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Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination, the online version of the classic textbook on physical examination and history taking, is now available.  This electronic guide consists of lessons organized by body systems, with each lesson providing detailed explanations of examination procedures and demonstrations of specific techniques via streaming video.

First CONSULT, an Evidence-Based Clinical Information Tool

2.FirstCONSULTFirst CONSULT, from the producers of MD CONSULT, provides health professionals with authoritative, continuously updated, evidence-based, point-of-care information. Information is based on multiple sources including, but not limited to, respected textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, evidence-based databases, drug alerts, practice guidelines, and position papers reviewed and edited by opinion leaders in clinical practice.

Director’s Reflections…A Blizzard of Online Services

barbara-2009-altered_35At the beginning of February, Pittsburgh was subjected to an exceedingly large snowfall.  As a result, the University and its libraries were forced to close for three workdays as workers struggled to clear the streets and sidewalks.

Rapid Research Notes

Rapid Research Notes is a new resource for timely scientific communication from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Initial content comes from PLoS Currents: Influenza, a new Web site for sharing H1N1 research from open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Use Pubget to Find PDFs

4.PubGetYou are probably familiar with how to search for relevant research articles using PubMed.  You enter your search terms, get a long list of results, scan the titles, skim an abstract, decide you would like to read the entire article, and then click a few (or many) links before finally arriving at the full-text article itself.

E-book and Print Collections at HSLS: A Survey of HSLS User Preferences and Practices

Since 2000, HSLS has built its e-book collection from a small core of medical texts to today’s collection of around 3,000 titles.  In 2009, we surveyed a random sample of our library users to understand how they use HSLS e-books for clinical care, research, administration, teaching and learning.  Results confirm that e-books, accessible 24/7, with full-text search capabilities, support many user activities, especially clinical care and research.

A Wireless Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Tool

WISER, the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders, is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents, as well as during training sessions and exercises in preparation for such events.  WISER provides rapid access to a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

Where to Find Reliable Consumer Health Information

Looking for easy-to-understand, trustworthy health information aimed at the general public?  Try search.HSLS.ConsumerHealth.  This portal leads you to government and association resources in MedlinePlus, UPMC patient education materials, classes and workshops at UPMC hospitals, health news, information to improve the quality and safety of your health care, books and videos in HSLS and area public libraries, and patient and family services in the Pittsburgh area.

Changing Resources at HSLS

Due to budget restraints, HSLS has canceled a number of databases and journals. Most decisions were made based on metrics regarding usage statistics and cost-per-use.

Databases to which we no longer subscribe include Allied & Complementary Medicine,, BoardCertifiedDocs, and ImagesMD.

African American Surgeon Exhibit

Falk Library of the Health Sciences recently hosted a national traveling exhibit honoring African American academic surgeons. “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons” is a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore.


GreenFILE: A Database for Information about the Environment

11.GreenFILEGreenFILE is a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched and accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. It draws on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, and what can be done at each level to minimize the effects.

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