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Art on the Brain: Meet Artist and Neuroscientist Greg Dunn for Self Reflected Event

Self Reflected in Violets courtesy of Greg Dunn

On April 3, 2019, we welcome Dr. Greg Dunn of Greg Dunn Design as he visits HSLS to kick off an exhibit of his artwork fusing neuroscience with painting and lithography. Art on the Brain is an exhibit of six prints that beautifully illustrate the inner workings of our mind and senses.

Please join us for these special events on April 3:

2–2:45 p.m. Opening reception at Falk Library Upper Floor exhibit area

3–4 p.m. Lecture in Scaife Hall Lecture Room 1

The opening reception for the exhibit will allow visitors to experience the artwork in this exhibit and interact with Dr. Dunn. Light refreshments will be served.

Following the reception, Dr. Dunn will deliver his lecture titled, “Self Reflected: Deeply Fusing Art and Science to Create the World’s Most Complex Artistic Depiction of the Human Brain.”

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Planning Your Systematic Review to Reduce Screening Pain

When planning a systematic review project, are you building in time to pilot your screening forms? Project teams are often eager to begin reviewing citations as soon as possible and may overlook this important step in the process. However, investing time earlier in the project can save you from wasted time and headaches down the road.

Developing screening forms may seem like a small part of a systematic review project, but the forms should be thoughtfully developed to allow the review process to be as efficient as possible. The development and testing of forms can begin as soon as your protocol is finalized, and should start no later than when your project librarian begins to build the literature searches.

Start by thinking about how to translate your inclusion and exclusion criteria into simple, answerable questions, and remember that your team will initially have only an article’s title and abstract to use in answering those questions. A second round of questions, used when full-text articles are available to your team, can screen for more detailed information not likely to be contained in an abstract.

Once you have a draft of your screening questions, ask your librarian for references to use to test the flow of your screening process and the transparency of your questions. If you are using DistillerSR for your project, this is a great time to make an appointment with a Distiller librarian at Distiller Ask-a-Librarian.

Does this seem like overkill? During the pilot process, teams can make adjustments to forms and questions that will save them a lot of time when reviewing records. For example, a question that initially seems very clear to a project leader may be very confusing to junior members, and might be improved by re-wording or adding explanatory information. Imagine discovering this issue a month into screening, possibly necessitating the rescreening of hundreds of records! Planning a pilot test of your systematic review screening forms can potentially save you a lot of time and effort. If you need assistance with the process, please contact your librarian.

~Rose L. Turner and Mary Lou Klem

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Director’s Reflections…Appreciation

Barbara Epstein
HSLS Director

We are particularly grateful to the donors listed below who generously supported HSLS with monetary gifts and in-kind contributions from January-December 2018. Through the support of these thoughtful people, HSLS can continue to provide essential resources to enhance the quality of health care in western Pennsylvania and beyond.

Dr. Thomas Benedek

Patricia Bookamyer

Arnold M. and Barbara A. Epstein

Dr. Kenneth L. Euler

Malgorzata Fort

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Why is Kopernio in EndNote?

EndNoteX9Why is Kopernio advertising in EndNote X9? Is this a new EndNote service? Do I need to respond in some way?

Kopernio is a free browser plugin available on the web that can automatically connect a university community to its journal subscriptions for speedy article downloads. If no subscription is found, Kopernio then seeks an open access version. There are multiple sources for open access content. For example,

  • fully open access peer-reviewed journals, such as those from PLoS or BMC journals, provide the final publisher’s PDF version;
  • PubMed Central provides a PDF of the NIH Public Access Policy version of the published paper; and
  • repositories provide either a preprint (the pre-peer-reviewed version) or a publisher’s final PDF, depending on the copyright agreement.

Clarivate Analytics purchased Kopernio in April 2017 to integrate into Web of Science. This addition of Kopernio moves Clarivate closer to a comprehensive research lifecycle system. Touting “one-click access to PDFs” through university resources, Google Scholar, PubMed and other sources, Kopernio hopes to dominate the academic search market.

Viewed through Web of Science, Kopernio automatically labels links to either the publisher’s full text or an open access version from a repository.

Citation with options for Full Text from Publisher or Free Accepted Article From Repository

In Google Scholar, Kopernio produces a green PDF link when HSLS has a subscription.

View PDF link in Google Scholar

HSLS strives to deliver full text quickly, supplying the publisher’s PDF or “version of record,” the version fundamental to the scholarly record. Through HSLS Document Delivery, the published PDF is available to eligible users at no charge for articles not in our collection.

Kopernio does have a few trade-offs. Once the plugin is installed, searches are slower. It may be preferable to disable Kopernio when not in use. One of the problems reported to Kopernio is that saved PDFs disappear: they are not automatically saved to the EndNote.Data folder. These technical issues will be resolved in time. In the meantime, there is no need to use Kopernio with EndNote unless experimentation is enjoyable!

Read more about open access tools on the HSLS Scholarly Communication Guide under the Open Access tab, or contact Andrea Ketchum at or 412-648-9757.

~Andrea Ketchum

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Using Partek to Analyze ChIP-Seq Data

The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service (HSLS-MBIS) provides access to many bioinformatics analysis tools, including Partek Flow. University of Pittsburgh researchers are now able to perform chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) analysis using Partek software to determine how proteins interact with DNA and regulate gene expression.

ChIP-Seq uses high-throughput DNA sequencing to map protein-DNA interactions across the entire genome. The point-and-click user interface in Partek software helps researchers to quickly build a start-to-finish ChIP-Seq pipeline and: Continue reading

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John Erlen Retired after a Long Career at HSLS

Dr. Jonathon Erlen

History of Medicine Librarian Dr. Jonathon Erlen retired at the end of January after more than 35 years of service. John began his long career at HSLS in the summer of 1983. He worked under three different directors: Laurabelle Eakin, Patricia Mickelson, and Barbara Epstein.

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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 names in bold are HSLS-affiliated

Rebecca A. Abromitis, Research and Instruction Librarian, published “How Does Pretesting for PubMed Knowledge Spark Student Learning?” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 37(4), 2019.

E. Anthony, R. Miller, Research and Instruction Librarian, and M. Rapchak, published “Critical Credits: Making the Most of a First-Year Information Literacy Class” in Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses, edited by A. Pashia and J. Critten, 357-366. Chicago: ACRL Press, 2019.

Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Assistant Director for Molecular Biology Information Service, Carrie L. Iwema, Coordinator of Basic Science Services, Barbara A. Epstein, HSLS Director, Adrian V. Lee, and Arthur S. Levine published “Molecular Biology Information Service: An Innovative Medical Library-Based Bioinformatics Support Service for Biomedical Researchers” in bioRxiv, 530071. Continue reading

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Classes for March 2019

EndNote Drop-In Session, Friday, March 1, 2019, noon-1 p.m.

Painless PubMed, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8-9 a.m.

Getting Systematic About Systematic Reviews, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis: Partek Flow, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Beyond Reference Management, Thursday, March 7, 2019, 10-10:30 a.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations, Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m.

Data Sharing, Friday, March 8, 2019, 11 a.m.- noon

Altmetrics for Grant Applications: Indicators for Public Engagement and Contributions to Science, Monday, March 11, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Bioinformatics Data Analysis: Options 4 Rigor, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, noon-1 p.m.

RNA-Seq & CLC Genomics, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

Basic EndNote, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Introduction to the Pitt Data Catalog, Monday, March 18, 2019, 1-2 p.m.

Painless PubMed, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 8-9 a.m.

R for Genomics, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

Trim Down Your Search: Focusing PubMed in on a Topic, Monday, March 25, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Box for Storing and Sharing Research Data, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 9-10 a.m.

EndNote for Research Teams, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 3-4 p.m.

Gene Expression Visualization, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Finding Full-Text Post Pitt, Thursday, March 28, 2019, noon-1 p.m. Continue reading