn about concepts such as using MeSH to build a search, PubMed’s Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) feature, building and refining PubMed searches, using PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching, and customizing PubMed searches with the NCBI feature.

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly

Sessions on either January 11 or February 15, 10:00-11:00 AM PST offer a brief review of the types of assessment available and different methods to use for instantaneous feedback, from low tech polling to one-minute papers.

NLM Webinar: 2017 MeSH Highlights, January 27, 9:00-10:00 AM PST

This session provides a 30-minute highlights tour of the 2017 MeSH, followed by a Q&A with MeSH experts.

Discovering TOXNET

Running from March 1 through 31, this class offers the opportunity to discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases with a guided, self-paced, online format involving thirteen independent modules.

NLM’s HSRProj Database Now Available for Download

NLM has announced that the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database is available for download. HSRProj is produced by the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) and provides access to data for research into health services research investments. Established in the 1990s, HSRProj contains searchable structured descriptions of more than 16,000 current or recently completed health services research projects from more than 350 funders, both international and domestic. While access to the entire dataset of more 30,000 records has always been available on a partial or ad hoc basis, this new XML file download is expected to greatly broaden the accessibility of the information for those interested in health services research trends by topic, funder, or researcher/research organization.

Documentation for researchers seeking to manipulate and download the full file from the FTP site is available, including a complete list of all the elements and their attributes and a sample record using the NLM DTD, as well as a description of each field and its attributes. The XML data can be used with the XML converter of your choice. An updated file will be created and posted to the FTP site on a quarterly basis in conjunction with the regular quarterly update of the HSRProj record set. The current file is October 2016. NLM anticipates retaining older files on the FTP site for at least one year, but would welcome community input on this question. File names will include the month and date of release. No license is required to obtain or use the data. Per the Terms and Conditions, the National Library of Medicine should be identified as the creator, maintainer and provider of the data, for any use that is not personal; other conditions also apply.

Tox Town Gets a Facelift for 2017

Tox Town has upped its game in 2017 with an updated and easier to navigate homepage and a new color scheme. Engaging photo-realistic neighborhoods are now programmed with HTML 5 so you can easily view the site on your computer and hand held devices. Explore the imaginary neighborhoods (city, farm, port, town, US Southwest) where you will find the same trusted information you have come to expect from Tox Town!

Tox Town

New Health Services Research ONESearch

In December 2016, the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) released NICHSR ONESearch. This consolidated search site allows researchers to search two unique databases and two specialized web portals with one simple search:

NICHSR ONESearch Website

NICHSR ONESearch will return the same results as a similar search within each of the individual resources. Please note that only HSRProj utilizes MeSH indexing within its records. The ONLY way to search HSRProj using MeSH is to go directly to HSRProj. The unified resource is intended to complement HSR and public health literature in PubMed and the journals in the NLM Catalog by providing access to curated grey literature. Additional details and illustrations are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

New NLM Customer Support Portal

On December 15, 2016, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a new Customer Support portal with answers to the questions that customers ask most often. Access the portal from the “NLM Customer Support” link in the top right corner of the NLM Web site.

NLM Customer Support Page

From the Customer Support portal you can access information categorized by “Help Topics” and FAQs on “Most Popular Topics” including, “I found an error or mistake in PubMed; how do I get it fixed?” and “How do I get the full text of the article?” NLM will continue to build its knowledge base of frequently asked questions so that customers can find information quickly. However, you still have the option of filling out the “Contact NLM” form. In the form, NLM also encourages you to suggest questions to add to the portal. To help make this a useful resource, at the bottom of each question and answer page you can rate the article. Love it? Give it a “thumbs up.” Not helpful? Give it a “thumbs down” and then use the “Contact Us” button to tell NLM what would improve the answer. NLM welcomes and value your feedback!