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Welcome to the library's new homepage!

3 January 2015 - 8:55pm by Andy Hickner

As you've likely noticed by now, the Medical Library's website has a slightly different look as of Saturday, January 3.  The main navigation menu now features dropdowns when you hover over links like "Find," "Services," and "About," and more noticeably, the homepage has a wholly new architecture and layout.  

We implemented this redesign in response to feedback from you about how we could make the homepage better. Click here and here to learn more about how and why the library undertook this project.

Here is a quick guide to where to find key items in the new interface:

Item New location
Ask a Librarian Menu bar, upper right
Email Staff Quick Links
Request Materials/Interlibrary Loan Dropdown menu > Services > Request Materials
Reserve Study Rooms Dropdown menu > Services 
Adopt a Rare Book Search "Adopt a Rare Book", 1st result
Privileges  Dropdown menus > About > Borrowing & Access Privileges
Policies  Search "Policies," 2nd result
Orbis Homepage > Popular Resources
PubMed@Yale Homepage > Popular Resources
Scopus Homepage > Highlighted Resources
Web of Science Homepage > Highlighted  Resources
E-Books & E-journals Homepage > Popular Resources
Classes Homepage, under slideshow
Tech Support (links to Printing, Remote Access, Desktop Computing, etc) Dropdown menu > Services > Computing & Technology Support
Remote Access Homepage, upper right (click on "You are on the Yale network" or "you are NOT on the Yale network")
Portals Dropdown menu
Department Liaisons Dropdown menu > Services 
Request forms Search "Request forms," 1st result

As always, please contact me with questions and concerns.  We are doing our best to make sure you don't get lost in the new interface, but if you do, remember you can ask a librarian for help.

New library homepage: What you need to know

19 December 2014 - 1:41pm by Andy Hickner

As I previously announced, the library's homepage is undergoing a redesign. Our user experience team completed user testing on the "hi-fi" version of the design today.  

Here is a quick guide to where to find key items in the new homepage design:

Item New location
Email Staff Quick Links
Request Materials/Interlibrary Loan Dropdown menu > Services > Request Materials
Reserve Study Rooms Dropdown menu > Services 
Adopt a Rare Book Search "Adopt a Rare Book", 1st result
Privileges  Dropdown menus > About > Borrowing & Access Privileges
Policies  Search "Policies," 2nd result
Orbis Homepage > Popular Resources
PubMed@Yale  Homepage > Popular Resources
Scopus Homepage > Highlighted Resources
Web of Science Homepage > Highlighted  Resources
E-Books & E-journals Homepage > Popular Resources
Classes Homepage, under slideshow
Tech Support (links to Printing, Remote Access, Desktop Computing, etc) Dropdown menu > Services > Computing & Technology Support
Remote Access Homepage, upper right (click on "You are on the Yale network" or "you are NOT on the Yale network")
Portals Dropdown menu
Department Liaisons Dropdown menu > Services 
Request forms Search "Request forms," 1st result

The new homepage is scheduled to go live on the evening of Saturday, January 3, a time of the week when website use is particularly low.  This will permit us to have the new homepage in place at the start of the winter semester.  

As always, please contact me with questions and concerns.  We are doing our best to make sure you don't get lost in the new interface, but if you do, remember you can ask a librarian for help.

Implementation of the Genomic Data Sharing Policy Begins January 25, 2015

9 December 2014 - 12:00pm by Rolando Garcia-Milian

Genomic data sharing repositories

The NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy becomes effective with NIH grant applications submitted for the January 25, 2015, due date and thereafter. 

Investigators preparing grant applications for those due dates should prepare now if the work proposed involves the generation or use of large-scale genomic data (Suplemental Information to the NIH Genomic Data Sharing). 

Applicants preparing such grant applications are expected to:

  • state in the cover letter that the studies proposed will generate large-scale human and/or non-human genomic data
  • include a genomic data sharing plan in the application.
  • if sharing of human data is not possible, provide a justification explaining why they cannot share these data and provide an alternative data sharing plan.

Applicants who plan to use controlled-access human genomic data from NIH-designated data repositories as a secondary user to achieve the specific aims in the application should:

  • briefly address their plans for requesting access to the data
  • state their intention to abide by the NIH Genomic Data User Code of Conduct, in the Research Plan of the application.

Applicants preparing applications that involve research funded prior to the Policy's effective date should:

  • make every effort to include a genomic data sharing plan in the application that outlines plans to comply with the expectations outlined in the Policy
  • plan to transition to a consent for future research uses and broad sharing, if possible if the studies involve human participants and were initiated before the Policy's effective date and used consents that do not meet the expectations of the GDS Policy.

Additional questions:
Genomic Data Sharing Policy Team
NIH Office of Science Policy
Telephone: 301-496-9838
Email: GDS@nih.gov

 

Library homepage redesign: Your input is needed!

4 December 2014 - 2:39pm by Andy Hickner

Earlier this fall, we at the Medical Library decided it was time for a new look for the homepage of the library website.  We used an iterative design process to revamp the layout of the page.  A draft of the new homepage is now available for your viewing. We invite you to check out the design and "kick the tires," so to speak.  

Your feedback on the proposed design will be crucial in improving it and making sure it meets your needs.  Contact me with your thoughts and suggestions.  Be sure to note the browser and device you used to view the page - even better, attach a screenshot of how it looks on your device. 

We will be conducting user testing on the design the week of December 15.  After user testing, the page will undergo a final round of revision.  I will also provide an update on this blog summarizing key changes to the interface to help you better navigate the new look.

I look forward to hearing from you.

New Database Trials from Thieme and McGraw Hill

27 November 2014 - 12:32pm by Andy Hickner

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is now running trials to three databases; details are below. Please let us know what you think by sending Nathan Rupp an email.

Medlantis-Thieme eRadiology

URL: http://www.medlantis.org

Trial expiration date: Dec 19, 2014

Description: https://www.thieme.de/en/thieme-connect/medlantis-5001.htm

Thieme eOtolaryngology

URL: http://eotolaryngology.thieme.com

Trial expiration date: December 19, 2014

Description: https://www.thieme.de/en/thieme-connect/eotolaryngology-52117.htm

McGraw Hill Access Medicine Neurology Collection

URL: http://neurology.mhmedical.com/

Trial expiration date: December 5, 2014

Description: See http://neurology.mhmedical.com/. Includes the following books:

Carney - Pediatric Practice Neurology
Kandel - Principles of Neural Science
Laoprasert - Atlas of Pediatric EEG
Lee - The NeuroICU Book
Martin - Practical Neuroophthalmology
Ropper/Samuels - Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology
Sirven - Atlas of Video-EEG Monitoring
Waxman - Clinical Neuroanatomy, 27th edition
Souayah - McGraw-Hill Specialty Board Review Neurology
Biller - Demeyer's Technique of the Neurologic Examination
Watts - Movement Disorders, 3rd edition

Systematic Review Services at the Medical Library

19 November 2014 - 3:19pm by Andy Hickner

PRSIMA flow chart

Example flow chart used in systematic reviews, from Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG, The PRISMA Group (2009). Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement. PLoS Med 6(6): e1000097. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed1000097

Did you know our librarians are available to assist with systematic reviews?

The librarian, as full partner and co-author, is committed to collaborating and supporting the following Systematic Review tasks:

  • Determining if a systematic review has already been done on a topic.
  • Translating the research question into an appropriate search strategy.
  • Translating the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords so that both precision and retrieval are maximized.
  • Choosing specific databases and other information sources to be searched.
  • Conducting the literature searches across all the information sources chosen.
  • Maintaining records of search results and following up with alerts and updates as needed
  • Helping to obtain all required articles cited in search results and other venues.
  • Providing guidance and support regarding bibliographic management tools, such as EndNote or RefWorks, to manage citations and easily produce bibliographies.
  • Writing the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript.

The Library adheres to the requirements for authorship and contributorship by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

For more information, contact your department liaison and consult our Guide to Systematic Reviews: Planning, Writing and Supporting.

Electrosurgical in the Operating Room

12 September 2014 - 8:37am by Andy Hickner

(Post authored by Terry Dagradi)
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Photo by Dr. Walter Willard Boyd 1928-32

On October 1, 1926 at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvey Cushing performed an operation—removal of a mass from a patient’s head -- using the first commercial electrosurgical generator developed by to William T. Bovie [1], an engineer employed at Harvard University. The Bovie unit passed high frequency alternating current into the body, allowing the current to cut or coagulate. The device drastically reduced the complications of bleeding during intracranial operations, further reducing the mortality rates during brain surgery. After 88 years this basic device remains a fundamental tool in the practice of surgery.

When Cushing began his surgical career in the early 1900s, brain tumors were considered to be inoperable. At that time the mortality rate for a surgical procedure involving the opening of the skull was around 90%. Cushing dramatically reduced the mortality rate for neurosurgery to less than 10%, and by the time of his retirement from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1932, he had successfully removed more than 2,000 tumors.[2]

[1] Bovie, WT; Cushing, H (1928). "Electrosurgery as an aid to the removal of intracranial tumors with a preliminary note on a new surgical-current generator". Surg Gynecol Obstet 47: 751–84.

[2] http://www.whonamedit.com/doctor.cfm/980.html

Additional information on Electrosurgery: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ps-1009154-electrocautery.pdf

http://contemporaryobgyn.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-obgyn/news/electrosurgery-newest-energy-based-devices?page=full

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/overview-of-electrosurgery

Tips for new students: Booking study rooms, off-campus access, computing help

25 August 2014 - 8:31am by Andy Hickner

This week the library welcomes incoming students of the YSM class of 2018.  We felt it was a good time to highlight a couple of pages with useful information for new students:

Welcome, and stay tuned for more helpful tips.

Renovated CRL reopens as the 24/7 Computer & Study Space

25 June 2014 - 7:28pm by Mark Gentry

       

                       

                                                      

The Medical Library Computer Resource Laboratory (CRL) has reopened with a very different look. We decided it deserved a new name - the 24/7 Computer & Study Space. The new name emphasizes the multiple purposes of the room and reminds our users that is accessible to anyone with a Yale University ID badge anytime, day or night.  Some of the changes you will see in the renovated space are:

  • All new furniture with more work space
  • Upgraded monitors on Windows computers
  • New software such as qualitative analysis software packages Atlas.ti and nVivo
  • Height-adjustable tables (great for laptop users)
  • A large wall-mounted monitor for collaborative work
  • COMING SOON! Soft seating for the area around the monitor

Entrance to the 24/7 Space is through the door just past the newspaper reading area whenever the library is open.  After hours entry is from the stairwell just outside the entrance to the Medical Library.  We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to this space.

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