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Introducing… Clinical Focus

Clinical Focus is a search portal that provides quick access to high-quality clinical information.  Clinical Focus uses HSLS’ familiar search box format and clustering technology from Vivisimo, Inc.

PubMed Redesign

PubMed, the freely accessible online database of over 19 million biomedical journal citations and abstracts, has a new look! The new home page is more streamlined, though the search functionality basically remains the same. While the majority of features were transitioned to the new interface, many were relocated or combined to improve usability.

“Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons” Exhibit at Falk Library

HSLS is hosting the traveling exhibit, “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons,” from Tuesday, November 3, 2009, to Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Falk Library. The exhibit is open during regular library hours.

Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibit tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields:

Director’s Reflections…Thank You to Our Donors!


The past year has been exceptionally difficult as the library faced the dual challenges of an economic downturn and rising costs of information resources.  While many of our vendors were willing to forego scheduled price increases, others were not as accommodating.

New Resource for NCLEX—RN Preparation and Review

EXAM MASTER NCLEX—RN Preparation and Review is a Web-based resource designed to help nursing students prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam. Users have access to over 3,800 NCLEX© quality review questions covering four client needs areas (safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, physiological integrity).  Users are able to take practice exams and quizzes online, review results, and access detailed explanations of correct answers to questions. This resource is accessible remotely or on campus, and is available to UPMC and Pitt users with a onetime individual registration.

Quick Searching Tools and Techniques, Part 2

When you need several articles fast, and are not concerned with identifying every article on a topic, the following tools and techniques are just what the doctor ordered! “Quick Searching Tools & Techniques, Part 1”appeared in the HSLS Update, October 2009.

SnapShot PA: One Day in the Life of HSLS Libraries

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On October 28, 2009, HSLS staff tallied the number of people they served, questions they answered, items circulated and Web site hits, along with programs and classes taught. The project, SnapShot PA, was held in conjunction with libraries across Pennsylvania, coordinated by The Pennsylvania Library Association and Commonwealth Libraries. Its purpose is to assess the impact libraries have on their respective communities on any given day.

Supporting the Evidence: HSLS Systematic Review Workshop for Librarians

USE - Systematic Review - session_day_2 017-aOn November 9-11, 2009, HSLS faculty librarians presented an intensive 2.5 day systematic review workshop for health science librarians from across the country. The focus of this course was to provide support and instruction to librarians consulting with authors of systematic reviews in their home institutions.  Topics covered included:

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