September 18, 2008

Changes Coming to MyNCBI in PubMed


Another thing the NTCC trainers talked about in the PubMed Class on Tuesday were the big changes coming any moment now to MyNCBI. At some point this week, MyNCBI will be taken down for a few hours (see

For a sneak peak at the changes to MyNCBI, please see: There will be significant changes to navigation, managing collections and saved searches plus a new bibliography feature. Also, according to the NTCC trainers, one will now be able to save an unlimited number of searches within a single MyNCBI account.

If you are not yet subscribed to the NLM Technical Bulletin, I strongly encourage you to do so. It really is an essential resource for keeping up with news from NLM, especially changes to PubMed and thus avoid at least some of those awkward moments of logging into PubMed and being totally surprised by new features or functionality. You can sign up to receive email alerts or subscribe to the RSS feed here:


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July 18, 2008

NLM's NTCC Classes Coming to Bio-Med in September

There will be two free hands-on online database classes offered in Minneapolis at the Bio-Medical Library, AHC Learning Commons, Diehl Hall.

The NLM Gateway and (3.5 MLA CE Hours) will be on Monday, September 15, 2008 from 1:00 to 4:30pm. (The NLM Gateway & Clinical Trails database is of particular interest to public and consumer health librarians and all health information consumers.)

The PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours) class will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

There have been many recent enhancements to PubMed®, including:
* Additions to “My NCBI? to allow for customize of your display, choosing your own filters, saving citations and generating automatic email alerts from PubMed®.
* Citation “sensors?.
* NEW “Automatic term mapping?.
* NEW Advanced search.

All these classes are intended for health sciences library staff, public librarians, health professionals and anyone interested in using the National Library of Medicine databases which are renowned. Use this on-line registration form for a simplified sign-up:

These classes are taught by two trainers from the National Training Center & Clearinghouse, 800-338-7657 (press 2), of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Library of Medicine. All training materials will be provided free of charge.

Please contact me with questions. Thanks!


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July 04, 2008

Keeping up with changes to PubMed

UPDATE: If, like me, your busy-ness prevented you from participating in the PubMed online Search Clinic the other day, the good news is that the Webinar was recorded and is now posted at:

PubMed has instituted several changes recently, including to Automatic Term Mapping, Citation Sensor and the beta Advanced Search. The Krafty Librarian has an incredibly handy post that conveniently aggregates several sources you can consult to learn more about these changes. No need to reiterate everything here, since Michelle Kraft has done such a nice job already, so I encourage you to go check out the resources listed in her post.

Also, as Michelle points out, NLM is hosting an online clinic regarding changes to PubMed on July 17 at 1:00 pm Central (2:00 pm Eastern). This clinic is limited to only 300 participants.


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May 27, 2008

New Advanced PubMed Search (Beta)

Check out the new Advanced Search for NCBI, including PubMed. The link is immediately to the right of the main search box on the main search screen. It includes two distinct fields for searching by journal, author or other field types selected from the pull down menus. One can also add additional search fields, which is handy. It is possible to browse alphabetically by journal or author name. Looks like it is also possible to combine set numbers in the main search box on this screen (e.g., #1 AND #3). One can also lock or clear individual limits, rather than having to clear all limits. Please note that the search history displayed here only displays the most recent five searches. To see the entire search history on the Advanced Search screen, you will need to click on See More History.

I'll have to spend some more time working with these features to see how well they work in practice, but I am already pleased that there is finally something on the main PubMed search screen that lets folks know that a more advanced way of searching exists at all.

For more information, please see the NLM Technical Bulletin.


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