Charting the Future of Scientific Literature Exploration with AI: Introducing

The advent of ChatGPT, an innovative AI tool from OpenAI, has sparked both intrigue and caution within the scientific research community. Its capacity to revolutionize our search for information is profound, particularly evident in the rise of AI tools for scientific literature exploration.

One such tool making waves is Designed as a research assistant, it employs language models such as GPT-3 to automate elements of researchers’ workflows, refining the literature review process. AI tools such as this are promising for the future of scientific research, but understanding their functions and limitations is crucial when employing them.

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Syllabus Review from HSTalks: High-Quality Multimedia Content for Your Course

The fall semester is quickly approaching, and instructors working on finalizing content for hybrid or online courses can find useful resources and support at HSLS. Before you begin creating additional slides and presentations, check out the high-quality, well-produced material available from Henry Stewart Talks (HSTalks).

The Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection: Lectures by leading world experts, from HSTalks, contains valuable resources for personal or classroom education in basic sciences and medical topics. The database is primarily known for providing animated, online, audio-visual lectures, seminar-style talks, and case studies.

Content is labeled with a level, so it is easy to identify which talks are suitable for undergraduates versus which might be better for advanced researchers. Content from the talks can easily be linked to or embedded within Canvas or other LMS. In addition, complete courses, including lectures, exam questions, and supplemental materials, are available.

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Treasures From the Rare Book Room: Is It Really About the Witchcraft?

Etching-style portrait of the author, with his name: Ioannes Wiervs
Etching portrait of Johann Weyer, author of “De praestigiis Daemonum”

“De praestigiis Daemonum” by Johann Weyer (Basil 1563)

This year is the 460th anniversary of the publishing of “De praestigiis Daemonum” (“On the Tricks of the Devil”), written by Dutch physician Johann Weyer (1515-1588). This book is one of the gems in our collection. Continue reading

Featured Class: Exploring and Cleaning Data with OpenRefine

Join us for this class:
Tuesday, July 18, 2023, noon-1:30 p.m.
Scaife Hall, Falk Library, Library Classroom
Register for Exploring and Cleaning Data with OpenRefine*

OpenRefine is a free, open source tool for working with messy tabular data. It runs offline in a web browser and allows for reproducibility in data cleaning. Any student, faculty member, or researcher who works with data can benefit from learning to use this powerful tool.

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ClinicalKey’s Spring 2023 Content Updates

ClinicalKey recently released a large batch of “Spring 2023” content updates (for March, April, and May). Content updates typically occur monthly, so this was a larger than usual batch. The full list is currently available via the “Get News and Updates” section on the ClinicalKey home page. Here are some highlights among the newly added e-books:

  • Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn, 11th edition
  • Basic Immunology, 7th edition
  • Berne & Levy Physiology, 8th edition
  • Elsevier’s 2024 Intravenous Medications, 40th edition (Note: past editions were titled “Gahart’s Intravenous Medications”)
  • Harriet Lane Handbook, 23rd edition
  • Little and Falace’s Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient, 10th edition
  • Plotkin’s Vaccines, 8th edition

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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.


Happy anniversary to the HSLS employees who reached important milestones in FY 23. For everything you have done to help Pitt and HSLS succeed, we applaud you!

25 years:

  • Jeff Husted, Assistant Director for Collections

15 years:

  • Angie Zack, Knowledge Integration Coordinator

10 years:

  • Hannah Sinemus, NNLM All of Us Training Program Director

5 years:

  • Ann Passmore, Metadata Specialist
  • Julia Reese, Technology Integration Services Administrator
  • Helenmary Sheridan, Data Services Librarian
  • Brendan Vaughan, Main Desk Library Associate