Library Blog

Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month at our Open House!

Did you know October is National Medical Librarians Month?  Come celebrate with your colleagues and meet the library staff at the Pratt Research Library during our open house on Monday, October 21st from 11am-2pm.  Enjoy cake and coffee with us in S9.100 and learn more about our library and resources by testing yourself on our library facts and viewing our archival displays with tangible pieces of our amazing history at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Come enjoy a treat and celebrate with your Pratt Library colleagues!

keep calm and ask a medical librarian

New features continue to be added to PubMed Labs

PubMed is getting a new look early next year including a new hompage, online user guide and much more. PubMed Labs, the test site, has been set up for users to try it out before it is released.

  • Read about the new features added in the NLM Technical Bulletin
  • Take a look at PubMed Labs (remember any work done here won't be saved-it is a test enivornment)

Pratt Library Orientation 10/8-Seats Still Available!

Join us for a quick Pratt Library orientation on 10/8 from 10:00-10:30am. This course provides an overview of services and resources available from Pratt Research Library. It is intended for new employees, those new to using library resources, and those interested in refreshing their knowledge of Pratt Library.
Please register in ELM by going to My Hub > My Learning and search for

  • Activity Code PS_07250_20191008_1000_CR_BRNT
  • Pratt Research Library Orientation

APA 7th Publication Manual to be released October 2019

My PhotoCheck out the latest changes in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:
The first announced change released is that there will be only one space after a period at the end of a sentence!
The APA Style Blog (the official companion to the manual) will be updated in the coming weeks with the latest changes to this new edition:
Follow this searchable blog or twitter ‎@APA_Style if you are interested in helpful tips from APA experts year round! Watch this space for information on where you can get your hands on a library copy once it is released. 

NLM introduces MAGPIE web tool

MAGPIE (Map Assisted Generation of Procedure and Intervention Encoding) was released on 5/28/2019 by the NLM. This interactive tool enables users (including professional coders, research, clinicians) to find SNOMED CT  (designated clinical terminology in the U.S. for clinical problems and procedures in the electronic health record) and ICD-10-PCS (codes for medical procedures and interventions-2018 version) for medical procedures as well as interventions. For more information and how to use it:


Advanced Google Searching Webinar Available in ELM

The Advanced Google Searching webinar recording is now available through ELM for those would like to document their completion.  Search for Advanced Google Searching (PS_07184) in the Learning Catalog. This webinar provides an overview of how Google searching works and introduces how to use advanced searching techniques and the Advanced Search interface, and how to set up search alerts.

Topics covered include:

Google overview

Advanced searching interface

Advanced searching techniques & settings

Image searching

Google Scholar

Search alerts

Other Google Search products


Additional information and class handouts are available online here:  Please contact Elaine Grigg Dean at with questions.

Coming soon: My Bibliography 3.0

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced that My Bibliography, a tool they developed, has been redesigned and rebuilt with new tools and a more streamlined approach. My Bibliography was created for users including those with eRA Commons accounts to easily organize and manage citations of their publications and keep them in compliance according to the NIH Public Access Policy. My Bibliography 3.0 includes new tools and a new interface for a quick view of publication compliance status, allowing the user to:

See the announcement: 

See our guide on the NIH Public Access process: 

See our guide on SciENcv Tool and My Bibliography: 

Newly revised Health Statistics tutorial from the NICHSR

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) has released their newly revised Health Statistics tutorial, written by staff at AcademyHealth. This introduction to the principles behind health statistics is for students, librarians, and other professionals interested in common terms, health data sources and finding health statistics.

For more information:

The course is available at: