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Discover ToxNet in 4 weeks (or less)

Have you ever wanted to learn more effective ways to find information on environmental health or hazardous chemicals? Do you want to learn more about what’s available from the National Library of Medicine beyond PubMed? Then the free online class Discovering TOXNET may be of interest to you.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

You will get the chance to explore TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.

The first module, Introduction to TOXNET, is required. The others are all optional. The optional modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more.

This class is designed for health or environmental sciences professionals and health sciences librarians interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources. You will work at your own pace with instructors available to answer questions and provide assistance.

Date: March 7th, 2016 – April 6th, 2016

Sponsor: National Library of Medicine Training Center

Professional Development: Data Analysis: Take It to the MAX

Do you struggle with data analysis? Have megabytes of sensor data to analyze? Are you looking for a smart way visualize your data in order to make sense out of it? Then this online class might be of interest to you!

You will start with a deep dive into data analysis with spreadsheets: PivotTables, VLOOKUPS, named ranges, what-if analyses, and making great graphs. After mastering spreadsheets, you will examine other ways to store and analyze data. You will also look into how Python, a programming language, can help you with analyzing and manipulating data in spreadsheets.

Length: 8 weeks; self-paced
Offered by: DelftX (online courses from Delft University of Technology)
Price: Free with option to add a Verified Certificate for $50

This class is taught with video lectures and hands-on exercises. Class assignments will be done primarily using Excel 2013 and Windows. Most assignments, however, can also be completed using another spreadsheet program and operating system, but DelftX cannot offer full support for all configurations.

PubMed Alternative Search Interfaces

We all know that PubMed has a very powerful search engine. Sometimes, however, it would be nice to have alternative ways to dig into the National Library of Medicine’s database to perhaps uncover other useful research articles.

Enter PubMed PubReMiner. PubReMiner will query PubMed with your specific search query, get all abstracts and generate frequency tables for you. Let’s take a look at these.

The first table will show you journals in which your query is published the most. The second table will show you the authors which are most active in the field of your query. The third table will show you words that have been used most in the title and abstract of the articles, perhaps uncovering new search terms to try.

In addition to all this, MESH headers, country, and the publication year are displayed. Clicking on any of the elements will add them to your query, and will then run the search again in PubReMiner, making sure that your refined search still generates results. When you are satisfied with the query, you can jump to PubMed and view the results.

Next to building efficient queries, PubReMiner can also be helpful in other areas:
* Selecting a journal for your current work by scanning the most often used journals of similar research
* Finding experts in a research area by viewing the authors associated with your query
* Creating a realtime CV on the fly when you have gathered all your publications with their CV generator

PubMed PubReMiner was developed by Jan Koster at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam.

Intrigued by this? For more alternative interfaces, see PubMed Alternative Interfaces, a list maintained by HLWIKI International which is curated by a team of international health librarians.

New MeSH terms for 2016

Finding the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) term for your search topic can often help you retrieve more relevant results and help ensure that you don’t miss articles.

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine controlled vocabulary thesaurus which is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database.

For the 2016 update to its MeSh terms, the NLM added 438 descriptors and replaced 17 others with more up-to-date terminology. In addition, 9 descriptors and 1 qualifier were deleted.

Here are a few of the new 2016 terms for your perusal. They include some minor adjustments, and a few surprises.

* Biobehavioral Sciences
* Cloud Computing
* Cosmeceuticals
* Data Anonymization
* Farmers (previously indexed as Agriculture)
* Health Equity
* Hydraulic Fracking
* Infant Health (replacing Infant Welfare)
* Legendary Creatures
* Maternal Health (replacing Maternal Welfare)
* Nerve Agents (previously indexed as Organophosphorus Compounds)
* Open Access Publishing
* Smartphone
* Spatial Regression
* Spirit Possession
* Toxicological Phenomena
* Unsupervised Machine Learning

Remember that these MeSH are new for 2016, so they won’t have a lot of articles tagged with them just yet, and most are not retroactive.

The NLM has an online article that you can read to see the entire list and to learn more about changes in MeSH if you’d like.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available in print:

1. Toxic injustice: a transnational history of exposure and struggle. By Susanna Rankin Bohme. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015.
Call number: RA1270.P4 B586 2015.
Read a description, see the table of contents, and read reviews on the University of California Press website.

2. Our chemical selves: gender, toxics, and environmental health. Edited by Dayna Nadine Scott. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015.
Call number: RA566.5.C2 O97 2015.
View the table of contents, see a preview, and read reviews on the UBC Press website.

3. Review of California’s risk-assessment process for pesticides. By the Committee to Review California’s Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2015.
Call number: RA1270.P4 R48 2015.
Also available online from the National Academies Press.

and here is a new title available online from the National Academies Press which require a free registration to download a pdf of the title:

4. Application of Modern Toxicology Approaches for Predicting Acute Toxicity for Chemical Defense. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.

PubMed Reaches 25,000,000 Citation Mark

And, in other news from the National Library of Medicine, on June 16, 2015, PubMed attained a major milestone when the 25 millionth journal citation was added to the database.

Have questions on PubMed? You can contact us with your questions! We can be reached from 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday by calling (510) 642-2510 and by logging in to the web portal.

Fall and Winter Holiday Hours for Your Research Needs

The Public Health Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 for Veterans Day.

The Public Health Library will also close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2015 for Thanksgiving.

Although the Public Health Library will be closed to the public from December 21 to Jan 4, we are open for OEHHA services on December 21 to 23 from 8am to 5pm and December 28 to 30 from 9am to 5pm. If you wish to visit the library on any of these days, please let us know beforehand by calling 510-642-2510 so we can open the door for you and make sure that a librarian will be here to assist you.

Please plan ahead and anticipate your project needs, especially if you will be using our Document Delivery service.

You will still be able to reach us as usual from 8am to 5pm from December 21 to 23 and 9am to 5pm from December 28 to 30 by calling (510) 642-2510 and by logging in to the web portal at: http://publ.lib.berkeley.edu/

Thank you for continuing to use our valuable library services. We encourage you to let your new and existing colleagues know about our services and resources if they do not already use them.

Health Professionals’ Roles in Environmental Health: A free workshop

Presented by the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, this two day workshop will explore the relationship between human health and our environment, including air (indoor and outdoor), water, food, and products. You will learn how environmental considerations are an important part of health assessments for individuals and communities by health care providers.

On December 14 and 15, you’ll learn how to:

* Assess common environmental health exposures in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities
* Apply the basic principles of toxicology to environmental health problems
* Address environmental contributions to health disparities and environmental justice
* Access credible scientific sources of information
* Advocate for institutional and governmental policies that protect the environment and promote environmental health
* Develop institutional strategies in the health sector toward sustainability and environmental health
* Identify the special vulnerabilities to environmental impacts that humans face through the life stages
* Explore how our energy choices affect our health and climate change

This workshop is sponsored by the University of San Francisco, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Center for Environmental Health and will be held at the Presidio Campus of the University of San Francisco.

Click here for more information including how to register.

New link: TOMES now in OEHHA web portal

Looking for chemical information? Now you have access to another database that is licensed for you by the Public Health Library. You can try searching Micromedex’s TOMES Plus® database (Toxicology, Occupational Medicine, and Environmental Series). This resource is available to you through RightAnswer from MICROMEDEX.

The TOMES Plus databases includes HSDB, RTECS, and CCRIS documents, among many others.

To use this database, you can go to the Public Health Library Services to OEHHA page and click on RightAnswer/TOMES under the Key Resources column. Once there, you will need to login with your OEHHA e-mail address.

New URL for Public Health Library’s New Books Guide

Interested in keeping up to date on newly received public health publications? Want more titles than what we include in our monthly newsletter? Then you might like to check out our New Books guide! Updated weekly, you’ll get brief descriptions when you mouse over the book title. Clicking on the book cover takes you to the OskiCat record if it’s a print book. If it’s an electronic book, clicking the cover will take you to either OskiCat or to the publisher’s page. You’ll find The call numbers for the print books in OskiCat so that you can easily request the books you need for your research and those you’d like to read.

To request a book, you can log into your web portal account to request book(s).

You may also use our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you.

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