Fall 2003 Vol. XVIII, No.3

In this issue:

The Director's Report

The Scholarly Communication Crisis and UConn's Biomed Central Institutional Membership.

Household Products Database

Adding Content to your PDA.

Pubmed Update

New Look for the Library Homepage.

Web Watcher

Color Printing Now Available

E-Books: 3 New Significant Additions.

New Books in the Library.

Let us do it for you! Library services for users on the go.

Looking for material we don't own? Find it in Worldcat!

Stat-Ref!:New Features and New Look.

Update Archives


Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail - joven@uchc.edu



PubMed® Update
by Nancy Carter-Menendez, MLS
Information & Education Services Librarian

PubMed for PDAs is now available from National Library of Medicine® (NLM®). Use wireless access and your handheld device to search the MEDLINE database, limit your search using the Clinical Queries or Systematic Reviews filters, or access ClinicalTrials.gov. The application works with Palm OS®, PocketPC®, and Linux® PDAs. Searching information and application requirements are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin at http://certif.nlm.nih.gov:8080/nlm/.

New icons have been added to PubMed’s summary display format. These icons tell you whether an abstract appears in the database and whether a link to full-text is available. To get to full-text, click on the icon and then click on the publisher’s icon. The icons are displayed below:

The ‘full-text article available free in PubMed Central’ icon provides free and unrestricted access to journals participating in PubMed Central. PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/) was created in 2000 and is managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). While PubMed is a database of citations and abstracts from thousands of journals, PubMed Central (PMC) is an electronic archive of free full text journal articles from the life sciences journal literature. Although the PubMed database contains citations to all articles in PMC journals, PMC can be searched directly. The ‘free full-text article available’ icon provides access to journals not in PMC. This is how the icons appear in PubMed’s summary display format:

The University of Connecticut Health Center Library also provides full-text and print icons that are available in the abstract and citation display formats. The full-text icons are links to those journals to which the Library has an electronic full-text subscription. The print icon links you to information about our print holdings for that particular journal.

In order to see these UCHC full-text and print icons displayed you must use the link to PubMed provided under Databases located in the center of the Library’s homepage (http://library.uchc.edu/), or, use this URL to go directly to PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?holding=uchclib.

Our UCHC full-text and print icons (and a publisher’s icon) are displayed below:

It is also possible to limit your search results to the two new full-text subsets of PubMed:

free full text[sb] - Citations that include a link to a free full-text article.
full text[sb] - Citations that include a link to a full-text article.

These subsets are not on the list of subsets on PubMed’s Limit page, but limiting to either subset is easily accomplished by ANDing either free full text[sb] or full text[sb] with your search query. For example:
breast neoplasms AND free full text[sb]

PubMed BASICS is an excellent brochure on searching PubMed MEDLINE. Developed and updated by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine® (NN/LM®) and funded by the National Library of Medicine, it is freely available at http://nnlm.gov/nnlm/online/pubmed/pmtri.pdf.




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