Micromedex Supports Targeted Searches

Micromedex, a drug information database, supports targeted searches for specific drug information. Simply type a question into the search box, such as “what drugs treat Lyme disease,” and you’ll be presented with a list of results as shown below:

Micromedex Results

The display feature across the top of the results allows you to narrow the search by disease, toxicology, alternative medicine, or reproductive risk information. Continue reading

Publishers Encouraged to Support Research Publication Compliance

AAHSL The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the Medical Library Association have released a statement encouraging publishers to support mandated author compliance with the NIH MLAPublic Access Policy. Authors’ failure to comply could result in non-renewal or denial of grant funding. This issue is affecting thousands of research scientists across the United States.

For more information about the NIH Public Access Policy, direct your browser to the HSLS Scholarly Communication LibGuide.

SciVerse Scopus Alerts App

The SciVerse Scopus Alerts app provides a streamlined interface to locate and share article citations, create alerts, and make notes about articles of interest.

Compatible Devices

The SciVerse Scopus Alerts app is free to download and is available for the iPhone/iPad from the iTunes App Store (iOS 3.0 or later required) and for Android devices from Google Play (Android 1.6 or later required).

Getting Started

A 30-day free trial is available without an account.

To create an account:

  1. Direct your browser to Scopus.
  2. On the Scopus home page, click on Register in the upper right corner. Note: your University of Pittsburgh e-mail should be used when registering.
  3. Once you have created your account, click on Institutional Subscriber Sign In when prompted by the app.

App Features

Use the SciVerse Scopus Alerts app to:

  • Search across thousands of scholarly journals from more than 5,000 international publishers.
  • Save important articles in one place for easy look-up.
  • Set up and review e-mail alerts for your favorite searches.
  • Set up e-mail alerts for when a particular article is cited by another author.
  • Share article links through e-mail or Twitter.

Scopus Search


The full-text of articles is not available through this app, only links to citations. Citations can be e-mailed and the full-text retrieved later. It should also be noted that although the app and desktop version of Scopus use the same login/password, information saved in one is not accessible in the other.

For more information about the SciVerse Scopus Alerts app and other mobile friendly versions of HSLS resources, such as STAT!Ref and AccessMedicine, direct your browser to the HSLS Mobile Resources Web site.

Parts of this article were reprinted from the SciVerse Scopus Alerts iTunes Preview.

~ Melissa Ratajeski

HealthCAS Graduates Third Cohort of Students

The third and final cohort of seven students in the Certificate of Advanced Study in the Health Sciences Librarianship (HealthCAS) program received graduation certificates at a capstone event held on May 4, 2013. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association and took place at the Hirsh Library of Health Sciences at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

L-R: Jeff Coghill, Margaret Moutseous, Mariaelena de la Rosa, Shannon Jones, Sangeeta Bhargava, Darlene Ford, Beth McGowan
L-R: Jeff Coghill, Margaret Moutseous, Mariaelena de la Rosa, Shannon Jones, Sangeeta Bhargava, Darlene Ford, Beth McGowan

The goal of the HealthCAS program was to offer specialized preparation Continue reading

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Medical Adventurer of the 17th Century—Nicola de Blégny

L'art de Guerir les Hernies, 1693 edition
L’art de Guerir les Hernies, 1693 edition

The history of medicine is full of controversial and colorful figures. Nicola de Blégny (1652-1722) certainly fits that description. He was a man of many talents: essayist, historian, physician, and surgeon. His birth date is disputed, although it is known that he was born in Lyon. He started his surgical career as a designer of trusses used in the treatment of hernia, but quickly climbed the social ladder to become physician to Queen Marie Therese (1678) and later to King Louis XIV of France (1682). He was a prolific author and left a number of works. These include monographs on hernia, venereal diseases, health, remedies for fever, and the use of coffee and tea. For some, he was a genius, for others—a quack. Continue reading

HSLS Staff News

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


Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, has been elected Vice Chair of the Medical Library Association’s Chapter Council for a two-year term.


Nancy Tannery, senior associate director, along with co-authors Kyungjoon Lee1, Julia S. Whelan1, Steven L. Kanter2, and Antoinette S. Peters1, published “50 Years of Publication in the Field of Medical Education,” in Medical Teacher, April 22, 2013.

1. Harvard Medical School.

2. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, presented two talks, “Applying to Medical Schools: Myths and Realities” and “Human Experimentation in 20th Century American Medicine: Myths and Realities,” at the Honors College, Indiana University, on April 26, 2013.

June Classes

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and on the upper floor of the library in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows.

No registration is required for any of these classes. Seating for classes is first-come, first-served, until the class is full. Classes marked with an asterisk (*) qualify for American Medical Association Category 2 continuing education credit.

Class schedules are subject to change. Please consult the online class calendar for the most current information.

Faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account to attend these classes. UPMC residents/fellows will need to show their UPMC IDs.



Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library
(Meet inside entrance to Library)
Offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.



Painless PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Friday, June 7 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Monday, June 17 noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, June 27 4-5 p.m.



Introduction to Pathway Analysis Tools* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, June 12 1-3 p.m.



Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations  (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, June 18 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Prezi for Presentations  (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, June 4 12:30-2:30 p.m.



Customized classes can be developed for your department, course, or other group.



FlashClass is a “deal of the week” Groupon-like offer of timely and useful learning. Each week’s offer proposes one or two topics, and you’re invited to sign up to attend a one-hour class the following week. If at least three people sign up, we’ll hold the class. (We’ll notify you either way.)