HSLS Resource Spotlight: Case Studies

HSLS provides access to several resources that present both real and fictional case studies for use in teaching and studying in the health sciences. Utilizing case studies in health sciences education encourages critical thinking, enhances problem-solving skills, and challenges students with a real-world context for information learned in the classroom.
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Journaling for Well-Being at Falk Library

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious? Did you know that journaling, writing down your feelings and thoughts, can help bring relief? Come to the new Falk Library Classroom on Wednesday, May 10, at noon for a Journaling for Well-Being Workshop.

Presenters from the University Counseling Center will talk about how you can write away some of your internal tensions and fears. Writing instructors will share special writing tips to help you get started. You’ll have time to ask questions and do some journaling of your own – if you’d like. Continue reading

Peer-Reviewed Preprints

In 2016, we introduced preprints and search.bioPreprint, then a newly minted HSLS-developed search engine for the immediate discovery of new biomedical research. Preprints are the research papers that authors post to a server before the formal peer-review process and publication in an academic journal. At that time, preprints had just started gaining traction among the research community. Things have dramatically changed in the past seven years; realizing the benefit of rapid dissemination of scientific findings, posting preprints is now becoming a common practice for researchers.

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Featured Workshop: Increasing Your Research Visibility

Join us on Tuesday, May 30, from 2-3 p.m. for an online workshop, Increasing Your Research Visibility*

In this session, we’ll discuss how making informed publishing decisions and managing your online researcher identity are effective ways to increase the visibility of your research. Different types of open access publishing models, including free ways to share your work, will be discussed. We’ll then take a deeper dive into how an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) helps distinguish yourself from other researchers, keeps your scholarly record up to date, and automates other researcher profile systems to showcase your impact.

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About HSLS Librarians: Part 1

To become a librarian requires earning a master’s degree in library or information sciences. Beyond that, librarians may have a variety of educational or professional degrees or experiences. This first part of a two-part series describes how the varied backgrounds of our librarians help them make valuable contributions to HSLS services and resources and to the broader community here at Pitt.

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Treasures from the Rare Book Room: A New Look at 16th-Century Anatomy

Front cover of Anatomica Depicta, featuring gold geometric designs.
Front cover of the facsimile of Anatomica Depicta.

Falk Library’s facsimile of Anatomia depicta, published in Rome in 2010, replicates the original from the Florentine library. It is accompanied by a volume of commentaries (with transcription and translation of the manuscript), a wooden display case, and a protective plexiglass cover. It is the newest addition to HSLS Special Collections.

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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.


Stephen Gabrielson, Scholarly Communication Librarian, was selected to be an ASAPbio Fellow for the April-November 2023 term.


Sri Chaparala, Bioinformatics Specialist, coauthored the article:

Coppin E, Zhang X, Ohayon L, Johny E, Dasari A, Zheng KH, Stiekema L, Cifuentes-Pagano E, Pagano PJ, Chaparala S, Stroes ES, Dutta P. Peripheral Ischemia Imprints Epigenetic Changes in Hematopoietic Stem Cells to Propagate Inflammation and Atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2023 Mar 9. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.123.318956. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36891902.

Rose Turner, Assistant Director for Liaison Services and Instruction, coauthored the article:

Eubanks JE, Carlesso C, Sundaram M, Bejarano G, Smeets RJEM, Skolasky R, Vanushkina M, Turner R, Schneider MJ. Prehabilitation for spine surgery: A scoping review. PM R. 2023 Feb 2. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12956. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36730164.

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