Saturday, August 1, 2020

How PubMed Works On-Demand: Free Online Class


How PubMed Works On-Demand is an online, on-demand class made up of 4 modules. The class is offered in Moodle by the Network of the National Library of Medicine. The modules are intended for librarians, other information professionals, and anyone interested in learning in-depth about PubMed. The individual modules are:


  1. How PubMed Works: Introduction
  2. How PubMed Works: Selection
  3. How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  4. How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)


The following is a partial list of what is covered in each module. To see the full descriptions and to register visit the class page.

The Introduction module provides overviews about finding articles by a specific author and articles on a specific subject. The class also explores the Advanced Search Builder and Search History.

The Selection module covers issues and concerns surrounding the current publishing landscape; the selection criteria for the different components of the PubMed database and NLM responsibilities and practices in collecting and providing access to the biomedical literature.

The MeSH module explores the different components of a MeSH record and the 4 types of MeSH terms.

The ATM module looks at the contents of the 3 translation tables used to map your search terms and looks in-depth at Search Details.

Upon completion of each module, you will be eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Register here. 


Re-posted from: 
How PubMed Works On-Demand: Free Online Class. NLM Tech Bull. 2020 Jul-Aug;(435):b5.

 Content not copyrighted; freely reproducible.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Keep washing your hands!

You're probably as sick of reading pandemic-related posts as I am of writing them, but here's another one!  Mark Rober,



Or if you just need a good laugh, watch this video about Mark's attempts to stop squirrels from emptying his bird feeders instead.


Monday, July 27, 2020

Historical resources

Interested in medical history?  Check out this annotated bibliography of articles on past pandemics.  When she no longer had access to the rare books room, New York Academy of Medicine Library volunteer Hannah Johnston compiled a list of digital materials.  We're living through some weird times, but history can help us make some sense of where we are now.

Masked Red Cross Volunteers in 1918
Photo from the Center for Disease Control's 1918 Historical Image Gallery

Friday, July 24, 2020

Flattened by the curve

Maybe you're already familiar with McSweeney's Internet Tendency.  I'm partial to their lists (although I did have to go to page nine, all the way back in February to find a funny one that WASN'T pandemic-related).

They do a lot of satire, but they have serious features as well.  Check out Flattened by the Curve, an essay series written by healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

Image of an Italian anesthesiologist after her shift
Annalisa Silvestri, Italian anesthesiologist
Photo by Alberto Giuliani
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Covid-19_San_Salvatore_11.jpg