VOL. 29 NO. 1 November 2007 - January 2008

 

 

Moore Delivers 9th Gross Lecture

Mary Moore delivered "Our Best Work," the 9th Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Lecture, November 28, 2007 at the Retter Auditorium. The biennial lecture series was established in 1991 to recognize, in perpetuity, the Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Medical Library Endowment for the purchase of books and journals by the Louis Calder Memorial Library. Selected by the Dean of the School of Medicine as the 9th Gross lecturer, Dr. Moore addressed an audience of administrators, faculty and staff. She described roles the 21st century library will assume to support the medical center's innovative research, patient care, and educational initiatives. A lively discussion and reception followed the excellent and engaging presentation.

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New QUOSA Information Manager - ‘Free’ Downloads For All!

The Library is pleased to announce the purchase of the QUOSA Information Manager for faculty, staff and students University-wide. In place at other prestigious medical centers, QUOSA "streamlines and turbo-charges literature retrieving, organizing, searching and sharing."

  • Retrieve all or selected full-text from your PubMed, Ovid or Google Scholar search with one click and/or import PDFs from your desktop or other sources.
  • Sync with RefWorks, EndNote, Reference Manager or ProCite.
  • Search across the full-text of all articles retrieved.
  • Perform cluster analysis of full text searches.

To download QUOSA:

  1. Go to http://www.quosa.com/downloads.html.
  2. Select the Subscriber version and begin the download by clicking 'Windows' or 'Mac.'
  3. AFTER downloading, install QUOSA (just follow the prompts).
  4. After installing, fill out the registration form (your name, institution and e-mail).

For further assistance, please contact the Reference Department at 305-243-6648, or reference@med.miami.edu. A Getting Started guide is available at the Help link.

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NIH Makes Public Access Policy Mandatory

On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2764 that directs the National Institutes of Health to strengthen its Public Access Policy by requiring 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 the publication: Provided, that the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law." There is a website at http://publicaccess.nih.gov for investigators or publishers to easily submit electronic versions of manuscripts. The new law is a momentous victory. It is the first open access mandate for a major public funding agency in the U.S. and the first mandate for any government funding agency adopted by the national legislature. It is the result of a long struggle to change the 2005 NIH policy from requesting to requiring deposition of final manuscripts of NIH-funded research in PubMed Central.

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Sitios Electrónicos Médicos y de Salud


The Library is pleased to announce its newest website - Sitios electronicos medicos y de salud - which debuted at calder.med.miami.edu/sitiosmedicos.html in December. Developed by Joaquin Arriaga and Yanira Garcia-Barcena of the Library's Reference and Education department to support the Miller School of Medicine's new International Medical Institute, the site features freely accessible websites in Spanish for health care providers and students in Latin America, including databases, tutorials, journals, etc. A membership program for services and resources that are not freely accessible was also developed for Latin American institutions.

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Jones Presents at Anesthesiology Grand Rounds

On December 6th, John D. Jones, Jr. presented "Use of Information Technology to Locate Scientific Studies (PubMed, RefWorks, Scopus)" at the Department Grand Rounds of the Department of Anesthesiology. In addition to the 120 students, nurses, residents and faculty present in the RMSB 5th floor auditorium, the lecture was broadcast to Jackson South Hospital. The presentation was very well received and planning has begun to integrate information retrieval into the graduate medical education curriculum to support ACGME requirements.

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Dillon Retires After 54 Years

Mary (Polly) P. Dillon retired from the Library effective December 31, 2007 after 54 years of service. Following graduation from the University of North Carolina, Polly began her career at Duke University and was appointed cataloger at the Calder Library in 1953. She was promoted to Head of Reader Services in 1964 and to Associate Director for Library Programs in 1980. In 1985 she was appointed Associate Director for Database Creation and Facilities Planning. Beginning in 2004 , she worked full time in collection development. During her long and successful career, Polly played an important role in the planning and construction of the Library building and was an authority on the Library's collections and the history of the School of Medicine. Polly will be missed by her many friends and colleagues, who wish her a long, healthy, happy and well deserved retirement.

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New E-Resources

ACP Medicine, a comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed, consistently organized reference developed by leading primary care physicians to help others keep pace with the changing guidelines in primary care, is now accessible on the 'E-Journals: A-Z' link, 'E-Books' link under Internal Medicine and on the 'Electronic Databases' link on the Library's website. Endorsed by the American College of Physicians, ACP Medicine covers 11 subspecialties of internal medicine, plus topics in women's health, neurology, emergency medicine and psychiatry. Published since 1971, it is updated monthly and provides up to 120 Category 1 CME credits.

Adobe Acrobat Suite was installed on four public access computers at the rear of the first floor of the Library. The suite includes Adobe Professional, required by the Graduate School for students to submit their dissertations and theses electronically.

GoPubMed at www.gopubmed.org is a free, ontology-based search engine that retrieves PubMed abstracts for your search query and then:

  1. detects terms from the Gene Ontology (GO) and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in the abstracts,
  2. displays the subset of the GO and MeSH relevant to the keywords in the search query, and
  3. allows you to browse the ontologies and display only papers containing specific GO and MeSH terms.

GoPubMed also performs bibliometric analysis of your PubMed retrieval, allowing you to see for your search topic the number of articles, which journals are publishing, the key authors and where they are working. Further information is available in Nucleic Acids Research 2005 33:W783-6 Jul 1. A guide is available at www.psychsplash.com/2007/08/12/gopubmed.

Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics is accessible at www.medicalletter.org and on the E-Journals: A-Z link on the Library's website. Started in 1959, the Medical Letter publishes unbiased, critical evaluations of drugs, with special emphasis on new drugs. The electronic version includes Adverse Drug Reactions, Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy and Treatment Guidelines, which reviews classes of drugs and gives recommendations for first and alternative choices and information on effectiveness, cost and safety.

OncologySTAT, the first free online community on cancer launched by a commercial publisher, features scientifically-based oncology and cancer care information and education for health care professionals, including more than 100 Elsevier cancer-related journals, weekly journal scans of important scientific research from 25 leading cancer journals, cancer news feeds, and more. It is accessible at www.oncologystat.com and on the Library's Internet Catalog under Cancer. Registration (free) is required.

Oxford University Press' Online Journal Collection is now accessible University-wide and adds 35 journals in the health sciences to the Library's e-journal collection.

Springer Historical Archive, 1854-1996, includes the backfiles of more than 400 health sciences journals, which were added to the E-Journals: A-Z list in January.

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Changes to Existing Resources

DynaMed on the Library's website under 'Quick Links' has been enhanced with 800 drug records from the AHFS (American Hospital Formulary Service), a widely respected source of unbiased and authoritative drug information published for more than 40 years. The U.S. Congress has recognized the authority of the AHFS, which claims to be the only official drug compendium published by a non-commercial entity with a longstanding policy of editorial independence. The 800 new AHFS drug records use the same DynaMed navigation methodology familiar to users.

OVID Has a New Look! On January 10th, the new Ovid SP Interface replaced the old. All usernames and saved searches in the old interface were transferred to the Ovid SP Interface, configured as much like the old interface as possible. New features of the Ovid SP Interface are:

  1. A 'Basic Search' option that supports natural language processing. You can enter any phrase or search question and Ovid SP will effectively translate your natural language into a search query, limit your retrieval to no more than 500 citations, and then rank the results by relevancy.
  2. A 'Search Fields' option which lets you require that your search input be located in a specific field, e.g., title.
  3. A 'Search Aid' option to the left of displayed citations to limit retrieval quickly.
  4. New locations for the Limits drop-down box (under the Search box); for the Search History link (under the Limits box); and for the Results Manager (to the left of the screen.)

Please contact the Reference Department at 305-243-6648 or at reference@med.miami.edu with questions about the new Ovid SP Interface or any other Library resource.

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