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Archive for February, 2012

MD Consult now available

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Now available on our homepage popular links, MD Consult offers comprehensive information available in one convenient online resource. With instant access to full-text articles from over 80 medical journals and Clinics, 50 leading medical references across a wide range of specialties, clinically relevant drug information, and over 15,000 patient handouts, MD Consult is a valuable one stop tool.

The Scope of MD Consult meets demanding needs of practitioners with a wealth of specialty information – all presented in an easy-to-use format that allows physicians to:

  • Diagnose with Clinical Support
    Whether it’s being able to quickly reference the latest full-text article from over 80 medical journals and Clinics, compare 50,000 images in the image database or leverage evidence-based summaries, MD Consult offers physicians an abundance of resources for clinical decision support information.
  • Easily Cross-Reference Leading Medical Texts
    With 50 books covering more medical specialties than any other online resource, referencing a favorite medical textbook from leading authors has never been easier thanks to the authoritative collection of books on MD Consult.
  • Understand the Latest Practice Guidelines
    Updated regularly and arranged by topic, specialty, and authoring organization, MD Consult’s collection of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed practice guidelines makes it easy for physicians to stay current on the latest guidelines.
  • Search Smarter not Harder
    Organized by what matters most to physicians, MD Consult’s Recommended Resource pages pull out the best and most current thinking on major medical topics. And with a synonym database of over 2.5 million medical terms, you can be confident that you will find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

To learn how to get the most out of MD consult, visit the Resource Center, or contact the Reference staff for help at

NIH Public Access in Jeopardy

Friday, February 17th, 2012

On December 16, 2011, Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced The Research Works Act (H.R. 3699) which would turn back the NIH Public Access Policy. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. To learn more about the bill visit the Library of Congress.

Some publishers, taxpayer groups, researchers, and professional organizations are in opposition to the Research Works act.

Elsevier, a main supporter of the Research Works Act has come under scrutiny and boycott in recent months.  The publisher has also gained the attention of Forbes magazine.  On Janurary 28, 2012, Tim Worstall from Forbes contributed this piece to Forbes “Elsevier’s Publishing Model Might be About to Go Up in Smoke”.   Wondering what Elsevier has to say about all of this?  In an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, the publisher offers its side of the story.

Free Webcast 3/7 at 12PM- Demystifying Research: Simplifying Critical Appraisal

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Are you often frustrated when you read research studies? Do you sometimes wonder why they are so challenging? Would you be interested in learning how to use the tool of research to help you improve your patient outcomes through evidence-based practice? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us for the Webinar: Demystifying Research: Simplifying Critical Appraisal.

Anne Dabrow Woods, MSN, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Journals and Ovid Technologies, and Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing, will have a discussion with Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, to address the steps to critically appraise research evidence and demonstrate how to embrace the process of distilling the pearls that research has to offer.

Dr. Fineout-Overholt is currently Dean & Professor, Groner School of Professional Studies and Chair, Department of Nursing of East Texas Baptist University. Additionally, she is one of the authors of AJN’s, award winning, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step series.

Don’t miss this important opportunity to enhance your knowledge and sharpen your skills about critical appraisal of evidence.

Register Today! If you cannot attend, be sure to register for the webcast anyway – we’ll let you know when the archive becomes available so you can watch on demand.

Ovid Hot Topics- February 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Ovid’s newest popular releases span a variety of medical specialties. Articles include:

1) Clinical Laboratory Science & Medical Technology presents
Interactive Video Games May Help Recovery for Intensive Care Unit Patients: Could Next Technology Hookup in Your Intensive Care Unit Be a Wii System?
Journal of Clinical Engineering

2) Epidemiology presents
Conditioning on Intermediates in Perinatal Epidemiology

3) Hematology presents
Current diagnosis and management of infectious mononucleosis
Current Opinion in Hematology

4) Infectious Diseases presents
Pertussis: What the Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Should Know
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

5) Sports Medicine presents
Foot Strike and Injury Rates in Endurance Runners: a retrospective study
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

6) Nutrition & Dietetics presents
European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition

To learn more about Ovid hot topics for February, visit the news page.  To get to Ovid’s homepage, choose from the Library home page popular links, or from the database dropdown menu.

Room Closings during Basement Renovations

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
New carpet will be installed in the basement open area adjacent to the study rooms on this Friday, Feb. 17 through Tuesday, Feb. 21.  The Library will be closing room 016, study rooms 1,2,3 and all individual study carrels during this time. These rooms are expected to re-open on the morning of Wed, Feb. 22. Thank you for your cooperation during our renovations.

February Exhibit – Julie Herman

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Artist Statement

In a time of complex digital cameras and elaborate photo editing software, it is easy to experience a disconnect with the most basic elements of photography: light and film.

My photographs are taken using traditional medium and large format cameras; simple boxes used for recording the path that light makes. By eliminating all the extraneous features of more modern equipment, I have been able to focus on the most essential aspects of photography.  Using these cameras has forced me to slow down, and really think about how to create the best photograph. The resulting images vary from conventional landscapes, to those that are more ephemeral and dream-like.

For me, the joy of photography lies in the process. I feel more of a connection to my image, as well as to the medium itself, every time I set up my 4×5 camera and develop my own negatives and prints. The joy is not necessarily in the final product, but in the journey it took to get there.

Julie Herman is a Upstate employee in the Employee/Student Health Services department.

If you are interested in displaying your artwork at the Health Sciences Library please contact Olivia Maggio at or 315-464-7200.

Boycott: Academics taking a stand against Elsevier

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Timothy Gowers of the University of Cambridge, has organized a boycott of Elsevier because its pricing and policies restrict access to work that he feels should be much more easily available.  To read more about the boycott, check out this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Why the boycott? Reasons academics are joining the cause:

  • Elsevier charges too much for its journals- it bundles subscriptions to lesser journals together with valuable ones, forcing libraries to spend money to buy titles they don’t want in order to get those that they need
  • Elsevier has supported a proposed federal law (called the Research Works Act) that would prevent agencies like the National Institutes of Health from making all articles written by publicly-funded grant recipients freely available

As of Wednesday afternoon, over 2,700  people have signed up declaring not to support Elsevier journal until changes in operations are made. To join the boycott or learn more, please visit The Cost of Knowledge.