July 29, 2008

Bio-Medical Library Construction Project Starts August 4

The Bio-Medical Library will be installing new computer furniture on the 2nd floor of the library beginning on Monday, August 4. The new computer furniture will have modern wire management and additional space that will allow for more collaborative group work. Expanded electrical power outlets for wireless laptop users will also be available. Self-service printing and copying, similar to what users experience in other University Libraries will also be initiated.

During the construction period, Reference Desk services will be provided from room 274, which is right behind the current reference desk. There will not be Reference Desk services available on Saturday, August 9.

University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff will be able to access computers in the lower-level computer area on the 2nd floor during the construction period. Access to the lower-level computer area, room 274 and the group study rooms will be maintained during the project.

There will be some noise during the construction project which is expected to be completed by Wednesday, August 13.

Thank you for your patience as we improve our 2nd floor computer area.

April 6, 2006

Fascinating New Research into the Origins of Dentistry

A new article in Nature discovers that the origins of dentistry goes back further than researchers originally thought. Check out the article here

March 23, 2006

New Bio-Med Library Web Site

The Bio-Medical Library has unveiled its newly redesigned website at it's old address: . The site was long overdue for a redesign and we hope that the new site will be helpful to our users. It is still a work in progress as new links and resources will be added in the days to come.

Feel free to visit the site and be sure to post any comments both positive and negative. We really want your feedback.

December 7, 2005

Current Contents to Be Replaced

Effective January 1, 2006, the University Libraries will be canceling its subscription to the Current Contents database.

Why the change?

All of the data in Current Contents is available in another database from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Web of Science, to which the Libraries already subscribe. Web of Science includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. The cost for what is essentially a duplicate subscription can no longer be justified; the Libraries will be applying the annual subscription cost of $19,952 toward other databases, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education and ISI�s Essential Science Indicators (an analytical tool that offers data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals).

What will happen to the regular email alert I get with new Current Contents citations?

The Web of Science database offers a similar alerting service. If you have an existing alert profile, you can set up your own new alert in Web of Science, or a librarian can help you set up a new profile. Library patrons with Current Content AutoAlerts or saved searches will want to move them to the ISI Web of Science system before January 1. ISI calls their weekly updates ALERTS. Current Contents alert recipients will be contacted directly with more detailed information on this conversion process.

Please note that email alerts set up on other BioMedSearch databases, such as BIOSIS, CINAHL, and MEDLINE, will continue without interruption.

Workshops will be held to assist users in making this transition. A schedule of these workshops will be published in the near future. Help guides will also be made available.

Where can I go for more help?

Setting up an alert in Web of Science:

or attend our workshop:

Setting Up Auto-Alerts: Web of Science, PubMed and OVID on January 3, 2006 at 2:00-3:00pm in the AHC Learning Commons (5th floor Diehl Hall). This workshop will demonstrate how to set up (or revise) an auto-alert, whether it is for receiving email alerts for selected journal Table of Contents (TOC), subject search updates, or receiving notifications when targeted articles are cited in the literature. The workshop will be especially helpful if you were a Current Contents user and need to re-establish your alerts. Databases covered will include ISI Web of Science, PubMed, and OVID.

Register for this workshop

October 26, 2005

SOD RefWorks Account Tracks Publications

I have just created a tool which I hope will be helpful for SOD faculty and staff, as well as to help me stay better informed about SOD research interests. I have set up a new RefWorks account where I will place citation information on all publications by U of M SOD faculty. This RefWorks account is open for all U of M SOD affiliates to look at or if they choose, update and add information such as book (author and/or editor) and conference proceedings. Here's the steps on how to access this new RefWorks database:

1.) Go to the main libraries web page at:

2.) Click on the link called RefWorks (located on the left side of the screen, under the heading called 'Quick Links'

3.) Click on the RefWorks login link

4.) Login to the account with these credentials:
login name: dentalschool
password: publications

5.) Once you are in RefWorks, you can see the 2004 publications by going to the View menu and selecting the folder called '2004 Publications.' The 2005 Publications are also there as well

Once you are in the folder and browsing through the citations if you click on the 'View' link to the right of the citation, you can get a fuller picture of the bibliographic elements. I have added the 2004 Journal Impact Factors for each of the journals on the entries.

RefWorks is a great tool for organizing and sharing citation information. If you have any questions about using RefWorks or would like an introduction, I'd be happy to schedule a consultation with you. Please feel free to contact me by phone (612/626-3643) or by email

October 7, 2005

Bio-Medical Library Open House is Next Week

The Bio-Medical Library is having its first-ever open house event next Tuesday, October 11 from 9:00-5:00. This is a great chance to meet with library staff, take a tour, or ask questions about a particular information problem. We'll be doing demos of library resources all day such as RefWorks, imagesMD, Science Citation Index, and many more. There will be food, giveaways, and the chance to win some great door prizes, including an mp3 player.

For more information on this event, and the full schedule, go to our Open House web page.

Hope to see you there :)

September 26, 2005

Access to NY Times Op/Ed articles

Do you enjoy reading the op/ed features in the New York Times, but can't imagine paying extra for these articles via the Times Select subscription? You can still have access to these articles via our subscription to LexisNexis Academic. Here's the steps:

1. Go to the main libraries web site at: http:/
2. At the heading called 'Indexes and Databases A-Z' click on the letter 'L'
3. Scroll down to the page and click on the link for LexisNexis Academic
4. Click on the link called 'Sources' (located on the top of the page within the black banner)
5. Type New York Times in the search box and click the Find Title buton
6. Click on the link called 'Search This Title'
7. Under the 'Step Three: Enter Search Terms" box, change the drop-down menu to Author and type in the name of your favorite NY Times Op/Ed author. (Examples: Brooks, Dowd, Friedman, Herbert, Kristof, Krugman, Rich, Tierney)
8. Click on the Search button


September 22, 2005

Chronicle of Higher Ed now available online

The University Libraries has now licensed a campus-wide subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can find the link on the main library web site. Once you are on the page, just look for the link to the left called "New Resource: Chronicle of Higher Education."

August 8, 2005

Bio-Medical Library Announces Fall Open House

The Bio-Medical Library will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, October 11. Activities such as mini-demonstrations on how to use library resources are scheduled throughout the day. And, of course, there will be food. Hold the date and watch the blog for more information.

July 12, 2005

New Ovid Interface is Here

The new interface to Ovid databases came online today (July 12, 2005). There were some problems with Ovid earlier today, but these seem to have been fixed.

It is worth noting, that Ovid recommends the following minimum browsers:
*Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
*Netscape Navigator 7.0
*Mozilla Firefox 1.0

If you notice anything strange happening with Ovid over the next few weeks, please report your problems to MedRef (our email reference service), or you can call the Reference Desk at 612-626-3260.

June 21, 2005

New Ovid Interface

Ovid Technologies has announced that they will change the search interface to their suite of databases in mid-July 2005. The new interface isn't very different from the current platform. Two new additions include the 'Find Similar', which allows one to identify similar articles ona topic and the 'Find Citing Articles' which allows one to find articles that have cited a particular reference.

To see a sample of the new interface, click here.

June 16, 2005

New Health Science Libraries Director Named

Linda Watson has been named the new Director of the Health Science Libraries. Ms. Watson will begin her new position on August 1, 2005. As director of the HSL, Ms. Watson will be responsible for the direction and strategic positioning of the Bio-Medical Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library as we work with our affiliates in the Academic Health Center to fufill the research, teaching, and service missions of the University.

You can read more about Linda Watson in the Real Diehl, the newsletter of the Health Science Libraries.