Need Help Screening Your Systematic Review?

DistillerSRAre you planning to start a systematic review project, but feel overwhelmed when considering how you will manage the process? If the primary investigator of your project is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences, and an HSLS librarian is included on your systematic review team, you’ll have access to a product called DistillerSR that can help. DistillerSR is a web-based systematic review software tool that guides you through the screening and data extraction process. Continue reading

Director’s Reflections…My New Role as President of the Medical Library Association

Barbara Epstein
HSLS Director

In May, I was honored to become the 2017-18 president of the Medical Library Association (MLA), after serving the past year as president-elect. I have been an active member of MLA since the beginning of my career, and have served in many leadership roles. Participation in MLA has supported my growth as a health sciences librarian through the years, and has introduced me to a strong community of friends and colleagues from around the country and beyond.

MLA was founded in 1898, and is headquartered in Chicago. As an organization of more than 3,200 members, our vision is to “foster excellence in the professional practice and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals in order to enhance the quality of health care, education and research throughout the world.” Our members work in academic health centers, hospitals, colleges and universities, pharmaceutical companies and other commercial entities, healthcare associations, and health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Continue reading

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: De Morbis Capitis

In 1650, Robert Pemell’s De Morbis Capitis, or, Of the Chief Internal Diseases of the Head, was published in London. According to Alan Pestronk (Archives of Neurology 46, no. 2 (1898): 215-220), this was the first neurology book written in English. A country physician from Cranebrooke, Kent, Pemell (died 1653) would be completely forgotten if not for the writings he left behind. Continue reading

Classes for July 2017

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, and molecular biology and genetics. For more information, visit the online class calendar.

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 University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.
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