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September 2017

Power Dissemination: Five Ways to Open Your Research to the World

Publish in an Open Access journal. This assures that everyone has access to the full text of an article from the moment it is published, and authors retain all copyrights and can continue to use their content in the same or other ways. Use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to search for journals, or check The Eigenfactor Index of Open Access Fees, a tool quantifying the cost-effectiveness of open access journals represented in Journal Citation Reports.

Take advantage of publishers’ offers of post-publication sharing policies with from the repository Figshare, a project supported by most of the major publishers. Scroll down to browse Publisher Sharing Policies. Another excellent resource is Sherpa/Romeo, where you can confirm journal copyright policies.

Director’s Reflections…Welcome to HSLS!


Barbara Epstein
HSLS Director

Welcome to all our new and returning students and faculty! After the relative quiet of the summer, it’s refreshing to see new faces, greet old friends, and feel renewed energy in the air.

You will see many changes underway in Falk Library. While there will still be the same number of study seats in the library, the “fishbowl” quiet study area is closed permanently, and the study carrels are being relocated to the opposite end of the library’s main floor. This new area, along with the study area to the right of the main entrance, will be reserved for health sciences students, and accessible using your Pitt ID as a swipe card.

search.DataJournals: a Tool to Discover Data Published within Data Journals

Data journals are a means to share datasets and communicate detailed information about the methods and instrumentation used to acquire the data.

Liaison Librarians Support Your Research and Scholarship

Faculty librarians are integrated as liaisons into undergraduate and graduate programs in the six schools of the health sciences, as well as other health sciences research and clinical departments throughout the university. Liaison librarians are subject specialists who provide support for research and scholarship in many ways, such as by:

Improving the Web Experience

Resourceful, current, and responsive: the new HSLS website aims to meet the needs of our users with an attractive new design that incorporates the information that a typical HSLS patron desires at their fingertips.

Coming soon, the new HSLS logo will direct you to

On Borrowed Time: Pulp Fiction Treasures in Falk Library

Falk Library has recently opened a new exhibit of signed prints, original artwork, and published comics titled “Doc Savage: The Supreme Adventurer and Physician.” The featured items are on temporary loan to the library from a private collection.

Doc was a nickname of Clark Savage Jr., MD, a physician and scientist who “practiced” his medicine under the most challenging circumstances and in the most unusual places. He traveled the world, along with his six aides, battling against sinister crime lords and evil geniuses. Doc’s adventures have captivated generations of readers and inspired many illustrators. He was, according to Marvel icon Stan Lee, the forerunner of all modern superheroes.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Research & Clinical Instruction Librarian and School of Pharmacy Liaison, received a Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund Stipend from the American Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) toward attendance at their annual meeting in Nashville, TN, from July 15-19, 2017.

Classes for September 2017

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, and molecular biology and genetics. For more information, visit the online class calendar.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and on the upper floor of the library in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.