UpToDate Remote Access

The popular UpToDate clinical medical information tool is available off campus via the VPN.  If you are based at the UC San Diego Medical Center or on campus you should be able to just get right in, but off campus you will need to set your computer up to use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN).  UpToDate does NOT work via the campus Proxy Server.


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Power Searching with Google

Need to freshen up your Google searching and Google tools skills?  The Biomedical Library is not offering any Google classes this summer — but Google is!

Starting July 1st, Google is offering a “free, online, community-based course” called Power Searching with Google.

For more details, and to sign up, visit their website.

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Growing Collection of PTSD eBooks

The Biomedical Library provides access to an increasing number of high-quality electronic books on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To get an idea of the breadth and quality of this collection, take a look at the 45 titles on this topic that were published within the past five years. More books on this topic will be added in the future.

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Biomedical Mobile Resources Guide

Many biomedical information resources, including several to which the UC San Diego Libraries subscribe, have mobile-friendly websites or apps for smart phones.  The Biomedical Library has created a guide to highlight the mobile versions of PubMed, Web of Knowledge (Web of Science, BIOSIS, etc.), Clinical Pharmacology, Micromedex, Access Medicine, Procedures Consult, Roger, Melvyl, EndNote Web, RefWorks and more.  The guide also includes mobile websites and apps pertaining to “getting things done” such as Evernote, Dropbox, etc.

Check out the guide on your phone or computer:  http://ucsd.libguides.com/bmlmobile

At this time, not all resources work with all phones and most of the subscription-based resources require the smart phone to be on the UC San Diego wireless network or logged into the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

This guide is a work in progress so please let us know about any additional mobile resources that you think that we should include.  Add your suggestions to the guide itself or email them to kheskett@ucsd.edu

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New Melvyl Catalog Goes Live

Last month the old Melvyl catalog retired and the University of California Libraries moved to the Next-Generation Melvyl (NGM) search tool, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat Local database: http://ucsd.worldcat.org/

NGM, released as a pilot in April 2008, is now the primary tool for one-stop searching of the UC Libraries’ holdings, including selected full-text articles, ebooks, digital content, and archival information, as well as items from research institutions throughout the world.

NGM also provides easy-to-use links to ebooks and the Request feature, which allows users to retrieve some titles immediately or order them via interlibrary loan.  Also featured in the new Melvyl are embedded tools for citing and exporting citations and creating and sharing lists. Users can also ask reference questions via the “Chat with a Librarian” feature.

More information about NGM, which features many new search, retrieval, and content management options, can be found at: http://www.cdlib.org/services/d2d/melvyl/Melvyl_FAQ.html

Henceforth, Next-Gen Melvyl (NGM) will be referred to as Melvyl.

H/T: UC San Diego Science & Engineering Library

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SciFinder Client Version Retires June 30

On June 30, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will retire the “classic” SciFinder Scholar desktop client.


SciFinder Web works on all operating systems and browsers, connects from off-campus using proxy or VPN, and includes additional features like Keep Me Posted alerts, a new synthesis planning tool (SciPlanner) and SciFinder Mobile. Most of the UC user seats for SciFinder have been allotted to the web already, and the remaining ones will be switched over at the end of this month.

What’s new in SciFinder: Spring 2011 – http://www.cas.org/support/scifi/new.html

SciFinder requires a username/password for logging in as well as regular authentication (proxy, VPN, campus wifi).  UC San Diego users must complete the one-time registration. Instructions on creating your SciFinder account and a link to the registration site are here; note that you use must use your ucsd.edu email address. Once you receive your confirmation email and click the link in the message, you’re ready to use SciFinder.

Please contact Teri Vogel if you have questions or need assistance with SciFinder (tmvogel@ucsd.edu, 858-534-1216, http://ucsd.libguides.com/scifinder).

H/T: Science & Engineering Library blog – http://blog.ucsd.edu/se/2011/06/09/scifinder-client-retires/

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New E-Journals Browsing Tool

We’ve updated our e-journals browsing tool on our Website.  We now have one master e-journal listing with better search capabilities and far fewer duplicate entries.  The data is coming from the same source as the UC eLinks tool that you see when you use our databases to find full text articles.

Read more…

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HHS Health Indicators Warehouse available

The HHS Community Health Data Initiative that we reported on last year is now publishing data in the form of the Health Indicators Warehouse. Over 1000 indicators from 170 different sources are tracked, mainly health and demographic-related.  Data are available in tables, charts and maps.

Link: Health Indicators Warehouse

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History of Medicine and Science Images

ARTStor, a database that contains a digital library of art images, has added some collections about the history of medicine and the life sciences:

Browse the collections and see Sexta musculorum tabula, or Sixth table of muscles, a diagram of the muscular system or the colorful and long beaked Hawaiian Honeycreeper of the Sandwich Isles.

Hat tip to the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library blog: http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/biomedical/2011/01/24/artstor-adds-collections/

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Changes for Beilstein/Gmelin users

Do you do chemistry searches using Beilstein/Gmelin?

As of January 2011, Reaxys has replaced CrossFire as the portal to access Beilstein and Gmelin databases. Reaxys is an entirely web-based application that combines the content of Beilstein, Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry databases. It works on PCs and Macs, and you only need a plugin if you want to use a structure editor other than the one built into Reaxys (MarvinSketch).  Reaxys works on IE, Firefox and Safari, and it requires Java Runtime Environment 5.0 or later.

Helpful user guides are at Elsevier’s Reaxys Training Center including Reaxys – Content at a Glance and Reaxys Quick Reference Guide.  The S&E Reaxys guide will be in early January, and the Library will offer some training sessions over the next few months.

CrossFire was retired on December 31 and will no longer work. You will need to uninstall the CrossFire Commander client from your computer.

(reposted from the Science & Engineering Library blog)

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