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search.bioPreprint: Immediate Discovery of New Biomedical Research

HSLS has developed a new tool, search.bioPreprint, that helps researchers to comprehensively search preprint databases to discover cutting edge, yet-to-be published or reviewed biomedical research articles.

What is a preprint database?

  • Open access online distribution centers/archives that enable authors “to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals” (bioRxiv). Articles are not copyedited or peer-reviewed prior to posting online, although they undergo a basic screening process to check against plagiarism, offensiveness, and non-scientific content. Authors may make revisions at any point prior to publication, but all versions remain available online.


  • arXiv is a preprint server covering physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, statistics, and quantitative biology since 1991.
  • bioRxiv covers new, confirmatory, and contradictory results in research ranging from animal behavior and cognition to clinical trials, and neuroscience to zoology.
  • F1000Research provides a platform for the immediate publication of scientific communication. Posters and slides receive a digital object identifier and are instantly citable. Articles that pass peer review are then indexed in Scopus and Google Scholar. Articles are available in PMC and therefore searchable in PubMed.
  • PeerJ Preprints cover biological, medical, and computer sciences. Their aim is to reduce publishing costs while still efficiently publishing innovative research.

Why preprints?

  • There is a developing movement of preprint supporters who want the current journal publication and peer review system to change. They propose that preprints play a role in “catalyzing scientific discovery, facilitating career advancement, and improving the culture of communication within the biology community (ASAPbio).”

Why create a preprints search tool?

  • Until the creation of search.bioPreprint, there has been no simple way to identify biomedical research published in a preprint format, as they are not typically indexed and are only discoverable by directly searching the aforementioned preprint server Web sites. search.bioPreprint is a one-stop-shop for finding these types of articles, and an important contribution to the preprint movement.

For more information, please contact the MolBio Information Services Department.

~Carrie Iwema

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Read and Monitor Your Favorite Scholarly Journals with BrowZine

BrowZine provides an easy way to browse and read thousands of scholarly journals from publishers such as JAMA Network, Nature, American Psychological Association, BMJ Publications, PLoS, Biomed Central, and many more. Pitt users can access BrowZine on their Web browser or through the easy-to-use mobile app.

Why Use BrowZine?

BrowZine’s “My Bookshelf” feature makes staying up-to-date easy. You simply select your favorite journals and then click on Add to My Bookshelf. New article notifications are sent automatically, and you always get the full text, whether you are onsite or working remotely.

You can also:

  • Quickly view table of contents of current and past journal issues.
  • Export citations to EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks, Dropbox, and other services.
  • Share with other researchers by posting to Facebook and Twitter or e-mail articles.

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UPMC Physician Authors Fiction Book

night-in-the-lifeUPMC physician and author Steven L. Orebaugh donated a copy of his fiction book, “A Night in the Life,” to the HSLS Leisure Reading Collection. This gritty, fast-paced book is based on his real life experiences working in the emergency department of a community hospital located in Pittsburgh.

The Leisure Reading Collection is located at the rear of the main floor of Falk Library in the comfortable seating area.

Affiliated Authors Encouraged to Donate

HSLS is proud of books authored or edited by Pitt health sciences faculty and UPMC clinicians, especially when we can make those books available in our collections. Continue reading

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LGBT Public Health Exhibit on Display at Falk Library

AcceptanceJourneysFalk Library is currently hosting a special exhibit entitled, “Acceptance Journeys Pittsburgh: Addressing LGBT stigma through science, the humanities, and social marketing.” The Graduate School of Public Health developed the exhibit in conjunction with the Provost’s Year of Humanities. The posters for this exhibit are designed with public health messages relating to stigma and feature local Pittsburghers. As an interactive exhibit, visitors can leave their reactions through written notes or recorded audio.

The exhibit is displayed on the upper floor of Falk Library in the study lounge through March 10, 2016.

~Julia Dahm

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Domestic Violence: Nurses Making a Difference

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, an online exhibit by the National Library of Medicine, explores the role of nurse activists in creating awareness of domestic violence as a medical, nursing, and public health issue. Narrative and digital images depict the history of the anti-domestic violence movement in the United States, early research published by nurses on this topic, and materials used to create awareness of domestic violence and provide referral information to victims of abuse. A digital gallery allows viewers to watch videos created during the 1980’s and 1990’s to instruct physicians and nurses in techniques for screening, intervention, and referral for domestic abuse. The education section of the exhibit contains extensive teaching materials suitable for undergraduate and graduate-level courses, as well as lesson plans for students in grades seven through twelve.

Almost as interesting as the exhibit itself is its backstory. The National Library of Medicine typically creates exhibitions to showcase materials already in the library’s collections. However, when initially approached about creating an exhibit on domestic violence, NLM determined that it had an inadequate number of resources on this topic. A three-year collaborative effort between NLM, nurses who played critical early roles in the anti-domestic violence movement, and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, led to the creation of a manuscript collection that now resides in NLM’s History of Medicine Division. That collection, “representing a significant national movement within the medical profession” (NLM in Focus, Oct 29 2015), serves as the basis of the current exhibit.

~Mary Lou Klem

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HSLS Staff News

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


Author name in bold is HSLS-affiliated

B.A. Primack, M.V. Carroll, P.M. Weiss, Reference & Information Technology Librarian, A.L. Shihadeh, A. Shensa, S.T. Farley, M.J. Fine, T. Eissenberg, and S. Nayak published “Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Inhaled Toxicants from Waterpipe and Cigarette Smoking” in Public Health Reports, January-February 2016, 131(1): 76-85. Also see Research Notes in the University Times.

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Classes March 2016

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, and molecular biology and genetics. 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, who will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs. Continue reading