August 20, 2010
Renewal of UpToDate
Due to the generosity of the UM Health System, UpToDate, a clinical point-of care resource, will remain available for use on campus. This will allow the University Library to continue offering other valuable resources to UM faculty, staff, and students.
August 19, 2010
Resources for public health
Two more resources have been added to Search Tools. These are freely-available websites which have been added so that they can be more easily found by researchers. Both may be especially useful to researchers in public health.
The New Routes to Community Health website is a subject gateway for immigrant community health issues. It represents the combined efforts of eight diverse, immigrant-led collaborations working to create local media and outreach campaigns to address their communities' health concerns. The site can be searched by topic, by immigrant population, or by tags; a list of common tags is presented to aid browsing. This is a useful site for finding information about immigrant community issues, and especially about existing health care projects.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website is a comprehensive portal to issues regarding health care quality and safety. It provides clinical information, patient and consumer information, funding opportunities, and surveys and other data sources. This is an extensive source of free information, available in both English and Spanish.
August 18, 2010
Regulatory data & trial registries
Several public resources have now been added to Search Tools to assist researchers in locating clinical trials and regulatory data for drugs. These are freely available, but their addition to Search Tools should make them easier to find for UM researchers.
For locating controlled trials, try:
* metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT)
* WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform
August 11, 2010
Online anatomy tools
The Taubman Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce a 30-day trial to e-Anatomy, an online, interactive anatomical atlas from IMAIOS. This award-winning resource provides over 4000 images, including CT scans, MRI, and radiographs in 29 distinct modules, with a search function to locate any anatomical structure.
The interactive controls allow the user to move through multiple cross-sections of structures or regions, while other controls allow the image to be saved or printed directly. The labels are also available in eight different languages.
For more information, here is a helpful user guide.
August 05, 2010
The New OvidSP Interface--My Workspace/My Projects
My Workspace is a new area of OvidSP that includes My Projects, My Searches & Alerts, My TOCs, and an Update Toolbar.
You can create projects in My Project or you can create them "on the fly," as you're doing searches. Folders must be created in the My Projects area.
Add your citations to a new or existing project.
You can also drag and drop citations into the My Projects area on the lower left of the search results page. Select the citations, then drag the vertical gray bar (it's not visible here, but just hover over the citation numbers & you'll see it).
In My Projects, you can also drag and drop citations into different projects and folders.
August 02, 2010
The New Medline (OvidSP)--Exporting Citations
One thing that I really like about the new Medline (Ovid) interface is the way you export citations. The Results Manager is immediately above your search results. Simply choose the references that you wish to export, then click Export.
As always, if you have questions, just contact us at 763-3071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to Medline (Ovid)/UM-MEDSEARCH
Today Ovid will switch to a new interface for accessing databases such as Medline & the Cochrane databases. While some of the changes are slight, there are major innovations, including a slightly different way to export citations to citation management software (it's easier!) and a new section called “My Projects” that lets you organize your research, including items & files not found in the Ovid databases.
I'll be blogging about some of the new features during this week, but for a complete overview, check out this helpful video from Yale.
Dog Days of Summer--Health Wonk Variety
For those who are a little behind on their health care/policy/insurance blog work, Health Wonk Review has gathered together a great series of posts in one location. Enjoy!
August 01, 2010
Health Information for Oil Spills
A week ago I did a presentation on health information for an audience in Second Life interested in the Gulf Oil Spill. The next day, Michigan suffered a local oil spill, one of the largest (if not the largest) in Michigan history and the Midwest. From what I am seeing of the public health recommendations from our local state and county officials, much of the same health recommendations and resources hold true here as well as in the Gulf area. Here are the slides and links recommended in that earlier presentation.
Here are links to additional local information sources specifically on the Michigan Oil Spill (#MIoilspill).
State of Michigan: Oil Spill: http://www.michigan.gov/oilspill/
EPA: Enbridge Spill: Odors: http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/odor.html
Michigan: Calhoun County: Health Department Issues Water Advisory - 7/29/2010 (PDF): http://www.calhouncountymi.org/ReferenceDesk/Forms/CCPHD_Enbridge_Oil_Spill_Water_Advisory_072910.pdf
A visual guide to oil spill lingo: http://michiganmessenger.com/40280/oil-spill-a-visual-guide-to-the-lingo