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Opening Doors Exhibit Celebrates Achievements of African American Surgeons

Opening DoorsThe Falk Library is hosting the traveling exhibit “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons” from November 1, 2009–January 28, 2010.  This exhibit tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields.  Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today.  It was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.  Stop by the Falk Library and celebrate the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education.  The exhibit will be open during regular library hours.

Google Scholar vs. PubMed for Health Sciences Literature Searching

In the 18 months since I last taught a class about Google Scholar vs. PubMed, Google has become an even more pervasive presence on the Web. Revisiting Scholar in a Google world, how does it stack up against PubMed−no slouch itself thanks to continuing innovations and improvements?

Director’s Reflections…October is National Medical Librarians Month!

barbaraThe Medical Library Association has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional.  Medical librarians are an integral part of the healthcare team.  They have a direct impact on the quality of patient care and research by helping users stay current about advances in their specialty areas.  They teach students and healthcare providers how to find and evaluate information, and provide access to resources in a variety of formats.

Quick Searching Tools & Techniques, Part 1

When you need several articles fast, and you are not concerned with identifying every article on the topic, the following tools and techniques are just what the doctor ordered!

eTBLAST and Déjà vu: a Text Similarity Search Engine and a Database of Highly Similar Citations

Do you need help finding potential reviewers for your grant or paper? Are you looking for the right journal for submission of your manuscript? Are you are curious about publication activity on your topic of interest or concerned that your published biomedical work was plagiarized?


D-ScholarD-Scholarship@Pitt is an institutional repository for the research output of the University of Pittsburgh.  It provides stable, long-term storage and ongoing maintenance for its content, even after authors have left the university.  Examples of scholarly research materials that can be submitted include:

Rare Book Rooms Open to the Public

For the first time in many years, the Falk Library Rare Book Rooms will be open on a regular part-time basis beginning in October. Hours for the fall semester are:

MondaysSm-white-sqSm-white-sq1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
TuesdaysSm-white-sqSm-white-sq10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WednesdaysSm-white-sq1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Rotating exhibits will highlight our notable collection of rare books in the areas of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy. Included are a rich collection of 19th century books from the former Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Library and major book collections donated by Dr. Gerald P. Rodnan and Dr. Mark M. Ravitch. The Rodnan collection focuses on rheumatism and gout, while the Ravitch collection emphasizes surgery, especially hernia.

In addition, we will have an online exhibit featuring images from selected rare books. In a display case at the entry to Falk Library, there will be an exhibit of related books from our excellent History of Medicine collection.

Please stop in to examine our displays and to use materials in the collection for your research.

~ Leslie Czechowski

What You Need to Know About H1N1 Flu

With the start of the new academic year, expectations are that H1N1 Flu cases will rise as faculty and students circulate on University of Pittsburgh campuses. College students, in particular, are a high-risk group for contracting the virus, which can cause mild to severe illness, and occasionally death. Everyone should take precautions to prevent getting or spreading the virus. Stay informed through the HSLS H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Web site. The Web site contains current, authoritative information on all aspects of the H1N1 flu. Avoiding this virus and preventing it from spreading should be everyone’s goal.

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