Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

BrowZine iPad Application Trial and Survey – ends April 30, 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Have an iPad? Help the Library evaluate a new research tool that is being considered for possible subscription.

The libraries of the University of California are running a trial of a new technology called BrowZine, a tablet application that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s journals, all from your iPad. To facilitate your research, articles found in BrowZine can easily be sent to Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all your information together in one place.

To learn more, please take a look at this short (two minute) video.

If you’d like to trial this resource. please send an email to for more information. This trial ends April 30, 2013.

We would appreciate your feedback while we consider subscribing to this service. After trying BrowZine, please fill out this short survey.

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Upcoming Webinar: NIH’s Public Access Policy – What’s New?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The NIH has announced it will hold a webinar on January 15, 2013, 9:30-11:00 AM PST “to assist grantee institutions with guidance and resources related to the NIH Public Access Policy, upcoming changes, tools, and how non-compliance will affect awards.” NIH earlier announced that in the spring, at the earliest, it “will hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy.” Visit here to register for the webinar. The UCLA Biomedical Library will be hosting a viewing of the webinar in its 4th floor classroom. Simply take the elevator to stack level 9, walk up the ramp, and turn right.

eLife, a New Open-Access journal is Now Available

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

First announced in summer 2011, eLife is a researcher-led initiative for the best in science and science communication. Backed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, the initiative’s first aim is to launch an open-access journal for outstanding advances in life science and biomedicine, which is also a platform for experimentation and showcasing innovation in research communication.

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<Originally posted in STM Publishing News>

Online Access to JAMA has been Restored!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

PsycINFO Moves Interface to New and Improved ProQuest platform!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

If you’ve used PsycINFO lately, you’ve probably noticed its new look – the database has moved to a new platform. While the articles contained in the database have not changed, certain features have changed.  Major changes users need to look out for:  1) the menu for narrowing search results now shows up on the right hand side,  and 2) “Descriptors” are now called “Subjects” – they can be accessed by clicking on a “Suggested subjects” at the top of the search results page, or by clicking on an article’s title in the search results list.

Search tips can be accessed by clicking on the “Search tips” link on the right hand side of the screen.

ProQuest’s new platform contains many new features and functions:  personal accounts to save and share findings, keyword recommendations, and advanced searches that allow for command-line searches as well as figures and tables.  Subject area thumbnail images feature databases within each category, and “Smart Search” suggests subjects to help pinpoint information.  “Article Previews”, “Keywords in Context”, and “Narrow Results By” can be used to effectively filter search results.  “Deep Indexing” technology extends searches to within article images, which can also be saved and used in presentations.  The “My Research” feature allows for easy citation and sharing of content.  Articles can be translated, findings linked to social media sites, and related articles are recommended to allow for further exploration of related content.  Finally, the “Alert” tool allows researchers to stay on top of the most current research being posted in the database.

For additional details on the above please see:

For a user guide on how to begin your research within Proquest platforms please see:

<submitted by Karin Saric>

Online Access to JAMA is down

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We currently do not have online access to JAMA and other journals in the JAMA network. We’re aware of the problem and we’re working with our provider to resolve it. We’ll post to the blog when access is restored.

New and improved ABMS Directory now available online

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

A new and improved version of the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) Directory is now available online.

This website provides the ability to search for physicians electronically, based on a combination of criteria, including name, board certified specialty, city or state, etc. Check out the DEMO for a brief overview of the features. The quick search results make it possible to easily identify:

  • Whether or not your doctor is board certified, and in what subspecialty
  • The board certified physicians in a specific geographic location (e.g. Find an allergist in St. Louis, MO)
  • Professional information that could be helpful in choosing a specialist in your selected category

Information is updated quarterly with data from ABMS, as well as other updates received from the physicians. New physcians and new certifications will be displayed on this website with each update.

In addition to board certified specialties, this authoritative reference tool also provides:

  • An indication of how long the physician has been certified in a specialty
  • Information about the physician’s training, hospital and academic appointments, type of practice, professional memberships, office contact information, etc (when available)
  • If a physician was board certified at one time, but is not presently certified, that will be indicated for the applicable specialty

JAMA & Archives Journals Backfiles Now Available!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

JAMA & Archives Journals Backfiles are now available from the UCLA Biomedical Library, providing full-text, digital access to content for every issue of JAMA & Archives Journals published from 1883 to 1997!  The collection provides comprehensive and timely access to seminal articles that have shaped the last century of medical history.  Artistic covers provide a visual retrospective of the historical content.

The following publications are included in the Backfiles collection:

The User Guide includes instructions on how to 1) access articles, 2) conduct searches, 3) download PDFs and 4) view references.

<submitted by Karin Saric>

2011 Journal Citation Reports® Now Available

Friday, June 29th, 2012

With even more regional content than before, Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) provides a combination of impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points that comprise the complete journal citation network of Web of Science. The 2011 JCR includes:

  • More than 10,500 of the world’s highly cited, peer reviewed journals in 232 disciplines
  • Nearly 2,500 publishers and 82 countries represented
  • Over 1,400 regional journals
  • 526 journals receiving their first Journal Impact Factor.

National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices.

This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to 19 other resources including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.

Smart Phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be taken the mobile site. 

The Drug Information Portal is a free Web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user friendly entry-way to current drug information for over 32,000 drugs. Links to sources span the breadth of the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

Comments and suggestions are welcome at

<originally posted to the NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L listserv>