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HSTAT Now Available on NCBI Bookshelf

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HSTAT Now Available on NCBI Bookshelf

Toxics Release Inventory Expands Reporting Years

NLM® Customer Services Satisfaction Survey

PubMed® Preview/Index Page Has Been Enhanced

New Book Added to NCBI Bookshelf

"Number of Titles" Web Page Updated

"Milestones in NLM® History" Web Page Available

Subheading Searching in PubMed
[Editor's Note added March 11, 2005]

UMLS® Basics Classes

Genetics Home Reference added to the NLM Gateway

Space Life Sciences Data Hiatus

May 25, 2004 [posted]

The Health Services Technology Assessment Texts (HSTAT) is now located on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf.

Users who have bookmarked http://hstat.nlm.nih.gov or http://text.nlm.nih.gov will be redirected to the HSTAT main page on the Bookshelf. However, bookmarks to individual documents will need to be updated. For a two-month period, the old bookmarks to a specific document will redirect to the main HSTAT homepage. From there, users will have to find the document or section that they wish to bookmark. It is now possible to bookmark any page within HSTAT.

For additional information see the article, HSTAT Moves to the Bookshelf. NLM Tech Bull. 2004 May-Jun;(338):e3.

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Toxics Release Inventory Expands Reporting Years

May 28, 2004 [posted]

[Editor's Note: This Technical Note is a reprint of an announcement published on NLM-Tox-Enviro-Health-L, an e-mail announcement list available from the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services. To subscribe to this list, please see http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/envirolistserv.html.]

Toxics Release Inventory
TOXNET's TRI (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?TRI) now includes all reporting years (1987-2001). Previously, 1995-2001 was available.

TRI is a series of databases that constitute the annually published toxic releases files on the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®). TRI contains information on the annual estimated releases of toxic chemicals to the environment and is based upon data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mandated by the Superfund legislation, TRI's data covers air, water, land, and underground injection releases, as well as transfers to waste sites, and waste treatment methods and efficiency, as reported by industrial facilities around the United States. TRI also includes data related to source reduction and recycling.

Users can check one or more TRI boxes to select the year(s) to search. The first choice (also the default) is the most recent file year available. This is followed by preceding years, which now go back to 1987, the starting year for collection of this data. A "Select all" option allows all years to be searched simultaneously.

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NLM® Customer Services Satisfaction Survey

June 2, 2004 [posted]

NLM Reference and Customer Services will be sending out a Web-based survey from early June until September 2004 along with the e-mail responses to queries sent to custserv@nlm.nih.gov or to other "Contact NLM" forms. The survey consists of nine questions and should take about 5 or 6 minutes to complete. The URL will be provided at the top of e-mail responses.

The NLM staff answer reference questions and provide information about NLM, the History of Medicine, DOCLINE®, UMLS®, document delivery, PubMed®, MedlinePlus®, ClinicalTrials.gov®, and other NLM databases and services. We annually respond to over 50,000 e-mail requests for information.

NLM invites our patrons, including librarians, health professionals, scientists, researchers, students, patients, and the general public, to take the survey. The survey will analyze the demographics of our users and the types of questions they ask, and measure their satisfaction with the courtesy, timeliness, and quality of the response provided. Your completion of the survey will provide the NLM with valuable data on how useful our resources are, and if you found the level of service provided satisfactory.

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PubMed® Preview/Index Page Has Been Enhanced

June 2, 2004 [posted]

The number of items displayed in the Index scroll box in Preview/Index has been increased from 40 to 200. Use the Index to select from a list of terms within a search field. Select a search field from the All Fields pull-down menu, enter a term in the box, and click Index. PubMed displays an alphabetic list of terms in the Index for the selected search field. The number of citations in PubMed that contain the term appears in parentheses to the right of the term. You can scroll up or down the list, or click Up or Down to move along in the Index.

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New Book Added to NCBI Bookshelf

June 4, 2004 [posted]

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has recently added a book to the Bookshelf:

Computational Approaches in Comparative Genomics.
Koonin, E.V. and Galperin, M.Y.
Norwell (MA): Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2003.

The books in Bookshelf may be searched directly from the Bookshelf site, via links from the Links pull-down menu from relevant PubMed® citations, or through the Entrez Global query feature.

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"Number of Titles" Web Page Updated

June 4, 2004 [posted]

The NLM® Web page called "Number of Titles Currently Indexed for Index Medicus® and MEDLINE® on PubMed®," located at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/num_titles.html, has been updated.

The numbers are current as of April 2004. The page has been enriched with links to related pages and with other helpful information that explains the relationships of the various journal and subject subsets in PubMed.

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"Milestones in NLM® History" Web Page Available

June 4, 2004 [posted]

A new Web page, linked from "About the National Library of Medicine" at the entry entitled "History of NLM," is now available.

The Milestones in NLM History Web page offers a time line of important events in the Library's history, beginning with the Library's establishment in 1836, when it was known as the Library of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army, and ending with the February 2000 launch of ClinicalTrials.gov.

You can access this page at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/nlmhistory.html.

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Subheading Searching in PubMed
[Editor's Note added March 11, 2005]

June 4, 2004 [posted]

In addition to the two-letter abbreviations and the full spelling of subheadings, Entry Versions of subheadings (e.g., class for classification, stand for standards) were searchable in PubMed. As these Entry Versions may be the same as text words for unrelated concepts, their use can result in "unexpected" retrieval. In the near future we will discontinue Subheading Entry Versions as options for subheading searching. If an Entry Version is the same as the full spelling (e.g., methods), there is no effect by this change.

When using subheadings in searches (including stored searches), please use either the full, spelled-out version of a subheading or its two-letter abbreviation.
Example:

Do NOT use:
heart diseases/diag
Use:
heart diseases/di
or
heart diseases/diagnosis

For more information about using MeSH subheadings see PubMed's Help.

[Editor's Note: This enhancement was implemented in PubMed on May 31, 2004.]

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UMLS® Basics Classes

June 8, 2004 [posted]

Two additional Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) classes will be held at NLM on September 20, 2004, and November 1, 2004. There are no prerequisites for the course, but students should be familiar with MeSH and controlled vocabularies (especially thesaurus conventions and hierarchical arrangements). Attendees of this class will be awarded 7.5 Medical Library Association continuing education credits. You can register with the National Training Center and Clearinghouse.

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Genetics Home Reference added to the NLM Gateway

June 23, 2004 [posted]

A new Consumer Health collection, Genetics Home Reference (GHR), has been added to the NLM Gateway. A search of Genetics Home Reference through the NLM Gateway retrieves consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions. This information includes descriptions of the symptoms, diagnostic process, and treatment options. For more information about GHR, see the Fact Sheet.

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Space Life Sciences Data Hiatus

June 28, 2004 [posted]

Under a collaborative arrangement with NLM, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) adds and/or enhances citations to publications in the Space Life Sciences in both MEDLINE in PubMed and LocatorPlus, NLM's Online Catalog. NASA uses a contract to perform this work.

Due to a dispute involving this NASA contract no new unique Space Life Sciences data have been added to MEDLINE or LocatorPlus since 5:00 PM on March 12, 2004. Nor have the additional special NASA-related features (Other Terms, Space Flight Mission, Other ID, General Note and Investigator) been added to any existing citations. It is expected this hiatus will last until near the end of calendar 2004.

Searchers using PubMed and limiting to the Space subset will continue to find MEDLINE citations on the this topic because the Space subset strategy includes text words, investigator/author names, MeSH headings, and journal titles, relating to space life sciences, in addition to the Space Citation Subset value.

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