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NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 6

On April 2, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, stating that “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, on April 6, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a war declaration. As part of the 2017 History of Medicine Lectures, the National Library of Medicine marks this important occasion with a forum spotlighting some of its rich collections related to the war and the American experience of the period, World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the Collections of the National Library of Medicine. The session will be live-streamed globally on Thursday, April 6, 11:00am-12:30pm PDT through NIH Videocasting and will include a variety of stories drawn from these collections, shared by colleagues in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division.

New Full Text Access Feature in PubMed: Institutional Repository LinkOut!

PubMed users can now see the icon that links to the full text deposited at an institutional repository (IR) using LinkOut. The LinkOut service provides links to full text, library holdings, and other relevant external resources from PubMed and other NCBI databases. Until this year, there were three quick ways to access full text articles from PubMed:

  • the publisher icon links to the journal web site (may require a subscription to the journal)
  • the PMC icon links to free full text in PubMed Central (PMC)
  • the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) links to the article on the journal web site (may require a subscription to the journal)

The new institutional repository icons will link to free full text of the article at an institutional repository that it is not freely available from the journal or PMC. When an IR is participating in this new LinkOut feature, the linking icon will display in the “Full text links” section next to the abstract in PubMed for any publication with a direct link to a full text that does not have another free full text link. The “LinkOut – more resources” section expands to show the same direct links to full text as the icons. All links to participating IRs will appear whether or not there is a free full text icon displayed in the “Full text links” section. There are only a few IRs participating in the free full text LinkOut at this time but these few already expand access to about 25,000 publications. Some academic and research institutions encourage or require authors to submit their publications in the IR, making them publicly accessible within the terms of publication at a journal. This is often called “green open access.” There might be an embargo period or delay after publication, as there can be with NIH-authored manuscripts in PMC. However, free full texts can be available as soon as an article is published.

LinkOut resources come from organizations that have applied to join LinkOut, providing information or data that are relevant to that specific publication. LinkOut participants include libraries, biological data repositories, and repositories like Dryad and Figshare. If you know of an IR that has publicly available free full texts beyond those available in PMC, please let them know about this service. A list of participating institutional repositories is available from the LinkOut Web site. Instructions for institutional repositories to join LinkOut are also available. For questions about participating in LinkOut, contact NLM. Additional details and sample screen displays are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

NLM Resources for National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20, 2017

Today is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Health outreach professionals can access HIV/AIDS resources for Native American communities through multiple National Library of Medicine websites, including the following:

  • American Indian Health – Check the “Health Topics – HIV/AIDS” section of American Indian Health for links to HIV/AIDS resources for Native American individuals and communities, for researchers/health professionals/educators, programs and organizations working to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS among Native Americans, and health information about HIV/AIDS for everyone.
  • AIDSource – Look under the Specific Populations:Native Americans section of AIDSource for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education, and research resources related to HIV/AIDS in Native American communities.
  • PubMed – For the latest biomedical research related to HIV/AIDS among Native American populations, visit PubMed.

NLM Catalog Sidebar Filters Updated

The NLM Catalog left sidebar facets have been updated to improve users’ ability to combine filters when searching. For example, “Journals referenced in the NCBI DBs” (databases) now appears as its own category so that it can be combined easily with any other filter. Users are also able to customize the sidebar to display additional facets, including “PubMed/PMC journals” and “All MEDLINE journals.” For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Check Out These NLM Resources for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50, so screening is important. Following are several resources from the National Library of Medicine to educate and raise awareness about colorectal cancer (including possible genetic causes) among the US general public, multilingual populations, and older adults:

  • General Public – Check the Colorectal Cancer Health Topics page on MedlinePlus for a basic summary and links to a wide variety of reliable websites with information, the latest research, and multimedia related to colorectal cancer.
  • Multilingual Resources – Find information on colorectal cancer in 14 languages under the Colorectal Cancer – Multiple Languages page on MedlinePlus.
  • Older Adults – Learn about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and latest research related to colorectal cancer on NIH Senior Health.
  • Genetic Causes – Get an overview on possible genetic causes for colorectal cancer, such as Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and Lynch syndrome, on Genetics Home Reference.

Resources for Locating Health Data, Statistics, and Data Visualization Tools

Health professionals often need to locate health statistics and data and to visualize that data in chart, graph, or map format. The following resources related to health data, statistics, and data visualization tools may be useful:

  • NLM’s MedlinePlus: The Health Statistics page provides a summary of health statistics and  links to a wide variety of reliable health statistics resources.
  • 2010 Census Data: The most detailed information available from the 2010 Census about a community’s entire population, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters.
  • Comprehensive catalog of health-related data sets relevant to all aspects of health, for a broad array of users, supplied by a wide range of federal agencies, and available for free.
  • CDC Data Resources: Reference list of nationally funded data systems with a relationship to environmental public health; highlights the major data systems with a national scope where public health and environmental data can be directly downloaded.
  • Visualize Toxic Chemical Data: Use NLM’s TOXMAP to visualize locations of US EPA Toxics Release Inventory facilities, US Superfund sites, Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory sites, US nuclear plants, and EPA coal plants. Additional layers of US census and health data can be added to the map.
  • Learn How to Create Maps with Low/No Cost Tools: Use NLM’s Community Health Maps to learn about free and low cost methods for collecting field data, combining field data with other organizational data, and visualizing the data through online mapping tools.

Next NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar on March 29 Hosted by the NLM Exhibition Program!

How to make the most of your National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition! will be the next NN/LM Resource Picks webinar, on March 29, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. The session content was designed largely from the results of a recent survey about hosting National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibitions, which received responses from more than 250 representatives of libraries from across the country. The webinar will be hosted by Patricia Tuohy, Head of the Exhibition Program at NLM, and will feature several additional presenters who will discuss their successes in marketing, finding partners and funding, attracting visitors, and creating their own displays to complement the exhibitions.

Use NLM’s AIDSource Portal to Locate HIV/AIDS Information for Many Specific Population Groups!

AIDSource is a portal to HIV/AIDS-related resources, reviewed and selected by expert information specialists from the National Library of Medicine. Users can easily locate HIV/AIDS resources for special populations under the Specific Populations section of AIDSource, including:

Users can also choose the “Select Audience” menu on AIDSource to view lists of HIV/AIDS resources for specific audiences, such as the general public, health professionals, multilingual speakers, researchers/scientists, Spanish speakers, or students/educators.

Upcoming Enhancements for PubMed!

On March 8 NLM implemented four new enhancements to PubMed:

  1. Conflict of Interest Statements (COIS): PubMed includes conflict of interest statements below the abstract when these statements are supplied by the publisher.
  2. Editorial Expressions of Concern: NLM has added editorial expressions of concern as a new pair of linking elements in the Comments/Corrections suite in PubMed. Expressions of concern, previously handled as comments, are labeled explicitly in the abstract display.
  3. Results Display: The “Per page” menu, which allows users to customize the number of items that appear on the results screen, appears at the top of the results list.
  4. Status Tag: The status tag [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] has been replaced with the tag [Indexed for MEDLINE]. The Abstract display in PubMed includes a status tag only if the citation is indexed for MEDLINE. Additional status tags still appear in the MEDLINE and XML displays. The citation status search strategies continue to function as they always have.

For additional details and illustrations of these updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

NN/LM Webinar on March 15: “What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed”

Join the one-hour NN/LM Webinar, What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed, on March 15, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT. Hilda Bastian from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will present a discussion of the changing visibility and accessibility of post-publication activity in PubMed. The webinar is part of the PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar series from the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region.