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PubMed Central’s New Look

PubMed Central (PMC), a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) now has a new look.  According to the July 15th issue of the NIH/NLM’s Technical Bulletin,  the new “interface-lift” will “not only enhance its overall look and feel but also provide users with easier access to PMC resources and information.”

The new interface offers:

  • A revamped homepage, which offers better navigation through the site as well as direct access to resources such as the Users’ Guide and NIH Public Access information
  • Redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages
  • An updated search results format
  • Direct access to images in PMC articles
  • A new organization and updated appearance for PMC’s  informational pages, including drop-down menus for navigation links

Go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja11/ja11_pmc.html for a complete list of updates.


Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) has a new Interface

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), an online catalog of human genes and genetic disorders, has new a interface.  Originally, the most common method used to access OMIM, was via the National Center for Biology Information (NCBI), but NBCI has been unable to receive updates on OMIM for the past several months.

The following statement is from the NCBI point of entry website for OMIM:

“NCBI has not been able to obtain OMIM updates from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) since February 22, 2011. On January 1, 2011, NHGRI assumed funding responsibility for OMIM at JHU and has been working to conclude an agreement with JHU to allow NIH to obtain OMIM updates. NCBI will resume updates to OMIM as soon as this agreement is finalized.”

In the meantime, the current interface for OMIM is http://www.omim.org/ This version includes all updates to OMIM and can be searched using the same techniques (i.e. * wildcard character searches and/or Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT) that can be used with the NCBI interface.

This interface also includes the following advance search features:

OMIN: Allows you to to search for your terms in specific sections of the OMIM record.

Clinical Synopsis: Allows you  to search for a gene variant’s effects on specific organ systems.

Gene Map: Allows you to search by cytogenetic location.


Iowa Go Local Retired

On Friday, July 2nd, the National Library of Medicine retired Iowa Go Local.  Thank you to everyone who contributed their time to this project.


Don’t Struggle With Research During the Fall Semester

During the last couple days of the semester, you’re tired, you’re frustrated and you’re spending WAY too much time searching for information for your paper.

The end of next semester can be better! You can learn how to Find the Good Stuff Fast!

  • Learn how to DO MORE than just Google for information
  • Find the type of resources your professors want
  • Save yourself the headache of searching – do more finding
  • Feel more confident in your information/research skills

If this sounds like a better end to the semester, add the course 417:001 Library Research in Context to your fall schedule.  In this class, you’ll actually be able to use the information you learn for assignments and projects that you’ll be doing in your major courses.  Two for one – now that’s something the University rarely offers you! 

So log-on to ISIS and register for one of the following sections of 417:001 before the course closes!

417:001:003 Library Research in Context
Subtitle: Find the Good Stuff Fast
Instructors: Kristi A Robinson-Bontrager, Ericka A Raber
Time & Location: 10:30A – 11:20A W 4037 LIB

417:001:005 Library Research in Context
Subtitle: Find the Good Stuff Fast
Instructor: Steven F Ostrem
Time & Location: 1:30P – 2:20P T 4037 LIB

Or one of the online courses offered this fall:

417:001:EXV Library Research in Context
Subtitle: Find the Good Stuff Fast
Instructor: Dave Martin
Time & Location: ARR World Wide Web

417:001:EXW Library Research in Context
Subtitle: Find the Good Stuff Fast
Instructor: Christopher A Childs
Time & Location: ARR World Wide Web


Hardin Library on KCJJ Today at Noon

The Hardin Library will be on KCJJ (1630 AM) at noon today during a live interview at Bennigans at the Corralville Mall for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The focus of the interview will be on MedlinePlus and the information that can be found on that website regarding breast cancer.  To find information on breast cancer in MedlinePlus, go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/breastcancer.html


Partnering for Patient Empowerment Through Community Awareness (PPECA) Article

Rhonda Reimer, the Special Project Coordinator of the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella, IA and Chris Childs, from the Hardin Library recently collaborated on an article for the Focus On Patient Safety, the official newsletter of the National Patient Safety Foundation.  The article, entitled “Hospital Uses PPECA “Train the Trainer” Program to Help Community Groups Empower Patients,” discusses the PPECA presentation made at the hospital and how the staff took the knowledge gained and created their own community outreach program on patient safety.

You can read this article by going to http://npsf.org/paf/npsfp/fo/pdf/Focus_Volume_12_%20Issue_1.pdf


Swine Flu Resource Guide

The emergence of several new human Swine Flu cases reported in the media has been generating a good deal of publicity.  To find more information on this health issue, visit the Swine Flu resource guide at

Iowa Go Local Poster on Display at ALA Virtual Poster Session

Hardin Library’s Iowa Go Local project is currently featured on the American Library Association’s new Virtual Poster Session website.  Iowa Go Local is a free online directory that connects Iowan’s to healthcare providers in any of the 99 counties across the state.

You can view the poster at http://presentations.ala.org/index.php?title=Iowa_Go_Local


NLM’s Health Services Research & Public Health Information Programs Website has been Updated

The National Library of Medicince’s Health Services Research & Public Health Information Programs website has recently been updated.  Go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrph.html to find collaborative projects, databases, subject access projects, outreach and training, and publications pertaining to health services research and public health. 

Highlights include:

·         Health People 2010 Info Access Project (pre-formulated searches): http://phpartners.org/hp/


·         Selected Data Tools and Stats: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrinfo/datasites.html


·         A Guide to Finding and Using Health Stats: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/usestats/index.htm


·         Provider Portal: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/portals/healthcare.html


·         Researcher Portal: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/portals/researchers.html


·         Funding: http://phpartners.org/grants.html


·         Self-study and outreach resources: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/outreach.html




Iowa Go Local on KXIC Radio

On September 29th, Iowa Go Local was featured on KXIC radio.  To read the transcript or to listen to the interview, go to http://www.uihealthcare.com/kxic/2008/09/iowago.html