March 17, 2004

UpToDate access for Twin Cities and Duluth campuses

UpToDate logoThe Bio-Medical Library and the Medical School have partnered to license UpToDate for the Twin Cites and Duluth campuses. UpToDate is a subscription-based electronic clinical database with searchable, up-to-date topic reviews. The topic reviews include links to related subjects, references, tables, charts, graphics, X-rays, video, and drug information.

Please visit and follow the link that says "Click here to log on to UpToDate online" (ID and Password not required). Due to the terms of the license agreement with UpToDate, access will be limited to campus IP addresses and will not be accessible off-site or from home. Contact the Bio-Medical Library reference desk at 612-626-3260 or email with questions.

Posted by biomednews at 10:24 PM

Bio-Med's Haudy Kazemi Wins U Libraries Outstanding Student Employee Award

The Friends of the University of Minnesota Library recently announced the winners of the 2004 Outstanding Student Employee Award. One of this year's award winners is Bio-Med's own Haudy Kazemi. Please join us in congratulating Haudy!

Haudy has worked on the Bio-Med Library's staff for three years. He has made major contributions to critical technical projects in the Computing Services Department, and has also been active in providing prompt, flexible, and friendly technical support to our Library staff and patrons.

Computing Services staff member Chacko Kuruvilla had to say of the award, "Recognition of Haudy's special contributions to the Computing Services Department was long overdue, and seeing him win the 'Best Student Award' for 2004 has been a source of enormous pleasure for all of us here at Bio-Med. The award is a wonderful way to thank Haudy for his resourcefulness and good will on the job. Awards like this are also a general nod to the many bright and capable student workers who have worked (and currently work) at the Bio-Medical library and at the University Libraries in general."

Steve Irons, also of Computing Services, added, "Haudy has consistently provided the highest level of performance possible. The ripple effect of his skills and his willingness to tackle the stickiest of problems have had an enormous effect on the library." Steve added, "Additionally, he has been an inspiration to other student workers, who often come to him for technical advice, when they encounter an insurmountable obstacle...I'm glad to see that people are recognizing his work by nominating him."

Haudy is majoring in biology and minoring in computer science. He plans to attend graduate school to study health informatics once he completes his bachelor's work.

The Libraries' Outstanding Student Employee Award is presented in recognition of the vital, high quality work that student employees perform in the University Libraries. Also winning the award this year is Ryan Stoer of Wilson Library. Ryan and Haudy will each receive $250 and a $50 gift certificate to the University Bookstore. They will also by honored guests at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting on April 28, 2004.

Posted by biomednews at 05:03 PM

March 16, 2004

Evidence-Based Health Care -- the Libraries' Role

Finding the most current and authoritative clinical evidence is essential to making sound clinical decisions. Such evidence is found in a variety of resources including journal articles, practice guidelines, systematic reviews (such as those produced by the Cochrane Collaboration), and websites (such as AHRQ at

The Bio-Medical Library provides access to all of the above resources and more. Our staff also teaches students and health practitioners how to use these resources effectively and efficiently through workshops (, one-on-one consultations, and sessions with various classes and groups. For example, Bio-Med librarians Jim Beattie and Cindy Gruwell currently participate in the General Internal Medicine residents' "Morning Report" every Monday, conducting searches of the published literature on the day's topic and presenting their results to the residents.

Biomedsearch logoLinks to Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) resources are available to U of M students, staff, and faculty via the “BioMedSearch” link on the Bio-Medical Library’s home page ( On the BioMedSearch webpage, you will find links to a variety of journal article indexes, such as Medline, PubMed, CINAHL, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, in the “Alphabetical Listing.” There are links to two versions of the Cochrane Library (the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (via Ovid) and the Cochrane Library (through Update Software, soon to be through Wiley InterScience) on this page under the letter “C.”

Information about the efficacy and safety of drugs and herbal/dietary supplements are available through MICROMEDEX and Natural Medicines, respectively.

HealthWeb ( provides an extensive list of free EBHC Internet sites produced by health professionals and librarians from around the world.

For more information about using these resources or other ways to find the best clinical evidence available, please contact the Reference staff of the Bio-Medical Library either in person at the Reference Desk, by phone (612-626-3260), or email (

Posted by biomednews at 06:26 PM

University Libraries Purchase BioMed Central Membership

biomed central logoThe University Libraries, in support of the Open Access publishing model, has paid for a trial institutional membership to BioMed Central (BMC) for 2004. We hope that this membership will encourage researchers at the University of Minnesota to consider BMC journals for submission of articles. This membership enables U of M authors to waive BioMed Central's article processing fee (typically $500). For more information, and a list of articles published in BMC by U of M authors, please see

create change logoOpen Access publishing is a model for scholarly publishing in which access to published articles and other information is not contingent on paid subscription to the journal or venue. Rather, the published information is made freely available to any interested users. (Publication costs are recouped via other mechanisms, such as charges to the author or author's institution.) The movement has gained root in part due to the rapidly rising subscription costs of many scholarly journals over the past decade, particularly in the sciences. These rising costs have forced libraries to cancel journal subscriptions, resulting in decreased access to scholarly information for library users. For more information about current issues in scholarly communication, please see the Create Change website ( and brochure ( from SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Readers and potential authors of BioMed Central journals should be cautioned that, for some BMC journals, only primary literature articles are open access, while access to review articles and other "synthetic" or "value-added" articles does require a subscription. The University Libraries are, when possible, purchasing subscriptions to some of these journals (including a print copy of "Genome Biology" at Magrath Library).

If you have any questions or comments about BioMed Central, or other Open Access publishers or journals, please contact Bio-Medical Library staff at:

Posted by biomednews at 01:40 PM

March 15, 2004

Find It -- the University Libraries Linking Service

Users of many of the University Libraries’ bibliographic citation indexes, including the OVID databases, PubMed, VetCD, and Web of Science, are now able to use a new article access service implemented by the Libraries. Find It, the University Libraries Linking Service, allows library users to quickly link from a bibliographic citation in an index to a pop-up menu of options for accessing that article or document. Depending on the article, access options may include:

  • a direct link to the electronic full text document (or in some cases to a journal's homepage)

  • a link to the Libraries' print and electronic holdings in MNCAT, our catalog

  • in the absence of Libraries' holdings, the option to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. When you log in, the ILL form will be pre-populated with your personal information and with the citation information, meaning you won’t have to type in that info yourself!

Library users will be able to use this new service whenever they see the find it standard button button, or a similar text link, in a bibliographic index citation. The appearance of the button will vary somewhat, according to the space allowed by different database providers. For example, the Find It button in PubMed appears as: finditbuttonpubmed.jpeg

Current PubMed users will note that this full text service is somewhat similar to the PubMed “University of Minnesota” full text buttons used previously. As our database grows, the new service will link to full text sources not currently available through the old buttons. Find It additionally allows quick access to the U of M’s interlibrary loan service, for items not available locally.

As with the previous full text linking service, the Find It button will only appear in PubMed if users enter the database through a U of M Libraries' web page, such as the Bio-Medical Library home page. Users can also bookmark and use this direct link:

The Libraries will implement Find It in many of our bibliographic indexes and other resources over the next several months, so continue to watch for follow-up announcements!

Posted by biomednews at 11:38 AM

Journal Impact Factors now available online through ISI Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports logoU of M researchers and authors can now access journal impact factors online! The University Libraries have purchased online access to the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Journal Citation Reports. Journal Citation Reports (JCR) on the Web provides easy access to data that helps evaluate and compare approximately 8,400 scholarly and technical journals worldwide. The best known ISI statistic is a journal's "impact factor," a measure of how frequently the articles in one particular journal title are cited by other articles (and hence, one measure of the importance of that journal).

The online interface allows searching by specific subject area (for example, anesthesiology; biochemistry and molecular biology; reproductive biology) or by specific title. Search results can be sorted in a number of ways, including alphabetically by journal title or ranked by impact factor.

The Libraries' JCR subscription provides access to citation statistics from the year 2002. Historical information on impact factors and other ISI metrics is available in print in the Bio-Medical Library (located in the library's reference section).

U of M library users can access Journal Citation Reports through the University Libraries' "Indexes" page, or by bookmarking this link:

Posted by biomednews at 11:04 AM

March 14, 2004

University Libraries Move to Ovid Online

ovid logoThe Bio-Medical Library has successfully upgraded our access to the Ovid collection of bibliographic indexes from our current “Ovid Hybrid” system to the “Ovid Online” version. This transition was largely the result of the dedicated efforts of Bio-Medical Library information technology staff member Dan Debertin. We have made the switchover for many reasons, the most important of which are faster response time, multi-database searching (with the ability to remove duplicate records), "Session Recovery” feature and better vendor support of the “Online” version.

One of the consequences of making this change is the termination of telnet/VT 100 access to the Ovid indexes. Access will be available only via web browsers (e.g., Netscape or Internet Explorer). Your existing saved searches should note have been affected by this upgrade.

If you have any concerns or questions about this change, or would like to meet with one of our librarians to learn to use the web version of Ovid, please either call (612-626-3260) or email (, and we would be glad to meet with you.

Posted by biomednews at 10:32 AM

RefWorks: Helping to Simplify the Writing Process

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager (similar to EndNote), and during the 2003-2004 school year, the University Libraries are sponsoring a pilot project to assess the usefulness of this new product. All current students, staff and faculty members have free access to establish and use RefWorks accounts during this period.

refworks logoA web-based product such as RefWorks allows users to create their own personal databases of bibliographic citations by either importing references from online databases or adding them manually via a template. Your references may be accessed from any computer that is linked to the Internet.

When writing papers, references can be transferred from RefWorks into the paper, and both the paper and the references can be formatted in seconds. A large variety of styles, such as APA, CBE, Chicago, JAMA, and Vancouver, are available (and users can create customized styles to fit their own needs). Items saved in RefWorks may also be transferred to and from other citation managers such as EndNote, Pro-Cite and Reference Manager.

To initiate your RefWorks database and learn more about this product please visit:
If you have questions or comments about RefWorks, or other any other electronic resources, please contact the Bio-Medical Library Reference Desk staff either in person (Level 2 Diehl Hall), by phone (612-626-3260) or email (

Posted by biomednews at 07:43 AM