September 12, 2005

Wireless access expands to group study rooms

The Bio-Medical Library provides wireless access for anyone in the University community who has a valid University of Minnesota Internet ID (X500). Areas of coverage include the main commons/study areas on the second and fourth floors, and limited coverage on the third floor of Diehl Hall. Public etherjack (wired) connections are not available in the Bio-Medical Library.

The library also offers 8 private/group study rooms with wireless access on the second floor.

For on-site information or help, please stop by the Information Systems Help Desk on the second floor. General information on guidelines, set-up, and technical standards can be viewed on the Office of Information Technology's web site or call 1-HELP.

--Lee Engele

Posted by biomednews at 12:04 PM

July 27, 2005

New OVID Interface

OVID Technologies (MEDLINE, CINAHL, etc.) released a major change to its search interface on Tuesday, July 12th. The basic search functions of the database remain the same, but Ovid has updated its look and usability.

Classic features such as “Explode”, “Focus” and “Scope Note” are carried over, along with some lesser known tools such as the “Contexts” button. This button appears on the subject heading “Tree” page and when clicked, displays all instances of any term within the taxonomy. Convenient “U of MN Find-It” buttons link to full text options and MNCat holdings.

In addition, the new interface offers some new functions:

• "Find Similar" - a feature similar to Pubmed's "Related Article" link
• "Find Citation" - a feature similar to Pubmed's "Single Citation Matcher"
• "Find Citing Articles" - a feature that links to the full text of citing articles. Please note: Ovid's "Find Citing Articles" only links to articles from journals that are available through Journals@Ovid. For more comprehensive citation searching, use ISI's Web of Science available through the page under “W.”

Your web browser version may need upgrading to support forthcoming new features on Ovid. For best results, we recommend the following minimum browser versions:

• Internet Explorer 6.x and above - IE 5.x in not supported for Macs
• Netscape 6.x and above

If you have difficulties with the new Ovid interface over the next few weeks, please report your problems to (our email reference service), or call the Reference Desk at 612-626-3260.

Posted by biomednews at 04:06 PM

March 09, 2005

Global Health Database now Available as Part of CAB Direct Service

The popular public health literature database "Global Health" from CABI Publishing is now available to U of M users. The University Libraries have begun a subscription to CAB Direct (aka CAB Abstracts), a multi-disciplinary agriculture, biology, and environmental science literature database. All citations indexed in "Global Health" are part of the CAB Direct database. Within CAB Direct, search within the "Human Health: Public Health" and/or "Animal Sciences: Public Health" subject subsets. These subsets can be selected on the main search page, on the left side of the page.

From the CABI Publishing description of Global Health:

"Global Health is the definitive international public health database for academics, researchers, NGOs, policy makers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and students."

"This bibliographic database is well placed to fill many of the gaps in your existing human health research resources. It can provide you with:

* Over 900,000 records, 95% of which contain informative abstracts
* 50,000 records selected, abstracted and classified by subject specialists every year
* Information from more than 3500 serials, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, patents, theses, electronic only publications and other difficult-to-obtain sources from more than 125 countries
* Global coverage of both the developing and developed world with over 50 languages translated into English
* Information of which 40% is unique to Global Health"

Questions about using CAB Direct can be referred to the Bio-Medical, Veterinary Medical, or Magrath Library reference services.

Posted by biomednews at 03:41 PM

University Libraries Purchase Database for Veterinary Medicine

After consulting with library users in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Library has chosen to replace the VetCD and BeastCD veterinary literature indexes with the product, from CABI Publishing. searches essentially the same information set as VetCD + BeastCD, but is a more user-friendly search environment for the average user. A significant additional advantage is that our license will allow four simultaneous users from U of M, hopefully preventing the service lockouts we frequently experienced with VetCD (which only allowed us one user at a time).

Try and let us know what you think! Email questions and comments about to Kevin Messner at

Posted by biomednews at 03:34 PM

December 07, 2004

Change in Access to Cochrane and ACP Journal Club

In order to reduce costs by eliminating resources previously purchased in two separate formats, the Bio-Medical Library has decided not to renew access the Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) suite of databases via the Ovid system. EBMR databases included those in the Cochrane Library: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry, and article reviews from the American College of Physicians, ACP Journal Club.

Each of these specialty databases is still available online to U of M Libraries users, by going to the BioMedSearch page, or directly to for the Cochrane Library databases and
for the ACP Journal Club.

Posted by biomednews at 08:34 AM

June 25, 2004

PubMed Central Adds New Journals and Content

pmclogo.gifPubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine’s free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, has announced new participating journals and the addition of new content. Four new titles, The Canadian Veterinary Journal, Harm Reduction Journal, The International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Retrovirology, have joined PMC and are now available online. Selected back issues of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have also been digitized and added to the archive.

Developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of NLM, PMC archives literature from multiple sources into a searchable, full text database for public use. All articles are peer-reviewed, with over 150 journals currently participating. Non-electronic back issues of PMC journals are being digitized and added to the database. In some cases, back files made available on PMC exceed what is available from the publisher.

Participation is voluntary, with content and immediacy set by each journal. All peer-reviewed, primary research articles must be included, and free access to complete journal contents is encouraged. Some journals prefer to delay public access for a short period, but most make articles available within a year of publication.

Posted by biomednews at 10:40 AM

June 17, 2004

Electronic Full Text From Campus, Clinic, or Home

As a current student or employee of the University of Minnesota, you have access to an immense collection of online journals, books, and databases. All you need is a U of M Internet ID (e.g., clem099), password, and a computer with Internet access.

Links to electronic resources may be found in a variety of ways, but searching in MNCAT, the University Libraries online catalog (, is a good way to begin. You may search by title of a journal (e.g., Gene Therapy) or book (e.g., Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics), or by subject. If TC Internet Resource appears in the MNCAT record, you may click on that link, and connect to the full text of the journal or book.

There are a couple of shortcuts to find full text articles in journals. The first is to use the “E-Journals” webpage (, which is available as a link on the Bio-Medical Library homepage (


The second shortcut is to use the Find It buttons that appear in many article indexes, such as Medline or Current Contents.


NOTE: To obtain full text articles via PubMed, you must log in via the Library’s website using the URL provided (, not the public URL ( By connecting through the Libraries’ website, you will be asked to login to PubMed with your U of M ID and password, thereby proving to publishers of articles cited in PubMed that you are a member of an institution that has paid subscriptions to at least some of their journals.

Links to many other health-related electronic resources, such as MICROMEDEX, UpToDate, and collections of full text medical books such as MD Consult and STAT! Ref, may be found via the “BioMedSearch” link on the Bio-Medical Library’s homepage (see above).

If you have any questions about electronic (or print) resources, please contact the Reference Staff by phone (612-626-3260).

-Kathy Robbins, Bio-Medical Library

Posted by biomednews at 06:57 PM

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

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