Archive for May, 2008

New database: Military & Government Collection

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The Military & Government Collection  is designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military. This database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, Congressional hearings and reports, and other related content. The database indexes nearly 400 titles, including Air Force Comptroller, Army Reserve Magazine, Defence Studies, JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly, Military Technology, Combat Edge, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Foreign Affairs, and Naval Forces.  Cover-to-cover full text is provided for nearly 300 journals and periodicals.

Military & Government Collection is included in the UCLA Library’s Academic Search Complete database subscription. Please note that you must follow the numbered steps below in the exact order to access this database!

1. Open the UCLA A-Z List of Databases.

2. Search for “Academic Search Complete,” and click on the link to enter this database.

3. Once inside Academic Search Complete, select Military & Government Collection  from the drop-down list of databases and select “Submit” (see the screenshot below). This will automatically select the Military & Government Collection as the sole database you are searching. Now you can search Military & Government Collection by typing search terms into the search boxes.militaryfix3.jpg

Your input needed: Print journal cancellation project

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The UCLA Library is continuing our ongoing efforts to cancel print journal subscriptions when we license access to the electronic equivalent.  For 2008, we are focusing our efforts on the journals in all subjects identified by UCLA librarians where we have both print and electronic subscriptions. 

The 543 journal titles on the list and website have been identified by UCLA librarians where there is both a print and digital subscription and where they feel it is sufficient to have electronic access only.  If, however, you feel that it is important to maintain a print subscription to these titles, we would like to hear from you.

The list of proposed journal cancellations is available online through June 13, 2008. You can browse the list by holding library or individual title. Each title has an interactive button so you may send a comment directly to the librarian responsible for that subscription. If you have additional questions or comments please contact Janet Carter, Collection Coordinator for the UCLA Biomedical Library, at

Featured Resource: Scriver’s OMMBID

Monday, May 19th, 2008

ommbid.jpgThe definitive source for genetic research is now available electronically at UCLA. OMMBID (Online Metabolic & Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease) includes information on genetics, the molecular and metabolic underpinnings of diseases, genetic disorders, and pathophysiology and treatment. The 225 chapters can be searched or browsed; chapters are arranged in broad classes to allow you to browse for a specific body part or system, or for the mechanism of disorder. The electronic edition of this classic text includes special features: monthly updates of key chapters with new research findings, a newly revised search tool that includes text, images, and tables, and the ability to send e-comments directly to the editors of a specific chapter. Sign up for a free account to build a personal image library, bookmark pages, and create annotations electronically.

DynaMed expands PDA support

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Searching for an evidence-based decision support tool to download onto your PDA? Try DynaMed! The same great DynaMed content– clinically organized summaries of over 3,000 topics– that UCLA affiliates access online is now available for more PDA models, including BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Smartphone, Pocket PC, and Palms. Read more about the technical specifications and request a serial number to download and set up DynaMed on your PDA today.

More Baby Books Than You Can Shake a Rattle At

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

rattle.jpgAttend a public lecture given by Russell Johnson, Librarian in the History & Special Collections for the Sciences at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

The lecture, “More Baby Books Than You Can Shake a Rattle At: 125 Years of First Teeth, Locks of Hair, Bright Sayings and Red Letter Days” will occur during the Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Friday, May 16, 8:00 A.M. in Moss Auditorium, Room A2-342 of the Marion Davies Children’s Center at UCLA.

UCLA Biomedical Library’s History & Special Collections for the Sciences recently started building a collection of 19th-21st century baby record books.  These are memory books in which parents record a child’s activities and developmental milestones, and which provide a place to gather photographs, locks of hair, and other mementos.  Many books track individualized medical information—from height and weight to various childhood diseases; some also provide infant health care advice.  The collection of more than 450 titles and editions, with more than 800 different copies, now spans 125 years. Learn about these books and view photos of many examples during the  free lecture.

New database: GreenFILE

Monday, May 12th, 2008

UCLA affiliates now have access to GreenFILE, a database that indexes articles, government reports, books, and popular press articles on human impact on the environment. Locate information on green building practices, ecological management, sustainable agriculture, pollution, global warming, renewable energy, and more.

GreenFILE is included in the UCLA Library’s Academic Search Complete database subscription. Please note that you must follow the numbered steps below in the exact order to access this database!

1. Open the UCLA A-Z List of Databases.

2. Search for “Academic Search Complete,” and click on the link to enter this database.

3. Once inside Academic Search Complete, select GreenFILE from the drop-down list of databases and select “Submit” (see the screenshot below). This will automatically select GreenFILE as the sole database you are searching. Now you can search GreenFILE by typing search terms into the search boxes. Greenfile

Featured Resource: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols

Friday, May 9th, 2008

When Cold Spring Harbor Protocols began publishing its authoritative, step-by-step methods for research techniques, it quickly became essential reading for scientists around the world. The online version of this classic journal takes full advantage of web technologies to make CSH Protocols an essential tool for 21st century scientists. You will still find detailed, peer-reviewed, easy-to-follow guides to methods in cell and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, imaging, and more, with a special focus on emerging and interdisciplinary areas of knowledge.

csh-protocols.jpgNew features for the online version include instant expansions, updates, and annotations to protocols as new information is created; the ability to save your protocol searches and most-used protocols to a free, personalized account; a discussion forum, specific to each protocol, where registered users may discuss the protocol and make suggestions for future updates; and the ability to set up alerts via RSS feed or email to be notified when a protocol is cited, commented upon, or corrected. Get online with Cold Spring Harbor Protocols and get connected to the next generation of laboratory protocols!

From dissertation to article: a workshop for graduate students

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Are you working on a dissertation? Want some strategies for converting a chapter from your dissertation into a journal article? If so, attend the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) workshop this Thursday.

How to Turn a Dissertation Chapter into a Writing Sample or Article

Presenter: Randy Fallows, Writing Programs

Thursday, May 8th, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center

This workshop will focus on how to move from the rhetorical conventions of a dissertation to those of academic journals. We will discuss how to place a chapter from the dissertation into a wider academic conversation and how to find an appropriate place for publication.

Can’t make it to this GWC workshop? There are others offered on a variety of topics…check out their workshop page.

Author Reading with Greg Critser

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

The UCLA Library Associates, the organization for friends of the UCLA Library, will host Greg Critser for a book reading and reception on May 12, 2008, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Biomedical Library. Mr. Critser is a longtime journalist and his acclaimed books include Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies and the best-selling 2003 title Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, contact the Library Development office by phone at 310.206.8526 or email View the Library Development upcoming events web page for more information on this reading.

Tools for keeping up: using RSS feeds and other features of resources

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Do you find yourself going into databases to perform your search each week in order to find new items? There is an easier way. Make the resource work for you — not the other way around — by using these features of your favorite resources (databases, patient care tools, etc.):

  • Save your search — this option usually provides a reminder that can be set for various intervals (weekly, monthly, etc.) and you can have the results emailed to you; 
  • RSS option — look for the RSS Feed Icon within your favorite database, which means you can subscribe to your search and check it within your preferred RSS Feed Reader (FeedBurner, Google, Yahoo!, MSN, etc.)

Need assistance with setting up these tools? Connect with us at the Reference Desk, chat with us online using the “Questions” link on the top-right of the Biomedical Library homepage, call us at 310.825.4904, or email us at We would be happy to walk you through it! What tips do you have for keeping up? Please share with us and others using the Comments feature below.