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October 28, 2010

University Libraries Website Loading Improperly

A quick FYI - the University Libraries' website is occasionally failing to load the tabs section of the website. If you do not see them, you will need to refresh the web page. Apparently, this has fixed the problem in a number of incidents. If that does not fix the problem, the DLDL has asked to be informed.


Ethnomed: Resource for Cross-Cultural Care

I just wanted to let you know about Ethnomed, a helpful resource for patient care related to different cultural groups. EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to the US. It also has links to patient education materials in a wide variety of languages. EthnoMed is a joint program of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and Harborview Medical Center's Interpreter Services Department/Community House Calls Program (ISD/CHC).

Ethnomed has been around for a long time, but it's been hidden in CourseLib pages. I changed the settings in LibData so that it should eventually show up in our A-Z list, but it's a freely available resource so you can access it directly at ethnomed.org.

Check it out - the cultural profiles have really useful sections of interest to clinicians, like death practices, decision-making, greetings of respect, etc. The other sections are really useful as well. This is a great resource to recommend to people who have to write a paper on cultural beliefs in a certain area - much more efficient than trying to do a lit search.

Let me know if you have any questions!


October 18, 2010

Minn Dept of Health and Health Services

We are starting to receive reference inquiries from the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services employees. At this time, we do not have any official agreements with either department. If the question involves any type of document delivery (articles) or literature/information searches beyond quick look up, route all of these to InfoNOW. If you receive any inquiries you are not sure about, route it all to Todd.


If a user has SciFinder Scholar access problems

Here's a note about SciFinder access from the AP list, in case any questions come up....

If you have someone with trouble getting access to SciFinder (either "expired credentials" or "trouble locating" site.prf file error messages), most likely this is what is going on.

We had put up a site.prf file (necessary for IP-range validation) that I had received which is apparently not okay. People will need to send an e-mail from their U of M account to get their own version of the file. They should get an almost instant reply with the file attached. We're getting the download page updated as soon as we can.

PC: scifinder-siteprf@cas.org
Mac: scifinder-siteprf-mac@cas.org

October 15, 2010

Update on Ovid/RefWorks direct export problem

Just to follow up about the Ovid/RefWorks direct export problem - I emailed RefWorks technical support, and they're aware of the problem. They said Ovid is working to fix this problem, and the last update they have received is that Ovid hopes to have it working consistently by the end of this week. So, hopefully this problem will be resolved soon.


October 14, 2010

Exporting from Ovid to RefWorks

There has been an intermittent problem over the last few days in trying to export citations from Ovid to RefWorks. Patrons are getting an error message from RefWorks saying something like Direct Export from Ovid is currently not working. While I have been unable to duplicate the problem, it has happened to patrons both remotely and in the library. If you get calls about this problem, the patrons can get around it by saving the citations to txt. instead of RefWorks and then, just as you do with PubMed citations, copy the text, log in to RefWorks, choose 'Import' from the 'References' and paste the text in the import box. Make sure that Ovid is chosen as the Import Filter/Data Source and Medline is chosen as the Database.

October 13, 2010

Zotero Proxy Issue Discovered

Hi all,

Be careful, Zotero users: the Zotero add-on likes to store proxy URLs to help off-campus users access library resources without going through the library's website (http://www.zotero.org/support/proxies). By storing the proxy URL, an off-campus user only has to go through library channels once (in theory).

The critical problem with this occurs when we update our proxy URLs. No matter how you get to that resource, Zotero will automatically re-write your URL to the stored proxy url. So unless you go into the Zotero add-on's proxy url settings and update or delete the old url, you'll be redirected to a link that is most likely dead.

The SciEng Reference Desk had a number of resources that were mysteriously inaccessible (Ebsco, Ovid, and Engineering Village resources) or behaving strangely until we discovered that Zotero was the culprit.

The solution: you can disable Zotero, but better yet, you can tell Zotero not to automatically store proxy urls. If you're in Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons. Click on Extensions (if it's not showing already), then scroll down to Zotero. This is how you get into Zotero Options. In Options, click on the Proxies tab. Then uncheck "Automatically remember proxied resources." At this stage, you might want to also delete any stored proxy urls. Restart Firefox.

Thanks to Michael Winters, Shane Nackerud and Michael Johnson for helping to uncover this issue.

Charlie Heinz
Science/Engineering Ref
342 WaLib
117 Pleasant St S E
Minneapolis, MN 55455

October 11, 2010


Just an FYI -- this website is already listed on our Health Statistics and Data Sources subject guide http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/guides/health-statistics-and-data-sources#toc72718


Statistical Sources on Older Americans

I came across a link to a web site that may be very useful in helping patrons track down statistical information on older adults in the United States.

The web site is AgingStats.gov

There is a report on this page called, "Data Sources on Older Americans 2009" which lists government agencies that track stats on older Americans, including many health indicators.