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Instruction Materials for the “Getting the Most Out of PubMed” Workshop

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Below are links to the materials for the Getting the Most Out of PubMed workshop to be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 from noon-1 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Mobile Apps Available Courtesy of the Biomedical Library

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library currently subscribes to a number of valuable medical resources that can be accessed through your mobile devices. Information about these mobile resources is accessible though the Biomedical library’s “Key Resources” page or can be found by looking at our LibGuide at Here is a list of some useful mobile apps that are commonly used by our students and many medical professionals:

  1. DynaMed: A clinical reference tool that contains the latest information on more than 3,200 topics. To obtain this app, first install the free Skyscape app and obtain a Dynamed serial number. To obtain a serial number, send an e-mail request to which includes your full name, the name of your institution, and the type of device you are using. A serial number will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
  2. mobileMicromedex: A collection of many different drug databases makes this an excellent source for drug identification, dosage, drug interaction and side effect information.  Both the Drug Information and the Drug Interaction apps can be downloaded, for free, at
  3. VisualDx Mobile: A clinical decision support system that allows clinicians to recognize and even diagnose visible medical conditions by capturing images of how these conditions present in people of different ages, skin types, and even locations on the body. To get this app, go to, click the link titled “Get Our Free App” and enter your information. You will receive an email with a username and password and instructions about how to download the app for your device.
  4. UpToDate Mobile: A clinical resource that compiles the most recent medical information in one, easy-to-find place. To access this resource on your mobile device, first visit the UpToDate website to register for a free account by clicking the orange “Log In/Register” button. More information about how to then obtain the app can be found at

Be sure to take advantage of the resources that the library has to offer and the good luck on your journey at UCLA.

<submitted by Nick Auricchio>


Temporary UC-eLinks workaround in place for PubMed

Monday, June 24th, 2013

While CDL and NLM work to restore the familiar UC-eLinks icons to PubMed, a temporary workaround is now in place.  Clicking the blue Online Full-text button now displays the UC-eLinks menu window for the record.  The restoration of the UC-eLinks icons will not happen before tomorrow at the earliest so, in the meantime, use the Online Full-text buttons to display the UC-eLinks options for the item.

Introducing JoVE: The Journal of Visualized Experiments

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library is proud to announce the addition of The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) to UCLA’s already extensive collection of databases. JoVE is a peer reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal that publishes biological, medical, chemical, and physical research in video form. This resource is a particularly exciting addition because it is the very first scientific video journal. Though still helpful, the traditional written journal, accompanied with static pictures or diagrams, cannot fully convey the intricacies of modern scientific research. By taking advantage of recent advances in video-sharing technology, JoVE captures and transmits the  intricacies that characterize scientific research.


Introducing SimplyMap

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ready to get mappin’?

The new, interactive tool, SimplyMap 2.0 has been licensed on behalf of the entire UCLA community by the Management Library. This web-based mapping program lets you create maps, tabular reports, and rank variables all on one screen. Variables can range from consumer healthcare expenditures to market segments of a chosen demographic. Data used for mapping or ranking can be taken from the 2010 and 2000 Censuses, or variables can be chosen by a specific year.

Location choice can range from the entire US to counties to block groups, and tab functions provide a convenient way to create and work with different maps and tables at the same time. The simple design makes it easy to choose and organize variables and locations, and the map feature has a Google Maps-like quality.

The Tabular Report function is good for comparing the same variable over time, in different regions, or multiple variables. For example, you can track the amount consumers spent on oral hygiene products of a chosen state, county, or zip code in a year, and can even look at future predictions. You can add as many locations, variables, and years as you want and export to an Excel file or email the tables when you’re done.

You can create an account to save your work, or use the link under the Sign In button to login as a guest. You cannot save work in SimplyMap as a guest, but you can export or email most creations.

To access SimplyMap, find it in the UCLA Library’s list of databases, or follow this link!

<submitted by Linda Kobashigawa>

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>