March 21, 2011

PubMed Mobile--beta!

PubMed now has a simplified, mobile-friendly web interface to let you access Medline wherever you are. Just enter your search in the search box and click the Search button.


On the results page, you'll see references as shortened citations. You can filter your search results by Free Full Text (remember, this does not include full text that is provided through UM library subscriptions) or Review.


You won't find MeSH terms on the mobile version of PubMed, but each page contains a link to Standard PubMed, as well as Previous and Next buttons for easy navigation.

To read the whole story, click here.

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February 16, 2011

Upcoming outage to several Library services

Update 2/20: service was restored to all affected systems at 12 noon Sunday, Feb. 20

A planned outage scheduled for this weekend (6 pm Friday, Feb. 18 - 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 20) will affect several Library online services. Please click here for more details.

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January 26, 2011

My NCBI videos!

We've just completed a series of videos on how to use My NCBI, the feature of the National Center for Biotechnical Information NCBI) that lets you save searches and collections of references and data and also lets you set your preferences for NCBI’s tools and web site.

Check them out on YouTube or on our PubMed research guide.

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January 21, 2011

A Bit of Fun for a Friday


The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. Watch Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Tara Shears and Neil deGrasse Tyson sing their lectures. Check it out!

Hat tip to The Bubble Chamber for this link.

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January 12, 2011

Peer Review--again

There's an interesting post on recent discussions of editorial peer review at The Bubble Chamber, a blog written by historians and philosophers of science from our friends in Canada. It's not all serious--there's a good cartoon, too.

The Murky Climate of the "Editorial Peer Review" Debate

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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.

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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.

In My Projects you can organize your research projects, citations and other materials that aren't in OvidSP, and you can subdivide projects into folders.
Ovid My Project_1

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.

Simply select citations from your search, then click Add to My Projects.
Ovid My Project_2

Add your citations to a new or existing project.

Ovid My Project_3<

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).

Ovid My Project_4

In My Projects, you can also drag and drop citations into different projects and folders.

Create folders in My Project by clicking on the Action button. You can also create a new project, add a citation manually, or upload a file.
Ovid My Project_5

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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.


The export window opens, where you can choose where to export to & the fields you want displayed. Just click Export Citations, choose your EndNote library & you're done!
Ovid export

As always, if you have questions, just contact us at 763-3071 or

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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.


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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!

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July 09, 2010

Can You Put a Price on Life?

Is motherhood for sale? These and other topics are part of a fascinating series of discussions in the class "Justice" led by Michael Sandel of Harvard University. The complete series of 12 videos is available online.

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July 01, 2010

PubMed--Changes on the Clinical Queries Page

The Clinical Queries page now lets you preview the first five citations of your search results for three research areas, Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics. Clinical Study Categories and Medical Genetics now have drop-down menus for Categories, Scope, and Topic. You can make changes to these menus at any time to modify the results of your search. To see all your results, use the "See all" links under each column.

For more information, follow this link.

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April 18, 2010

Searching PubMed: An Online Session

Search Clinic: Building a PubMed® Search

A thirty-minute online search clinic will be presented by the NLM® via Adobe® Connect™ on Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 pm ET. The presentation will cover the mechanics of the PubMed Search Builder page and how to use search tags.

For more information and access to the clinic, go to: The clinic will be recorded and available for viewing at this address. Please note that, due to technical limitations, there is a maximum capacity of 300 participants permitted.

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April 14, 2010

Enriching Scholarship Registration Open NOW!

Registration is open for Enriching Scholarship. Information about ES10 is at:

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April 11, 2010

Book Citations Added to PubMed; Display Changes

Book Citations Added to PubMed® and Changes to Displays

[Editor's note: These changes were implemented in PubMed on April 6, 2010.]

PubMed will soon be enhanced to begin including citations for a subset of books available on the NCBI Bookshelf. The first books to be added are, GeneReviews and Essentials of Glycobiology. A citation will be included for both the book and each chapter or section of the book.
Summary Display Changes

In order to accommodate the book and book chapter citations, the PubMed Summary display will also be modified. PubMed citations may include one of the set of labels and links outlined below. The Related articles link will also be renamed to Related citations.

New copper-colored labels (Books & Documents, Free PMC Article, and Free Article) provide users with a quick and easy way to scan the Summary display to find text that is freely available. The blue Free text links display for PubMed Central articles and Bookshelf items (see Figure 1) and, when clicked, open a new browser page with full text. When Free Article is displayed, use the title link to the Abstract format to find a publisher icon link to full text.

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March 29, 2010

PubMed goes back to 1947 now

March 29, 2010
PubMed adds citations back to 1947

PubMed Extends Its Reach
Biomedical Database Moves Back in Time to 1947

Harry Truman was President, gas cost 15 cents a gallon, the transistor was invented, and internationally renowned surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey was publishing articles on the US Army's World War II experience with battle injuries, military surgery, and the use of streptomycin therapy. Citations to these and more than 60,000 other articles indexed in the 1947 Current List of Medical Literature (CLML) are now available in the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE/PubMed database (

When the original MEDLINE database made its debut in 1971, it contained citations to journal articles mostly published from approximately 1966 forward. NLM began to expand the retrospective coverage of the database in 1996, when more than 307,000 citations originally published in the 1964 and 1965 Cumulated Index Medicus were made available as OLDMEDLINE. The Library has been moving steadily backward in time ever since.

Although 1947 may seem far back in the rear view mirror of history, important articles in biomedicine appeared that year and may hold vital lessons for research in the 21st century. "Some contemporary medical questions can only be answered by consulting the older literature," observed NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. "NLM is working to make the journal citations in older printed indexes electronically searchable, and our goal is to go back at least as far as World War II."

With the addition of the 1947 citations, the MEDLINE/PubMed subset now contains over 20 million citations produced during 63 years of indexing of the biomedical literature.

For additional information about the data conversion project, go to:

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March 25, 2010

New! Guides & Tutorials pages

If you've ever wanted help with EndNote, searching MEDLINE, or using other tools when the library was closed, now there's a new way to get assistance. The Guides, Tutorials, and Presentations pages provide online tutorials and links to other sources of information for many of the services that the Library provides, and they're always available, whenever you need help.

Guides & Tutorials 3

As always, feel free to contact us in person, or via email or phone if you have any questions.

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February 15, 2010

Dentistry YouTube videos draw worldwide interest

More than 650 videos from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s learning resources archives are drawing considerable interest worldwide since becoming available for free viewing on the Internet. The School, which launched its YouTube Channel in March (, was recently the second most-viewed educational channel on the popular website, topped only by Stanford.

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February 09, 2010

New Changes to PubMed

Changes have been made to the new PubMed interface. Limits can now be accessed from the home page, the Advanced Search page has been simplified, and you can now see a message about items on the Clipboard on the home page, not just on the Search Results page.

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January 31, 2010

New Feature on Pubmed's NCBI Helps with Compliance

My NCBI: Managing Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy Using My Bibliography

A new feature now available in My Bibliography facilitates the management of publication compliance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH)Public Access Policy. From the new Awards View eRA Commons users are able to see whether their publications are compliant with the Policy, start the manuscript submission process, associate their NIH extramural awards with their publications, and designate delegates to manage their bibliography via My NCBI.
Awards View
The Awards View is only available to eRA Commons users with active grants in their portfolios who have linked their My NCBI account with their eRA Commons account. To see whether your publications are compliant or not, go to My Bibliography and click on the Awards icon (this icon is only visible to users who have linked their accounts)

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January 15, 2010

Women's Health and Fitness Day

Women's Health and Fitness Day
Posted: January 13, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard Road

Free community event - Everyone welcome! Freebies, breakfast/lunch--all available to everyone at no cost.

This day is focused on educating the community – women and men of all ages – about various aspects of women's health. Attend various workshops led by U of M health professionals who are experts in their respective fields. The keynote speaker will be Florine Mark, President and Chairwoman of the Board of Weight Watchers Group, Inc.

For more information, please email

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December 09, 2009

FDA Social Media Forum Videos: Thought Leaders & Opinions

The FDA had a Public Forum on November 12-13 to collect suggestions for their forthcoming social media and online presence guidelines. This playlist collects some of the presentations and interviews that surrounded this event and are available in YouTube. This is not the complete set of presentations available from the FDA, just those available in YouTube.

The FDA guidelines will very likely shape non-health guidelines for social media and may very well impact on health communications in broader spheres, especially that of information professionals, health advocates, and potentially the general public. Please see for more information on how you can contribute to the dialog.

FDASM Video Playlist:


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November 11, 2009

Whirlwind Tour of Clinical Resources

The Health Sciences Libraries are proud to present a whirlwind tour of clinical resources.

On November 30th and December 10th, from 11 am until 2 pm, please join us in UH 2C228 (off the Cafeteria, behind the Gift Shop) to view the new electronic resources that the M-Library now has available. In addition to DynaMed, EMBASE, & Scopus, come see the new Mirlyn & new PubMed interfaces, AccessMedicine, AccessPharmacy, StatRef!, CINAHL, Pediatric Care Online,Facts & Comparisons, Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source, ACP, & MedlinePlus.

This is a drop-in session, so no need to register. Come for a few minutes or just to pick up handouts or stay/play for an hour. Questions to:

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Finding Flushots

If you are connected with the University of Michigan as faculty, staff, student, or patient, the most helpful local information is this link from UMHS.

University of Michigan Health System: Influenza (Flu) Information: Flushots:

But what if you have a friend, colleague or relative who is not affiliated with UM? How do you help them find a flushot? The UMHS site refers you to the American Lung Association site, which is unfortunately not working at the moment. They refer you to, which is probably a better first stop anyway. Where You Live / Find a Flu Shot Near You:

Many folk have also heard about the Google FluTrends site.

Google FluTrends

I've heard a lot of people saying, Google made the FluTrends site, why can't they get their act together and give us the info we really need about what is going on with this flu? Where is it in my area? How fast is is spreading? How can I find a flushot? Well, Google folks are pretty smart, and while folks were complaining it wasn't here yet, they were already working on trying to get it out.

Google Flushots
Google: Flushots:

How this works is that you enter your zipcode, and it returns locations within a roughly five mile radius. Unfortunately, in the immediate Ann Arbor area, there are no flushots available to the public at this time. Still, if that happens, think about your transportation options - where does the bus go? do you have access to a car? - then enter the zipcodes for those areas to see if there is something available in the surrounding areas.

For more information:

Google: Finding Flu Vaccine Information in One Easy Place:

Need to find zipcodes nearby? Try the browseable Zipcode Map.

Zipcode Boundary Map
Zipcode Boundary Map:

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November 04, 2009

Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users

The University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries is hosting the Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast “Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users”.

A **free** Medical Library Association webcast for information professionals that will
* describe mobile technology and its value for librarians and health care professionals
* demonstrate mobile technology devices and innovative applications
* explore programs that illustrate the potential of mobile technology for health professionals
* discuss funding opportunities to create and sustain mobile technology programs

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009, 1:30 – 4:00 P.M. (Agenda)

Rm. 2802, Medical Science Building 2
The University of Michigan
1137 E. Catherine St.,
Ann Arbor, MI (Campus maps and parking information)

The Presenters:
* Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region
* Emily Hurst, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Texas Health Science Center
* Bart Ragon, Associate Director for Library Technology Services and Development, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia–Charlottesville
* David Rothman, co-crator and Information Services Specialist, Medical Library, Community General Hospital of Greater Syracuse
* Renee Bougard, Outreach Librarian, National Network of Libraries of Medicine National Network Office
* Brian Briggman, System Architect, National Library of Medicine
* Dr. Paul Fontelo, Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication, National Library of Medicine
* Loren Frant, Head, Health Information Products Unit, National Library of Medicine
* Philip Garcia, Reference Services Coordinator, University of California–Irvine’s (UCI) Grunigen Medical Library
* Eric Schnell, Associate Professor and Emerging Technology and Services Specialist, Prior Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University
* Megan von Isenburt, Associate Director of Information Services, Duke University Medical Center Library
(More information about the presenters)

RSVP to Nadia Lalla (nadiamar at or 734-615-9452) by Tuesday, 17 November.

Other details:
* Participants can earn up to 2.0 MLA CE contact hours.
* Bring your questions!

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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October 29, 2009

The New PubMed Video

Here's a quick overview of some of the changes in the new Pubmed interface. if you have more questions, please contact us.

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October 25, 2009

PubMed® Redesign

NLM is pleased to announce a redesign of the PubMed interface. While retaining the robust functionality, the interface was simplified to make it easier to use while promoting scientific discovery. The changes to PubMed are outlined in the URL below. Please note that search processing, including Automatic Term Mapping, has not changed.

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September 30, 2009

Take a look at the New Pubmed!

Earlier today, the new interface for Pubmed was released as a beta. You can go take a look at it and try it out and all the usual beta stuff. Remember, beta means, it isn't 100% ready for primetime, but if you find a problem that you think will impact other people, please report it.

If you go to Pubmed your usual way, there is a link to click on to try it out, or you can click here.

Pubmed Preview:

If you want a little help seeing where things have moved, start with this.

If you'd rather look at a large picture, try these.

Large size

Full screen

The Health Sciences Libraries is planning workshops and brownbags on the new Pubmed, so watch our course list for more information. Of course, you can always come meet with a librarian or ask us to come present to your class, laboratory group or department.

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September 15, 2009

Watch for the NEW Redesigned Pubmed

Pubmed is changing. Probably later this month, September 2009. So don't be too surprised when one day soon you see something like this:

Pubmed Mockup

The Health Sciences Libraries will be doing classes about what changed soon after it does. For now, we don't really know much more than you do. No, just because we're librarians doesn't mean we get to play with the new toy before you do.

For what we do know, you can find more information about the change at these links, follow them in Twitter at ncbi_pubmed or myncbi, or search for Pubmed Redesign in Google.

NLM Technical Bulletin: MLA 2009: NLM Online Users' Meeting: Remarks

Blogadillo >> Pubmed

NLM Online Users Meeting, May 2009 (Slides)

GMR: The Cornflower: Pubmed Redesign Web Meeting Recording Available

Watch this space for more information as soon as we have it!

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September 14, 2009

H1N1, Meet Lynyrd Skynyrd

Dr. Dale Sargent of Wellmont Health System in Tennessee knows how to have fun, even when things are serious. And he knows how to get people around him to have fun, too. Or at least that's the message you get from his recent music video promoting immunizations for the H1N1 influenza virus.

"Gimmee 3 Shots: H1N1 flu vaccinations and a music video parody of a Lynyrd Skynyrd classic?"

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September 07, 2009

2009 DHHS Flu Prevention PSA Contest Winner

The innovative DHHS-sponsored contest to get the best ideas from the general public on how to teach about preventing swine flu has finished and decided on a winner! Take a look at the creative effort from Dr. John D. Clarke of the Long Island Rail Road.

You can see more finalists here.

YouTube: USGovHHS:

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August 21, 2009

Update on Higher Ed and Swine Flu

Today, this news article from the CDC provided an update to recommendations on managing swine flu on college campuses.

Swine Flu May Not Close College Classrooms: CDC:

While there is much more in the article, here are the key points they wanted to pass along.

* Colleges should encourage good flu-preventive hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, and "coughing etiquette," such as covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or a sleeve.

* Urge students and staff to get a flu shot once they become available, especially higher-risk individuals, such as pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

* If students do get sick, "self-isolation" is key. Ideally, students who live in dorm-type housing should, if they can, return to the family home for the duration of their illness (using a taxi or private vehicle). If they cannot, they should refrain from close contact with other students, relying on phone, e-mail, texting and the Internet to keep up with schoolwork and family and friends.

* In some cases, a "flu buddy" system might be helpful -- students pair up to exclusively care for each other if one becomes ill. Individuals should leave isolation only after 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicines).

* Students or staff should not require a doctor's note to prove they are ill, since such requirements could swamp already overburdened clinics, the CDC said.

For specifics on this press release, see the following.

* CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year
* Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education
* Technical Report on CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year

For more information on this topic or to register for email alerts and updates, please go to: School Planning:

To track this topic and others, please visit

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August 05, 2009

The Present and Future of Clinical Care

Berci Mesko has developed quite a name for himself at the intersection of healthcare and social media. It is pretty unusual for a medical student to be allowed to teach a for-credit class while he is still in school himself, but he really has exceptional expertise in this area and they were lucky to have him available. Here is a recent slide presentation from him that envisions the uses of social media and increasingly common technologies for doctors seeing patients.

Practicing Medicine in the Web 2.0 Era:

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August 02, 2009

PLoS On Open Access via Vimeo

The Public Library of Science has been making videos about their vision, mission and the role of open access in science and health, and making these quietly available through Vimeo for about four months now.

PLoS on Vimeo

Here is an example of one of their videos - Ginny Barbour, Part 5, Open Access, Achievements and Looking Forward, in which she says, "Open access means not only is your research free permanently, with no barriers attached to it, but also that reuse is possible, that redistribution is possible, that translation is possible. Then all of a sudden what you find is that the flow of information is restricted only by people's imagination."

Ginny Barbour, Part 5: Open Access, Achievements and Looking Forward from PLoS on Vimeo.

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July 24, 2009


The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Michigan are excited to offer the following new or returning databases for researchers, students, and health care professionals.

DynaMed ( is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'. It contains clinically organized summaries for more than 3,000 topics using evidence-based medicine. Unlike UpToDate, remote access (i.e., off-campus) is available.
Pediatric Care Online
Pediatric Care Online ( is another point-of-care resource which integrates multiple pediatric resources including the new AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, Bright Futures (comprehensive health supervision guidelines), AAP Red Book information on over 200 childhood infectious diseases, a Signs & Symptoms Search, and hundreds of patient handouts with easy to read explanations for many conditions and procedures.
Dentistry and Oral Science Sources
Dentistry & Oral Science Sources
( covers all facets relating to the areas of dentistry including dental public health, endodontics, facial pain & surgery, odontology, oral & maxillofacial pathology/surgery/radiology, orthodontology, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics. This database includes full-text.
EMBASE ( is a biomedical and pharmacological bibliographic database, which provides access to citations and abstracts from biomedical and drug literature via EMBASE and Medline. It contains over 19 million indexed records from 7,000+ peer-reviewed journals, covering 1947 to date, with more than 600,000 additions annually.
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
The ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source ( database provides full text journals, evidence based resources, and dissertations to support the study of the many aspects of nursing or the allied health professions, including physical therapy, radiography, dietetics, dental hygiene, and the clinical laboratory sciences.
Scopus ( is an abstract and citation database that provides access to nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals, 435 million scientific web pages, 23 million patent records, and "Articles-in-Press" from over 3,000 journals.
JAMAevidence ( integrates available evidence with clinical experience. It includes Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (2nd edition) and The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis. This resource is jointly offered with financial support from the University of Michigan’s Office of Graduate Medical Education.
R2 Digital Library
R2 Digital Library ( offers full-text access to over 120 premier health science ebooks in medicine, nursing, and dentistry.

For more information or assistance with using these databases, please contact the Health Sciences Libraries at or call us at (734) 763-3071.

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July 03, 2009

Pandemic Influenza Storybook from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control has released a wonderful Flash online storybook providing personal stories and recollections from survivors of the 1918 and 1957 pandemics.

Pandemic Flu Storybook

Pandemic Influenza Storybook:

Sections of the Flash-based storybook include:
- Courage and unbearable loss
- Where there's a will ...
- Sickness comes in hate ...
- 1957 Pandemic Flu

New stories are being added all the time, and people are invited to add stories from their families. One example, the story of Jennie O'Neal Givens tells the story of a teenager who, not understanding the situation, defies her mother to attend a dance during quarantine, which is followed by her mother dying of the flu.

The "Where there's a will" section tells stories of people making ends meet, making creative use of local resources to preserve health and promote survival. The section "Sickness comes in haste" describe the longterm personal impact of the pandemic, how people's lives were shaped, the memories that never left them, how these stories were passed on to their children and grandchildren.

This wonderful resource brings the issues to life, puts a human face on them. It is one of the best ways for people to visualize the implications and possible outcomes of the current pandemic, why the interventions are significant and what has worked best in the past.

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April 27, 2009

CDC Posts Video on Swine FLu (Close Captioned)

Update from the CDC.

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CDC's Recommended Hand Washing Video

The Center for Disease Control is recommending this video on handwashing as the single best preventative of catching the flu.

Put Your Hands Together. Flash Player 9 is required.

Direct link:

Put Your Hands Together:

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Swine Flu Information via iGoogle Tab

With the National Health Alert about swine flu in the United States, the Health Sciences Libraries are working on a guide to information and resources of help to our clinicians and our public. While we are working quickly on making that available, please feel free to use this in the meantime.

iGoogle Tab: Swine Flu

Swine Flu Information iGoogle Tab:

To use this, please follow the instructions below.

1. Create or login to your Google account (also known as GMail or iGoogle account).

2. From the Google homepage, click on the iGoogle link in the upper right hand corner.

3. Click on the link above or here for the Swine Flu Information iGoogle Tab.

4. Answer yes to add this to your iGoogle settings.

Last week we had a class on using iGoogle tabs to manage personal and professional information (Slides here). You can find more information there on using iGoogle.

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March 27, 2009

New History of Medicine web sites

Contagion is part of Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program. Organized by significant episodes of contagious disease (such as cholera and influenza), it's a rich digital collection that combines books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, & manuscripts, including materials from the Center for the History of Medicine.

Contagion web site
Check it out at

From Steven Palmer at the University of Windsor comes Cultures of Health, an on-line forum that will publish research, including fragments and works-in-progress, from researchers at all levels. the intent is to have information appear quickly to generate conversations about research and ideas in the cultural and social history of medicine and health.

Cultures of health

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March 24, 2009

Words of Women Scientists - In Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the role of women in technology and science.

Ada Lovelace Day:

Ada Lovelace is considered to be the founder of scientific computing, the first true computer programmer, and a brilliant mathematician. Exceptional woman such as Countess Lovelace are still relatively rarely noted in science and technology histories. Indeed, it is easy to go through several volumes of the Biographical Memoirs published by National Academy of Sciences without seeing a single woman listed in the Table of Contents.

"Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless." Suw Charman-Anderson, Ada Lovelace Day.

Meanwhile, in healthcare, the inclusion of women as students and faculty is on the rise.

AAMC: Women in U.S. Academic Medicine Statistics and Medical School Benchmarking 2007-2008:

AMA: Women Physicians Congress: Statistics and History:

AMA: Women Physicians Congress: Statistics and History: Women Medical School Applicants:

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day and the commitment of the health science professions toward gender inclusiveness, the libraries would like to offer a collection of quotations from famous women scientists. Included are Barton, Bates, Blackburn, Clance, Cori, Curie, Daie, Eigenmann, Elion, Franklin, Fraser, Gabelnick, Goeppert-Mayer, Hodgkin, Hopkins, Hopper, Joliot-Curie, Koshland, Levi-Montalcini, Marrack, McClintock, Nusslein-Volhard, Randall, Roussel, Rowley, Sarachik, Steitz, Stewart, Yalow, Young, Zoback. Who is the one you admire most?

HSL: Words of Women Scientists:

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March 17, 2009

Grand Opening: Against the Odds - NLM's Global Health Exhibit

You are welcome to attend the opening of the NLM touring exhibit on Global Health.

March 18th
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Health Sciences Libraries (1135 East Catherine).

Here are a few highlights to whet your interest.

Exhibit Panels:
UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit

Selected books on the topic:
UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit

Add your home location to the maps!
UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit

Do the same with the online map:
UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit

Explore fun facts on the tables and the online exhibit materials for more!
UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit

Against the Odds:

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February 24, 2009

Trial: JAMAevidence

The Health Sciences Libraries is hosting a trial of JAMAevidence for the Ann Arbor campus. This is an evidence-based medicine (EBM) resource which integrates available evidence with clinical experience allowing clinicians to recommend, and their patients to make, informed choices consistent with their values. JAMAevidence helps decision makers identify the best available evidence by providing guides to the systematic consideration of the validity, importance, and applicability of claims about the assessment of health problems and the outcomes of health care. It includes fulltext of The Users Guides to the Medical Literature and The Rational Clinical Examination.

Please send your feedback to by 31 March 2009.

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February 10, 2009

New from National Academies Press: Privacy, Aging, Global Health, and MUCH More

The National Academy Press books are wonderful resources -- books written by leaders in the field on topics of cutting edge importance, authoritative, and available free online, for individual purchase in print or electronic, and in many libraries. This is one of the site I make a point of checking regularly myself. Now they are also trying to add embed code so that you can embed the books you admire most in your blog or web pages simply but cutting and pasting the code provided on the web age for the book. Please note, the most recent version os Flash is required to use the book in your web page. One example is given below, for the rest please follow the links to the original web[age.


Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (2008):

The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the New Administration (2009) (Not for sale, free PDF online):

Disaster Risk Management in an Age of Climate Change: A Summary of the April 3, 2008 Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable (2009) (not for sale, free PDF online):

Evaluation of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Letter Report (2009) (Not for sale, free PDF online):

Traumatic Injury Research at NIOSH:



Beyond the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Enhancing Privacy, Improving Health Through Research (2009):

HHS in the 21st Century: Charting a New Course for a Healthier America (2008):

Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety (2008):

State of the USA Health Indicators: Letter Report:

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January 07, 2009

Social Media Trends for Clinicians (via Ozmosis)

Have you seen Ozmosis?

Web 2.0: Ozmosis


Ozmosis is regarded as one of the finest social networks for physicians. It has this reputation for a reason that I personally find a little frustrating, but which is also what gives it the real credibility -- you can't get in unless you are a physician. Not a therapist, not a nurse, not a dentist, not a pharmacist, not a medical librarian, not a doctorate type of doctor -- a physician. Luckily for those of us who can't get in, they do make some information available via their blog and the RSS feeds on their main page.

Their blog recently posted an interesting article about social media trends for clinicians -- what's hot, new, important.

Ozmosis: Social Media Trends to Watch for in 2009 (Jason Bhan, MD):

* The Evolution of Physician Collaboration.
* Recognition of rapid communication tools as a resource, not a distraction.
* Early steps in improving Provider/Industry interaction.
* Mobile, Mobile, Mobile.
* Consumer Trends in 2009
* Expansion and refinement of direct to consumer medical services with 'Real World' interpretations.
* Social Media meeting mainstream medicine.
* Patients and Providers - the 'Hip' connection.
* Physician Rating sites miss the mark.

The big ones focus on how social media actually makes your clinical work easier -- easier to find information, answers, connect with the folk you really need to connect with, to collaborate and consult, to communicate. Here are the main categories, but don't take my word for it -- go read the original. After all, this is a doctor who says so, right? Maybe there's something to it.

After all, what's most important to a busy clinician? Saving time without losing quality of care.

Web 2.0: Ozmosis (Physician Social Network)

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December 23, 2008

Autism & Health Care Twitter Day, Dec. 23 - Obama Wants to Know

December 16th there was a highly successful discussion and community building session held via Twitter (the social microblogging tool) on the topic of Autism. This conversation was so successful that the person designated to write an advisory report about autism for Obama's transition team has elected to use the same model for a discussion of what is important for President-Elect Obama and his team to know about autism.

Autism & Health Care Twitter Day, December 23, 2008

Here is their charge:

1. To discuss Autism and Health Care reform and draft a submission to the transition Health Policy Team.

2. To use a process to do this that in a way that respects and empowers attendees

3. To identify stories that exemplify the need for health care reform for the families dealing with Autism.

December 23, 2008, all day
Twitter -> you will need to have or create a Twitter account to participate.

You can observe the conversation without participating by tracking one of the following URLs.
Twemes: HHS: (requires reload)
Twitter Search: HHS: (will auto-update)

For more information, please check here:

Autism & Health Care Twitter Day, December 23, 2008
To get an idea of what last week's discussion looked like, please skim the following slides.

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November 12, 2008

Google Flu Tracker

Announced today, Google is using individual's search term patterns to track and predict the spread of the flu.

Google: Flu Trends:

Google Flu Tracker

Notice that even though the country at large has only barely started to climb, Michigan is showing more activity.

Google Flu Trends: Michigan

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October 26, 2008

Vital Signs via Telemonitoring

Of interest is the new report funded by AT&T on the cost savings in health from remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions.

Remote Monitoring Technologies Could Shave Health Care Costs by $197 Billion:

Here is the PDF version:

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September 29, 2008

George Mason University Sued over Zotero

Thomson Reuters, the owner of the Endnote reference management software, has filed a $10 million lawsuit and a request for injunction against the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia's George Mason University develops Zotero, a free and open source plugin to Mozilla Firefox that researchers may use to manage citations. Thomson alleges that GMU's Center for History and New Media reverse engineered Endnote and that the beta version of Zotero can convert (in violation of the Endnote EULA) the proprietary style files that are used by Endnote to format citations into the open CSL file format.

A summary opposed to the lawsuit:

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August 27, 2008

Open Access Makes Good: BMC Cancer Publishes 1000th Article!

BMC Cancer Celebrates 1000th Article:

"BMC Cancer announces a major achievement – the publication of its 1,000th article. BMC Cancer is the second medical journal in the BMC-series to achieve this milestone in 2008, after BMC Public Health, and follows in the footsteps of BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Genomics, which surpassed one thousand publications in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

The 1,000th article ‘Importance of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in potentially curable colorectal cancer liver metastases’ by Birgit Gruenberger and colleagues from the Medical University Vienna reports that oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy can reduce the risk of recurrence after liver resection in patients treated for liver metastases arising from colorectal cancer. The article has already been accessed over 900 times."

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August 20, 2008

PubMed indexing videos in life sciences

August 20, 2008

PubMed Now Indexes Videos of Experiments and Protocols in Life Sciences

PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine’s online database, is now indexing videos from The Journal of Visualized Experiments. According to the publication’s official blog, JoVE is "the first video-journal to ever be accepted for publication in PubMed."

The online, open-access journal publishes videos of experiments and protocols in the biological and life sciences and offers its video-articles to science bloggers to illustrate their posts.

The journal managers say that PubMed’s decision is an "official acceptance" of the scientific community of new forms of communication.

"Overall, it will increase the interest of the scientists to communicate their findings in video, making biological sciences more transparent and efficient," Moshe Pritsker, the co-founder of JoVE, told Wired.
—Maria José Viñas

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August 13, 2008

iGoogle Tab and HSL Beta Projects

Guus van den Brekel, a librarian in the Central Medical Library at the University of Groningen, mentioned the UM HSL iGoogle tab in a recent post. He also kindly noted the HSL Beta Projects page, which lists some of the ongoing emerging technology projects the HSL are currently working on. Be sure to check it out (along with Guus's blog).

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August 12, 2008

Second Life and Public Health Video

The University of Michigan's Health Sciences Libraries have produced a video highlighting Second Life and Public Health. Second Life is a virtual world through which an active public health community is simulating disaster scenarios, creating interactive health games, offering people with disabilities a place for support and social networking, and providing a space for professionals to view presentations and attend international conferences. This video showcases the potential of this new media.

Click here to view the high quality Quicktime video version in a browser window.

Alternatively, you can watch the low resolution version from YouTube below.

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August 05, 2008

Anatomy Through the Ages: pre-Vesalian to 1800

The Taubman Medical Library is pleased to host an exhibit, "Anatomy Through the Ages: pre-Vesalian to 1800," in conjunction with the North American Congress on Biomechanics. Print treasures in the Taubman Medical Library Rare Book Room trace the history of anatomy from the 15th through the 18th centuries.

UM HSL: Anatomy Exhibit

UM HSL: Anatomy Exhibit UM HSL: Anatomy Exhibit

UM HSL: Anatomy Exhibit
Exhibit open Tuesday, August 5, 9 am 4 pm, August 6-8, 11 am 1:30 pm, or by appointment.

For more information, contact Barbara Shipman,, 936-1398.

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July 17, 2008

Visit HSL at the Art Fair!!

The University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries are at the Art Fair, too! We have a booth in the 300 block of East Liberty, on the South side of the street, kind of in front of Seva. Our tent is dark green, and we are providing candy, conversation, and basic information to the public about our libraries and selected quality consumer health information resources.

Stop by and say, "hi!"

Here is the tent.

UMHSL @ Art Fair

Here are some of our offerings.

UMHSL @ Art Fair

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June 24, 2008

Virtual Reality for Health - Event Makes News

Last week's event, Virtual Reality for Health, was the subject of a well done article in yesterday's Ann Arbor News. You can read more here:

Not just playing games
At U-M, virtual-reality researchers are finding real-world uses
Monday, June 23, 2008
The Ann Arbor News

News Article: Not just playing games

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June 03, 2008

Virtual Reality in Health

The Virtual Reality in Health event will be Thursday, June 19, 2:00-4:30pm at the Duderstadt Center Video Studio and UM3D Lab.

Virtual disaster simulators?
Virtual dentistry?
Virtual hospitals in Second Life?

Come find out what’s possible in Virtual Reality when The Health Sciences Libraries and the UM3D Lab present an afternoon of “Virtual Reality in Health? at the Duderstadt Center Video Studio and UM3D Lab on Thursday, June 19, from 2:00-4:30.

Presentations on the UM3D Lab’s health related projects such as a virtual disaster simulator as well as the VRDent project and a tour of some of Second Life’s virtual health locations will be given from 2:00-3:30 in the Video Studio.


* Dr. Klaus-Peter Beier, Director of the UM3D Lab.
* Sharon Grayden, Coordinator, Faculty Development Dental Informatics and Assistant Research Scientist.
* Lars Schumann, UM3D Lab Manager and Research Computer Specialist.
* Patricia F. Anderson, Health Sciences Libraries, Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Following the presentations, from 3:30-4:30, the UM3D Lab will offer an open house to view health related 3D projects and have a chance to experience Immersive Virtual Reality in the Virtual Reality CAVE.


This event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated, but not required. University of Michigan affiliates can register at under Health Sciences Libraries workshops. Non-University of Michigan affiliates can RSVP by sending name(s) and number of attendees to

Virtual Reality in Health - Event poster

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June 01, 2008

Modifications to PubMed

o PubMed has been modified frequently over the years to optimize retrieval or provide features that lead searchers to additional information. PubMed is undergoing two changes which continue this trend. One change is in the way Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) works and the other is a new feature called Citation Sensor.*

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May 28, 2008

The Voices of Attention Deficit Disorder

An interesting piece from the New York Times, part of a new feature, "Patient Voices."

Spend some time, if you haven't already, exploring what the Times is doing in their Health section on the web, from health information to blogs. It's not just reporters' stories anymore.

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May 25, 2008

Library Podcasts Available in Open.Michigan

Selections from the School of Dentistry podcast series have been released as collection in the Open.Michigan initiative. Here is more information.

Open.Michigan iTunesU Bootcamp Collection

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May 19, 2008

"Museum Kills Live Exhibit"

Not a headline that you'd expect, especially about an art museum. But this article from the New York Times tells what happened to one object from the recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Design and the Elastic Mind, a tiny coat made from mouse stem cells (you see, science does come into this story). Kept alive in an incubator with nutrients, the curator recently had to kill the coat because it was growng too fast, clogging the incubator.

To read the story:

To visit the online exhibition and related materials:

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May 17, 2008

Life Hacks for Doctors

Joshua Schwimmer of EfficientMD has been doing work that I've been watching for a while. A lot of it is pretty interesting. Well, he just appeared on Slideshare with this handy dandy little overview of day to day life management thoughts to help busy clinicians be more efficient and productive.

Some of it is obvious, some of it is less so. FlyLady (a similar popular type of resource for women in charge of a household) refers to those who are born organized (BO) and those who aren't. Whether this is useful for you will depend on whether you are born organized, or could use a little booster help to get your personal time back.

(For those of you who haven't heard of Slideshare, it is a neat tool for archiving and sharing slide presentations. I use it to have a back up before I go to a conference or new classroom, when I can't count on my tech working right.)

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May 06, 2008

Extensive listing of CME credits
List of Online CME credits compiled by Bernard Sklar is authoritative and up to date. Currently there is a special notice looking for reviewers to help keep the list updated.

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May 01, 2008

Technology for Medical Images Via Cell Phones

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April 24, 2008

Doctors Get a Crash Course in Healthful Cooking

From today's Morning Edition on NPR comes a story about a conference to help doctors & health professionals learn to make easy & healthy meals.

A collaboration between Harvard University & the Culinary Institute of America (& including a former chef & current medical student as one of the instructors), the conference was devised as a way to help doctors give their patients concrete advice about changing their eating habits.

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April 17, 2008

If you missed "Sick around the World" on PBS this week

you can watch it (or any Frontline program) online at
You can look at the entire program or view one chapter at a time.

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April 16, 2008

Publishers Sue Georgia State on Digital Reading Matter

From today's New York Times, comes word of a lawsuit that appears to be the first filed over electronic coursepacks.

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March 28, 2008

Clustering Search Engine for Science - ScienceRoll!

Two hours ago, Bertalan Mesko (the main man for the famous science blog ScienceRoll) announced on Twitter that they were releasing a new search tool.

ScienceRoll Search Goes Live!

ScienceRoll Search:

Let me say, this is one really cool, really useful toy for anyone in health, medicine, life sciences, or research in these areas. To start with, it searches a lot of public health and medicine databases and web sites.

ScienceRoll Search Clustering Search Engine

Next, like any really good aggregator, it tells you which of the sources seemed to be the most productive for your topic. I searched "evidence-based" in this example below.

ScienceRoll Search Clustering Search Engine

Next, it uses semantic technologies (also known as "Web 3.0") to analyse and cluster the results by topic.

ScienceRoll Search Clustering Search Engine

This allows you to quickly focus your search, to scan and see what are the main themes or trends in the topic, and to learn more about the conceptual structure of the idea if it is new to you. Worth exploring. Spend some time with this one.

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March 20, 2008

NIH Public Access Policy

NIH's new Public Access Policy requires that all papers resulting from NIH-funded research must be deposited in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. The Policy applies to all peer-reviewed articles (including their graphics and supplemental materials) accepted for publication on or after April 7th, 2008, arising in whole or part from direct costs paid by the NIH or NIH staff.

For additional information, visit

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March 09, 2008

Intro to HSR e-class: Home Page

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March 02, 2008

Finding and Using Health Statistics (short online tutorial)

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February 15, 2008

NLM Drug Information Portal

Quick Access to over 12,000 Selected Drugs


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February 05, 2008

New ISI Web of Knowledge Interface

On February 3, 2008 ISI unveiled a new search interface for the ISI Web of Knowledge databases. To access individual databases like Web of Science or Journal Citation Reports, click on the "select databases" tab. Questions about using the new ISI interface? Contact the library at for help!

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December 20, 2007

Gov't Report on Medical Treatments

The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday issued a new report, "Research on Comparative Effectiveness of Medical Treatments: Issues and Options for an Expanded Federal Role."

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December 18, 2007

Evidence-Based Medicine vs. Patients

Controversial but interesting article about evidence based medicine. Author wonders whether physicians are relying too much on EBM and perhaps too little on the integration of additional information and his or her own judgment.

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December 09, 2007

HSL Hosts Brown Bags in Second Life

Second Life is one of several virtual worlds or MUVEs (multi-user virtual environments). Second Life (SL) in particular has become prominent in educational circles over the past couple years, with established presences from many universities. More background information about Second Life is available from this slidecast.

The University of Michigan opened Wolverine Island for use by the UM Community this term (Fall 2007). Since then, Wolverine has continued to rapidly evolve and change, with more interesting and dynamic spaces. The first course to be taught at Wolverine was an elective for the M1 students (more on that later). The first community social event, a brown bag to discuss future needs and plans for the UM SL community, happened this past Friday. It was hosted by a team of staff from the Health Sciences Libraries, Patricia Anderson, Mark MacEachern, Gillian Mayman, and Carol Shannon. This event was planned and organized collaboratively with the Medical School (Ted Hanss and Marc Stephens), the School of Dentistry (Sharon Grayden), and the School of Public Health (who provided the meeting location).

We'd been asked to have a series of events for people new to Second Life where they could come to a campus location and practice their skills with more expert people available to help. With that in mind, this was a combined real world / virtual world event. The real world location was the new Crossroads computer classroom at the School of Public Health.

Regarding the location in Second Life, here are some images of both Wolverine Island and the people (avatars) who came to the Brown Bag.

Around 20 people attended the session*. 7 came to the real world location, and almost all of those were our team of designated helpers. So where were people coming from?
- 7 = Public Health classroom
- 2 = working from home
- 2 = Med School
- 2 = own office
- 1 = Dearborn campus
- the rest = unspecified
* 17 verified, but I didn't catch all of the names, so there were more.

Not everyone identified their departments, but those that did included people from the libraries, Medical School, Department of Kinesiology, School of Dentistry, School of Public Health, School of Information, LS&A, and Dearborn Campus.

At one point, we were talking about the potential of SL for distance education, but this illustrates real utility for just regular meetings! Think of all those meetings you go to all around campus and the travel time you plan, and then imagine going to a meeting by popping onto your computer, with your office around you and your desk and files and favorite beverage ready to hand. With this Brown Bag, at the end, about half the people leaving on time said they had real world meetings they needed to get to, making for a bit of contrast.

The group discussed a variety of ideas for future events, so stay tuned. For the short-term, please feel free to join us at more brown bags in Second Life. They are Fridays, noon Michigan time or 9-10 SLT (Second Life Time) at the campfire on Wolverine Island (unless otherwise specified).

December 14, noon
TOPIC: prioritizing future brown bag topics, what is most important to the UM Second Life community

December 21, noon
TOPIC: A tour of Wolverine Island

For more information, ontact Patricia Anderson, pfa at umich dot edu, or IM Perplexity Peccable in Second Life. For more details about this event, see our other blog entry on this topic.

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December 05, 2007

Another Way to Keep Track of Our News - Dentistry Library Now on Twitter!

The Dentistry Library is now expanding our outreach with an easy way to keep track of what is new in the field and at the library. You may have heard of Twitter, which is described as a microblogging tool. Basically, instead of the long articles you have seen here in our blog, in Twitter the entries are 140 characters -- or less!

We hope to have the Twitter entries display on our home page when it is revised (process to begin later this month). In the meantime, we will occasionally list our recent Twitter entries in a blog post, for you to explore as you wish. So, you can either check out our "Twitterstream" or just keep watching our blog. Sooner or later, the information will come to you.

Here is the link to our Twitter account:

Here are our first 20 tweets (another word for a Twitter post) in reverse chronological order:

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December 02, 2007

Second Life Brown Bags at Wolverine Island

The Health Science Libraries, in partnership with the schools of dentistry, medicine and public health (and with the gracious permission of our local SL landlord!), hopes to host a regular series of brown bag gatherings at Wolverine Island in Second Life on Fridays at noon. Persons attending will be able to join the meeting either or both inworld (in Second Life) or come to a previously announced real world location, where we will have people available to help persons who want to become more comfortable working in Second Life.

The first meeting will be the first Friday in December:

December 7, 2007
12 noon to 1pm

Real Life:
Meet in CAIDENT (School of Dentistry Basement
Second Life:
Meet at the campfire in the center of the Arb (NW corner of the island). [SLURL to teleport to the location]

Here is a map of Wolverine Island.

Second Life: Wolverine Island: Map

Here is an overhead view of the area around the campfire.

Second Life: Wolverine Island: The Arb

NOTE: If there is too large of a crowd for the campfire (right center of the image, under the largest tree), we will relocate to one of the nearby mini-auditorium spaces that show as round areas to either side of the trees.

Here is a picture of the campfire proper.

Second Life: Wolverine Island: Campfire

The purpose of the brown bags are partly to encourage sharing and skills building opportunities among our local Second Life community, and also to encourage and facilitate discussion of topics of interest to University of Michigan educators. This first meeting will be a chance to meet and greet and talk about possible concepts for future discussions. Some example discussion topics could include:

- Issues: Teaching with Voice in Second Life: Yes or No?
- Sharing Session: Find Great Freebies
- Lessons Learned: Tips and Tricks for Moving Your Class from Place to Place
- Skills Building: How do I change clothes fast and build a core collection of outfits?

Come with ideas, come to meet other UM folk, come to explore Wolverine Island. Open to all UM folk with Second Life avatars!

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November 08, 2007

Open Access 2.0 - An Article from The Scientist

There is a very interesting new article about the stresses and perils of trying to create an economically viable and sustainable publishing model along the lines of open access.

Esposito, Joseph J. Open Access 2.0, The nautilus: where - and how - OA will actually work. The Scientist 21(11):52+.

"The fundamental tension in scholarly communications today is between the innermost spiral of the nautilus, where peers, narrowly defined, communicate directly with peers, and the outer spirals, which have been historically well-served by traditional means. Open-access advocates sit at the center and attempt to take their model beyond the peers. ... At the outer spirals sit the traditional publishers, who are attempting, with increasing success, to extend their reach into the inner spirals, preempting and co-opting open-access initiatives wherever they can. What remains unknown is at just what middle point the two models will meet."

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July 27, 2007

AA Center for Independent Living--Needs Survey

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living would like to hear from you. Please let us know what issues in your community are important to you by participating in our community needs survey.

The needs of people with disabilities are diffuse through all demographics and can be difficult to identify. Our survey is looking to use your input to make sure your voice is heard when programs and policies are created that affect persons with disabilities.

By clicking on this link,, to our survey and taking just 15 minutes to participate, you will help to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and create a community which is inclusive of people of all abilities.

We appreciate your assistance because your opinion is important in our community. If you have any questions, comments, or would prefer completing the survey over the phone, please contact Andrea King at (734) 971-0277 ext. 53 or email

Thank you for your assistance in participating in the survey and disseminating this request to the community.

Carolyn L. Grawi, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
Macro and Clinical Practice
Director of Advocacy and Education
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

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July 16, 2007

PostGenomic Science Blog Aggregator

For those who enjoyed our podcast on science blogs, here is a newly discovered resource to help make it easier to follow the science blogosphere -- PostGenomic.

PostGenomic is an aggregator -- a source that compiles or aggregates information from a variety of sources. In this case, PostGenomic collects information from a variety of science blogs, and repackages in a way to make them more useful. It has several very nice features, including (my favorite) the option to track your favorite blog postings and see who is talking about them. It collects science blogs across domains, so is broad in scope, but I have yet to visit their main page without finding something of interest. A marvelous resource!


Staying Current with Science Blogs & Wikis: Slides ; Podcast (zipped)

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June 07, 2007

University of Michigan & Michigan Economics

A recent report from University Research Corridor (Empowering Michigan) presented these core findings.

"The study found the universities accounted for 94 percent of federal academic research dollars brought into Michigan; all three are among the top 75 of more than 600 U.S. research universities.

Over the past five years, they have helped launch more than 79 startup companies based on university research and helped attract a far greater number of companies that want to be near universities. Expansion Management Magazine recently ranked Ann Arbor the No. 1 region in the nation for availability of knowledge workers. The East Lansing/Lansing area was also highly ranked."

The press release is available at:

Michigan's assets for economic growth stand among the nation's best; Presidents offer full resources to jump start Michigan's economy:

The full report is available here:

Anderson Economic Group: Preliminary Report: The Economic Benefits of the University Research Corridor (May 2007): [PDF: 524 KB]

In their list of highlighted startup companies, over 30 are focused on biological, medical and life sciences topic -- around 3/4s of the complete list.

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May 24, 2007

Evidence-Based Database on Aging

Recently released is a database of information about social care of the aged, with the content ranked according to the level of evidence. The database is intended to support decisionmakers and policy development. It may be useful for clinic managers and directors.

Social Work Leadership Institute: Center on Aging Policy: Evidence Database:

"The Evidence Database is regularly updated by an advisory panel that filters, reviews, and catalogues articles published in professional journals both in the U.S. and abroad."

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May 16, 2007

UM Health Sciences Libraries Proposed Journal Cancellations 2007

The UM Health Sciences Libraries must cancel subscriptions to resources including journals and databases, due to inflationary increases and budget reductions. Your input is an extremely valuable factor in our decision-making process, and we are committed to supporting the clinical, educational and research information needs of the campus.

Please review the proposed cancellation list at and share your comments with us using the web form on this page or email by June 12, 2007.

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May 04, 2007

CDC Offers New Grand Rounds Series

The Centers for Disease Control just announced that they will be making available a satellite and web cast series of grand rounds. The Public Health Grand Rounds series will contain "real-world case studies that highlight the agency's health protection goals."

"The first program in the series, Healthy Places Leading to Healthy People: Community Engagement Improves Health for All, airing May 11, 2 pm to 3pm, focuses on the agency's Healthy Communities Goal under the overarching Healthy Places Goal and features the community of Wabasso located in Indian River County, Florida."

Other upcoming topics include child health on June 15th, and global / world health on September 28th, with more web casts forthcoming.

Registration information available at the link below.

CDC: Public Health Grand Rounds on CDC Health Protection Goals:

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March 12, 2007

7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons

Read 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons to learn about this alternative to traditional copyright. It's only two pages, and is written with educators in mind.

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March 09, 2007

Blind Mice See Again (UM researchers involved)

Blind mice see again after cell transplants
British and American scientists have restored vision in blind mice by transplanting light-sensitive cells into their eyes in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments of human eye diseases.

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March 08, 2007

International Women's Day: Women's Health

International Women's Day:

"Celebrated on 8 March, International Women's Day (IWD) is the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential. IWD celebrates the collective power of women past, present and future."

International Women's Day is celebrated as a major holiday in many countries around the world. In honor of International Women's Day, many organizations are presenting special information or resources on women's health in the field of public health. Here are a few samplings.

World Health Organization: Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General:
Department of Gender, Women and Health:

WHO: Europe: Gender and Health - International Women's Day: Ending impunity for violence against women and girls:

PAHO: Make Every Girl Count: Improving Cervical Cancer Detection:

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism: Inside PCIJ: International Women's Day - Status of Women in the Phillipines:

United Nations: International Women's Day: Resources:

United States: Department of State: Condeleeza Rice: Remarks on International Women's Day:

Women's Global Health Imperative:

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February 28, 2007

New Classes of AIDS Drugs Developed

2 New Drugs Offer Options in H.I.V. Fight - New York Times

The first new classes of drugs against AIDS since the 1990s, one developed by Pfizer.

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February 26, 2007

Paul Farmer talk available online

From the AADL website:
Paul Farmer's talk at UM on February 12, 2007

may now be viewed on the website of the University of Michigan William Davidson Institute.

Dr. Farmer is one of the world's foremost medical anthropologists and physicians and has been working in Rwanda for nearly two years. His lecture was entitled "Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda."

The website also includes a one-on-one interview with Dr. Farmer.

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February 21, 2007

Another Great Report from "Give Kids a Smile"

School of Dentistry News Release Big Turnout for Give Kids a Smile Program

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February 19, 2007

Dental hygiene outreach event

Dental hygiene outreach

This University Record write-up and photo is about the "Give Kids a Smile" event that the Health Sciences Libraries participated in on Feb 3.

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February 02, 2007

HSL Patron Survey

Please help us understand what you see as your information challenges and ways in which we can help you meet them. Please take our three question survey.

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February 01, 2007

New Health Sciences Libraries Blog

The Health Sciences Libraries are pleased to present our new blog! The blog will provide information we hope will be helpful and interesting.

With a blog, you can either browse the content when you wish, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed to receive notifications of new additions to the blog.

We will be providing more information on these options in the future. We hope you find it useful!

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