Enhance Your Learning with Microsoft HoloLens and AnatomyX at the HSLS VR LearnSpace

HSLS is pleased to introduce its new Microsoft HoloLens headset, which is now available to borrow from the HSLS Technology Help Desk with your valid Pitt ID. The Microsoft HoloLens is a standalone virtual reality system in which players interact with 3D holograms through voice, touch, and hand gestures. When using the HoloLens, players can always see both their physical environment and virtual images, which makes this an ideal system for those new to virtual worlds.

To complement the HoloLens, HSLS is excited to offer full access to AnatomyX, an augmented reality anatomy lab and learning platform supported by the HoloLens. AnatomyX features over 5,000 detailed anatomical models of the human body and provides users with current information about anatomy functions, etymology, and more. Interested faculty members are encouraged to inquire about AnatomyX’s customizable learning experiences, available through features such as buildable quizzes.

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International Open Access Week, October 24-30: Think Globally, Learn Locally

Open access to scientific research made headlines this summer when the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a new memo on August 25, 2022, with updated requirements for federally funded research, to make publications and results freely and immediately available. Learn more about open access for scientific publications, data, and software with classes at the Health Sciences Library System during International Open Access Week, a week of global advocacy for open access to research, happening from October 24 through 30.

Whether you’re new to open access or have specific questions, drop-in sessions are a great place to talk with HSLS specialists. Join Stephen Gabrielson, the library’s Scholarly Communication Librarian, for “Open Access Drop-In Session: How Does Open Access Publishing Work?” on Monday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. Bring your questions about how to publish open-access articles, sources of funding for article processing fees (APCs), how to find reputable no-APC journals, and how to self-archive your manuscript in an open-access repository. HSLS also has a guide to scholarly communication and publishing, including open-access publishing, available all the time: Scholarly Communication and Publishing Guide.

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Explore Chemical and Drug Information with PubChem

Two resources, ChemIDplus and the Drug Information Portal, are being retired by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) by mid-December 2022, as announced in the NLM Technical Bulletin. PubChem will serve as NLM’s single source for chemical information after ChemIDplus and the Drug Information Portal are retired. All of the data found in ChemIDplus and the Drug Information Portal is currently available and will continue to be available in PubChem.

PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. Search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. Find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations, and more. About PubChem provides a wealth of information about using PubChem, including sections on PubChem News, What’s in PubChem, PubChem Search and Tools, and Programmatic Access.

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Basic and Advanced EndNote Classes

Join HSLS for two classes on EndNote, a well-known reference management tool that helps to streamline your entire research process.

Register for Basic EndNote online class*: Wednesday, October 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Register for Advanced EndNote online class*: Wednesday, October 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Basic EndNote is a popular HSLS class, which introduces the citation management software with hands-on practice.

After class, attendees will be able to:
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HSLS Staff News

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


Rebekah Miller, Research and Instruction Librarian, has been awarded a Pitt Seed Grant as part of the interdisciplinary team for “Disrupting Health Dis- and Misinformation in the Patient-Care Setting: Open Educational Resources for Nurse Education.” This project will create interactive learning modules for undergraduate nursing students to teach them how to dispel misinformation in health care settings. Team members include Betty Braxter (School of Nursing), Beth Hoffman (Pitt Public Health), Theresa Koleck (School of Nursing), Urszula Lechtenberg (University Library System), Lara Putnam (History), Marc Ross (University Library System), Beth Schwanke (Pitt Cyber), and Sera Thornton (Center for Teaching & Learning).


Helena VonVille, Research and Instruction Librarian, co-authored the article:

Brady, M, VonVille, H, White, J, Martin, E, Raabe, N, Slaughter, J, & Snyder, G. (2022). Transmission visualizations of healthcare infection clusters: A scoping review. Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology, 2(1), E92. doi:10.1017/ash.2022.237