The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of the new Spanish version of MedlinePlus, NLM's consumer health Web site. For more information see the press release in English or Spanish.
The List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus - 2002 - is now available and can be downloaded free of charge in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (782 KB) from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html. PDF documents require the use of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader, which can be downloaded from Adobe's Web site at no charge.
A hardcopy of this publication is included in the price of the Index Medicus subscription or may be purchased individually for $38.00 U.S. or $53.20 foreign from the Government Printing Office (GPO) at:
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The 3,799 journals being indexed for Index Medicus as of April 2002, are listed in four sections: (1) Alphabetic listing by abbreviated title, followed by full title; (2) Alphabetic listing by full title, followed by abbreviated title; (3) Alphabetic listing subject field; and, (4) Alphabetic listing by country of publication.
On September 19, 2002, a new version of the NLM Gateway was released. Please see What's New on the NLM Gateway sidebar for details.
Don't forget to register for the 1-day "UMLS Basics: What Is This Thing Called the UMLS And Why Do I Care?" course being offered at NLM on Thursday, October 17, 2002.
There are no prerequisites for the course but students should be familiar with MeSH and controlled vocabularies (especially classification structures and hierarchies). This course is approved for 7.5 MLA continuing education credits. Register with the National Training Center and Clearinghouse.
Brief class description: This 1-day, hands-on course introduces NLM's Unified Medical Language System (UMLS): what it is and how it is used. Students gain an understanding of the three main components, or Knowledge Sources: the Metathesaurus, the Semantic Network, and the SPECIALIST Lexicon--what these are and how these and related tools are used in a variety of biomedical applications and research. A broad overview of the 95-plus source vocabularies contained in the Metathesaurus is provided. Criteria for assessing the usefulness of specific controlled vocabularies for clinical, research, and educational purposes are discussed. The online UMLS Knowledge Source Server (UMLSKS) is used to access UMLS data throughout the class. Hands-on exercises allow students to practice basic and advanced searching skills. Some experience is provided with software called MetamorphoSys and how it can be used to produce customized local versions of the Metathesaurus useful for particular applications. The intended audience is medical librarians and other information specialists who desire an introduction to the UMLS and an understanding of the issues and practical considerations involved in selecting and using appropriate controlled vocabularies for a range of biomedical applications.
As part of the NLM's project to modernize its computer systems, the Library reorganized its bibliographic data into three groups:
We completed this effort in September 2002. Please see the NLM Web site, "The Reorganization of National Library of Medicine (NLM) Bibliographic Databases" at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/conversion/conversion_status.html, for detailed information on how this project was completed and to links to other NLM Technical Bulletin articles published about this project.
Reminder: Citations to bibliographic and other report-like data from special collections and closed subfiles of TOXLINE are included on TOXNET. The standard journal citations in toxicology that make up TOXLINE Core are available as part of MEDLINE/PubMed.
NLM indexers reached a new milestone by indexing 502,056 articles for MEDLINE® in fiscal year 2002 (compared to 463,014 in fiscal year 2001 and 442,168 in fiscal year 2000). They are anticipating a workload of about 600,000 for 2003.
Also during fiscal year 2002, the Index Section created a total of 519,000 in-process citations. Of these, 292,000 (56%) were created via electronic submission by publishers; 113,000 (22%) were created by scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) technology; and 114,000 (22%) were created by double keyboarding. Electronic submission has increased 33% from fiscal year 2001.
These and other Key MEDLINE Indicators are available on the Bibligraphic Services Division Web site.
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Papers of Nobel Scientists Barbara McClintock, Linus Pauling and Donald Fredrickson Added to NLM Profiles in ScienceOctober 29, 2002 [posted]
The Barbara McClintock Papers, the Linus Pauling Papers, and the Donald Fredrickson Papers are the most recent collections to be added to NLM Profiles in Science Web site, dedicated to the lives and works of prominent 20th century biomedical scientists.
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) was an American geneticist who won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the ability of genes to change position on the chromosome. She was recognized throughout her career as one of the most distinguished scientists of the 20th century. The American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia is the repository for the Barbara McClintock Papers, which range from 1927 to 1991. The collection contains laboratory notes, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, lecture notes, photographs, charts, illustrations, and audiovisual materials.
Linus Pauling (1901-1994) was an American chemist who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances." He also won the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize, making him the only person to win two unshared Nobel prizes. The Oregon State University Libraries in Corvallis is the repository for the Linus Pauling Papers. The collection contains personal and scientific papers, notebooks, correspondence, research models and memorabilia.
Donald Fredrickson (1924-2002) was an American physiologist and biomedical research leader who made significant contributions to medicine over the course of four decades. From 1975 to 1981 Dr. Fredrickson served as Director of NIH. As part of its NLM Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine is digitizing and making available over the World-Wide Web a selection of the Donald Fredrickson Papers, for use by educators and researchers. This Web site provides access to the portions of the Donald Fredrickson Papers that are now publicly available.
NLM Profiles in Science was launched September 1998 and also includes the papers of Oswald T. Avery, Joshua Lederberg, Martin Rodbell, Julius Axelrod, Christian Boehmer Anfinsen, Jr. and Marshall Nirenberg. It is a continuing project and NLM plans to announce each new collection as it is added to the site.