McGoogan News

PubMed and RefWorks classes offered in July

Improve your skills this summer by taking a PubMed or RefWorks class through the McGoogan Library. Classes will be held in the library’s computer training room on the 8th floor of Wittson Hall. To sign up for these classes please register online. To request an individual session or for questions about these classes, contact Teresa Hartman at


Whether you are a new PubMed user or want to improve your basic skills, this course will prepare you for effective searching for peer-reviewed journal articles. Topics include:

  • Constructing effective citation searches
  • Locating the articles through the McGoogan Library collection
  • Setting up alerts to keep up with the research.

Available dates are:

  • July 5 – 1 to 3 p.m.
  • July 12 – 9:30 to 11a.m.
  • July 19 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 26 – 8 to 9:30 a.m.

This class is open to all UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center personnel and students.


Those who attend will create their own free RefWorks accounts through the McGoogan Library’s RefWorks site license. Learn how to do all of the following and more by attending our hands-on RefWorks Basic Training Class.

  • Create a searchable database from your MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Google Scholar search results.
  • Use that database to insert citations and create bibliographies in your papers in just minutes.
  • Reformat your paper for submission to a new journal in seconds!

Available dates are:

  • July 14 – 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • July 21 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This class is open to UNMC faculty, staff, and students only.

Faculty development PubMed class June 9

Being able to effectively and efficiently search for meaningful literature is an important competency in academic health care settings. PubMed is an essential tool for locating relevant medical information on quality care, medical interventions, teaching and research. Teresa Hartman, MLS offers this session for faculty to explore approaches in searching PubMed for the greatest gains in the least time, maximizing success in research and scholarly activities.


  • At the conclusion of this event, the participant should be able to:
  • Format an effective search statement to use in PubMed
  • Save collections and store search strategies to MyNCBI
  • Create a relevant email alert to cover a current research topic
  • Identify and utilize MeSH educational subheadings for effective searches using PubMed
  • Access full-text literature sources through electronic means and through Interlibrary loan services

Register online or call 9-5929

Pre-registration is required. For UNMC faculty, there is no fee to attend this course (CIK 10427).

Complimentary lunch will be served at 11 AM with the course beginning shortly after.

Registration deadline: June 6, 2011

My NCBI site redesigned

An improved user interface will soon be released for My NCBI. The new interface will eliminate complexities and provide a streamlined interface, robust performance, and intuitive navigation. The most visually significant enhancement is that all functions are viewed directly from the My NCBI homepage, where they are made readily accessible for set up and customization.

For specific details regarding this redesign, please see the My NCBI Redesign article in the latest NLM Technical Bulletin

PubMed and TOXNET training March 28 and 29

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC), in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center McGoogan Library of Medicine is offering two FREE hands-on classes at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE

Both of the training sessions are intended for health professionals and anyone interested in using these free National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases. Classes will be taught by NTCC staff.

To REGISTER for either of these classes, or to look for other class locations, simply click on this registration form link:

Monday, March 28, 2011
8:30am to 5:00pm
-will be held in MSC 1012

Anyone who has used PubMed regularly has noticed some of the many recent changes, and more extensive changes are anticipated in the upcoming months. This PubMed® class is of particular interest to those who want a review of recent changes to the system, researchers, medical editors, and anyone who searches for biomedical journal article citations.

This full-day class is designed to teach how to use PubMed®. The class also includes an overview of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) and its importance as a tool to both searchers and indexers.

TOXNET® and Beyond
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
9:00am to 4:00pm
-will be held in the McGoogan Library training room, 8th floor Wittson Hall.

This full-day class is designed to convey the basics of searching NLM’s TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related subjects. Participants will learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical searching and nomenclature.
Among the databases highlighted will be TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, the Integrated Risk Information System, the Toxic Release Inventory, and ChemIDplus.

MyNCBI to replace eRA Commons for bib management

In order to maintain compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, NIH program directors (PDs) and principal investigators (PIs) registered in eRA Commons must soon manage their professional bibliographies using the My Bibliography feature in My NCBI. As of July 23, 2010, PD/PIs will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must use My Bibliography.

For detailed information, see:

To schedule one-on-one or group instruction on the use of MyNCBI, please contact Brian Erb at or 559-8079.