December 20, 2004

LUMINA to U, Point to Point Services Available

Need a book from a library on a different bank or campus, but the weather outside is too much to brave? If you need library materials from the Bio-Medical Library, PhotoDelivery offers document delivery services for a nominal fee. But what if you need library materials located in Wilson Library, Magrath Library, Walter Library, or one of the many libraries on the Twin Cities campus? Two services offered by the University Libraries, Point to Point and LUMINA to U, might be the services you’re looking for!

Point to Point is a free delivery service provided to deliver books from one campus or bank to another for University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty. Point to Point provides delivery of currently available books to a library on a different bank or campus than the library that owns the material. Some library materials, such as reference books, reserve readings, and journals, are not available through Point to Point. Point to Point services may be requested in person at any circulation desk or online at

LUMINA to U provides a variety of free and fee-based document delivery services for current students, staff, and faculty. Students may request delivery of articles and off-campus delivery of books, while faculty, staff, and students registered with Disability Services may request delivery of articles and on- and off-campus delivery of books.
For more information, visit, email, send a fax (612) 626-7585 or call (612) 626-2260.

Posted by biomednews at 11:45 AM

December 17, 2004

PubMed Bookmarklet and Toolbar Search Plugin Enhanced with U of M Find It Service

Frequent PubMed users may be interested in exploring two browser enhancements which allow users to initiate PubMed searches directly from a web browser window, and which are customized for University of Minnesota users.

Bookmarklets are short JavaScript applications contained in a web browser bookmark. They are often used to initiate a search in a web site database (e.g., in Google or For frequently searched sites, they are quicker to use than first loading the web site home page and then entering the search on that page.

Several bookmarklets have been written for PubMed. This U Minn PubMed search bookmarklet has the additional advantage of activating the U. Libraries' Find It service in PubMed. Find It helps users link from PubMed to full text articles available through the Libraries. (For more information on Find It, see the Find It FAQ or


You can add the bookmarklet to your list of bookmarks/favorites or to your bookmark toolbar as you would for any bookmark (e.g., right-click the link above and "Bookmark this link"). The bookmarklet works on current versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla products, on both PC and Mac platforms.

For Mozilla Firefox users, Chad Fennell at the Bio-Med Library has also whipped up a PubMed toolbar search plugin with similar utility. This tool creates a Find It-enabled toolbar search box, for direct searching PubMed from the browser. (Firefox comes with toolbar searches for Google and several other databases pre-installed. See Firefox Central for more on toolbar search engines.)


Enabling the U. Minnesota PubMed toolbar search is a two-step process. First, go to and search for "NCBI PubMed" in the "Install search plugins" section. Follow the instructions to install. This will add the PubMed toolbar search to your browser.

Next, to enable the U Minn Find It function in your toolbar search, replace the file pubmed.src in Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/searchplugins/ with this version of the file.

Note that both the bookmarklet and toolbar search plugin tell PubMed to activate a web cookie (indicating you want U. Minnesota resources), so cookies must be enabled on your browser to use these tools.

Chad and I hope that one or both of these tools proves useful for you!

-Kevin Messner

Posted by biomednews at 09:21 AM

November 11, 2004

New Interlibrary Loan System Begins Service

Bio-Med's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for current students, staff, and faculty in the health sciences (patrons in other disciplines can use the University Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan services). This service is provided by the Bio-Medical Library to promote coursework and scholarly research by providing access to publications not held by the University Libraries. How do you make use of our ILL services? By using our new ILL system! We’re happy to announce that ILLiad was recently implemented and offers several benefits to our patrons.

With ILLiad you're able to:

  • set and maintain your ILL preferences, such as delivery method, in your one-time registration

  • easily change your user information, such as address or phone number

  • view the status and history of your ILL requests

  • submit online requests anytime, anywhere

  • edit requests already submitted

With ILLiad, it’s more convenient to submit your ILL requests. You'll enter your name, address, and other personal information only when you initially register. ILLiad improves efficiency and accuracy in processing your requests, and staff are better able to answer your questions. You can get information about the status of your requests by logging into your account rather than contacting the ILL office.

Give ILLiad a try! Go to to register or submit requests. Please note that your ILLiad account is separate from your MNCAT account and Internet ID. Choose any user name and password that you like, except your x.500 user name or password. The password you select is private -- even the library staff will not know your password.

For more information, contact the Bio-Med InterLibrary Loan office at (612) 626-2969 or e-mail We look forward to providing enhanced ILL service to our patrons because of our new system.

Posted by biomednews at 08:23 PM

September 10, 2004

ILLiad for ILL is coming soon!

What is ILLiad? It's the new interlibrary loan management software that will be implemented early in Fall Semester 2004. With ILLiad, you'll be able to:

- submit ILL requests more conveniently. With ILLiad, you enter your address and other personal information only once, when you register.
- view the status and history of all your ILL requests
- order online, any time, any place!
- view your articles electronically

Please note: your ILLiad account will be separate from your MNCAT account.

Watch for further information in the coming weeks about how you can register for and start using ILLiad to improve your ILL experience!

Posted by biomednews at 04:31 PM

August 23, 2004

RefWorks Service to be Continued

refworks logoThe University Libraries is pleased to announce that we will continue to subscribe to RefWorks, the web-based citation management program. Since the inception of the pilot program in October 2003, over 3000 students, staff, and faculty at the University have created their own personal RefWorks database.

A web-based bibliographic management application such as RefWorks allows users to create their own personal database 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 may be transferred from RefWorks into the paper, and both the in-text citations and the references may be formatted in seconds. A large variety of styles, such as APA, CBE, Chicago, JAMA, and Vancouver, are available. 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 go to: Please contact the Bio-Medical Library's Reference Desk at (612) 626-3260 or email for assistance with RefWorks.

Posted by biomednews at 12:22 PM

July 02, 2004

Vet Med Library Finishes Collection Reorganization

vetmedstacks.jpgThe Veterinary Medical Library has completed work on a substantial space and collection reorganization project. Begun in February, the project allowed library staff to deal with organizational problems which had cropped up due to overcrowding on the library’s stacks, and to arrange the collection more clearly. We are hopeful that the changes will make the library’s collection easier for our clientele to use.

The first step of the project was the removal of some older and/or lesser used materials from the library. Only journals which had been previously cancelled at the Vet Med Library and which were also held at another campus library (Magrath and/or Bio-Med) were removed. Some older editions of textbooks and other superceded books were also removed. Most of the materials removed from the library were transferred to the MLAC library storage facility in Minneapolis, and are still accessible to U of M personnel upon request.

Interim Vet Med librarian Kevin Messner commented, “Although no one likes to see carts of material going out the door, this project was really necessary. Up until now, we would, for example, frequently be unable to reshelve books when they were returned, because something else had been put in its place when it was checked out. Now we have enough space to add new material to any part of the collection.”

The reorganization also allowed staff to move similar parts of the collection closer together. For example, all three-day loan period books are now shelved on the north side of the library, and all regular loan books are on the south side. Government publications are shelved together on the north side as well. A library floor plan is available to help users negotiate the changes in shelving arrangements.

The changes in the stacks also presented an opportunity to alter some of the library’s seating space. “We hope to create a variety of extra nooks where someone could study, either alone or in a group, yet maintain some ‘breathability’ in the space, and keep the stacks passable,” Messner commented.

Building on this momentum, the library plans a number of additional small-scale improvements over the next several months in other parts of the facility. Vet Library staff look forward to serving the continued collections and study space needs of its users well into the future.

Posted by biomednews at 11:17 AM

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