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PubMed Update

Announcement, News, Special Event

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been developing an updated version of PubMed which will replace the current interface sometime in early 2020.

New features will include enhanced search results and a responsive design for mobile devices.

The new site is currently available to preview and use at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?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.

To help you get ready for this change, the Health Sciences Librarians will be hosting PubMed demonstration & help sessions in December (at the Health Sciences Library) and January (in the Faculty Café).

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Health Sciences Library conference room:

Monday, December 2……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, December 3……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 5……..3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10……..11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 12……12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday, December 13…………9:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, December 16……..10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18..12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Faculty Café:

Thursday, January 9…………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Friday, January 10……………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 15……11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 23……….2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Not ready to make the switch? You can still access full-text articles through the current version of PubMed by using UH Libraries’ custom link, https://libraries.uh.edu/pubmed

Please stop by one of our upcoming sessions, or contact the Health Sciences Library with any questions.

Rachel Helbing, rrhelbin@central.uh.edu, 713-743-5462

Stefanie Lapka, slapka@central.uh.edu, 713-743-8334

Phones are back up

News

You should now be able to call us on our main line and get through: 713-743-1910.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused by this outage.

Phones are down

News

The Health Sciences Library main desk phone lines are currently down. We are working with campus IT to solve this problem. In the meantime, please call Jessica (713-743-7870), Rachel (713-743-5462), or Stefanie (713-743-8334) directly for assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

A new PubMed is coming…

News
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

News

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.