Archive for July, 2009

How do I find a scientific article from the news? – A frequently asked question

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Scientific and technologic advances are frequently reported on in popular news media such as TV, newspapers, radio, podcasts, and blogs. Many of these reports are based on peer-reviewed research articles. How can you track down a scientific article from a report from the popular media?

This can sometimes be simple: many news outlets include the full citation to the scholarly article. A full citation includes the title of the journal in which the article was published, year of publication, volume and issue information, name of the author(s) of the study, and in some cases, the exact title of the scientific article. You can search for the title of the journal in the UCLA Library Catalog to determine if UCLA has the volume and issue you need.


In the Biomed Lobby now through mid-August

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

From Urine Wheels to Commode Catalogs, a mini-exhibit celebrating the re-opening of the 3rd floor men’s room with items from the historical collections.

<submitted by Russell A. Johnson>

Looking for Images to Enhance Your Educational Sessions? Use ARTStor

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009


Enhance your educational sessions, presentations, lectures, and/or workshops using content from ARTStor. ARTStor, an online image library, contains nearly a million images of people, art, places, and everything in between. It should be used for educational and scholarly purposes only (see ARTStor’s Terms and Conditions of Use).


Rural Assistance Center: Your Online Tool Box about Rural Communities

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) is a comprehensive information portal created by the Department of Health and Human Services which provides access to a full range of available programs, funding, and research about rural communities. The site is available at

RAC users are a diverse group of community-based organizations, researchers, local government officials, state government offices, and national organizations dedicated to improving the access quality and financial viability of rural and human service delivery systems. RAC offers a variety of services to help inform decisions affecting rural health and human services. All services are provided free of charge. This article covers the details about some of these services. (more…)

NN/LM PSR Contract Site Visit

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), which coordinates the NN/LM program, conducted a mid-contract site visit at UCLA on October 21, 2008. The purpose of the site visit was to help the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR) and NLM understand how we are serving our Network members, learn how we can strengthen our program to meet current and emerging needs in the region, and gather ideas for how NLM can help us as we provide the types of activities and services needed in the region today and in the future. NLM visited all eight RMLs in the NN/LM in 2008 to learn about regional accomplishments, issues and challenges, and priorities.

Feedback from Network members about the NN/LM PSR program was solicited in two phases: through a regional questionnaire posted six weeks prior to site visit and through discussion at the site visit itself.

The site visit included a meeting with UCLA Administrators, a presentation by RML staff summarizing significant accomplishments in the region related to goals of the NN/LM, and an afternoon discussion with invited network members to hear their perspectives and input. These members represented a broad range of stakeholders, including resource libraries, hospital libraries, public and academic libraries, and community-based organizations.

Details about the site visit and the findings of the site visit team can be found at We truly appreciate the helpful feedback you gave us during the site visit process and your continuing participation in the NN/LM PSR program. We will continue to support your efforts in the region in every way that we can!

<originally posted to Latitudes, the newsletter of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region by Heidi Sandstrom>

Featured Resource: DynaMed

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

dynamed.jpgDynaMed is the physician-created, point of care resource providing evidence-based summaries for over 3,000 topics. Drugs, conditions, and medical procedures are covered in summaries relevant to all health care professionals. Each summary is clinically organized into sections providing etiology, diagnosis, prevention, prognosis, treatment options, and patient care handouts. DynaMed is written and edited by practicing physicians who monitor journals and systematic evidence review databases for new evidence. Content is updated daily, and added content is ranked based on the strength of the supporting evidence. In addition to viewing DynaMed content online, UCLA affiliates can download DynaMed onto their PDA.

<originally posted 7/2/2008>

NIH/CARE BISEP (Biomedical Science Enrichment Program)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


Below are links to the materials for the NIH/CARE BISEP session to be held on July 7, 2009 in the Biomedical Library Classroom. The class will be meeting adjacent to the Public Service Desk at 9:00 a.m.

Important links:

<submitted by Amy Chatfield and Paul Camp>

It’s a Boy!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


On June 22nd, Tania Bardyn, the Biomedical Library’s Associate Director for Public Services, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Stefan Darius Bardyn Freiman. Congratulations Tania!

<submitted by Paul Camp>