Archive for March, 2012

Celebrating Women in Medicine for National Public Health Week

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Join us for Voices: Perspectives on Women in Medicine, a panel discussion with UCLA faculty, students, and staff, on Wednesday, April 4 from noon-1 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Research Commons.

The panel features Dr. Linda Rosenstock, Dean of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Let’s explore the ways women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine.

Together, we can inspire a new generation of medical pioneers.

#ChangeMed via @UCLA_Biomed

<submitted by Monica Garcia>

Getting Started with EndNote

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Do you find yourself scrambling to find that sticky note with last reference you wanted for your paper’s bibliography? Agonizing over whether or not to italicize the journal name or figure out how many authors to list before et al.? Let EndNote do the work for you.

This course will be a brief introduction to the EndNote software and EndNote web program. The one hour overview will cover creating an EndNote library, entering and importing citations, citing references and formatting bibliographies. Please note, this will not be a hands-on class due to available timing, but the instructor will be available to answer questions during and after class.

Join us for First Fridays at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library on April 6, from noon-1 p.m.
Limited seating available. RSVP to

Changing the Face of Medicine

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

You may have noticed the travelling exhibit in the Biomedical Library research commons as you were studying for finals. Check it out through April 22. Also, stay tuned for more information on the Voices: Perspectives on Women in Medicine panel featuring our very own UCLA heroines during lunch time on April 4, 2012. Light refreshments will be served.

The online exhibit features many University of California women in medicine.
Search for them on the National Library of Medicine-sponsored website by clicking on “Physicians” then holding your CTRL or Command keyboard key and clicking on the various UC schools. Click on “Search” and you’re ready to explore the great contributions of these pioneering women.

<submitted by Monica Garcia>

Visit the Data Pub at CDL

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Data management plans, data publication, and calls for open data are raising  the visibility of digital data as a medium to be addressed by a wide community of researchers, libraries, museums and data centers.  As a way to encourage a conversation on these issues, the California Digital Library has created a new site for exploring the landscape of digital data: Data Pub.  Similar to public houses throughout history, we hope that this site and blog will serve as a centerpiece for discussing digital data topics – ye olde data public house.  

The site will have blog posts from CDL staff as well as guests (that’s you) to include topics such as data publication, data sharing, data archiving, data citation, open data, and open science – all things data.  We invite you to participate by reading, commenting, tweeting, or contributing a post.  If you have something to say and want to contribute, check out the site to find out how to participate. 

We look forward to the conversation.

<reposted from the CDL Users Council Liaison listserv>

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database is a website provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for consumers and researchers interested in understanding and comparing the labels and ingredients making up brand name dietary supplements. The web site seeks to answer questions regarding active and inactive ingredients in each product, daily recommended nutrients, and medical benefits and toxicity of specific ingredients. The database is leased from the Dietary On-Line Database (DSOL) from DeLima Associates, which consolidates information from public sources, product labels, and manufacturer websites for over 6,000 dietary supplements.

Alphabetical listings are provided for both products and active ingredients. Products can also be searched by the subcategories of:  men, women, seniors, kids/teens. Search results return product, ingredient, and manufacturer information. Subcategories for active ingredients include:  vitamins, minerals, herbs/plants, amino acids, and enzymes.  Ingredient search results return descriptions, listings of related names and products, as well as reference links to other NLM databases, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus.  Through these links users obtain more detailed explanations as to how the ingredients are used, as well as to related adverse effects. Direct links to the National Institute of Health provide additional health information, fact sheets, research findings and information regarding on-going clinical studies.

It should be noted that inclusion of a product within this database does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the NLM. In addition, products are not tested and information is not verified for accuracy.  As formulations change regularly, and lags in updates may occur, users should corroborate the details on the site against product labels or verify additional questions directly with the manufacturer. To facilitate this process, the site provides an alphabetical listing of contact information for all manufacturers. A glossary and links to related resources are provided as well.

<submitted by Karin Saric>

Instruction Materials for Medical Education Fellows

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Below are links to the materials for the Medical Education Fellows library instruction session to be held on March 14, 2012 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Tool for Estimating Prognosis in the Elderly: ePrognosis

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 is a free online tool designed to help healthcare professionals determine their elderly patients’ risk of mortality, based on the results of a systematic review in JAMA. This is useful information for clinicians in discussing treatment and preventive care options with their patients. For example, a patient who is unlikely to live more than a year longer may not wish to undergo painful medical treatments that won’t have any benefit to them during that year. Risk of mortality is also used to decide whether a patient is eligible for hospice. For examples of situations in which these indices would be useful, check the website’s How to Use page.


Instruction Materials for Psychology Graduate Students

Monday, March 12th, 2012






Below are links to the materials for the Psychology Graduate Students library instruction session to be held on March 12, 2012 from noon – 12:30 p.m. in Franz 5461.

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Biomedical Library Welcomes New Librarian!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Hi! I’m Monica Garcia, the newest Health and Life Sciences Librarian at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. I am your liaison to the Fielding School of Public Health and the School of Nursing.

I graduated with a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at UCLA last June. In school, I wrote papers on access to health, women’s empowerment, and technological innovation in medicine and communications. I also served as chair of the UCLA Communications Board. I got my B.A. from UCLA in Global Studies, with a minor in Public Affairs. Apparently, I can’t get enough of UCLA: I am currently working toward a marketing certificate, with a concentration on social media and web analytics, at UCLA Extension.

Prior to the Biomedical Library, I worked at the UCLA Law Library, for Dr. Christine Borgman , and at the National Immigration Law Center. I’ve interned at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant’s Rights of Los Angeles, UCLA Office of Intellectual Property, CNN, and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.

I look forward to meeting you! Please contact me at mgarcia[at]library[dot]edu with any questions.

Searching PubMed: Clinical Queries, Subsets, and Other Special Queries

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts on PubMed search techniques. Previous posts have gone over basic and advanced searching, using MeSH, and saving and filtering searches. This post is about other options for focusing searches to specific subject areas. The next post will talk about ways to save search results you like.

There are several ways to limit your search to specific subjects. We’ve already talked about filtering, but here are a few more.