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.


Introducing the NEW Red Book Online

October 16th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is proud to introduce the NEW Red Book Online—bringing you better, faster access, right at the point of care.

Red Book, your trusted source for more than 75 years for pediatric infectious disease solutions, now brings you the state of the art in digital design, giving you point-of-care access to lifesaving diagnosis and treatment answers, wherever and whenever you need them.

AAP members receive Red Book Online as their enhanced Red Book member benefit.

Experience it for yourself, view the new Red Book Online

Key features include:

  • The indispensable Red Book content—fully digitized
  • Expanded Visual Library—a collection of more than 2,500 images, including the “Image of the Week”
  • Streamlined access, with an improved saved log-in that allows you to find what you need instantly
  • New, robust searching, utilizing the latest in semantic search technology and points you to the answer you need
  • A new, clean look and feel with improved site navigation
  • Responsive Web design—automatically adapts to your favorite device0

Access all of your favorite content, now from our new leading-edge platform, with easy access at the point of care. The Red Book Online can be found on the library web site, search ebooks for Red Book Online.

Banned Books Week Totals

October 10th, 2014 by Clare Rauch

Did you have a chance to stop by the library during Banned Books Week? We had several people participate in our whiteboard display, and the results are as follows:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins                                     59

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky       25

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya                                             5

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini                                         43

Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                             20

And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson           6

Harry Potter(series) by J. K. Rowling                                       86

The Color Purple by Alice Walker                                               22

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou        19

Forever by Judy Blume                                                                   10

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson                           36

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald                                   80

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger                                   71

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck                                 35

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                       86

1984 by George Orwell                                                                    52

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley                                        36

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                                          65

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston   14

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell                             17

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut                                 34

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien                                  43

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley                                                     37


Grand Total of 901 banned books read by Upstate students, staff, and volunteers.



Thank you to all our bake sale buyers

October 9th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library staff wishes to thank all the people who have contributed to our successful bake sales over the past few years. Proceeds were donated the the Upstate Cancer Center, and all our hard work is recognized on the wall of employee wall of donors. Thanks everyone!

Library Columbus Day 2014 Weekend Hours

October 6th, 2014 by Barbara Hopkins

Our  Columbus Day Holiday hours are as follows:

Friday, October 10 – 7:30 am – 10 pm

Saturday, October 11- 10:00 am  – 9:00 pm

Sunday, October 12- 10:00 am  – 7:00 pm

Monday, October 13- 7:30 am  – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 14 – Resume Normal Hours – 7:30 am – 12:00 midnight

Enjoy the holiday. features Preventing Bullying and School Violence

October 1st, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

PsychOnline Book of the Month: October
Preventing Bullying and School Violence
by American Psychiatric Association

October brings Preventing Bullying and School Violence by Stuart W. Twemlow, M.D., and Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D.

The book is designed to help clinicians, school counselors, and administrators create a safe climate for their students and to respond thoughtfully, but swiftly, when threats arise. The authors offer many practical guidelines for achieving these goals, addressing:

  • The critical importance of establishing a strong connection between the family, the school, and the community in creating a healthy academic environment
  • trategies for working effectively with the complex social bureaucracies that often characterize the entities (such as school boards and governmental agencies) that intervene in cases involving violent children, with an emphasis on developing skills in managing both small and large groups
  • Ways to define and recognize at-risk children who require special attention as a result of having mental illness and/or learning disability
  • Innovative community interventions, such as therapeutic mentoring and home-based therapy, in addition to information on local, state, and federal programs designed to support antiviolence programs in the schools
  • Techniques for promoting wellness among the student population—not just physical wellness, but also the positive attitudes and coping skills that are the hallmarks of mental health.

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 Preventing Bullying and School Violence as a PDF download for the month of October.


eBook of the month: Braunwald’s Heart Disease

October 1st, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

R2 Digital Library presents: Braunwald’s Heart Disease

Authors: Robert Bonow, MD, Douglas Mann, MD, Douglas Zipes, MD, Peter Libby, MD

From the publisher: Braunwald’s Heart Disease remains your indispensable source for definitive, state-of-the-art answers on every aspect of contemporary cardiology. Edited by Drs. Robert O. Bonow, Douglas L. Mann, Douglas P. Zipes, and Peter Libby, this dynamic, multimedia reference helps you apply the most recent knowledge in molecular biology and genetics, imaging, pharmacology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and much more. Weekly updates online, personally selected by Dr. Braunwald, continuously keep you current on the most important new developments affecting your practice. Enhanced premium online content includes new dynamic cardiac imaging videos, heart sound recordings, and podcasts. With sweeping updates throughout, and contributions from a “who’s who” of global cardiology, Braunwald’s is the cornerstone of effective practice.

You can access Braunwald’s Heart Disease from the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> eBooks> and browse or search by title.

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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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.