Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

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>

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>