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August 27, 2009

Minnesota HealthScores

I noticed an article in the Star Tribune about a new internet cost comparison tool for common medical procedures in Minnesota. Here is a snippet from the article: "For the first time in the nation, a Web tool is offering health care shoppers a glimpse into what insurance companies pay on average for 103 common medical procedures, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Wednesday.

The 110 providers included in the comparison tool provide about 85 percent of the primary care in Minnesota. More providers and procedures are expected to be added.

The tool was developed by MN Community Measurement, a collaborative of state health care providers that collected the data from insurance companies. The payment information supplements quality data already available on the collaborative's website, mnhealthscores.org."

We often get questions about the price of medical procedures so this might be a good resource to keep in mind. Do you think we should put a link to this on our webpage somewhere?


August 17, 2009

Citation Managers Comparison Chart

I found this email from a few weeks ago from Jon Jeffryes, linking to a useful chart Meghan Lafferty put together comparing citation managers. Enjoy!

Do you get questions asking you the pros and cons of various citation managers...Meghan Lafferty put together this chart as part of "Intro to Citation Managers" workshop.

Here's the url: http://courses.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=3119

Feel free to distribute...if you have any thoughts, additions, comments...let Meghan or I know and we'll be happy to discuss.


August 13, 2009

RefWorks interface redesign coming by the end of the year

Just a heads up...

RefWorks is planning to launch a new streamlined user interface by year end. They are basing their changes on an analysis of user workflows, a collection of user surveys, and end-user review sessions. I took part in a testing session and it looks a lot different, but the transition should be quite intuitive for current users and work fine for new users. Nevertheless, we'll need to update materials and get used to the new interface when the time comes.

Once launched, the new user interface will be made available in conjunction with the current version of RefWorks to allow for transition. There is no solid launch date yet, but we'll make further plans as we hear more!


August 11, 2009

AMED : Allied and Complementary Medicine Database OVID

Please be aware that the AMED: Allied and Complementary Medicine license has been reduced from 4 simultaneous users to 2 simultaneous users. The Global Health license has 3 simultaneous users. We might see an increase in reports of patrons being unable to access due to the reduction.

Thank you,

August 10, 2009

SciFinder for Biomedical Scientists e-Seminar

We've registered for the following seminar and reserved 555 for Wednesday, Sept 9th at 1pm. If you'd like to learn more about SciFinder, please stop by and join us:

SciFinder® for Biomedical Scientists

SciFinder covers a broad area of sciences and provides high quality information on topics such as drug-target interactions, biomarkers, enzymes, as well as many other topics of interest for the biomedical scientist. If you are a biomedical researcher, biologist, biochemist, medicinal chemist, or enzymologist, you'll want to learn about the many ways SciFinder can accelerate your R&D effort and speed up your research process.

In this e-Seminar, we will:

* Locate the literature most valuable to your research by utilizing Explore by Research Topic

* Find a biological compound of interest to you with Explore by Substance

* Utilize SciFinder's powerful Refine, Analyze, and Categorize tools to focus your results

* Obtain source information for the research documents of interest with Get Cited and Get Citing

* Learn how to get the most recent updates on your topics of interest with Keep Me Posted

Learn from your desktop or gather your colleagues and share the e-Seminar demonstration in an auditorium or meeting room. You can submit questions at any time during the e-Seminar.

August 6, 2009

Changes to PubMed

Hi all,

As you may know, there are design changes coming soon to PubMed. This email from Max Anderson summarizes the changes and has links to slides and audio.

Hello Network Members,

For those of you who attended yesterday's web session "PubMed Redesign," by David Gillikin, thank you for your participation (and patience!). There was an overwhelming response to this web meeting. The system became overloaded and many people encountered technical problems. We apologize for all of the audio and other technical problems you may have encountered during the session. The recording of this session can be found here: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p10795826/.

There will be other sessions offered across the country for other regions in the near future. Undoubtedly the audio quality will be better and there will be different questions asked so we will make the recording of at least one of those sessions available to you as well.

The PowerPoint slides for this session can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/depot/pubmedredesign.ppt and will be available for two weeks. The file is approximately 1.6 mb.

One question that came up during the session about where clipboard items will be found, has an answer:

"If a user has placed items on the clipboard, a message that there are items in the clipboard will appear in the upper right hand corner, just like the LIMITS message. The limits message is highlighted in green on the 9th slide, in case the image below doesn't come through."

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) will be offering classes on PubMed and other databases in the coming months. For PubMed specifically, the date is Monday, October 19 in Chicagoland. For more information, and to register, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/regions.html.

The NLM Technical Bulletin David Gillikin referred to that includes the PowerPoint from MLA in Honolulu is here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj09/mj09_mla_dg.html.

Here are some more questions asked during this session and the responses (collected by Joseph Nicholson of NTCC):

* Where is the article discussing changes? June issue of TB. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj09/mj09_mla_dg.html)
* What is the launch date? Proposed in mid-September.
* Where will Single Citation Matcher & Clinical Queries Be? Links will be on the front page and on Advanced Search.
* Is "Preferences" replacing "MyNCBI"? Undecided.
* What is the most results we can view on a page? Changing from 500 to 200 as a max.
* Is there an example to look at right now? Not yet.
* Will there still be links to the MeSH database? Yes, there will be.
* Will there be a direct export function to bibliographic management software? No, can't support the many types of software.
* Is AdvancedSearch changing? Not at this point.
* Why not call it MySavedSearches instead of Preferences or MyNCBI? Because it includes functionality for all of the other Entrez systems.
* Are there any plans for adjacency searching? No. Not part of the base technology.
* Where will clipboard items be displayed? The clipboard will be there. A link to access clipboard items will be available in the upper right hand corner, similar to the Limits message that was discussed.
* Will saved searches be lost when the new interface goes into effect? No, they won't be lost.
* Will LinkOut still exist? Yes
* Will search screens for other NCBI databases change as well? Others will eventually change, unsure which ones and on what timeline.
* Will cross-database searching be available? They are not implementing a new technology, just a change in appearance. The only cross database search capability is found on the Entrez home page at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/gquery
* Will it be possible to send to e-mail to more than one address? Not at this point as far as we know.
* Will the library links to full text still be there? Yes, probably in the upper right corner on individual citation display.
* Will we still have the ability in history to combine search numbers? Yes, functionality still works, will probably have to go to AdvancedSearch page.
* What citation display views will we still have? Citation, AbstractPlus won't exist anymore.
* Is it still possible to display in text on the screen not in html? Yes, in Summary and Abstract views.
* Will the hyperlinked MeSH terms in the display run a search or link to the database? They will probably only run a search, not link to MeSH db.
* Where is details? Only by clicking into AdvancedSearch at this point.
* Will Journals and MeSH database be available like on the sidebar now? Yes, on front page and through a drop-down menu above search box. Drop-down menu should be customizable in MyNCBI.
* Is there a limit to the number of buttons for full-text access? Not that we are aware of.
* Will the preview function still exist? Yes, on AdvancedSearch.
* Will these slides be available? In the June TB issue. The recording will also be available later.
* Are the limits available for both search boxes? There is only one search box.
* Will there be another orientation when the new look debuts? Yes, MMS will be working on that, including tutorials, quicktours, etc.
* Where will limits be? AdvancedSearch page.
* Where will history be? AdvancedSearch page.
* Where will single citation matcher be? On the home page and on AdvancedSearch page.
* Can you select to view MeSH terms in the citation record? Yes, you can set that preference in MyNCBI.
* Can AdvancedSearch be set as the default searching page? No, the search box will be at the top of every page, so the page itself can't be set.
* Is it possible to get rid of the boxes on the right-hand side? You can click the minus sign, but they won't totally go away.
* Will we have to change our OutsideTool settings? No.
* How much of a heads-up will we get? As much as we can get from NCBI.
* If people have suggestions, where should they submit them? Through the RMLs or MMS. NCBI is in charge of development and function of database. It is best to send the suggestions once you actually had a chance to use the new design.

If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the PubMed redesign, please contact NCBI at info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.


Max Anderson