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First Wave of Migration to Electronic Only Journals

A Snapshot of Ovid vs. PubMed MEDLINE

Welcome New Faculty Members

More Faculty News

ICPSR Data Sets for Public Health Professionals

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VOL. 24 NO. 3 APRIL - MAY 2003


First Wave of Migration to Electronic Only Journals

During the past five years, the Library has provided access to an ever-increasing number of
electronic journals to faculty, staff and students, from any
web-accessible location. To the delight of our patrons, access
has now grown to more than 2,700 electronic journals in the health sciences and usage continues to soar.

As the Library embarks on renewing subscriptions for 2004 in both print and electronic formats and negotiating new multi-year contracts with publishers, the time has come to revisit the availability of some titles in both print and electronic formats. You are encouraged to consider the
following strategies and contact Mrs. Mary (Polly) Dillon, Director for Collection Development, at mdillon@med.miami.edu or
305-243-5767 with any comments and suggestions you may have.

  1. The first group of journals being examined for electronic-only access are 'review' journals from publishers with reasonably sound archival platforms for the electronic version, such as the Annual Reviews in …... from Annual Reviews and the Current Opinion in …, Trends in … and other secondary publications from Elsevier Science.
  2. The second group to be considered will be journals in disciplines supported by both Calder and another University of Miami library from publishers with a good archival platform, such as the nursing and psycholo-
    gy journals accessible through Journals@Ovid and the journals published by the American Chemical Society.

The Library both encourages and needs your input as it enters the first wave of canceling the print versions of some selected journals.

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A Snapshot of Ovid vs. PubMed MEDLINE

Four years ago, the Library began offering training sessions on PubMed and published a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of Ovid versus PubMed MEDLINE in the May, 2000 issue of Calder Communications. Since then, PubMed has continued to develop, and more and more patrons are selecting this search engine for their MEDLINE searches.

Following is a comparison of Ovid versus PubMed in May 2003. You can get to either version of MEDLINE quickly and at no charge by selecting the "MEDLINE" link under the "Quick Links" section of Calder's website. Tutorials are available under the "Educational Tutorials" link on Calder's website or by scheduling a class. To schedule a PubMed class, please contact Mr. Geddy Paulaitis, or to schedule an Ovid class, please contact Ms. Jenny Garcia at 305-243-6648.

 

Which MEDLINE is Best for You?
  PubMed Ovid
Content:    
  • MEDLINE, 1966 to the present and PreMEDLINE (non-indexed records not yet in Medline)
Y Y
  • OldMEDLINE, 1953 - 1965 citations
Y N
  • Citations unique to AIDSLINE, BioethicsLine, CancerLit, and HealthSTAR
Y N
     
Links:    
  • To full text articles and print journal holdings
Y
  • To Evidence Based Medicine Reviews
N Y
  • To genomic resources, e.g. Entrez, GenBank, OMIM, etc.
Y N
  • To related articles
Y N
     
Unique Features:    
  • “Citation Matcher” intuitive citation verifier
Y N
  • Multi-file searching across CINAHL, Current Contents, N Y HealthSTAR, and Biosis
N Y
  • Multi-file searching in NLM Gateway
Y N
  • Automatic exploding of MeSH terms
Y N
     
Common Features    
  • Weekly updates
Y Y
  • E-mailing citations
Y Y
  • EBM filters
  • Maps search terms to MeSH headings
Y Y
  • Combines sets with "and", "or", "not"
Y Y
  • Limits to language, human, publication type, journal subset, etc.
Y Y
  • Save search strategies
Y(4) Y
  • Free and reliable access to all
Y Y(5)
  • Document requests
Y Y

  1. Within UM I.P. domain
  2. Select "Clinical Queries" feature
  3. Contact Systems Department at 305-243-5530 to have EBM filters loaded on your Ovid password
  4. Select "Cubby" feature
  5. Within UM I.P. domain or via individual Ovid password

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Welcome New Faculty Members

Two new faculty members joined the Library's Reference and Education Department.

Gediminas (Geddy) Paulaitis, RN, BSN, MBA, AHIP, was appointed to the faculty after serving as the department's systems specialist since 1995. In addition to day-to-day reference duties, Mr. Paulaitis manages the Library's Blackboard course software applications, is a co-developer and author of the Library's EBM/Use of the Biomedical Literature course in the School’s curriculum, and was a collaborating investigator on the Point-of-Care, Team-based Information Systems grant (PoinTIS). Mr. Paulaitis is an alumni of the University of Miami and Florida International University.

John D. Jones, Jr., BS, MSIS, was appointed to the faculty after eight years as the Electronic Resources and Education Librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and two years as a systems analyst for Martin-Marietta, Inc. in Research Triangle Park, NC. While at VCU, Mr. Jones developed and taught specialized instructional programs for students, faculty and staff on designing and using electronic resources to support their information needs. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Old Dominion University in Norfalk, Mr. Jones has presented numerous papers and poster sessions at national and regional meetings.

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More Faculty News

Suzetta Burrows, together with Kelly Moore, Joaquin Arriaga, Gediminas Paulaitis, and Henry L. Lemkau, Jr. authored "Developing an 'Evidence-based Medicine and Use of the Biomedical Literature' component as a longitudinal theme of an outcomes-based medical school curriculum: year 1," in the Journal of the Medical Library Association 2003 Jan. 91(1):34-41.

Tanya Feddern, together with Kristine Alpi of the Weill Medical College Library of Cornell University, team taught the MLA CE Course "Providing Health Information Resources and Services in other Languages" at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in San Diego, CA, in May, 2003. During 2002/03, Ms. Feddern was the editor and principal contributor to FHSLAlert, the newsletter of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association, which she brought to new heights.

Henry L. Lemkau, Jr. gave the first introduction to the 2003 Noyes Award winner, the highest award of the Medical Library Association, at the MLA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA in May, 2003.

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ICPSR Data Sets for Public Health Professionals

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) of the University of Michigan, established in 1962, maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data to ensure that data resources are available to future generations and hosts a number of topical archives.

  • Data resources include census enumerations beginning in 1790, a wide range of health care facilities, age and the life cycle, and vital statistics.
  • Topical archives include Census 2000 at ICPSR, the Health and Medical Care Archives (HMCA), the Site for Instructional Materials and Information (SIMI) and the Substance
    Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA).

Supported by the Otto G. Richter Library, ICPSR is freely accessible University-wide at www.icpsr.umich.edu, or by clicking on Electronic Databases and Resources on the Calder Library's website - calder.med.miami.edu.

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