Librarians in Print at the Strauss Health Sciences Library

Congratulations to Education & Reference Librarians Ben Harnke, Kristen DeSanto, Christi Piper, Nina McHale, and Lilian Hoffecker, who just published a featured article in Doody’s Core Titles about the recent changes to the department’s professional literature search service. The article, “Developing a Database for a Literature Search Service at an Academic Health Sciences Library,” details the process taken to revise and improve the organization of the Strauss Health Sciences Library’s search service for systematic reviews, grant proposals, book chapters, and other large publication projects.

Furthermore, DeSanto had an additional publication selected as a featured article with DCT on her role as a Clinical Librarian assisting inpatient teams in clinical rounding. In “Answering Questions at the Point of Care,” she provides an overview of her role as a librarian during clinical rounds, including the professional knowledge she brings to the role and the technologies and resources she uses the most in this unique setting.

Check out both of these articles in the links above, and join us in congratulating their hard work!

PubMed Filters: Adding Institutional Filters to your NCBI Account

In a previous blog, we described some new search filters that can be used while accessing PubMed from the HSL home page. However, we realize that many of our users—especially those working with the more advanced features of PubMed—likely have their own My NCBI accounts, and won’t often be starting their search from the library’s home page. This blog will explain how to import those new filters into your existing My NCBI account, so you can use them in conjunction with your existing settings and preferences. To begin, you’ll need to either log in or create an account, which can be done at the “Sign in to NCBI” link shown below.

Sign in to NCBI link

Once logged in, continue to the Settings page (titled “My NCBI” at the top of every page) and navigate to the “Filters” module, typically at the lower-right corner of the page. If you’ve never experimented with creating your own filters, you will see a message stating “You do not have any active filters for this database.” Click the link to “Add filters for the selected database” or “Manage Filters.”

Manage Filters

On this page, select “Create custom filter” and paste the following code into the “Query terms” text box. Be sure to select all text, as even leaving off an opening or closing parenthesis may break the filter.

((inprocess[sb]) OR publisher[sb] NOT (pubstatusnihms NOT pubstatuspmcsd NOT pmcbook) OR (pubstatusaheadofprint))

Adding New Filters

This is the filter to show all articles without MeSH terms assigned, and it’s a great way to ensure you’re performing as thorough a search as possible. If your search returns 0 results when using this filter, you are likely missing the most recent literature on your subject! A consultation with an HSL librarian will be a great help to troubleshoot your search strategy, and you can schedule one via Ask Us.

Once the filter has been added, be sure to “Activate” it. This will ensure every search result page displays the filter as an option for you to choose.

Activate Filter

The second filter is much longer, but the process is the same. This filter restricts results to authors with an affiliation to CU Anschutz Medical Campus and related institutions, going back to 2014. For more information on how this filter works and why it’s restricted to this timeframe, the original blog post goes into much greater detail.

To add it, create a new custom filter, then copy and paste this code into the query terms:

 ((80045[ad]) OR (80218[ad]) OR (80206[ad]) OR (80220[ad]) OR (80262[ad]) OR (ucdenver[ad] AND (Aurora or Anschutz)) OR (uchealth[ad] AND (Aurora or Anschutz)) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Health Sciences Center"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND (Medicine[ad] OR SOM[ad])) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND ("College of Nursing"[ad] OR "school of nursing"[ad] OR CON[ad] or SON[ad])) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND "Public Health"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND "Dental Medicine"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Pharmacy[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND AMC[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado AMC"[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND AMC[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Denver" AND Aurora[ad]) OR (Fitzsimons[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Denver"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Hospital"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Health"[ad]) OR ("UC Health"[ad]) OR ("Children's Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("Childrens Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("The Children's Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("Veterans Affairs"[ad] AND (Denver[ad] OR Aurora[ad])) OR (VAMC[ad] AND (Denver[ad] OR Aurora[ad])) OR ("VA Eastern" AND Denver[ad]) OR ("National Jewish"[ad]) OR (NJH[ad] AND Denver[ad]) OR ("Denver Health"[ad])) AND (2014:2018[crdt])

When these filters are active, they’ll show up on the top right of every search results page, displaying the number of relevant hits in parentheses.

End Result

As mentioned last time, if you have comments, questions, problems, or suggestions for other filters, please let us know by leaving a comment below or submitting a ticket via AskUs. There are a lot of other options we can help you explore, both in and out of PubMed, and we’re always happy to help!

–Jason Wardell, Education & Reference Intern

PubMed Filters: “CU AMC Authors” & “No Mesh Assigned”


Go to PubMed through the library’s home page, and you’ll see filters that display subsets of your search results including citations with AMC authors back to 2014, and those with no MeSH terms assigned.  Use the following URL to replace a bookmark: .


CU AMC Authors 2014-Current

Based on many terms describing the institutional memberships of AMC authors, the filter tries to capture the research output of our faculty, students and staff, and those at related institutions (National Jewish Health, Children’s Hospital, VA Medical Center, and Denver Health).  It not only demonstrates the potential research output of the AMC, but it can help reveal similar research on campus.  Note the filter retrieves citations back to 2014 not earlier.  Prior to 2014, PubMed recorded the institutional affiliations of only the first author while recently PubMed has accepted information directly from the publisher which could include the affiliations of co-authors.

No MESH Assigned

MeSH terms (Medical Subject Headings) allow users to focus their searches and find relevant hits.  PubMed is indexed by many specialists but the volume of citations that are directly uploaded by publishers is so high that many records have no associated MeSH terms, sometimes for weeks. The “No MESH Assigned” filter shows the subset of records that are not indexed including some of the most recent articles on the topic.

Filters in MyNCBI

For both filters, if you log into your MyNCBI (PubMed) account, your personalized filters will replace these AMC filters. But if you’d like, we can share the full search strategies for any of the filters and help you install them in MyNCBI.

Future Filters

If you have comments, questions, problems you’ve noticed, or suggestions for other filters, please let us know. We are currently working on ones for nursing and pediatrics.  For any of these comments, you can Leave a Comment below or contact us via AskUs.

–Lilian Hoffecker