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October 2010

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Celebrate with the Research Medical Library

In celebration of American Archives Month and National Medical Librarians Month, the Research Medical Library invites you to join us for a series of fun and informative events.


Attention all MD Anderson History buffs: Want to use your knowledge of our institution for a chance to win a free prize? Take our History of MD Anderson Quiz in celebration of American Archives Month. Those who answer the most questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Take the quiz here:

Here are some resources to help you study for the quiz:

    1. M. D. Anderson Facts and History (
    2. The Handbook of Texas Online (
    3. Making Cancer History: Disease and Discovery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center by James S. Olson (
    4. The First Twenty Years of the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute (
    5. Preserving Institutional Memory exhibit in the Research Medical Library’s elevator Library

OCT. 1st 11am-1pm: WII GAMES
Kick back, relax and join us for a few hours of Wii games in the library’s conference room. Research Medical Library staff will also be on hand to answer questions about our services.

This brown bag will review some of the top medical apps for cancer doctors, researchers and students. Bring your Blackberry, iPhone or Android with you so we can have a hands-on exploration of medical information at your fingertips. Reserve your space for this popular session at

Interested in preserving both institutional and personal records? Learn how to preserve the types of materials that document both our careers and our lives. Certified archivist, Javier Garza, will give an overview of the types of materials typically found in a home or office and provide tips and strategies on how to preserve these documents in perpetuity. Cookies will be provided.

Blast Class on October 26th

Join us for a special webinar this October 26th from noon to 1pm. NCBI’s Peter Cooper, Ph.D, will broadcast a Basics of BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) course which can be viewed in the Research Medical Library’s Conference Room. You can also request to view the recorded class at a later date.

“BLAST finds regions of local similarity between sequences. The program compares nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculates the statistical significance of matches. BLAST can be used to infer functional and evolutionary relationships between sequences as well as help identify members of gene families.”

Take this unique opportunity to learn how to optimize your use of BLAST. Learn about the traditional BLAST programs including:

  • blastn nucleotide query vs. nucleotide database
  • blastp protein query vs. protein database
  • blastx nucleotide query vs. protein database
  • tblastn protein query vs. translated nucleotide database
  • tblastx translated query vs. translated database

And other BLAST-like programs:

  • Megablast nucleotide only

– Contiguous megablast: Nearly identical sequences
– Discontiguous megablast: Cross-species comparison

  • Position Specific BLAST Programs protein only

– Position Specific Iterative BLAST (PSI-BLAST): Automatically generates a position specific score matrix (PSSM)
– Reverse PSI-BLAST (RPS-BLAST): Searches a database of PSI-BLAST PSSMs

Feel free to bring your lunch. If you would like to attend, or would like to be send the recorded version of the class when it becomes available, fill out this form:

PubMed reaches 20 million citations, PubMed Central logs 2 millionth article

The National Library of Medicine reported that on the same day in July that PubMed added its 20 millionth citation, PubMed Central added it 2 millionth full-text article.  PubMed is the free online database and is a core resource for biomedical research by providing citations and abstracts for articles published in over 5000 journals.  PubMed Central, in contrast, is an online archive of full-text articles that primarily resulted from NIH grant-funded research.

For the full report from the National Library of Medicine:

If you have questions about PubMed or PubMed Central, please contact the Research Medical Library Information Desk:

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