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Major Publishers Requiring ORCID iD in 2016

An ORCID iD from the Open Researcher and Contributor ID registry is the new permanent, universal digital identifier for authors. This uniquely identifies and accurately connects you to your scholarly works throughout your lifetime, no matter how your name or institution may vary. The University of Pittsburgh is now an institutional member of ORCID; Pitt authors are encouraged to register now for an ORCID iD as this will increasingly become a required part of the academic publishing environment.

Changes to the HSLS Online Collection for 2016

Journals added to the HSLS online collection for 2016 include:

HSLS continually adds new open-access journals, so check our E-Journals by Subject list for titles in your area of interest.

Photoshop Elements: A Solution for Every Image

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 is now available on the Falk Library upper floor computers, for use by University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff of the schools of the health sciences.

Photoshop Elements is ideal for both novice and expert users for image editing and enhancement. This software can work with many types of pictures, from selfies on your phone, to professional images captured in RAW, to everything in between.

Did I Write a Systematic Review?

Systematic reviews are time- and labor-intensive to produce. Even if the authors start with a PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses)1 compliant protocol, and knowledge of current standards for producing systematic reviews,2 over the course of the project circumstances may lead to cutting corners in the review methods. The questions then are “Did I write a systematic review?” and “Have I met the standards to publish it as a systematic review?” To answer these questions, apply a tool for critical appraisal of systematic reviews to your article.

ClinicalKey App Now Available

The ClinicalKey App provides evidence-based answers at the point of care. The app is available to Pitt and UPMC users through the HSLS subscription to the full ClinicalKey database.

Content and Features

The ClinicalKey App provides access to over 1,400 medical topics, MEDLINE abstracts, 600 full text journals, 1,000 textbooks, 4,500 practice guidelines, 2 million images, and 17,000 videos. Among the many evidence-based resources are First Consult and Goldman-Cecil Medicine.

PubMed Tutorial for Nurses

Nurses: do you need a quick brush up on your PubMed skills? A new PubMed tutorial, developed specifically for nurses, is now available from the National Library of Medicine. Created in consultation with nurses and nursing librarians from around the United States, this series of five videos can be watched in less than 30 minutes and includes several interactive exercises to reinforce learning of basic concepts.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: What about Vesalius?

Last year, 2015, marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great anatomist Andreas Vesalius. This was celebrated around the world by many events and writings lauding his famous work, Humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543). This book is arguably the greatest treasure in Falk Library’s Rare Book Collections. Our contribution to the festivities is more practical than spectacular in nature, but it still shows our appreciation and the care with which we look after the De Fabrica. We upgraded the five-line description, which for years served to identify the work in our public catalog, to “full cataloging.” It may seem like a minor step, but to have a record describing the details of the volume, which precisely identify the copy that we have in our collection, is a matter of increased security. It is nearly as important as our physical safekeeping of the book behind a locked door in a climate-controlled environment.

HSLS Staff News

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


Author names in bold are HSLS-affiliated

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