Winter 2004 Vol. XIX, No.

In this issue:

The Director's Report: Library Renovation

Highwire: An e-journal platform that keeps getting better

Finding Meeting and Conference Paper Abstracts

Security for your PDA

Pubmed Update

Electronic Journals FAQ

Web Watcher:
Grants or Funding Sources

Depression and Anxiety: The Johns Hopkins White Papers

New Circulating Laptops

New Public Computers
Coming Soon!

e-Medicine: A New Database

Longer Sunday Hours

Create Change: An advocacy brochure for Open Access

Highlights from the Library
Open House, Fall 2003

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

MEDLINE® Annual Maintenance

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has completed annual maintenance on the MEDLINE database. Complete information about changes and updates is available in the Nov/Dec 2003 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/tb.html.

2004 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are now in use. MeSH is the controlled vocabulary used to index articles in MEDLINE and is revised annually. New MeSH includes both the addition of newly created subject headings and changes in old headings. If you use MeSH to search or if you have in your Cubby saved search strategies that include MeSH, it’s important to check to see if your work is impacted by these changes. Complete information about 2004 MeSH is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/nd03/nd03_med_data_changes.html and at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/nd03/nd03_mesh.html.

The PubMed Limits page allows you to restrict the citations you retrieve, for example to a specific time period, language, female or male, or subset. The Limits page contains only the limits that are most commonly used. Remember that any limits you select are applied to all subsequent searches unless you turn them off or change them.

Available in the list of subsets on the Limits page is the option to limit to MEDLINE or OLDMEDLINE (pre 1966), however it is also possible to limit your search retrieval to the most current in-process citations (in the process of being prepared for entry into MEDLINE) either by using the search phrase

in process[sb]

to see all the in-process citations, or by combining it with a subject search

asthma AND in process[sb]

It is important to remember that in-process citations are unlikely to have medical subject headings, so that means you must do a text word search, and that means you have to think about synonyms. OLDMEDLINE citations have neither abstracts nor MeSH.

It is possible to limit your retrieval to only those citations that appear in journals subscribed to by the UCHC Library. This is achieved by either using the search string


to see all the citations or by combining it with a subject search

asthma AND loprovuchclib[filter]

Remember that to see the UCHC print and full text icons you must change the citation display format to Abstract.

It is also possible to limit your retrieval to citations appearing in journals that provide free full text by using the search strings

free full text[sb]
asthma AND free full text[sb]

The Bookshelf

About two years ago the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) made available the Bookshelf, a collection of biomedical books that has now reached thirty in number. These books can be accessed for free to all users either by searching them directly or by linking to them from a PubMed search.

To search the books directly go to the database of books, easily done from PubMed.

Then do a subject search of the Bookshelf just as you would search MEDLINE.

Your search results will provide links to subject information found in Bookshelf books.

The second way to access information in the Bookshelf books is from a PubMed search. From your results click on a citation’s Links and then Books.

This will take you to an abstract that contains phrases that are hypertext links to a list of books that contain the phrase.

By clicking on the phrase Cockroach we linked to this page listing the books containing the phrase and links to the information.

Additional information about the Bookshelf and a list of the books is at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=Books.








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