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Third-party PubMed video tutorials in plain English

PubMed‘s fantastic, but it can also be mighty frustrating. Maintained by the National Library of Medicine, it’s the interface through which folks can search or browse their way through NIH’s vast repository of health-related research articles.

Unfortunately, it’s also not quite like the user-friendly search engines most of us have come to know and love. That’s where third-party tutorials come in.

If you’re looking for a strong distillation of the basics, head straight for AHCJ’s tip sheet. If you prefer more technical info and less hands-on guidance, see Wikipedia. But if you’re looking for an in-depth, easy-to-follow introduction broken into easily digestible chunks, head for this nine-part video tutorial created by an Indiana University medical librarian.

She uses accessible language, analogies and well-paced demonstrations to peel back the layers of the labyrinth and help viewers understand the purpose and relevant applications of the interface’s features. Here’s the first installment:

full-screen-modeNote that on Screenjelly webcasts, such as this one, you can click on the “full-screen” icon in the bottom-right corner of the player. Screenjelly looks much better in the full-screen mode than most players.

  • PubMed Tutorial #1: Main PubMed page layout, differences from old PubMed layout
  • PubMed Tutorial #2: From a citation to the full text: Single Citation Matcher and PubMed search box
  • PubMed Tutorial #3: Parts of a PubMed record–order of retrieval, citation information, journal abbreviations, and non-English citations
  • PubMed Tutorial #4: Controlled Vocabulary Part 1: general explanation. Controlled v. natural language, Hierarchical tree structure
  • PubMed Tutorial #5: Controlled Vocab Part 2: Mesh Part 1, medical examples of entry terms and tree structure, how to get from PubMed to MeSH
  • PubMed Tutorial #6: Mesh Part 2: searching for MeSH terms to then search PubMed
  • PubMed Tutorial #7: MeSH terms to search in PubMed, PubMed Display and Send To features
  • PubMed Tutorial #8: Advanced search: Search History, Details, Limits, Additional Fields
  • PubMed Tutorial #9: Topic-Specific Queries–How to Find them, the specific ones for Public Health, demonstrates Health Services Research Queries and Health Disparities
  • (Hat tip to Eagle Dawg)

    41 additional journals make the Medline cut

    Looking for the latest edition of Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, the Journal of Patient Safety or the Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology, the official journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association? You’re in luck! They are among 41 publications to recently be accepted by the National Library of Medicine for inclusion in the Medline database.

    Three times a year, the National Library of Medicine’s Literature Selection Technical Review Committee meets to review Medline’s roster of about 5,000 journals. At each meeting, the committee considers about 140 new journals, evaluating each based on their scientific merit and upon where they fit in the NLM’s ideal literature mix. To be included, journals need to produce high-quality, medical-related content with high editorial and production standards. It also helps if the abstracts, at least, are in English.


    AHCJ Tip sheet: Mining NLM databases: PubMed, Medline and more

    Blog outlines differences in two health databases

    The Emerging Technologies Librarian blog takes a moment to explain why the government maintains both the MedlinePlus and Healthfinder databases, and the differences between the two systems. MedlinePlus is more of an accessible gateway with a more limited scope and stronger editorial consistency, while Healthfinder is more comprehensive and allows deeper investigation. Health care journalists should be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each, as both can be helpful when used in the right situation.