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Seven journalists selected for 2016 AHCJ-National Library of Medicine Fellowships

The journalists, from a wide range of outlets, will visit the National Institutes of Health in September. The visit will include hands-on workshops about how to use and get the most from several government research databases, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov and ToxNet. Fellows also will meet with senior NLM and NIH researchers and officials for exclusive informational sessions.

The fellowship program was created to increase reporters’ access and understanding of the considerable resources available at NLM and the National Institutes of Health.

Read more about the program and find out who was selected.

New database links journalists, trauma research

There’s a reason the folks from the National Library of Medicine are fixtures at AHCJ events: Medical research is an art that takes years to truly master. In an effort to ease that learning curve, at least in their area of expertise, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has put together a tool they’re billing as “the definitive bibliography of scholarship on journalism and trauma.” The DART Research Database is a thorough list of articles that is easy to sort and sift through.

Browsing a carefully curated selection like this isn’t like punching words into Google Scholar or an NLM tool, there aren’t enough sources to make keyword searches rewarding. Instead, use the database by clicking on “Advanced Search” and narrowing by “Trauma / Survivor Type,” “Psychological Disorders Discussed” or “Article content.”

A note for AHCJ’s student journalists: Choose your favorite category, click the big red “GO” button, and you’ll immediately be the proud owner of all the key secondary sources needed for a sizable paper or thesis. It’s in this sort of academic implementation that the database truly shines. After all, this is fundamentally a database of articles about journalism, not one of articles to use in works of journalism.

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