Archive for October, 2010

Upcoming PubMed Changes

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The PubMed Send to menu will soon be updated to allow users to add PubMed search results directly to their My NCBI My Bibliography.

The PubMed Abstract display for PubMed Central® articles will be enhanced to include an image strip generated from the soon-to-be-released National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Images database.

See the current issue of the Technical Bulletin for more details.

<originally posted to the “PSR-News” Announcement List by Kay Deeney>

Janet Carter Appointed to New NISO Working Group

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

niso pie-j

NISO (National Information Standards Organization) has announced the  approval of a new working group,  PIE-J (Presentation and Identification of E-Journals). Janet Carter, Collection Coordinator for the UCLA Biomedical Library, has been appointed to PIE-J.

Recommended Practices for the
Presentation and Identification of E-Journals

Citations form the basis for much scholarly research. Connecting researchers with appropriate content is the goal of OpenURL linking and other reference linking systems. Two things are necessary for accurate identification. First, articles must be cited by the title of the journal in which they originally appeared, which may be different from the title the journal currently bears. Second, the correct ISSN must be used in order for link resolution to accurately happen. Until there is a consistent and universally used identification scheme for articles (the penetration of CrossRef and the DOI is far from universal), researchers have no choice but to rely on existing citation elements.


History of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Biomedical Library

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010


Daming Su, a visiting librarian from the Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine, in the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), is returning to Beijing this month following a one-year assignment at UCLA. While at the Biomedical Library, he worked on the UCLA-CACMS Information Center for East-West Medicine project, which observes its first anniversary on November 4.

In honor of our colleague, a mini-exhibit on the 4th floor of the library reveals selections from History & Special Collections for the Sciences’ antiquarian holdings related to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For a research guide to contemporary East-West Medicine information resources, see:

(The image, above, is from the cover of Li Shizhen’s Ben cao gang mu [The great herbal] from 1590)

<submitted by Russell Johnson>

Novoseek: a New Way to Search Biomedical Literature

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

novoseek logo

Watch out PubMed, there’s a new competitor on the medical search engine market. Novoseek is a Madrid-based information technology company that mines websites such as PubMed, Free Full Text, and U.S. Grants, performing searches that can detect key concepts (such as genes, diseases, drugs, or chemical substances). In contrast to PubMed’s Limit Tab, Novoseek has a filter tool bar that appears on the left-hand column after having performed an initial search. For instance, an initial search on “cat allergies” brings up 326 search free full text articles, but using the “filter by concept” allows one to further refine the search by clicking on any of the key concepts appearing on the left hand side of the page.

You can build your refined search by clicking on one concept at a time, which may seem slow to those adept at PubMed searching. However, Novoseek’s page layout provides an appealing and more visually intuitive way to refine your search. It may not necessarily yield as many results as the other search engines, but could be a good starting point for some to hone in on various options specific to their subject searches.

Please note that the UC-eLinks button will not appear in Novoseek and that UCLA may actually subscribe to more full-text than is indicated in Novoseek. If you find an article in Novoseek for which the full-text is unavailable, please check the UCLA Library Catalog to determine whether we have full-text access to the journal.

 <Submitted by Jessica Levy> 

What is a QR Code?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

QR Codes are two dimensional barcodes that can be scanned by mobile phones with cameras.  Scanning a QR code can provide you more information about an item or link you to a website.  The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library is using QR Codes on our electronic bulletin board to link to web pages with information about the items being displayed.

Need an app that can read QR codes?  Here are few that are currently in use:
Android: Barcode Scanner
Apple: QuickMark, Tag Reader

Check with your phone’s store/app provider for more QR code readers.

QR code for Wikipedia entry on QR codes

QR code for Wikipedia entry on QR codes

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Instruction Materials for LS10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


Below are links to the materials for the LS10H library instruction session to be held on October 22, 2010 from 2-3:20 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom. The class will be meeting adjacent to the Public Service Desk at 2 p.m. and will proceed to the classroom together.

Important links:

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Consensus Report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Future of Nursing explores how nurses’ roles, responsibilities, and education should change significantly to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America’s increasingly complex health system.

At more than 3 million in number, nurses make up the single largest segment of the health care work force. They also spend the greatest amount of time in delivering patient care as a profession. Nurses therefore have valuable insights and unique abilities to contribute as partners with other health care professionals in improving the quality and safety of care as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted this year.

Nurses should be fully engaged with other health professionals and assume leadership roles in redesigning care in the United States. To ensure its members are well-prepared, the profession should institute residency training for nurses, increase the percentage of nurses who attain a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by 2020, and double the number who pursue doctorates. Furthermore, regulatory and institutional obstacles — including limits on nurses’ scope of practice — should be removed so that the health system can reap the full benefit of nurses’ training, skills, and knowledge in patient care.

In this book, the Institute of Medicine makes recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. The report is available for free download at the IOM web site.

<submitted by Paul Camp>

Workshop Series for Faculty: Using Copyrighted Material in the Classroom

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Using Copyrighted Material in the Classroom

Thursday, December 2; 10 a.m.-noon
Charles E. Young Research Library

Do you provide copies of entire articles to students in your classroom or course Web site? Do you post materials on your course management system or use your CMS or Web site as a virtual classroom? Simply because the content is for educational purposes does not mean that you can copy and distribute it without considering whether that is consistent with the U.S. Copyright Act. Learn from campus legal and copyright experts how to provide the best experiences for your students without violating copyright.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Register Online

<submitted by Janet Carter>

What is the Cochrane Database or Cochrane Library?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The Cochrane Collaboration database contains information on the 82 working groups that make up The Cochrane Collaboration. Out of the Library, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.

The CDSR includes all Cochrane Reviews (and protocols) prepared by Cochrane Review Groups in The Cochrane Collaboration. Cochrane Reviews base their findings on the results of trials which meet certain quality criteria, since the most reliable studies will provide the best evidence for making decisions about health care. Authors of Cochrane Reviews apply methods which reduce the impact of bias across different parts of the review process. Very recently, CDSR moved to monthly publication. Prior to that the reviews were updated quarterly. Currently there are 6322 published Cochrane Reviews and protocols.

What is a systematic review?

A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making.

<submitted by Tania Bardyn>

LigerCat: a Third-Party Search Tool Makes PubMed More User-Friendly

Monday, October 18th, 2010

ligercat logo

Learning how to search PubMed can be a daunting task, and even seasoned users may have difficulty finding the information they need. LigerCat, a third-party search tool, helps to make PubMed more user-friendly by creating tag clouds that identify concepts related to the search term. LigerCat allows users to search in three ways: journal tags, article tags, and gene sequences. 

Searching in the Articles tab will generate a tag cloud of the MeSH terms most commonly associated with the search term; the more common the term, the larger it will appear in the tag cloud. The user may then select multiple terms to build a PubMed search. LigerCat’s convenient preview tool shows how many articles in PubMed match all of the selected terms, allowing users to add or subtract terms to refine their search.

 ligercat screenshot 3

LigerCat’s Journals and Genes searches function in the same way. Searching by journal titles or keywords will allow users to select one or more journals and view a tag cloud of the MeSH terms and keywords most commonly associated with the journals. To search by Gene, users can enter a FASTA-formatted nucleotide or protein sequence to find articles related to that gene, making LigerCat an excellent tool for genomics researchers.

One downside to LigerCat is that searches can be slow. Most searches can be completed within a few minutes, but some searches may take up to an hour. Users may leave the search running in their browser or copy the URL LigerCat provides so that they may return to their search later.

LigerCat [Internet].  Woods Hole (MA): MBLWHOI Library, Biology of Aging Project.  Available from:
Sarkar IN, Schenk R, Miller H, Norton CN.  LigerCat: Using “MeSH Clouds” from Journal, Article, or Gene Citations to Facilitate the Identification of Relevant Biomedical Literature.  AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009; 2009: 563–567. Available from:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>