Classes November 2019

EndNote for Research Teams, Friday, November 1, 11–11:15 a.m.

Painless PubMed, Monday, November 4, 8–8:15 a.m.

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization, Monday, November 4, 10–11 a.m.

Single Cell RNA-Seq, Wednesday, November 6, 10–10:15 a.m.

Basic EndNote, Friday, November 8, 4–5 p.m.

Introduction to Image Editing: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Tuesday, November 12, 10–11:30 a.m.

Gene Expression Visualization, Wednesday, November 13, 1–4 p.m.

Version Control, Thursday, November 14, 10:30–11 a.m.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Diagrams, Friday, November 15, 10–11:30 a.m.

Advanced EndNote, Friday, November 15, 12–1 p.m.

PowerPoint for Conference Posters, Monday, November 18, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Presentation Zen: Effective Visuals and Design, Tuesday, November 19, 12–1 p.m.

Painless PubMed, Wednesday, November 20, 8–9 a.m.

Pathway Enrichment Analysis–IPA & MetaCore, Wednesday, November 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Exploring and Cleaning Data with OpenRefine, Thursday, November 21, 2–3:30 p.m.

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Mobile Apps for Popular HSLS Databases

Did you know that UpToDate, Micromedex, and many other HSLS databases have mobile apps that provide you with access to clinical information anytime and anywhere? These apps are available to Pitt and UPMC users through the HSLS subscriptions to the full databases.

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New Data Repository Option for NIH Researchers: NIH Figshare

In July 2019, NIH and Figshare announced the one-year pilot launch of a general data repository for all NIH-funded researchers: NIH Figshare. This repository makes datasets resulting from NIH-funded research accessible by providing a way for NIH researchers to meet data sharing requirements of grants, journals, or institutions when a subject-specific repository is not an option. Continue reading

Alert for Mendeley Users

Do you use Mendeley? If so, you should know that the University of Pittsburgh’s institutional subscription to Mendeley will be ending on December 31, 2019. What does that mean for you? Most users will not see any changes, and everyone will retain access to their Mendeley account through the free version. However, with a free account, your personal library storage is limited to 2 GB, your shared storage to 100 MB, and you are limited to five private groups. To see if this change will affect you, you can check your account at Log in and then click the dropdown arrow next to your name in the upper right corner. Click on Subscription, and you’ll see how much personal and shared space you have used. Continue reading

STAT!Ref has a New Platform

In September, STAT!Ref moved to a new platform called TDS Health (Teton Data Systems Health). TDS Health is the producer of STAT!Ref. The TDS Health home page is set up in user-friendly panels that you can organize by dragging them or moving them to suit your needs. Continue reading

What’s New in PubMed Labs?

In advance of the early 2020 rollout of the new PubMed interface, a number of features were recently introduced on PubMed Labs. PubMed Labs is the redesign test site for the PubMed database. Continue reading

Historical Hospital Indexes Now Digitized

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Digital CollectionsThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) has fully digitized the Hospital and Health Administration Index, Hospital Literature Index, and Cumulative Index of Hospital Literature. All three resources are now available as part of the NLM Digital Collections. The Digital Collections is a free online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps. All resources are in the public domain, unless otherwise indicated.

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Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Scultetus Remembered

Two editions of Armamentariun chirurgicumThe publication of Armamentarium chirurgicum in 1655 was a significant event. It is a pity that its author, Johannes Scultetus (1595-1645), a German physician, surgeon and anatomist, did not experience it. The work, meant to introduce new techniques and ideas to readers, was prepared from his notes by his nephew, Johannes Scultetus the Younger, ten years after his uncle’s death. Continue reading

Classes for October 2019

Responsibly Reusing Data

Bulk RNA-Seq

Painless PubMed

Pathway Enrichment Analysis–Open Access Tools

Basic EndNote

Research Metrics and Publication Reports: Showcasing Impact

Writing Good READMEs

Painless PubMed

ChIP-Seq & Partek Flow

PechaKucha Basics for Presentations

Gene Regulation

Getting to Know HSLS

Welcome to a new academic year! HSLS offers a wide array of research and information services, educational opportunities, and resources to support the health sciences.

Liaison Librarians are integrated into schools and departments and collaborate with faculty to support instruction, research, and scholarship. They provide instruction as part of the curriculum, guest lectures, and customized orientation sessions; offer recommendations for embedding streaming media and other HSLS resources into course syllabi; collaborate on research projects; provide assistance with researching health and biomedical topics; and offer guidance with scholarly publishing. All new and returning faculty are encouraged to arrange a consultation with your liaison librarian to learn how HSLS can support your teaching and research.

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Search the Contents of Biomedical Books with E-Book Full Text Search

While there are many ways to search for the title of an e-book, it’s much more difficult to search through the contents. HSLS has developed an innovative tool for the full-text searching of over 1,000 health and biomedical science e-books simultaneously. It’s called E-Book Full Text search. With a single, simple search, you can pull results from a variety of e-books.

Searching is easy! To access E-Book Full Text search, direct your browser to the HSLS home page. Near the top of the screen, in the dark blue box, click on the E-Book Full Text button.

Enter a “Google-style” query into the search box, click on the search icon, and then wait a few seconds.

The results will point directly to relevant sections of each book’s full text. Along the left side of the screen, results are also grouped into categories that enable more precise retrieval without reformulation of the search.

Popular biomedical e-books available in E-Book Full Text search include:

  • Clinical Anesthesia, 8th edition
  • Current Surgical Therapy, 12th edition
  • Epidemiology, 5th edition (Gordis)
  • Guide to Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice, 4th edition
  • Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 13th edition
  • How to Write, Publish, & Present in the Health Sciences
  • IM Essentials
  • Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, 6th edition
  • Miller’s Anesthesia, 8th edition
  • Nursing Concept Care Maps for Providing Safe Patient Care
  • Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach, 10th edition

E-Book Full Text search allows users to search a large collection of e-books simultaneously across providers and at a full-text level. The simple interface and ability to search across multiple resources at one time makes E-Book Full Text search appealing.

For further information or questions about E-Book Full Text search, send an e-mail to or call 412-648-8866.

~Jill Foust