McGoogan News

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.


PubMed Advanced Search, Limits, and Homepage Revised

Changes have been made to the PubMed interface that will make some features more accessible.

The changes include:

  • advanced search page will be streamlined and includes a search builder
  • a link to Clipboard will be added to the homepage, if applicable
  • a new Limits page with additional limits for dates and search field tags

For more information, please see the NLM Technical Bulletin.


PubMed Basics classes announced

PubMed Basics will be offered several times in the coming months. Learn how to:

  • Explain the scope and content of the Medline database.
  • Perform a meaningful keyword search in PubMed
  • Explain the limitations of a keyword search.
  • Perform a search using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  • Use Limits to refine a search
  • Choose display formats for citations
  • Print, Email, or send articles to the Clipboard.
  • Locate the articles retrieved by a search either electronically, in McGoogan Library’s print collection, or through interlibrary loan.

Classes are being held on:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 17, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 14, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday May 19, 1:00-2:30 PM

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you can arrange one-on-one or group instruction at a time more convenient to you.

Please email Teri Hartman at to register.