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Falk Library Closing for Renovations in December

Falk Library will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011. During this time the entry to Falk Library will be updated with a new tile floor. The library will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011, from 8:30 a.m.—5 p.m. Hours on Tuesday, January 4, will be from 7 a.m.—8 p.m. We will resume regular hours on Wednesday, January 5. Stop by and take a look at the new entry.

Director's Reflections… A New Year, a New Update Format, and Continuing Appreciation of Library Donors

Barbara EpsteinAs you can see from the long list of articles in this issue, the number of news items about the library’s resources and activities continues to grow.

Therefore, beginning in January 2011, we will switch to a new publishing format. Newsletter articles of immediate interest to our readers will be available through an RSS feed shortly after they are written. This new publishing model will give you quicker access to valuable information. The bi-monthly issue will still be published on the current schedule, and will contain a compilation of the articles from the RSS feed, and other less time-sensitive information.

Full-text Articles Now Available from Mobile PubMed

Do you use hsls.pitt.edu from your mobile device? If so, full-text PubMed is now available! Easily accessible from the HSLS mobile apps page, the PubMed link allows mobile users on the Pitt or UPMC wireless network to search:

Free CME Credit for MD Consult and First Consult Users

What: Free CME Credits
Where: Via MD Consult or First Consult product use
How: Do a search on a clinical question topic and then click the button to request CME

Writing Integrity in the Digital Age: Copyright, Ownership, Fair Use and Attribution*, Part 1

The digital age has brought about many changes in how students and researchers locate and use information. Today, most current academic journal articles in science, technology and medicine are available electronically. Internet search engines, such as Google and Bing, allow quick and easy access to all types of information. These products make research results appear linked and transparent, while at the same time, they may blur the lines of ownership, copyright and fair use. With so much content at our fingertips, it can be all too easy to incorporate someone else’s ideas and words into another work without proper attribution.

World Class Online Seminars: Henry Stewart Talks

HenryStewartTalksAre you curious to discover what leading experts have to say about biomedicine and life sciences? Do you enjoy listening and learning in the comfort of your own office, lab, or home? Are you eager to watch seminars on your own schedule? Then the Henry Stewart Talks are exactly what you’re seeking!

Harry Potter is Coming to HSLS!

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, a travelling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and coordinated by the American Library Association, will arrive at Falk Library on February 13, 2011. The exhibit explores the link between the hugely popular Harry Potter book series and the history of science, using materials from the National Library of Medicine.

Scopus Database, Science Direct Enhancements: SciVerse and SciVerse Hub

Elsevier Science has released SciVerse, a search product that integrates searching across three sources: the Scopus abstract and citation database, full-text journals from Science Direct, and Scirus, a database of selected scientific content from the Internet. The initial SciVerse release includes several new features, including:

Flashcards: New Exam Master Online® Study Tool

Exam Master Online®, the online test preparation tool for the NCLEX-RN®, USMLE®, and medical specialty board exams, has added “Flashcards” to its lineup of study guides and resources. An unlimited number of flashcards can be individually created and edited using Exam Master’s intuitive word processing interface, and then filed into meaningful groups. You can also convert any of your “study notes” into a flashcard. You will see a new option at the bottom of your study note to “Make this note a flashcard.”

E-books about Writing and Research

The HSLS Health Sciences E-Books page is a subject listing of the many e-books available to our users. One of our newer subject categories is “Writing and Research.” Currently, HSLS provides access to fourteen e-books in these areas. Included are two style guides, the AMA manual of Style and Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide, books that many writers find easier to use online than their print counterparts.

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