Information Resources

Library resources: What’s new, and what’s been improved

Stat!Ref Mobile IconRegistered library users now have full text access to dozens of medical reference books through Stat!Ref Mobil.

 

 

 

 

AccessMedicine MobileIn fact, it’s a good idea to check the library first if you are looking for mobile ebooks.  Find out why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PubMed-National Library of MedicinePubMed has a new and simplified citation export feature.

 

 

 

 

The newest version of EndNote is scheduled to be released this month.

 

 

 

MD Consult: Two easy ways to earn CME credit

The online resource MD Consult, which is available to Health Science Center affiliated users through the database list on the library’s website, offers two easy activities to earn CME credit:

  1. Free Internet Point of Care CME credit
  2.  Cyberounds®

The Point of Care CME option is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education.  It focuses on structured, online learning. Physicians may earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each search conducted through MD Consult. Certificates are available immediately, and each user has access to a transcript of credits earned through MD Consult.

Cyberounds® are interactive grand rounds moderated by distinguished academics, exclusively for physicians, medical students, and other selected health professionals. Conferences are administered by the Cyberounds® committee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New presentations are uploaded regularly. Members then have the opportunity to pose questions and comments directly to the moderators or guest authors. Previous conferences are archived and available for review.  Free CME is granted for the first 5 conferences submitted through MD Consult.   If you are interested in additional credit for interactive grand rounds, you can create a separate, fee-based account through Cyberounds.

Searchable access to full text books, journals, medical images, and the popular “Clinics” series that are part of MD Consult is available to all Health Science Center affiliated personnel and students.  Some features, including the CME option do require setting up a personal account, but the set-up is easy, fast, and free.

To take advantage of the CME opportunities offered through MD Consult:

  1. Link to MD Consult through the library’s website.
  2. Click on Create Account in the upper right corner of the main MD Consult screen.
  3. Create your personal account (this must be done from a computer within the institutional IP range but the account can be used from any location after it is created).
  4. Click on the CME tab to read the instructions for earning CME.

Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

MedlinePlus 2010 user survey results

Recently, the National Library of Medicine announced the results of the 2010 MedlinePlus user survey, providing a snapshot of representative MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español users,  their demographics, their reasons for visiting the site, and how they use the health information provided by MedlinePlus.

Results of the MedlinePlus survey can be viewed here.

Results for MedlinePlus Español can be viewed here.

Micromedex has a new look: Instructions now available

Micromedex is an online reference resource for information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine for informed clinical diagnosis and treatment decisions. As of June 1, Micromedex is only available in a new version 2.0 design. Instruction in how to use Micromedex is available online here. Additionally, the library’s Information Services staff are available to provide instruction in how to use Micromedex effectively. Contact askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu. A mobile version of Micromedex version 2.0 is available for iPhones, iPads, Blackberries, Androids, Palm OS, and Pocket PC. The mobile version is available from the Micromedex home page.

Mobile access to TOXNET® is now available

Toxnet Mobile AccessTOXNET®, the National Library of Medicine’s integrated database of hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health information, is now accessible from any mobile device.

Launch mobile TOXNET at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/pda/.

New library search features: Drop down search box

 

Librarians have  been hard at work trying to find new ways to improve your experience with the UT Health Science Center Libraries website. Starting in January the library rolled out a new website with an improved search interface on the homepage. From a search box on the homepage, it is now possible to search PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and Databases.

Not settling with a search of these features on just the library homepage, the library’s Web Team has enhanced searching capabilities by creating a dropdown in the top right corner of the library’s website. This search feature is now on every library web page, and allows a search of the library’s website, PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and the University site.

The library Web Team is always looking for students, faculty, and staff to participate in usability testing for the libraries website. If you have not participated before, and would like to sign up, please contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian, minars@uthscsa.edu.

 

Library Search box screenshot

New resources from the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus ConnectMedlinePlus Connect links EHR users to consumer health information

The National Library of Medicine recently announced the debut of MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect), a free service that allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus.  MedlinePlus is an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers, and delivers information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from the National Institutes of Health, other US government agencies and authoritative health information providers.

General information about MedlinePlus Connect can be found at

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/overview.html.

Technical support for MedlinePlus Connect can be found at

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/technical.html.

 

Photo- John Shaw Billings

John Shaw Billings, c. 1870s

 

Online exhibit: “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year

The National Library of Medicine recently mounted a new online exhibition, “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year.” The exhibition may be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/buildingnlm/index.html.

The exhibition focuses on the dramatic 1872 change in the library’s mission. Founded in 1836 as the office library for the Army Surgeon General, the library came under the stewardship of Army Major John Shaw Billings in 1865. Seven years later, the library embarked on a venture to acquire the most complete set possible of medical books and journals. Billings and his work set the course for the library’s identity today as the world’s largest medical library.

The core of the exhibition is found in the stories, difficulties, and situations that Billings encountered as he began building a comprehensive collection as quickly and frugally as possible. The exhibition also shows the library’s early years, exploring the practical uses that the limited collection then supported.

The online exhibit includes a full bibliography of published materials by and about John Shaw Billings, including articles and pamphlets, reports, books and monographs, and speeches.

 

NIH Public Access Policy changes go into effect July 1

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the full text of peer-reviewed published articles resulting from NIH-funded research are made available to the public. The policy requires that “all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.”

The Principle Investigator (PI) of the NIH award is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance for all applicable articles that are generated from the research project, including those not authored by the PI.  Articles are exempt if the research is not funded by the NIH or if they are not peer-reviewed (for example, literature reviews, letters, editorials, book chapters or conference proceedings).

Recent changes to the policy include a requirement that the full text of all applicable cited articles in the bibliography, if co-authored by any of the manuscript collaborators, must also be available in PMC. Most significantly, the NIH will delay funding or renewal of non-competing continuation awards with a start date of July 1, 2013, if the applicants’ publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the policy. For more information about the changes and for useful campus links, go to the library’s page on the NIH Public Access Policy.

Jonquil Feldman

Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

PMCID – PMID Converter Available

PMCID PMID DOI Converter

PMC recently released an update to the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter tool.  The updated tool allows you to search by one unique identifier and find additional identifiers that may apply to the article.

Search options include:

  • PMID (from PubMed)
  • PMCID (from PMC)
  • Manuscript ID (from a manuscript submission system, e.g., NIHMS, Europe PMC, PMC Canada)
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier – assigned by the publisher)

When a number is entered the Converter will look for the related identifiers.  If you search for an article ID to identify a PMCID, if the article is not found in PMC the message will display: “Identifier not found in PMC.”  Remember that not every article will have every identifier.  According to the NIH, PMCIDs are posted in PubMed promptly after processing by PMC which happens around the time of publication.

Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP
Head of Education & Information Services