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New Clinical Search Tool Developed for UPMC eRecord

search.HSLS                                 A new clinical search tool developed by HSLS, search.HSLS.Clinical-e, is now embedded in UPMC’s eRecord. Clinical-e uses HSLS’ familiar search box format and clustering technology from Vivisimo, Inc. to provide quick access to selected full-text information resources. The goal is to provide focused information so clinicians can quickly locate the most relevant information. To paraphrase a common UPMC saying, Clinical-e aims to provide “the right information to the right clinician at the right time in the right format.”

Director’s Reflections…Annual Report Highlights

Barbara EpsteinThe HSLS Annual Report for 2007-2008 is now posted on the HSLS home page. This is an impressive compilation of all that the HSLS staff members have collectively accomplished during the past year. I am struck not only by how much has been achieved, but also by how cooperatively the various departments and units of the library work together to do this.

Engaging Students with iClickers

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For the past several months, in classes and orientations, HSLS instructors have been using iClickers, a classroom response system, to engage students and promote communication and feedback.

Focus On: The Medical Letter

Medical LetterThe Medical Letter, a nonprofit organization founded in 1959, offers objective analysis of new drugs through two newsletters, The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics and Treatment Guidelines. The newsletters provide unbiased critical evaluation of new drugs, appraisal of new drugs for effectiveness, toxicity and cost, and discussion of possible alternatives, as well as reviews of new non-drug treatments and new diagnostic aids.

Best of HSLS

HSLSNew for the 2008-2009 school year, HSLS is proud to announce its presence on the School of Medicine online curriculum Web site, Navigator. Best of HSLS includes brief (2-9 minute) audiovisual tutorials presented by course director, Mary Jo Dorsey, PhD, and other reference librarians.

NIH Public Access Policy News

 NIH                            The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has recently released PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights. This publication compares how the agreements of 12 publishers permit authors to meet the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy.

Book and Journal Donations

BooksCleaning out your office? Moving away from Pittsburgh? Or just trying to unclutter your space? The HSLS libraries may accept books published within the last five years – or books that are over one hundred years old. Contact Leslie Czechowski (, assistant director of Collections and Technical Services.

Pharmacy Resource Updates

PharmacyTwo important updates for pharmacy students and users of the database Clinical Pharmacology: As of October 2008, Clinical Pharmacology will no longer be available from HSLS. A comparable resource still available is MICROMEDEX. A listing of additional drug resources can be found on the HSLS drug information page.

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