Falk Library to Host “Harry Potter’s World” in February

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, will be coming to Falk Library February 14, 2011, through March 26, 2011. This exhibit will bring to light the similarities between Renaissance traditions—such as alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy that played an important role in the development of Western science—and the magic, science and medicine created by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter novels.

Please join us for these special events:

Printable poster of Harry Potter events
Printable poster of Harry Potter events


February 22, 6-7 p.m., Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6

Stephen Greenberg, PhD, coordinator of Public Services, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, will present “Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine.”

*There will be a public reception in Falk Library following the lecture.


March 15, 6-7 p.m., Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 5

Sylvia Pamboukian, PhD, assistant professor of English Studies at Robert Morris University, will discuss “The World of Harry Potter: Medieval Medicine, Science, and Magic.”

*Light refreshments will be served in Falk Library following the lecture.

March 24, 2-3 p.m. Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 5

Lori Campbell, lecturer and departmental advisor, Department of English and Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will be presenting “Harry Potter and the Ultimate In-Between: J.K. Rowling’s Portals of Power in the Harry Potter Series.” Light refreshments will be served in Falk Library following the lecture.

*These lectures are co-sponsored by the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society.


The Harry Potter movies are being shown the second Monday of the month in Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6, at 7 p.m. Take a break from studying and enjoy these movies along with the free popcorn!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be shown Monday, February 14, 2011.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be shown Monday, March 14, 2011.

Please take the time to visit and enjoy this fascinating exhibit while it is here at HSLS. Learn about the link between the fantasy world of Harry Potter and the Renaissance traditions that lead the way to the science and medicine of today. We invite all of you to test your Harry Potter knowledge and experience the roots of modern day medicine.

This traveling exhibit is produced by the National Library of Medicine.

~ Rhoda Ludin

New Falk Library Entrance

Falk Library EntranceFalk Library began the new year with a remodeled entry featuring new security standards near the front doors and new flooring.

Directors Reflections… Developing the Next Generation – A Progress Report

Barbara EpsteinAs the vanguard of the baby boomer generation becomes eligible to apply for Medicare in 2011, a significant percentage of librarians will retire in the next five to ten years. HSLS is deeply committed to development of the next generation of health sciences librarians, and we contribute to that effort in many ways.

Each year we offer work experience to one or more students earning MLIS degrees at Pitt through the iSchool’s Partners Program. Students earn partial tuition scholarships while gaining practical library skills. We also host students for semester internships. Continue reading

Micromedex 2.0 Now Available

Micromedex 2.0, the newest version of the authoritative clinical information system, is now available to our users. This much-improved platform is more intuitive, with easier navigation through its “360° View Dashboard.” The dashboard presents a bulleted list of more commonly accessed aspects of drug information including drug images. Further details on a specific drug are provided in the DrugPoint® Summary or DRUGDEX® Evaluations. Additional highlights of the new Micromedex 2.0 interface include:

  • A useful “auto-fill” function in the search box, offering a choice of completed words after a few letters are typed
  • Enhanced searching
  • Easily accessible tab-based tools, such as calculators, and drug comparisons, compatibility, and interaction checkers
  • Mobile access via mobileMicromedex for the iPhone®, iPod Touch®, BlackBerry®, and other mobile devices

The Micromedex Drug Information application is now available free-of-charge for download on iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad™ devices. This app contains summarized drug information and is backed by the same editorial process as Micromedex. All content is stored on your device, so no Internet access is required.

MICROMEDEX 2.0 is accessible from the HSLS home page under Quick Links. For questions, please contact the Falk Library Main Desk at 412-648-8866 or e-mail Ask A Librarian.

~ Ahlam Saleh

Search Web of Science Back to 1945

Web of Science (WOS), the authoritative and continually updated citation database, is now available for searching back to 1945. WOS allows you to track prior research and monitor current developments, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of colleagues’ work, and follow the path of today’s hottest ideas. It covers over 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals, and over 110,000 conference proceedings.

To access Web of Science, type Web of Science into the Pitt Resources Quick Search box on the HSLS home page. This resource can also be found in the HSLS Databases A – Z list and through PITTCat for the Health Sciences.

Parts of this article were reprinted from the Thomson Reuters Web site.

~ Jill Foust

HSLS E-books in Dentistry

HSLS subscribes to a collection of e-books in dentistry from MD Consult. Included are standard texts such as:

  • Pathways of the Pulp
  • Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient
  • Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference
  • Oral Pathology: Clinical Pathologic Correlations
  • Esthetic Dentistry: A Clinical Approach to Techniques and Materials
  • Management of Pain & Anxiety in the Dental Office
  • Treatment Planning for Dentistry

A special feature of the MD Consult e-books is that we get immediate access to new editions as they are published.

HSLS also subscribes to three pocket atlases in the field of dentistry from Thieme focusing on dental radiology, endodontics, and oral diseases. These atlases have hundreds of vivid, full-color photographs that make them practical references for both practitioners and students.

Additionally, we provide access to three more books in dentistry: Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, and Primary Preventive Dentistry.

The e-books are on various platforms; some have a limited number of concurrent users, and for others HSLS has a site license. If you are turned away from using a book, try again; generally, the situation doesn’t last long. All of our e-books can be accessed in numerous ways:

~ Leslie Czechowski

Expert Consult Books and “Missing” Bibliographical References

A number of books in HSLS libraries published by Elsevier in their Expert Consult series do not have a full list of bibliographical references at the end of chapters. They may list a few primary sources, but do not list the specific citations referenced in the text. Initially, the company provided an online access code for each book, but it would only work for one person. In the library environment, this doesn’t help the dozens of people who might need the information.

In response to complaints from librarians, Elsevier recently agreed to make these bibliographical references freely available to all users at their Web site. HSLS library staff have affixed labels inside the affected books that state: “Complete bibliographical reference freely available online at www.expertconsult.com.  Select the affected title, click preview, and navigate through the table of contents.”

For more detailed instructions on how to access the references, go to Expert Consult and click on Free Online References in the left column. You’ll then see a list of instructions on how to proceed, including a link to the list of available titles. When you locate the desired book, click on the Preview button, and then scroll through the Contents list on the left side of the page until you get to the correct chapter. Click on the chapter link. The link to the references will be located at the end of the chapter sections with a “free” indicator.


~ Leslie Czechowski

Writing Integrity in the Digital Age: Attribution, Plagiarism and Ethical Authorship, Part 2

Part 1 of this article appeared in the December issue of the HSLS Update, and listed resources about copyright, ownership and fair use. Part 2 will explore resources to assist in ethical authorship and avoiding plagiarism.

Attribution is giving “intellectual credit” to an author’s work, words, or ideas that appear in another published or unpublished work. Not only is attribution a requirement of copyright law, it is “widely regarded as a sign of decency and respect to acknowledge the creator by giving him/her credit for their work.”1 Authors give attribution by using citations, references, footnotes and/or bibliographies. This process is also referred to as citing.

The reason authors cite is to allow the reader to locate information that is quoted or paraphrased from the work of other scholars, enabling the reader to verify interpretations, arguments or findings, and to explore the topic further.2

Authors are expected to provide attribution when they:

  • quote or paraphrase
  • borrow ideas
  • reference another work, including their own
  • use facts published as part of another’s original research
  • use or adapt images, tables, and lists created by another

Authors are also expected to cite when someone else’s work was essential in formulating their ideas. Information from government sites and other works within the public domain should also be cited when copied or paraphrased.3

It is sometimes necessary for authors to request written permission from the copyright holder before citing. Permission is required under the following circumstances:

  • when fair use is exceeded
  • when information from unpublished works or data [i.e., correspondence letters, emails, data sets, lab notes, etc.] is used
  • when copying or adapting an image, list, photograph, etc. from another’s work.

Respiratory Care’s “Preparing the Manuscript” provides useful examples of publishers’ expectations of citing with permission.

Plagiarism is when an author fails to cite appropriately. To avoid plagiarism, it is important to understand its definition and its relationship to academic integrity. University of Pittsburgh Policy 11-01-01: Research Integrity provides the following definition: “Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.”…“Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism…. Plagiarism in any scholarly publication constitutes misconduct …”

Plagiarism can take many forms, including self plagiarism, sharing plagiarism, skipping plagiarism, “slabbing” plagiarism and “snipping” plagiarism.4-5

Plagiarism may be deliberate and intentional, as when one author copies another author’s work and passes it off as their own. Or plagiarism may be unintentional, resulting from careless paraphrasing and or citing of source material.6

To cite appropriately and to avoid plagiarism, explore the helpful suggestions and resources below:

Keep a careful record of sources by using bibliographic and writing management resources:

Refer to the publication style manuals listed below:

Consult HSLS e-books on Writing and Research, including:

Become familiar with University of Pittsburgh’s guidelines:

Be aware of guidelines for publishers and editors:

Take a tutorial:


1Attribution (copyright), Wikipedia.
2A Guide to Citing Sources in Classics General Guidelines & Frequently Asked Questions, Department of Classics, Haverford College.
3What is a citation?, Plagiarism.org.
4McKillup S, McKillup R. An assessment strategy that pre-empts plagiarism. International Journal for Educational Integrity 3, no. 3 (Apr 2007):18-26.
5Duplicate publications or submissions: an ethical misconduct. [Editorial] J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 26, no. 22 (2010):139-142.
6Guide to Plagiarism and Cyber-Plagiarism, University of Alberta Libraries.

~ Charles Wessel

History of Falk Library

1957 School of Medicine CatalogDid you know that the first medical library at Pitt was established in 1912? The library was located in Pennsylvania Hall, as was the medical school. (The original Pennsylvania Hall was demolished in the fall of 1998, and a residence hall was built on that site.) Mabel Crawford Burland was the first librarian and was paid $5 a month. By 1920, the library occupied two rooms in Pennsylvania Hall: one held books in current use and the other had stacks for older materials. From 1920-1938, the medical library was overseen by six different librarians. The library collection in the 1920s contained 3,600 volumes and a small number of current journals.

In 1938, the library, along with administrative and faculty offices as well as most of the school’s departments, were relocated to Old Mellon Institute, now Allen Hall. Only the first year courses in anatomy and pathology remained in Pennsylvania Hall. Students remarked about the time they spent running up and down the hill between the two buildings carrying their microscope and slides. Also at the time of the move to Old Mellon Institute, the libraries of the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine were combined into one library. Alice McCann was the librarian of this combined library from 1938-1957.

By the late 1940s, there was a need to move the medical school as well as the other health sciences schools into a better space. The School of Pharmacy was located on the bluff downtown, while the Schools of Dentistry and Nursing were in various locations across campus. The Senior Vice Chancellor envisioned a building that would house all the Schools of the Health Professions. One of the first donations for this new building was $300,000, from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation, for a new medical library. In 1957, classes began in the new Schools of the Health Professions building, later renamed Scaife Hall.

Carroll F. Reynolds, PhD, was the first director of the Maurice and Laura Falk Library of the Health Professions from 1957-1975. By 1960 Falk Library received 1000 current journals and included approximately 100,000 volumes. Falk Library was awarded a National Library of Medicine grant in 1967 to supplement the library’s operating budget. Laurabelle Eakin was the library’s director from 1975-1985 and Patricia Mickelson followed as director from 1986-2003. Barbara Epstein, the current library director, oversees a staff of 51 faculty librarians, technicians and paraprofessionals.

This article is a summary of a presentation about the history of the University’s medical library. The full video presentation is available in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

~ Nancy Tannery

Healthy People 2020 Initiative Launched

The Healthy People 2020 initiative provides evidence-based, 10-year national objectives for preventing disease and promoting good health for all Americans. The initiative is the result of a multiyear process led by the Federal Interagency Workgroup, and collaboration between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies, an advisory committee, and input from thousands of citizens.

At the initiative’s launch on December 2, 2010, the nation’s health promotion and disease prevention agenda for the next 10 years was unveiled. Healthy People 2020 is organized into 39 topics with objectives, including several new areas, such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues, Health Related Quality of Life and Well-Being, and Social Determinants of Health. Each topic includes three tabs: “Overview,” “Objectives,” and “Interventions & Resources.”

What’s new in Healthy People 2020?

  • Emphasizes the ideas of health equity that address social determinants of health and promote health across all stages of life
  • Replaces the traditional print publication with an interactive Web site as the main vehicle for dissemination
  • Maintains a Web site that allows users to tailor information to their needs and explore evidence-based resources for implementation

There are several ways to stay up-to-date on the latest Healthy People news:

Parts of this article were reprinted from Health People 2020: The Road Ahead and  HealthyPeople.gov.

~ Jill Foust

New Database Provides Millions of Biomedical Images

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but locating that perfect illustration can often be a challenge. For help with this type of quest, the National Institutes of Health recently introduced Images, a new database for finding images within the biomedical literature. The Images database provides access to approximately 3 million figures, graphs, photographs and illustrations from PubMed Central’s full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

The Images search page will appear familiar to PubMed searchers, and shares many features that are identical to the PubMed interface. Images can be searched by keyword, author, journal, and PubMed ID number (PMID), and the search results are provided in order of relevance. Useful options for searching within a narrower field (e.g., the figure caption), or by size (e.g., pixel height or width) are also available. Search results can be saved temporarily by using the Clipboard, or saved indefinitely to a personal My NCBI account.

Developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine, all content contained in the Images database is subject to the general copyright restrictions that apply to material available through the NCBI site. For more information, see the NCBI Copyright Notice, and PubMed Central Copyright Notice.

Images database search help is available online, or through HSLS by contacting the Falk Library Main Desk at 412-648-8866 or via Ask A Librarian.

In addition to the NIH Images database, consider searching the HSLS image and multimedia resources to access several other biomedical and history of medicine visual collections.

~ Rebecca Abromitis

HSL S Awarded Funding to Purchase iPads

HSLS reference librarians may spend a significant portion of their time outside of the library, consulting with users in their school or office settings. A frequent frustration is that opportunities for on-the-fly instruction may be lost due to technology challenges, such as lack of wireless connections, no suitable mobile computing device, or inability to easily “share” a screen. To address this problem, HSLS has won a Technology Improvement Award from the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The funding will enable HSLS to purchase Apple iPads for reference librarians on the go. With the iPads, librarians will be able to create a “virtual library” to enhance off-site consultations and educational or clinical support opportunities. In addition to the iPads, tools to support the new “virtual library” include HelvetiNote, optional keyboards, and display hardware.

And if you’d like to check out an iPad for your own use, you can borrow one from Falk Library’s Computer and Media Center (CMC).

~ Fran Yarger

Changes in Journal Collections at HSLS

Faced with a limited budget for 2011, HSLS had to make difficult decisions about journal renewals for next year. To determine which titles to eliminate, we analyzed available metrics, including usage statistics, cost-per-use, annual price increase rate, impact factor, and interlibrary loan activity.

As a result, HSLS will cancel access to the journals listed below. Individual articles can be ordered for a small fee through our Document Delivery Service.

  • Acta Radiologica
  • AIDS Reviews
  • AI Magazine
  • American Journal of Bioethics
  • American Journal of Chinese Medicine
  • American Journal of Health Education
  • American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Annals of Pharmacotherapy
  • Annals of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore)
  • Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • Aviation Space & Environmental Medicine
  • British Journal of Neurosurgery
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Bulletin of Anaesthesia History
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Channels
  • Child & Family Behavior Therapy
  • Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
  • Clinical & Experimental Dermatology
  • Clinical Science
  • Clinics in Plastic Surgery
  • Death Studies
  • Dental Clinics of North America
  • Experimental Biology and Medicine
  • Focus; The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
  • Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hastings Center Report
  • Histology and Histopathology
  • Hospital Topics
  • Informatics for Health and Social Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • International Journal of Artificial Organs
  • International Journal of Neuroscience
  • Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
  • Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
  • Journal of Clinical Ethics
  • Journal of Clinical Orthodontics
  • Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet
  • Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
  • Journal of Hospital Librarianship
  • Journal of Interactive Instruction Development
  • Journal of Lipid Research
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • Journal of Nutrition for Elderly
  • Journal of the Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
  • Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
  • Journal of the Indian Medical Association
  • Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • Medicine on the Net
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
  • Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases
  • Stress and Health
  • Surgery
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis

HSLS will no longer subscribe to current print copies of the following journals because they are available to our users online:

  • BMJ: British Medical Journal
  • JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Rheumatology
  • Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
  • Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Lancet
  • Medical Physics
  • Neurological Research
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • New York Times
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiation Research

The savings gained through cancellations were used to renew the remaining journal subscriptions and to add two new titles:

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Transfusion and Apheresis Science. The online archives of Radiology (beginning with volume 1 in 1923) were also added.

As usual at the end of the year, some journals are subject to publisher transfers and consolidations; some titles are ceased and some are initiated. As a result, HSLS will gain online access to the following journals:

  • Allergy and Rhinology
  • Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
  • Behavior Research Methods
  • Cellular Oncology
  • Environmental Biosafety Research
  • European Physical Journal Plus
  • Journal of Applied Genetics
  • Neurotherapeutics
  • Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences

~ Gosia Fort