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NLM Webinar Series: Insider's Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed Starts on March 5, 2018

NLM Webinar Series: Insider's Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed Starts on March 5, 2018. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Jan-Feb;(420):b5.

2018 January 26 [posted]

This newly expanded series of interactive workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional "office hours"), students will learn how to use EDirect commands to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. EDirect requires access to a Unix environment, but we will send easy installation instructions for Windows and Mac computers before the class starts. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, as well as homework exercises between sessions. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 100 students per offering.

Each session begins at 1:00 PM EST and runs approximately 90 minutes.

  • Session 1: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Session 2: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Session 3: Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Session 4: Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Session 5: Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Office Hours: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Students are expected to attend all of the first five sessions (the "office hours" are optional but encouraged).

Seven (7) hours of MLA CE credit are available for students who attend the first five sessions and complete the homework assignments, and complete the open-book exam no later than Monday, March 26, 2018.

For more information and to register, visit:

Note: In order to register, you will need to create a free account on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Web site. Be advised that account creation and confirmation may take up to 24 hours.

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