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Citations Galore!! EMBASE Arrives at UU on Aug. 1st!

The Eccles Library is pleased to announce that Embase will soon join the growing list of online resources available to University of Utah faculty, staff, and students.

With extensive international journal and conference coverage, Embase is a key resource for generating systemic reviews, supporting effective evidence-based medicine and drug and medical device tracking. Embase includes over 25 million citations from 8,400 journals and offers particularly strong coverage of European literature and titles in the area of drugs, pharmacology, and toxicology.

Why use Embase?

  • For thorough preparation of systematic reviews
  • To complement your Medline searches
  • For guided Emtree subject searching (including MeSH)
  • For basic natural language searching
  • For drug/pharmacy topics including pharmacovigilance and adverse effects
  • To find recent articles, conference papers, and EU journals
  • For extensive search limiting options

Embase access is right around the corner! It will be here before you know it! Contact the Library for additional information or to request assistance in using Embase.

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New Lexicomp App Codes are Here!

Lexicomp App codes for 2015-2016 are here! Send an email from your University of Utah account to to request app code.

Lexicomp is health information content focusing on pharmacology, diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests, natural products, dentistry, infectious diseases, and patient education.

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Bees and Hives and Suits … Oh my! … An Unexpected Monday Swarm

It’s the unexpected that is the most interesting in life, don’t you think?   Monday morning … making your way through email … the phone rings … there’s a bee swarm in the tree in front of the College of Nursing building … not on the list of things to do … not MY area of experience or expertise … but it is at the top of my LIST …. NOW.   Fortunately, we have lots of expertise on campus including the Salt Lake City Beekeeper, the President of the University of Utah Beekeeper’s Association, and the Salt Lake County Bee Inspector.   Of course, with Utah “beeing” the BEEHIVE STATE with the honey bee as its official state insect … well … what did you expect!

IMG_3173The Salt Lake Beekeeper advised us on the situation.  Bees in swarms are actually quite focused on their own needs and not much at all on people.  So they mostly ignored us and went about their business of finding a new hive location – which is what swarming is primarily about.  They stayed in and around the tree for about 1½ hrs and then totally disappeared, apparently headed for a better abode.

Meanwhile, the President of the Utah Beekeeper’s Association, which maintains the new hives on the north side of the Health Sciences Education Building [HSEB] arrived … but not before the swarm had left.   Together we checked the HSEB hives to verify that the swarm had not originated from those hives.   DEFINTELY NOT was the conclusion as you will see from the videos (taken by Richard Beck) as I donned a beekeeping suit for the very first time and assisted (that means mostly watched) as Stephen Stanko (beekeeper extraordinaire) checked and then added a second story (upper box) to three of the hives.   After watching for a while, I got to check and add new accommodations to the last hive!!

You never know what a Monday morning will bring along the University of Utah health sciences education corridor … bees busily swarming, a library faculty member calling in the experts and learning the art and science of beekeeping, and a building manager catching it all on film, while the bees busily buzz by beeing bees.

If you are interested in bees and beekeeping, be sure to LIKE the University of Utah Beekeeper’s Association on Facebook where they will let you know about upcoming events including when they install new hives or inspect existing ones!   And be sure to check out the hives on the north side of HSEB – from the bridge between Eccles Health Sciences Library [EHSL] and HSEB, from the walkway between the two buildings, from the big south-facing picture window on the upper level of EHSL, or from windows on the north side of HSEB Alumni Hall.

Written by: Joan M. Gregory, Librarian and Associate Director for Resources and Facilities

Watch as we check the hives:

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New!! Lancet Backfiles Available Online

The Eccles Library is pleased to report that the University of Utah community now has online access in PDF format to every issue of The Lancet. The Lancet has been published weekly since its foundation in 1823; our new backfile includes 390,000 articles written prior to 1995, all enhanced with HTML abstracts and reference linking.

The Lancet is one of the world’s most highly cited medical journals, and it is noted in particular for a philosophy of reform that dates to its foundation. The Lancet backfile will support the university’s ongoing research programs through its reports of clinical findings and investigational methods in landmark studies, and it will enrich current reviews by offering historical context to new findings and trends in medical practice.

Among the classic articles which can now be retrieved online are Joseph Lister’s “On the antiseptic principle in the practice of surgery” (1867), “An address on the repression of war experience” by W H R Rivers (1918), and “Penicillin as a chemotherapeutic agent” by E Chain and H W Florey (1940).

The Library’s full-text searchable backfile begins with the first issue in 1823, offering over 180 years of excellent coverage of advances in health and medicine.

These journal backfiles can all be accessed from the Library’s e-Journals list. You’ll also find links to this archival content from within the Library catalog.

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Appy Hour Recaps: March and May

On Tuesday, March 17, Amanda Truong, a School of Medicine student, presented March Appy Hour“VisualDx”. VisualDx is a “decision support software designed by clinicians to aid medical professionals in the diagnosis of visually identifiable diseases.” Amanda is very interested in dermatology and discovered the app while working in Ghana with the University of Utah’s Department of Dermatology. Read more about her experience here. At Appy Hour, Amanda demo-ed the app and guided the audience through the quiz feature. As a student, Amanda finds the quiz feature very useful for studying. VisualDx is a very unique software!

May 6 Appy HourJena Andrus and Karen O’Toole from the Huntsman Cancer Institute presented “Check Yourself” on Wednesday, May 6. Check Yourself is an app for breast examination. The app guides users though self-examination steps and allows them to schedule alerts for monthly checks. There are other breast self-examination apps available on the market; the audience of Check Yourself seems to be a younger population. Karen recommends that people use their finger pads instead of finger tips; Check Yourself did not made this specification. Overall, Check Yourself is a good app and it encourages self-examination!

Both VisualDx and Check Yourself are available for Android and iOS. View other featured Appy Hour apps here.

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Withdrawal of Informa Healthcare Titles from “Get It Now” Service

In January 2015, the publisher Informa Healthcare announced that its portfolio of 180 journals would be taken over by the academic publishing division of Taylor & Francis.

As part of that transition, Taylor & Francis re-evaluated the cost-per-article fee charged for all Informa Healthcare titles, including those made available through the Library’s Get It Now article delivery service.

As of May 2015, Taylor & Francis implemented new, significantly higher, costs for all articles purchased from Informa Healthcare journals.  In many instances the cost rose by 145%. This has resulted in Informa Healthcare journals now charging between $61 and $98 per individual article.

The Library has evaluated the impact of the cost increase on our overall budget for Get It Now services and has determined that the 145% escalation in price is unsustainable and cannot be supported.

Effective immediately, the Library is withdrawing its current suite of 19 Informa Healthcare titles from Get It Now. Those titles are:

Acta oto-laryngologica *
Brain injury: BI *
Cell communication & adhesion *
Clinical toxicology *
Critical reviews in microbiology *
Current eye research *
Current medical research and opinion
Expert opinion on biological therapy
Expert opinion on investigational drugs
Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy
Journal of dermatological treatment *
Journal of immunotoxicology
Journal of interprofessional care *
Leukemia & lymphoma *
Medical teacher *
Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology *
Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases *
Ultrastructural pathology

Starred titles are those to which the Library maintains either an active subscription (in which case it was only the backfile content that was available via Get It Now) or has access via an aggregator such as EBSCOhost (in which case it was only the embargoed content that was available via Get It Now).

It is regrettable that the Library had to withdraw these journal titles from Get It Now, but the drastic publisher price increase made such an action unavoidable. For questions or concerns, please contact Christy Jarvis 801-581-3031.

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Happy FDLP Anniversary Eccles Library!

May 7th marks 45 years the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library has been a designated member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP.)  Eccles Library is one of 9 libraries in Utah and one of almost 1,200 libraries nationwide the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with “to provide free public access to published information on all three branches of the Federal Government.”

Providing digital-only access to online collections of thousands of Federal Government documents, our research guide is a portal into federal government data and statistics for the health sciences.

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Artist In Residence (AIR) & Photovoice Exhibition at Eccles Library


Please join the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library in welcoming the Artist In Residence (AIR) & Photovoice Exhibition to the main level of the library. Throughout the month of May, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients, caregivers, and staff will exhibit artworks and photos created in the Artist in Residence program and the Photovoice with Adult Cancer Survivors study.

The exhibit will be on display at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, from May 1 – 31.  An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 5:30-7:30PM.

Artist in Residence is a program offered through HCI’s Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center and funded by LiveStrong and the Creative Center. The program features a local artist teaching workshops at HCI to patients, their families, and staff. Art projects run the gamut from paintings to ceramics to jewelry.

The Photovoice study, a collaboration between HCI Patient and Family Support and the University of Utah College of Social Work, explores how cancer can affect identity and personal development. In this study, cancer survivors use photography to share stories with peers who have had similar experiences.

Learn more about the experiences of Jaehee Yi, PhD, HCI investigator and principal investigator of the Photovoice study, program participant Teri Kaplan, and Colour Maisch, the current Artist in Residence on HCI’s Circle of Hope blog.

This collection will be on display on the main level of the library from May 1st through the 31st.

Come and admire this incredible artwork!

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Appy Hour, Wednesday, May 6, 2:30-3:30pm

Appy Hour IconJoin Us. Drop In. Come on Over.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2:30-3:30 PM
Synapse, Garden Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

Relax and chat with your colleagues for a mid-afternoon break! Join us for refreshments and conversation. Share your favorite app.

Featured App: Check Yourself

Presentation at 2:45 PM by Jen Andrus, Health Educator, and Karen O’Toole, Clinical Research Coordinator, Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Have you seen the Edges of Light: Images of Breast Transformation exhibit at the Eccles Health Sciences Library? Check Yourself is an app for breast examination. The app guides you though self-examination steps and allows you to schedule alerts for monthly checks.

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EHSL Seeks an Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah seeks an imaginative team leader with progressive ideas to lead the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC). The Assistant Director reports directly to the Associate Director of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. The Assistant Director plans and implements the activity of the NTC; supervises NTC professional and support staff; and, in conjunction with National Library of Medicine staff, coordinates the activities of the NTC with other components of the NN/LM program, in order to support the effective use of NLM information products and services. With the NTC team, the Assistant Director assures compliance with all elements of the Statement of Work that is part of the contract with the National Library of Medicine and develops and implements a strategic program plan for the NTC, including the appropriate assessment and evaluation of instruction. The individual in this position prepares an annual budget and supervises the timely delivery of class reports, quarterly reports, annual reports, and evaluation reports. The Assistant Director conducts online and in-person training classes throughout the United States on PubMed, TOXNET and other topics related to training and NLM resources and coordinates NCBI training. The NTC web site, social media plan, and national and regional class registration system falls under the Assistant Director’s supervision. Responsibilities also include monitoring new developments related to NLM products and services and monitoring, disseminating and incorporating new information and trends related to distance learning, adult learning and instruction. Position is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position.

For more information on duties, qualifications, etc. please view our job listing >

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