Training – PubMed – Thursday, January 17, 9:30-11:30am

The NIEHS Library will hold hands-on training to search PubMed/Medline.  Instruction will focus on attributes that maximize power of searching.  Some topics to be covered are:  

  • tips for efficient and precise searching
  • ordering original documents/articles
  • exporting searches to EndNote
  • linking to full text of journal articles
  • linking to and searching NLM/NCBI books online
  • adapting hand-held devices for searching
  • and more!
  • Training is held from 9:30 – 11:30 on Thursday, January, 17in Room A262.

    To sign up for training, fill out the form at the following web address:

Nature – Goes back to 1869!

The NIH Library recently established access to the new Nature archive, which extends back to 1869 and covers 417,000 full-text articles published in 384 volumes. The first issue in the archive is Volume One, Number One from November 4, 1869. It opens with an editorial by T.H. Huxley titled “Nature: Aphorisms by Goethe.”

Library Thing – create an online catalog of your own personal library

Library Thing has been called a “MySpace for books.”  Library Thing is an online tool for book lovers to catalog their own books.   Currently over 30,000 people are members of LibraryThing and have cataloged over 22.4 million books!  Book lovers find Library Thing to be useful for book recommendations and reviews.  In addition, more than 75 discussion groups offer the opportunity to network with others who share similar reading interests.  Join the Green Dragon (science fiction) , I Survived the Great Vowel Shift (for linguists), Purely Programmers (software developers), or Science! (yes, for the popular and not-so-popular science tomes). 

Google Tip – Word order matters!

When searching Google using more than one word, you might want to consider the order you put those words in.   Google’s algorithm places more weight on the first word than the last one.  For example, compare results for autism environment against environment autism.  While the first four or five results are the same (albeit in different order), the results further down the page are quite different.  Experiment and see what differences you find.

A new face at the reference desk – welcome Beth

With the start of a new academic semester, Beth Siekiera now joins us in the NIEHS Library.  You will be seeing her at the reference desk from 8:00-Noon, except for Thursday when she is here from 1:00-5:00pm.  Beth currently is in her second year at UNC’s School of Library and Information Science.  She hails from Connecticut. 

BioMedExperts – A new social networking online community

Dell and Collexis Holdings have launched BioMedExperts, a new online resource for biomedical researchers to develop their own personal networking community.  The resource currently contains profiles of 1.4 million researchers around the globe.  If you have authored at least three articles within the last 10 years that have been indexed in PubMed, then your profile is in BioMedExperts.  Utilizing content from the PubMed database.  Profiles in BioMedExperts (BME) are generated by extracting and assigning the biomedical concepts from an article to the authors and co-authors that are listed with the published article.

BioMedExpert home page  

BioMedExperts offers two features:
1.  Personal Profile Wizard – allows you to keep track of and perform analytics on your publications.  See a quick profile of your publications broken down by anatomy, chemical/drug, disease, physiology, procedures, etc.   You can also visualize your co-authoring network. 

My Profile

2.  Find Experts – Find experts to add your personal network.  Browse by keyword or search by name or location.

Move over JCR, SCImago is now making an “impact”

Launched in December, the SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SCJCR) seeks to provide a competitive alternative to Thompson’s Journal Citation Reports impact factor.  SCImago’s ranking algorithm is mostly based on the PageRank method used by Google.  Data for calculating the journal rankings is extracted from Scopus (an Elsevier biomedical literature database).    


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