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April 2018

Introducing the Pitt Data Catalog for Dataset Sharing and Discovery

Pitt Data Catalog, a project by the Health Sciences Library SystemSharing research data can bring many benefits, including greater visibility for data creators, a more transparent research process, and opportunities to identify potential collaborators. But what about datasets that are stored on a lab server instead of in a data repository, or that should only be shared with vetted researchers? The Pitt Data Catalog is a new platform at HSLS designed to help Pitt health sciences researchers share and discover their otherwise hard-to-find datasets, while keeping ultimate control over the data in researchers’ hands.

Expand Your Data Analysis Universe with Galaxy

Galaxy logoThe life sciences are erupting with data. Thanks to advancements in DNA sequencing technologies and the speed and capacity of computational algorithms, the generation of vast quantities of genomic and proteomic data is now commonplace and expected. However, analysis of this data is not keeping pace with its acquisition (storage space is yet another issue…). One limiting factor is that many biomedical scientists do not yet know how to access, much less use, the available analytical resources. This article describes a platform for multi-omic data analysis that is accessible, reproducible, and transparent, and recommends resources on how to use it.

Study Spaces at Falk Library

Need a place to study? HSLS provides a variety of study spaces for individuals and groups.

Individual Study

Study desks with privacy walls are available in two locations:

The Class That Wouldn’t Die

HSLS has a robust portfolio of classes available. We offer classes on core topics such as searching PubMed and using EndNote software, with more specialized classes added based on our expertise, changes in the information environment, and patron needs.

Most class additions are initiated by HSLS research and instruction librarians. But sometimes a new class is born from patron requests. As an example, here is a brief history of one class, “Searching for Dollars: Grant Seeking to Support Research.”

Thieme E-Book Library Name Change

The Thieme E-Book Library has been renamed, and is now known as MedOne Education. HSLS provides direct access to this collection on the Databases A-Z list, and the access notes for the e-books will continue to show as being available via Thieme. This will have no effect on Thieme e-journals as their name remains unchanged. There is a freely available MedOne app that allows users the opportunity to access subscribed content on both Android and iOS devices.

HSLS Staff News

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


Author name in bold is HSLS-affiliated

Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, along with co-author Megan Conway, published Disability Studies: Disabilities Abstracts” in The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 14(1), 2018.

Classes for April 2018


Painless PubMed*, Friday, April 6, 8-9 a.m.

EndNote Basics, Tuesday, April 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Painless PubMed*, Monday, April 16, 12-1 p.m.

Molecular Biology Information Service

Can Learning Be Fun? (How-To Talks by Postdocs), Thursday April 5, 12-1 p.m.

The Application of Mass Spectrometry in Biomedical Research (How-To Talks by Postdocs), Tuesday, April 10, 1-2 p.m.

ChIP-Seq & CLC Genomics, Wednesday, April 11, 1-4 p.m.

ChIP-Seq & Galaxy, Friday, April 13, 1-4 p.m.

Gene Regulation, Wednesday, April 18, 1-4 p.m.

Gemstones from the Mud: Technical overview of protein purification (How-To Talks by Postdocs), Thursday, April 19, 1-2 p.m.

RNA-Seq & CLC Genomics, Wednesday, April 25, 1-4 p.m.

How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster (How-To Talks by Postdocs), Thursday, April 26, 1-2 p.m.

RNA-Seq & Galaxy, Friday, April 27, 1-4 p.m.