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A new PubMed is coming…

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PubMed Labs, the test version of the new site.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) let us know some months ago that they’ve been working on a new version of PubMed (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma19/ma19_pubmed_update.html). I attended a webinar today to learn more about the new features, functionality, and look of the site, which is set to launch at the beginning of 2020.

The “labs” (or beta) version is already available to use. If interested, give the new site a try at UH’s custom link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pubmed/?otool=uhulib

Be sure to click on the green “Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the page to let NLM know what you think, or if you encounter any problems that need to be fixed prior to launch.

Once the new site has officially switched over, we’ll be offering open classes on how to get the most out of your PubMed searches. Watch this space (and your email) for more information.

Optometry Escape Room

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On Friday, March 1, the Health Sciences Library hosted an escape room activity for the 95 first-year Optometry students enrolled in Community Health. We designed this interactive game to give students an opportunity to implement the information literacy skills that we covered in a lecture earlier that week.

The skills covered included the following:

  • Locating the Optometry Resources guide
  • Identifying an empirical, peer-reviewed research article
  • Applying PICO to a database search
  • Using PubMed to obtain full-text articles
  • Finding journal impact factors

16 teams of 5-7 students competed against the clock and each other in order to solve a series of 8 tasks, presented in a mix of online and physical format clues.

Our winning team, iCare(tm) [pictured below], finished in 19 minutes 57 seconds. Everyone was able to complete the activity within the allotted time, plus or minus a few extra hints. 🙂

This foray into gamification was a success – everyone learned something and had fun. We are looking forward to facilitating similar activities in the future.

6 Optometry students

iCare(tm) finished first with a time of 19:57.