Help us improve our web interfaces! (And get $10 to spend at Blue State Coffee)

20 December 2017 - 11:45am by Andy Hickner

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's User Experience Group is recruiting volunteers for website user testing and other website-related quality improvement activities.    

What it involves: 10-15 minute private session.  Typically this will include:

  • A short interview;
  • A series of simple tasks we will ask you to attempt using the website; and
  • A couple of follow-up questions.  

As a thank you for your time and help, we will reward you with a $10 gift card to Blue State Coffee. 

Your responses will be confidential and your name will not be recorded.  Our activities have been reviewed and declared exempt by Yale's IRB.

Contact Andy Hickner at or 785-3969 to schedule an appointment or to learn more. 

Resource Spotlight: Pharmaprojects

15 December 2017 - 10:05am 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 Pharmaprojects. Pharmaprojects is a web-based database of drugs developed worldwide since 1980 and monitoring information on new drugs currently in research and development. 

Pharmaprojects offers a wide range of information and services to researchers at Yale, including: 

  • Information and updates about new drugs as they progress through the commercial pharmaceutical research and development process
  • Tracking information as new drugs are tested in clinical trials 
  • Multiple ways to explore drug development such as by therapeutic class status, disease, company, country, mechanism of action, biological target, delivery route, or chemical structure 
  • Highly customizable automated alerts to follow the status of an individual drugs or diseases
  • Exportable data to manipulate and analyze
  • Individualized research help with the “Ask the Analyst” feature

Pharmaprojects is available to Yale affiliates through the VPN, YNHH affiliates through the proxy server and everybody on the YaleSecure WiFi network. The first time you visit the resource, you’ll need to create an account with your Yale credentials. 

Start exploring Pharmaprojects here.

For questions on how to best use Pharmaprojects, feel free to contact Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian Rolando Garcia-Milian

Upcoming Talk: The Gender Gap in Early Career Transitions in the Life Sciences

6 December 2017 - 10:43am by Kate Nyhan

The Gender Gap in early career transitions in the life sciencesSCOPA welcomes librarians, researchers, and students to a forum with Dr. Marc Lerchenmueller. Marc has published in PLoS One and Harvard Business Review on the gender gap in the life sciences, using bibliometric and funding data to investigate the science of science.

“The gender gap in early career transitions in the life sciences” – Marc Lerchenmueller
SHM B145
Thursday, December 14, 9-10AM
Register at

And if you're interested in bibliometrics, scientometrics, and altmetrics, read up on it in our collection and consult your medical librarian!



New Book for the Humanities in Medicine Collection

3 December 2017 - 8:56pm by Alyssa Grimshaw

Check out the newest book in the Humanities in Medicine Collection, Lindsey Fitzharris’s The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine.

Cover Art for the The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris. Image depicts a Victorian period surgery..


Excerpt from the book cover:

The gripping story of how Joseph Lister’s antiseptic method changed medicine forever

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters―no place for the squeamish―and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These medical pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than their patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

Fitzharris dramatically recounts Lister’s discoveries in gripping detail, culminating in his audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection―and could be countered by antiseptics. Focusing on the tumultuous period from 1850 to 1875, she introduces us to Lister and his contemporaries―some of them brilliant, some outright criminal―and takes us through the grimy medical schools and dreary hospitals where they learned their art, the deadhouses where they studied anatomy, and the graveyards they occasionally ransacked for cadavers.

Eerie and illuminating, The Butchering Art celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world.

Want to know more about this book? Here is the link to the New York Times Book Review by Jennifer Senior:


Humanities in Medicine Collection is located across from the Circulation Desk.

Resource Spotlight: AccessMedicine

15 November 2017 - 11:24am by Caitlin Meyer

Resource Spotlight: AccessMedicine header image

Welcome to our new series, 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 AccessMedicine. Produced by publisher McGraw-Hill, AccessMedicine is part of a robust family of resources including AccessAnesthesiology, AccessEmergency, AccessPediatrics, and AccessSurgery

AccessMedicine is a great tool for students, residents, and faculty alike:

  • Online access to more than 80 medical textbooks, such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, The Color Atlas of Family Medicine, and Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine
  • Multimedia library with examination videos, patient safety modules, procedural videos, and more
  • Exam preparation tools for board certification and Step 3 including Graber and Wilbur’s Family Medicine Examination & Board Review and large question banks with detailed answers
  • Tools to help your practice such as the Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, the differential diagnosis tool Diagnosaurus, and an integrated drug database in English and Spanish
  • Patient education resources on thousands of topics in many languages

AccessMedicine is available to Yale affiliates through the VPN, YNHH affiliates through the proxy server, and everybody on the YaleSecure WiFi network.

On a desktop, you can get to AccessMedicine here. On mobile, you can download the AccessMedicine iPad application from the App Store or simply use your internet browser to explore the fully functional and responsive mobile version of the site. 

For questions on how to best use AccessMedicine, feel free to contact Clinical Librarian Alexandria "Lexi" Brackett.

Scheduled outage of some library online applications, Nov 3-6

3 November 2017 - 10:30am by Andy Hickner

Our application servers are scheduled to be moved to the ITS datacenter at West Campus early Monday (November 6th). As a result, there will be an interruption of service for the following applications:        

  • Greenstone Digitized Collections* (Offline Monday morning)
  • E-Journals and E-Books Database (Offline Monday morning)  
  • Cushing Center Database (Offline after 5pm Friday the 3rd)    

We expect the move to be completed by noon on Monday.

*Many of the digital collections are available in FindIt:

New Video: Bioinformatics at Yale

19 October 2017 - 10:18am by Caitlin Meyer

You probably know that the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library offers support for bioinformatics projects, but do you know exactly where we fit into the high-throughput omics research data cycle? In this new video produced by CWML staff, you can see a sampling of the tools and services we offer throughout the process.

Highlighted resources include:

Qlucore Omics Explorer, a tool that facilitates a dynamic analysis of omics data, applicable to various phases of a discovery cycle. Qlucore helps you visualize, QC, apply statistics, and create publication-ready graphics, such as 3D Principal Component Analysis, heat maps, and various 2D plots.

Partek Flow software, a program that is used for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data including RNA, small RNA, and DNA sequencing. Partek Flow provides a graphical user interface that allows building your own custom analysis pipelines for alignment, quantification, quality control, statistics, and visualization.

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, a web-based software application for the analysis, integration, and interpretation of the data derived from omics experiments, ranging from microarrays and metabolomics to smaller scale experiments that generate gene and chemical lists.

And, finally, MetaCore, a systems biology analysis suite containing information that can be used to perform pathway enrichment, network building, target discovery, and more.

For more information on Bioinformatics at Yale, contact Rolando Garcia-Milian.

Exhibit: "War is not healthy for children..." and Other Recent Acquisitions

18 October 2017 - 2:30pm by Susan Wheeler

poster titled: War is not healthy for children and other living things

This small exhibit highlights protest posters from the 1980s and 1990s, including those of the organization Physicians for Social Responsibility opposing the neutron bomb. 

On view, also, are Keith Haring’s “No Nukes” and multiple images of the “mushroom cloud” in calls for action. A popular novelty poster advises-- “When the bomb goes off, make sure you are higher than the bomb.”

New York City’s Statue of Liberty appears in three posters in which she warns of pollution and climate change.

On view through December in the Library Hallway.



Biomedical Literature Searcher

28 September 2017 - 2:03pm by Kelly Perry

Biomedical Literature Searcher
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
Rank: Casual Position
Term: Until June 30, 2018
Schedule: Flexible; Approximately 10-15 hours/week. Quantity will vary depending on need but will not          exceed 19 hours in any given week.
Position Summary:
Seeking an experienced health sciences librarian with outstanding biomedical literature searching skills to supplement the existing Cushing/Whitney Medical Library team of clinical and research support librarians. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Biomedical Search Librarian conducts a variety of literature searches for end users and fellow librarians, including quick-turnaround clinical searches, in-depth topical searches, concept table development, developing hedges for IACUC compliance searches, and support for comprehensive searches for meta-analyses and systematic reviews. May provide services directly to health professionals within the Yale New Haven Medical Center.


  1. Provides in-depth literature searching services for faculty, students, researchers and librarians.
  2. Conducts quick searches on a variety of biomedical topics, often working directly with patrons.
  3. Develops and peer reviews comprehensive searches, translates and documents searches across appropriate databases, maintains search logs and records, exports results to a citation management library.
  4. Imports and manipulates citations in software such as EndNote and Covidence.
  5. Builds or uses existing hedges to search and package results for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and federal regulatory compliance.
  1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent.
  2. Five years or more professional experience in an academic health sciences or hospital library.
  3. Expert knowledge of search techniques in PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL and other databases and electronic resources is essential.
  4. Experience with citation management programs, especially EndNote
  5. Experience working collegially, collaboratively and independently with varied groups, with and across a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment. 
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  7. Ability to work well in a team-based and self-directed work environment.
To apply:
Send cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to:
Katie Hart
Senior Administrative Assistant
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
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