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Discovering TOXNET Module 2: Free Online Class Open for Registration

Discovering TOXNET Module 2: Free Online Class Open for Registration. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Jan-Feb;(396):b6.

2014 January 30 [posted]
"I am more apt to take on chemical/toxicology related questions now that I have the tools to use from this course."

"I loved the videos! The course was really excellent! I also appreciated the quizzes in the synchronous section and the small group. I had never had the experience of switching into small groups using this type of technology. It was an unexpected treat."

"The exercises were thought provoking and helpful in learning to use the TOXNET resources."

--Comments from "Discovering TOXNET Module 1" class participants

Would you like to learn more about the environmental health resources available from the National Library of Medicine? Join the NLM Training Center (NTC) from March 3-25, 2014 for Module 2 of the new online class, called "Discovering TOXNET: From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology."

TOXNET is a Web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 2 covers the following resources:

  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
  • Household Products Database (HPDB)
  • Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
  • LiverTOX
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)
  • Haz-Map

Note: modules are independent of each other; you do NOT need to complete Module 1 before taking Module 2. (Module 1 will be offered again at a later date). You'll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving real-life reference questions.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in these resources.

How much time?

Plan for nine hours of work over three weeks (three hours per week) on your own time followed by a ninety-minute synchronous session using Adobe® Connect. Participants who complete the class requirements are eligible for 10.5 MLA Continuing Education credits.


  • Asynchronous work on your own (total of nine hours, allow three hours per week): March 3 – 20, 2014
  • Synchronous Adobe Connect session: March 25, 2014; choose one of two times:
    Noon – 1:30 pm Eastern Time


    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time

    You will be asked to choose a time after the class opens on March 3, 2014.

How to Register?

Class space is limited, so register now at

Questions? Contact Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center, at or (800) 338-7657, press 2.

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