Richmond Training: PubMed Advanced Hands-on Class

PubMed Advanced Hands-On
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
10:00am – 11:30am
Bldg P, Computer Training Room, P-1246
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Monday, November 11, 2013 to Michael Sholinbeck
at or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

NON-BUILDING P OCCUPANTS: Please make sure to register so
your name will be on the class participant list given to
the Building P Security Desk for entry into Building P.


Class Objective:
This class will teach you how to create more focused
searches using MeSH and MeSH subheadings and quickly
find “evidence-based medicine” utilizing PubMed’s
pre-defined “evidence-based” queries.

It is highly recommended, but not required, that you
have already taken the PubMed Basics class, or already
have a basic understanding of and ability to search
PubMed. This class will not cover what was covered
in the PubMed Basics class.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to 16 participants.
A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an
additional class.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to
attend if appropriate.

NEW! A certificate of completion will be available to the
class participants.

* Want to learn more about finding and using Medical Subject
Headings (MeSH)?

* Want to know how to effectively use MeSH subheadings?

* Want to learn how to use “evidence-based medicine” filters,
useful for both clinical medicine and epidemiology?

* Want to learn about using PubMed’s Topic-Specific Queries,
such as Comparative Effectiveness, Healthy People 2020,
Health Disparities, and more?

* Need to know if a specific journal is indexed in PubMed?

* Interested in other advanced features of PubMed?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then
please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s
PubMed Advanced Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:

1. More about MeSH
2. Using MeSH Subheadings effectively
3. Clinical Queries
4. Topic-Specific Queries
5. Journals in NCBI Databases
6. Other Advanced PubMed features

These hands-on training sessions are free to CDPH
employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval
to attend.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online.

Sacramento Training: EndNote X7 Basics Hands-On

EndNote X7 Basics Hands-On
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
10:30am – 12pm
Enterprise Computer Training Room 72.169
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento
(Turn left as you enter the building and
proceed through the double doors to the
Enterprise Training Room)


RSVP by Friday, November 15th to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.


Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

Class Objective:
Learn how to save time and work more efficiently:
– Save article and other citations in a customizable database
– Add PDF files to the appropriate references in your database
– Create groups to organize references by topic, project, etc.
– Add citations to a Word document, and automatically
format the bibliography and notes in any of thousands of styles

Please note: This class is limited to 12 participants.
A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for a possible
additional class. A few seats may be available on the
day of the class so if you don’t register in advance,
you can just show up to see if there is availability.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

NEW: A certificate of completion will be available to the class participants.

* Interested in a program that lets you easily create a customizable
database of citations?

* Do you already have the EndNote program but are not sure
what it can do for you?

* Do you write journal articles or reports and need to cite
literature you’ve read or referenced?

* Are you already using EndNote and have some
burning questions?

* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you
can learn and practice using EndNote?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions,
then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health
Library’s EndNote X7 Basics Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Some new features in EndNote X7
2. How to populate your EndNote database with citations from
PubMed and elsewhere
3. EndNote X7 features: display, search, groups, etc.
4. How to use “Cite While You Write” with Microsoft Word
5. How to get help

Please note:
This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to
gain a basic understanding of the EndNote X7
software program and how to use its features.
Users of older versions of EndNote are welcome to
attend. The EndNote X7 software will not be
distributed at this class; in order for you to use
this software for your work, your CDPH unit must
purchase or already own a copy.

Hope to see you there!

CDPH Newsletter Survey

The Public Health Library creates a newsletter and blog for CDPH every month, and we hope that you are finding it to be useful. Typically, we email the newsletter to you at the beginning of the month, with links in it to the full articles which are in the CDPH blog. We created a short survey to help us improve its usefulness to you.

It should only take a couple of minutes of your time. Thanks in advance for completing it. The survey will be open until November 8.

Populations at Higher Risk: When Mainstream Approaches Don’t Work

Looking for tips on how to reach higher risk populations? This 24-page booklet from The Best Start Resource Centre (Canada) was designed to help give service providers strategies and tips for reaching populations that are at higher risk for maternal, newborn, and child health concerns. The strategies and tips presented here would also be useful for other types of public health and social welfare inteventions, however.

It includes information on why and how to focus on higher risk populations, tips on how to overcome barriers, and tips for specific populations. It also has stories from the field to illustrate its points and a list of other resources for more information.

Best Start is a provincial resource centre that supports service providers to implement effective health promotion programs for expectant and new parents (including both mom and dad), newborns and young children. It is funded by the Government of Ontario.

This guide is freely available online.

Relevance Sorting Now Available for PubMed Searches

PubMed now includes a new relevance sort option! The “Relevance” sort option is available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections. This option was added to PubMed on October 22.

The relevance sort order for search results is based on an algorithm that analyzes each PubMed citation that includes the search terms. For each search query, “weight” is calculated for citations depending on how many search terms are found and in which fields they are found. In addition, recently-published articles are given a somewhat higher weight for sorting.

The most recent sort by selection is retained for subsequent search results until a different sort order is selected, or after eight hours of inactivity.

Read more about this exciting new feature here.

MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities for 2013: How Will This Affect Your Searches?

On November 20, 2013, NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. Publisher-supplied and in process citations will continue to be added. This annual activity allows the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to change the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemical, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2014 version of MeSH, and other global changes. PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2014 MeSH sometime in mid-December.

This means that if you do a search limiting terms to fields affected by indexing (e.g., MeSH terms), it will not retrieve in process or publisher-supplied records. Therefore, during end-of-year activities when NLM is not adding completed, indexed citations to MEDLINE/PubMed, such searches – including those stored in My NCBI and retrieved through RSS feed stored searches – may not retrieve the newest records till mid-December. To retrieve new, in process records during this time, you should use searches that do not limit to affected fields, such as keyword searches. By mid-December, the in process citations that have been indexed since November 20 will be replaced as indexed citations with 2014 MeSH terms, Publication Types, etc. Searches, including My NCBI Stored Searches, containing tagged search terms will then retrieve all applicable MEDLINE records.

PubMed has more information for you on this, such as exactly what data with search tags is added to MEDLINE records during indexing.

New Books!

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

1. Positive communication in health and wellness. By Margaret J Pitts and Thomas J Socha. New York: PETER LANG, 2013.
Call number: R118 .P67 2013.

2. Meeting micronutrient requirements for health and development. By Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Richard Hurrell, and Irwin H Rosenberg. Basel, Switzerland: Karger; Vevey, Switzerland: Nestle Nutrition Institute, 2012.
Call number: RJ206 .N388 2011.

3. Public health and plain packaging of cigarettes: legal issues. By Tania Voon, Andrew D Mitchell, Jonathan Liberman, and Glyn Ayres. Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2012.
Call number: KU1019.T62 P83 2012.

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press:

4. Organizational Change to Improve Health Literacy: Workshop Summary. By Melissa French and Lyla M. Hernandez, Rapporteurs. 2013. (free registration may be required)

5. The Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World. By Leigh Carroll, Megan M. Perez, and Rachel M. Taylor, Rapporteurs. 2013. (free registration may be required)

6. Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults. By Clare Stroud, Tara Mainero, and Steve Olson, Rapporteurs. 2013. (free registration may be required)

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.