Archive for September, 2009

Fall 2009 Thesis and Dissertation Meetings

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

WHO: Those who plan to file a thesis or dissertation during Fall Quarter are encouraged to attend.



  • October 1, Thursday 10:00 AM
  • October 2, Friday 10:00 AM
  • October 3, Saturday 10:00 AM


  • October 1, Thursday 11:00 AM
  • October 2, Friday 11:00 AM
  • October 3, Saturday 11:00 AM

WHERE: West Electronic Classroom, Room 23167 Young Research Library (Take elevator or stairs to second floor, turn left and go down the hall to West Electronic Classroom.)

TOPICS: Staff from the University Archives and the Graduate Division will present information on University regulations governing manuscript preparation and completion of degree requirements.

FILING DEADLINE FOR FALL 2009: November 30, 2009

<submitted by Paul Camp>

Monday Morning’s Frequently Asked Question

Monday, September 28th, 2009

It’s once again time for our weekly feature, “Monday Morning’s Frequently Asked Question (FAQ).” All of these FAQs and their answers can be found on the Biomedical Library web site. Our goal is to make our blog readers more familiar with the Biomedical Library, its services, and policies.

This week’s question is:

“How do I use UCLA-provided databases and electronic resources from off campus?”

UCLA students, faculty, and staff connecting through the campus network, Bruin OnLine dial-up, the campus proxy server, or the campus virtual private network (VPN) can access all resources and services available through this Web site. This includes resources licensed by the UCLA Library or the California Digital Library such as periodical indexing and abstracting databases and full-text publications. Additional information can be found at About Off-Campus Access Privileges.

<submitted by Paul Camp>

500+ Clinical Calculators Added to DynaMed

Monday, September 21st, 2009

EBSCO Publishing added more than 500 clinical calculators to DynaMed, an evidence-based clinical decision support resource. Licensed from MedCalc 3000, these calculators include medical equations, decision support tools, prediction tools, statistics calculators, dose conversion tools, and unit conversion tools. Calculators help to determine the likelihood of a diagnosis, estimate a patient’s risk for a disease, or estimate a given prognosis. The “Calculators” button can be found in the upper right side of the search screen.

 <submitted by Paul Camp>

National Library of Medicine Offers Disaster Information Resources on Hurricanes and Wildfires

Monday, September 21st, 2009

With the hurricane season upon us and continuing battles with wildfires, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leads federal efforts to provide online health safety information for people in the path of a hurricane or wildfire.

For wildfire information, go to: Learn how to prepare and protect yourself from wildfires, and get information on how the smoke and particulate matter may affect your health.

And for up-to-date information on hurricanes, go to: Here, you can find information on everything from taking care of pets during a storm to food safety for consumers upon returning home after a hurricane.

A complete list of disaster health web link pages can be found at:

Additionally, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has numerous Web sites that provide information for the general public, emergency planners, and public health professionals. NLM’s Web site, contain numbers Web pages with easy-to-understand information for the general public, available in English and Spanish.

En español

<originally published on the National Library of Medicine’s Web Site>

ScienceDirect Problems Fixed

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Elsevier reports that all ScienceDirect links have been fixed and are working properly.

 <submitted by Paul Camp>

ScienceDirect Problems Reported

Monday, September 21st, 2009

ScienceDirect is currently experiencing problems when connecting from UC-eLinks or catalog records. Users encounter this error: “Sorry, your request can’t be processed due to a system problem. Contact the Help Desk if the problem persists. [SD-008]”

Elsevier is working to fix this problem, and currently expect to have it fixed by tomorrow morning.

<originally posted to CDLALERT-L, the CDL Alert List by Alison Ray>

Monday Morning’s Frequently Asked Question

Monday, September 21st, 2009

It’s once again time for our weekly feature, “Monday Morning’s Frequently Asked Question (FAQ).” All of these FAQs and their answers can be found on the Biomedical Library web site. Our goal is to make our blog readers more familiar with the Biomedical Library, its services, and policies.

This week’s question is:

“What can I do if I don’t find an item on the shelf?”

If you have been unable to find an item on the shelf, please come to the Public Service Desk. We will double-check the location of the item in the UCLA Library Catalog and have a staff member check the shelf once again.

If we are unable to locate it, we will complete and submit the online form on your behalf. Library staff will search for the item and contact you via email with the search status.

<submitted by Paul Camp>

Rapid Research Notes: rapid communication resource from NCBI

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Responding to the recommendation of public advisors, the National Center for Biotechnology and Information (NCBI) recently introduced a system for rapid archiving of articles designed for immediate publication called Rapid Research Notes, RRN.  RRN was prompted by the need for immediate access to research information in spring 2009 surrounding the H1N1 outbreak.  Thus, the first articles to be included are from the PLoS Currents: Influenza collection. More information about RRN and guidelines for submission are available on the About RRN page.

 <submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

New Director of NIH’s Themes and Philosophy

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Dr. Francis Collins, the new director of NIH, made several appearances recently to discuss his priorities and perspectives. On Wednesday, Sept. 9th he met with medical research advocates on the NIH campus. On Friday the 11th, he appeared on NPR’s “Science Friday“. These appearances are available on-line. In addition, NIH has posted the minutes of the August 27th meeting of NIH institute and center directors, the first such meeting led by Dr. Collins. It contains a summary of Dr. Collins’ operating philosophy and the themes he hopes to stress during his tenure.

<submitted by Tania Bardyn>

Monday Morning’s Frequently Asked Question

Monday, September 14th, 2009

It is the second week of our new weekly feature, “Monday Morning’s Frequently Asked Question (FAQ).” All of these FAQs and their answers can be found on the Biomedical Library web site. Our goal is to make our blog readers more familiar with the Biomedical Library, its services, and policies.

This week’s question is:

“Where are the books, journals, and reserve materials located in the Biomedical Library?”

Use the UCLA Library Catalog and locate the call number for the item. The UCLA Library Catalog lets you know what books and journal titles we have at UCLA. You may search by author, title word, subject, or keyword.

If you have a call number for the book or journal title, visit Shelving Locations by Call Number. If you are looking for books on a particular subject, visit Shelving Locations by Subject.

Books are shelved in call number order on stack levels 8, 9, 10, and 11. Books covering the history of medicine are located on stack level 9.

Journals are arranged in alphabetical order by title and are assigned a call number beginning with “W1.” Bound journal volumes are on stack levels 7, 6, 5, 3, 2, and 1. Recent unbound journals are located in the Current Journal Reading Room on the main floor of the library.

Reserve materials are shelved at the Circulation Desk. To retrieve these materials, please bring a call number to the Circulation Desk or inquire with staff. Course reserve materials that have been requested by instructors may be located by using the Course Reserves tab on the UCLA Library Catalog screen. All year and Class Reserve material circulate for two hours and can be taken overnight if checked out the last hour the library is open. Electronic reserve materials can be accessed online.

For more information, see About Course Reserves.

Please see Bruin OnLine for information on how to access UCLA materials from home.

<submitted by Paul Camp>