UpToDate Mobile App Now Available

HSLS is pleased to announce the availability of the UpToDate Mobile App. The app is available to Pitt and UPMC users through the HSLS subscription to the full UpToDate site. UpToDate provides evidence-based, peer-reviewed medical information. The continuously updated content is written by more than 5,100 authors, all of whom are practicing physicians and specialists within the subject area they author.

Compatible Devices

The app is free to download and is available for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad from the iTunes App Store, Android devices from the Google Play Store, and Windows 8 phones and tablets from the Windows Store.

All mobile devices must support HTML, cookies, and JavaScript. Specifications for each device include:

iPhone/iPod touch/iPad:

  • iPhone 3G or better (or equivalent iPod touch) that is running iOS 5 or better
  • Any iPad running iOS 5 or better

Android devices:

  • Android devices running Android OS version 2.2 or higher
  • The device must have at least 50 MB of free phone memory
  • SD card installation is supported

Windows 8 Tablets:

  • Any Windows 8 tablet
  • The device must have at least 50 MB of free memory

Windows Phone 8:

  • Any Windows Phone 8 smartphone
  • The device must have at least 50 MB of free memory

Getting Started

To access the mobile app, begin by creating an UpToDate personal account.

  • From any onsite Pitt or UPMC computer, direct your browser to the HSLS homepage.
  • In the “Quick Links” box on the right side of the screen, click on UpToDate.
  • On the UpToDate homepage, click on the red Log in/Register button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Complete the registration form (leave the NPI Number box blank if you don’t have one or don’t know it).
  • Once you have downloaded the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your personal account information. After that, you should not be asked to do that again (unless you choose to log out of the app).

Access requires Wi-Fi or 3G (or better). The app can be downloaded for use on two devices.

Account Expiration

In order to maintain uninterrupted service, you must verify your Pitt or UPMC affiliation every 30 days by logging into UpToDate from an onsite Pitt or UPMC computer or on a mobile device connected to the Pitt or UPMC Wi-Fi. An in-application and e-mail message will remind you to do this. If you don’t, your mobile access will be suspended until you do. You can also check your expiration date by clicking on the Home icon in the app, and then clicking on Account Info.


UpToDateMobileThe Search feature is the meat of the UpToDate Mobile App and allows you to search by topic, including diseases, drugs, or procedures. You can limit search results to “All search results,” “Prioritize adult topics,” “Prioritize pediatric topics,” and “Prioritize patient topics.” The Outline feature allows you to quickly navigate to a particular section of a topic.

The UpToDate Mobile App also includes mobile-optimized Medical Calculators as well as the “What’s New” feature that provides you with important new information added in recent weeks.

Other key features of the UpToDate Mobile App include:

  • Ability to earn CME/CE/CPD credit
  • Personal account tracks CME/CE/CPD credits earned while searching UpToDate
  • Create Bookmarks and quickly review your search History
  • Print or e-mail topics and graphics
  • While there is no full-text article access, the app does include embedded references that lead to PubMed MEDLINE abstract displays of articles

For more information about the UpToDate Mobile App and other mobile friendly versions of HSLS resources, such as Micromedex or AccessMedicine, direct your browser to the HSLS Mobile Resources Web site. You can also contact the HSLS Main Desk at 412-648-8866 or Ask a Librarian.

~ Jill Foust

Undead PubMed: Join us if you dare…

undeadPubMedDuring this Halloween season—when the undead walk—your greatest weapon just might be current biomedical information. So, in the spirit of the season, HSLS is offering a ghoulish twist on our basic, weekly, Painless PubMed search class. In one horror-filled hour, Undead PubMed will use creepy examples to introduce or update you on: accessing PubMed from a safe location, building an effective search strategy, retrieving full-text articles if the library has been overrun by zombies, using a MyNCBI account to save your searches, and (maybe) save the world.

Please join us—if you dare—for Undead PubMed (costumes are optional):

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1


Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1


Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1


Thursday, October 31, 2013, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1


BE FOREWARNED! For those brave enough to attend, this class will not be painless. But, don’t be afraid, because the Painless PubMed version of the class returns in November.

~ Rebecca Abromitis and Mary Lou Klem

BrowZine: A Browsable Newsstand of Scholarly Journals

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The Browzine “Nursing” Library

Pitt users now have access to BrowZine, a new tablet application that allows you to browse, read, and monitor numerous scholarly journals. All in a format optimized for iPad, Android, and Amazon tablets. You can search for Open Access and available Pitt journal subscriptions in BrowZine by category or individual title. Select your favorite journals and then add them to your Bookshelf where they’ll be available for quick and easy access.

Full-text articles of interest can be downloaded to a “Saved Articles” area and read later without an Internet connection. Articles can also be exported to other apps such as GoodReader and Notability. To help keep all of your information together in one place, you can save to Zotero, MendeleyDropbox, and other services. Continue reading

Elsevier and Dryad: Cooperative Linking Between Articles and Data Sets

dryad Journal publisher Elsevier and the Dryad Digital Repository recently announced a new cooperative effort providing two-way links between their content. This reciprocal linking between Dryad and Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform is currently available for 28 journals, including:

If an article’s associated data set is stored on Dryad, you can link directly to it from ScienceDirect by clicking on the “Data in DRYAD” button, under “Applications and tools” in the panel to the right of the article display. A link to the ScienceDirect article will likewise appear on the Dryad Web page for the data set(s). Access to the full-text article is only available if the University of Pittsburgh has a subscription to that journal. Dryad also provides a citation for the data set, including its Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a persistent link to the data set(s). To see an example of the two-way linking, visit:

  • A ScienceDirect article from the journal Gene
  • The associated data sets in Dryad

Dryad is a non-profit organization with members worldwide; its mission is to make the data sets underlying scientific/medical research publications more discoverable, reusable, and citable. Researchers can deposit large data sets in Dryad, using it to facilitate peer review or to comply with journal, funding organization, and institutional data policies. Dryad is integrated with several other publishers and their journals, including Heredity and PLoS Biology.

Reciprocal linking with Dryad ties in with Elsevier’s “Article of the Future” program, which aims to improve the format of the scientific research article. Elsevier similarly collaborates with numerous other repositories, including GEO (Gene Expression Omnibus) and ClinicalTrials.gov.

*Parts of this article were reprinted from the Elsevier and Dryad Implement Reciprocal Linking between Datasets and Published Research Articles press release.

~ Jeff Husted

Lynda.com: For Online Computer and Technology Training

lyndaloginbuttonIf you need to learn how to design a Web site, create a Google app, or use a Microsoft Office or Adobe product, now you can learn anytime, anywhere with Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a University licensed, online computer and technology training provider offering a broad range of courses including: Access, PowerPoint, Drupal, C++, and many more. The video-based courses are self-paced, up to several hours long, and divided into 5-15 minute lessons. Each course is taught by a subject expert. You can select from over 1,200 courses.

Lynda.com is available to all University of Pittsburgh users. Log in using your University Computer Account at my.pitt.edu. Mobile access is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android mobile devices.

~ Jill Foust

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Horace Wells’ Letters

Horace Wells (1815-1848) was an American dentist who pioneered the use of nitrous oxide in tooth extractions. He was posthumously honored as the discoverer of modern anesthesia by the American Dental Association in 1864 and by the American Medical Association in 1870.

There was no greater promoter of Wells’ contribution than his main biographer, W. Harry Archer (1905-1980)—alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, lecturer in the School of Dentistry, and later the head of the department of oral surgery of his Alma Mater. During his years at Pitt, with the support of Dean H. Edmund Friesell, Archer helped to build an outstanding collection on the discovery of anesthesia that primarily focused on Horace Wells. The collection included letters, instruments for delivering anesthesia, portraits, books, journals, and pamphlets. This collection of “Wellsiana” was the most complete in the country at that time, and the Wells family letters were its highlight. Archer obtained the letters for the collection from Mrs. Arthur Cole and from Miss Wales, relatives of Horace Wells.

During the reorganization of the dental school library in the 1970s, the collection’s anesthetic armamentarium and miniature portraits were donated by Archer to The Smithsonian.

The book I Awaken to Glory, in Falk Library’s Historical Collection, mistakenly spread the message that the whereabouts of the original letters collected by W. Harry Archer were unknown.1

Wells LettersHowever, these Wells family letters brought to Pittsburgh by Archer never left the University. Today, they are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections of Falk Library, where they are properly cared for and stored in a climate controlled room. The letters can be viewed in our Rare Book Room by appointment. A finding aid is available.

1. Leonard F. Menczer and Richard J. Wolfe, eds. I Awaken to Glory: Essays Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Discovery of Anesthesia by Horace Wells, December 11, 1844–December 11, 1994 (Boston, Mass.: Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, in association with the Historical Museum of Medicine and Dentistry, Hartford, Conn., 1994).

~ Gosia Fort

HSLS Staff News

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


Rebecca Abromitis, reference librarian, along with co-authors Mei Song1, Kaihong Liu1, and Titus L. Schleyer1, published “Reusing Electronic Patient Data for Dental Clinical Research: a Review of Current Status” in Journal of Dentistry, 18 April 2013. [Epub ahead of print]

1. Center for Dental Informatics, Department of Dental Public Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.

Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “Dissertations Recently Completed in Related Fields” in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22(3): 554-5, 2013.


Kate Flewelling, outreach coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, presented two talks, “Bridges Cost Money: Finding Grant Opportunities” and “Promoting Environmental Health Education: Free Resources from the National Library of Medicine,” at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals, Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 17-19, 2013.

Classes October 2013

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.

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.

No registration is required, except where noted. 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.


Adobe Photoshop (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 1 Noon-2 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 22 1-3 p.m.

Data Management Plans (102 Benedum Hall)

Registration required

Wednesday, October 30 Noon-1 p.m.

EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 23 10 a.m.-noon

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.

NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Boot Camp (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Thursday, October 3 Noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 Noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, October 31 Noon-1 p.m.

Prezi for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 29 1-3 p.m.

Undead PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Thursday, October 10 10-11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 16 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 22 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, October 31 3-4 p.m.


Personal Genomics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 2 1-3 p.m.

Microarray Data Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 9 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 16 1-3 p.m.

Gene Regulation Resources* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 23 1-3 p.m.

Cancer Informatics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 30 1-3 p.m.


Choosing the Best 3D Matrix for Your Cell Culture Needs (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 1 3-4:30 p.m.

How to Prepare a CV (grad students & postdocs) (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Thursday, October 10 Noon-1:30 p.m.

Adding Mechanistic Insight through Signal Transduction Research (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Thursday, October 17 10-11:30 a.m.

How to Process Histology Images in Photoshop-the Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Friday, October 25 1:30-3:30 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.)