MDConsult access expired February 28th

March 5th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

MDConsult access ended in 2014 for all its subscribers, and here at Upstate, on February 28th.   MDConsult is being replaced with Elsevier’s next generation clinical and curriculum resource, Clinical Key.  The Health Sciences Library will not be subscribing to this product to due its very high cost of licensure.

Our goal is to retain as much of the book and journal content as possible on other platforms, please consult our libguide for alternative resources Access to several of the e-book titles are available through other e-book vendors, and the Library already had institutional subscriptions to many of the journals contained within MDConsult.  Access to several of the most heavily-used journals will still be available through links in the Journals A-Z list and the New York State Library.   We are investigating licensure of the Clinics – however articles from our print subscriptions are available for scanning and delivery via ILLiad request.

Please take a moment to complete a 2 question survey and make recommendations for ebook and clinic titles.

Contact Rebecca Kindon with your comments and questions at 464-7193 or

Library resources intermittently unavailable

March 28th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library is  experiencing intermittent outages that may prevent access to our electronic resources. This issue was first reported on Thursday, and is continuing to cause intermittent outages for all online resources, as well as SelfServe. We are aware of the issue and are working with campus Information Management & Technology (IMT).  In some cases, refreshing the browser/reloading the page multiple times may resolve the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Additionally, EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while Ebsco performs network upgrades. The upgrade will impact Ebsco specific resources from Friday 9PM to 11PM EST.

Questions? Contact the library at 315-464-7091.


What’s your App-titude? Visualdx

September 25th, 2014 by Christine Kucharski

Welcome to What’s your App-titude

Our monthly post to share information about Health Sciences mobile apps!

The Health Sciences Library wants to hear from you!

Tweet us your favorite app @upstatehsl #upstateapps

Post the app info to our Facebook page!

    Use VisualDx to support point of care clinical decisions and enhance diagnostic accuracy. 

Upstate Medical  University Faculty, Staff, Students, and affiliated users can access the VisualDx subscription database via the Health Sciences Library

  • Link to the VisualDx database
  • Pull down the Get VisualDx Mobile menu
  • Register to create your own username and password for the mobile app
  • Download the free app


Banned Books

September 24th, 2014 by Clare Rauch

Book displays of banned or challenged books.

The library is celebrating Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, 2014, with a display of books topping the list of those that have been banned or challenged in the United States. We’re also asking library visitors to check off books they’ve read on our whiteboard display by the front of the library. Of course, not all banned or challenged books could be represented, so we also included lists of the top banned and challenged books in the last decade (2000-2009), and also classic books that have been banned or challenged. Stop by and take a look, maybe your favorite book has been challenged. Who knows!

From the American Library Association:

CHICAGO — It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding for them to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous.

Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014, reminds Americans about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. According to ALA’s OIF, for every banned book reported, there are many more that are not.

This year’s Banned Books Week is spotlighting graphic novels because, despite their literary merit and popularity as a format, they are often subject to censorship. Graphic novels continually show up on the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Top 10 List of Most Frequently Challenged Books. The most current list for 2013 includes two graphic novels: Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series “Bone” at #10.

“Our most basic freedom in a democratic society is our first amendment right of the freedom to read,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “Banned Books Week is an opportunity for all of us – community residents, librarians, authors and educators – to stand together protecting this fundamental right for everyone and for future generations. We can never take this precious right for granted.”

Click here to read more at ALAnews, the news site of the American Library Association.

Celebrate Constitution Day today, September 17th

September 17th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

To commemorate the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787 Constitution Day is observed September 17. In accordance with section 111 of Division J of Public Law 108-447 we celebrate!

For a free pocket size publication “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America” visit the Health Sciences Library on September 17th!

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens”.

Learn more about the Constitution

History of the Constitution:

U.S Constitution view at the National Archives:

Video from C-SPAN:

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Free Apps for ipad, iphone, ipod

Free apps for Android

New online lectures: Molecular Genetics of Human Disease

September 15th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

A new series of online lectures has been added to Henry Steward Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection on Molecular Genetics of Human Disease.

The new series is edited by Prof Maher, Head of Medical Genetics at University of Cambridge and contains 10 specially prepared animated online lectures on subjects ranging from cardiopulmonaryneuromuscular and chromatin associated diseases to cancer, imprinting disorders, diagnosis treatment and prevention by an eminent international group of speakers.

Henry Stewart Talks can be found from the libray home page under Resources> Databases> and search for Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences.

New library furniture

September 11th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

New furniture has been delivered to the Health Sciences Library, offering a comfortable seating area adjacent to the Library Services Desk. Come browse our Leisure Reading or Health + Wellness collections, take a break, meet a colleague, and enjoy our new chairs and loveseats.

Join us for Hot Topics In Research, register now!

September 5th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

Research Administration presents “Hot Topics in Research”

What: PMIDs, PMCIDs, & NIHMSIDs: What are They and Why Should I Care?

Speaker: Amy Slutzky, PhD, MSLIS, Upstate Health Sciences Library Reference Librarian

Target Audience: Faculty & Investigators

When: Tuesday, September 9th 11:30am -12:30pm

Where: 2231 Weiskotten Hall

Please register to attend by 9/5 by emailing

eBook of the month: Comprehensive Gynecology

September 4th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

R2 Digital Library presents: Comprehensive Gynecology

Authors: Gretchen Lentz, MD, Roger Lobo, MD, David Gershenson, MD, Vern Katz, MD

Comprehensive Gynecology provides you with complete, timely, and easy access to vital information on all the medical and surgical issues affecting your practice. Whether you’re a resident or practioner, you’ll get all the practical, in-depth coverage you need to stay at the forefront of your field. Now in its sixth edition, this core reference, formerly edited by Drs. Droegemueller, Stenchever, Mishell and Herbst, continues to be your primary resource for in-depth and up-to-date information.

You can access Comprehensive Gynecology from the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> eBooks> and browse or search by title. features Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

PsychOnline Book of the Month: September
Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists
by American Psychiatric Association

September brings Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists by American Psychiatric Association.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed in March 2010, includes provisions to expand the scope of mental health care available to most Americans. What do psychiatrists need to know about the provisions of the health reform law to practice most effectively and best serve their patients?

Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists is a compilation of resources designed to educate psychiatrists and other mental health professionals about key elements of the reform law. At its core are three articles from a special section on health reform that appeared in the November 2010 issue of Psychiatric Services. Each article addresses a key question for the organization and financing of mental health and substance abuse care under health care reform::

  • How should states set up their health exchanges to ensure that the needs of people with mental illness are addressed?
  • Will coverage of mental health services be adequate under the law’s provisions?
  • Can integration of mental and physical health care—a particular focus of health reform—improve the quality and efficiency of care for people with mental illness?

You can access the Book of the Month from the homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page to find Book of the Month. From the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> Databases> and search PsyhchiatryOnline.

You’ll have access to the Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists as a PDF download for the month of September.


Library Labor Day 2014 Weekend Hours

August 28th, 2014 by Barbara Hopkins

Our  Labor Day Holiday hours are as follows:

Friday, August 29 – 7:30 am – 10 pm

Saturday, August 3 0- 10:00 am  – 9:00 pm

Sunday, August 3 1- 10:00 am  – 7:00 pm

Monday, September 1- 7:30 am  – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 2 – Resume Normal Hours – 7:30 am – 12:00 midnight

Have a safe holiday.

How Are Disease-Related Facebook Pages Used?

August 22nd, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds 32.2% of Facebook pages about diseases are for marketing and promotional purposes, while just 9.4% of such pages are used for general social support.

The study also shows:

  • 20.7% of disease-related Facebook pages aim to raise awareness; and
  • 15.5% provide Wikipedia-type information.

The study was conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health and Stanford University School of Medicine.

See full story.