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This chapter contains a collection of short video tutorials that highlight the features of the Bookshelf. In order to play the videos, you will need to have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer. If you do not have the Flash Player, you can download it from here.

Tutorial 1: Browsing

A student is just beginning his course in genetics, and his teacher has recommended Bookshelf as a good source of information. The student explores which books are relevant to his studies.

This tutorial will show you how to browse through our titles on genetics. Click on Browse Titles. In the filter box, enter the term “genetics”, select Title and click on Go. Scroll to see that there are 8 books with the term genetics in their titles.

Alternatively, we can browse by book subject, rather than book title. To do this, let’s first Reset the filter to see all books. In the Subjects column, click on More, check the box for Genetics and Apply. Scroll to see the list of 42 books about genetics.

Tutorial 3: Inside a book

A genetics counselor is seeking information on hemochromatosis. He visits GeneReviews to learn about how the disease is inherited, and the risk to family members.

This tutorial will show you how to read our books. Clicking on Browse Titles will show you all the books, but for this example, click on the featured title, GeneReviews.

To find hemochromatosis, click on H, and find HFE-Associated Hereditary Hemochromatosis.

Here is a summary. To skip to another part of the review, Click on Go to, and then Genetic Counseling.

To read original papers and reviews, click on a citation and then its PubMed link. You can also see related PubMed citations for this article on the right side of the page.

Tutorial 4: Using limits

A patient has opted to have an amniocentesis. She looks on Bookshelf to find a definition for the procedure.

This tutorial will show you the Bookshelf Limits feature, in this example, limiting search results to those found in glossaries.

To start, click on Limits. In the search box, enter the term you want defined, in this example, “amniocentesis”. Check the box for Glossaries and click on the Search button. There are definitions in three books.

Click on the results for “Genetics for Surgeons”, and scroll down to find the definition given for amniocentesis.

Bookshelf ID: NBK45612


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