Easy Victims to the Dreaded European Visitor

21 May 2018 - 1:16pm by Melissa Funaro

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Easy Victims to the Dreaded European Visitor:
Using Digital Humanities Tools and Archival Documents from Yale University and New Haven to Explore Local Knowledge during a Global Influenza Epidemic, 1889-1890
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
11 a.m.
Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
333 Cedar Street, New Haven
Please join us for a talk that combines digital humanities and deep research on a global influenza epidemic, drawn from Yale’s libraries and archives! Tom Ewing, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech. Dr. Ewing is the 2017-2018 Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant recipient at the Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.  His research on the Russian influenza epidemic is also funded by a bilateral digital humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Job Posting: Web Services Librarian

17 May 2018 - 2:37pm by Lei Wang

We are excited to announce an exciting opportunity at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Come be a part of our team, or share with your friends!
Web Services Librarian, Medical Library (requisition #49815BR)
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Technology and Innovation Services, the Web Services Librarian is the content strategist, information architect, interface designer, and user experience expert for the Medical Library. The Web Services Librarian is responsible for developing, testing, maintaining, and assessing the Medical Library’s websites, and translating user needs into professional web interfaces in support of the educational, research and clinical missions of the Yale Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, and the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The successful candidate for this position possesses an understanding of Library services and work processes and participates in research, education, clinical support, or marketing activities.
For your convenience, the complete posting and a link to apply can be viewed here:

VisualDx access at CWML!

11 May 2018 - 12:33pm by Lindsay Barnett

VisualDx is now available through the library!  Thanks to all of you who reached out to share your feedback about the cancellation of this resource a year ago.  After months of conversation with VisualDx, we were able to negotiate terms more amenable to the library's budget and expectations.   We have restored access to VisualDx, and you can begin using the resource immediately.  Please let Lindsay Barnett or your departmental liaison know if you have any questions!

Welcome Katherine!

1 May 2018 - 8:22am by Kelly Perry

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is delighted to announce that Katherine Stemmer Frumento joined the Library as Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services on April 23rd. She can be reached at and 203-785-6251.

Katherine Stemmer FrumentoKatherine’s most recent experience was at Greenwich Hospital where she was the Library Director for 17 years. At Greenwich, she developed and implemented consumer health literacy services to ensure that patients, their families, and the general public had resources for their health care information needs. Katherine also implemented clinical librarian services to ensure that all members of the health care teams had the evidence-based information they needed to provide the best care to patients. Katherine started her medical librarian career at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport and then went to Bridgeport Hospital as Library Director. After a thirteen-year tenure at Bridgeport Hospital, Katherine was appointed the Medical Library Director at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she served for many years before moving to Greenwich Hospital.

In addition to her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, Katherine also holds an MBA from the University of New Haven.  Her professional memberships include the Medical Library Association, the Academy of Health Information Professionals, the Special Libraries Association, the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, as well as the Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians.

Welcome Katherine!

Resource Spotlight: Scopus

19 April 2018 - 11:13am by Caitlin Meyer


Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection.

In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at Scopus. Scopus is the single largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Unlike Medline resources like PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE, Scopus is also the home to non-journal literature, like conference abstracts and books. Indexing more than 22,000 journals, Scopus covers science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities - making it a great resource for interdisciplinary projects. 

Scopus’ user-friendly interface mimics Google search in its simplicity. No special syntax or subject headings are needed to conduct an initial search. Being an academic resource, though, Scopus offers many functionalities that Google does not: 

  • Author search and author profiles
  • Search by affiliation to gauge the output of a specific school or department
  • The ability to search for certain document types
  • Optional advanced search functionality that lets you search specific fields like chemical or biological entities, editors, funding information, conference information and more

Offering data at the article, journal, and author level, Scopus’ broad range of content coverage makes its research impact information robust as well. Users can easily disambiguate authors and navigate to author profile pages that list publications, frequent collaborators, h-index, citation counts, disciplines that the author publishes in, and more. As mentioned above, this level of granular information is also available at the article and journal level. 

Scopus is a great place to start your research, a necessary inclusion in most systematic reviews, and a massive time-saver in calculating h-indices. 

With something to offer for students, clinicians, researchers, administrative staff and more start exploring Scopus today!

For questions on how to best use Scopus, feel free to contact Research & Education Librarian Caitlin Meyer.

Free 30-Day Trial to Aquifer Addiction

4 April 2018 - 9:08am by Lindsay Barnett

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is hosting a free 30 day trial to Aquifer Addiction (formerly CARE), and we would love your input!  If you are interested in exploring this product, please contact Lindsay Barnett who will create a trial account for you.  Please note that the trial is not available to students. 

About Aquifer Addiction:

Used in medical schools around the world, the Aquifer Addiction (CARE) online curriculum prepares medical students to identify, intervene and address substance use disorders.  The lack of formal education surrounding substance use disorders and addiction has left many practicing physicians and healthcare professionals inadequately prepared to assess, intervene, manage, and treat patients.

Key Features:

  • Twelve modules incorporate case studies, which provide an interactive platform for clinical consideration, and videos featuring today's leading experts in addiction covering key topics.
  • Created for educators, by educators, in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Treatment Research Institute.
  • Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences - overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility.
  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated content.
  • Self-assessment questions at the end of the course emphasize key content and enable students to test their knowledge and skills.
  • A wealth of source material, tools, and full references in each case.
  • Delivered via the Aqueduct learning management system, which includes user management options, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum.
  • Available for individual or institutional subscribers for students or as continuing education. 

The trial runs through May 2nd. 

Let us know what you think!  Contact Lindsay Barnett with feedback.

Finding Book Chapters

3 April 2018 - 4:38pm by Caitlin Meyer

Despite the promise of tools like Quicksearch and the breadth of massive databases like Scopus, certain types of information simply cannot be found in one place. No need to fret, though! We've got you covered. This new series of blog posts will serve as a home of recommended resources and searching tips for hard-to-find types of information. Have a suggestion for a subject? Shoot me an email

Despite being the primary site of scholarly conversation in the sciences, not all disciplines revolve around the journal literature. Often considered "book-based" disciplines include archeology, law, politics/international studies, psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, communications, and media studies. Book chapters are generally cited less than journal articles and there isn't as established of a culture of research impact measurement around book chapters as there is around journal articles. Book chapters are still valuable pieces of academic writing, however, as they provide a home to content that doesn't fit well into the article format. Finding book chapters using electronic resources can be a little bit tricky, as the tools are scattered, but read on for specific tips, tricks, and resources to try out. 

Recommended Resources

Tips & Tricks 

  • If searching for the title of a book chapter, mark it as a "Keyword" or "All Fields" search instead of "Title". If you mark it as "Title", you might miss out if we have the whole book your chapter is in but it isn't entirely indexed.

  • If you know the name of the book the chapter is in, try using Quicksearch to locate the book and navigate to the chapter that way. 

  • Tools like Scopus have robust author profile systems. Try to search for the author of the chapter, click on their name, then all of their publications (hopefully the chapter you seek) will populate. 

  • If the Yale libraries do not own the chapter, you can request a scan or delivery of the book through interlibrary loan

New exhibition on the Early Modern Pharmacy, 1500-1800

27 March 2018 - 11:17am by Melissa Grafe

The Historical Library is please to announce our newest exhibition:

The Early Modern Pharmacy: Drugs, Recipes, and Apothecaries, 1500-1800
April 2nd-July 5th, 2018

What did a pharmacy look like in Europe, between 1500 and 1800? What kind of activities took place within its walls? Who were the pharmacists? What kind of drugs did they make, and where did the ingredients come from? This exhibit, organized by the students in Professor Paola Bertucci's undergraduate seminar Collecting Nature and Art with the collaboration of Sarah Pickman, engages with these questions. It shows that, in the early modern period, collecting recipes and making medicines were common household activities carried out by women, while apothecaries often became targets of satire. The exhibit focuses also on a number of American ingredients, like coffee, cocoa, tobacco and chocolate, initially regarded as potential cure-alls, and on the mythical mandrake.

Join us for an opening reception April 2nd at 5:15 in the Rotunda of the Medical Library.

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