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Library News - 2007

Library Holiday Service Project

For the second year in a row, the library staff donated gifts to patients at The South Carolina Cancer Center at Palmetto Health as our holiday service project. The library staff donated 85 items that were given to patients staying at Baptist and Richland over the holidays. Staff members also donated 33 boxes of Little Debbie treats that were used as refreshments at the patients' Christmas party. Laura Howell, Acquisitions/Cataloging Specialist, coordinated the project for the Library.


Library Director Recognized for Service

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, was recognized at the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2007, for her service as AAHSL Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member for the past three years.

Pictured are Ms. Riley and Elaine Martin, AAHSL President, and Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical Center.


New Ovid Interface Coming Soon

Ovid will soon be changing its search interface. The new product, called OvidSP, has the option of using a natural language search mode (via the Basic Search tab), with which you can ask a question directly or describe a topic in ordinary English terms, without having to know special syntax rules, search conventions or complicated search strategies. To test OvidSP, go to Ovid Online through the Library's Ovid page. Click on "Try OvidSP" at the top of the "Choose a database" page.

OvidSP will go into effect on February 4, 2008. The current interface will no longer be available after that date.

MLA Teleconference on Scholarly Publishing and Open Access - Nov. 20

Without doubt dramatic changes over the past several years in scientific, technical, and medical publishing have opened a Pandora's box of questions, confusion, and complexity for library patrons, researchers, and librarians and have become the subject of much discussion. The Medical Library Association (MLA) continues its engagement in the conversation and speaks to the issues in its Webcast, "Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk".

Time: Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EST

Location: The teleconference will be held in the Computer Classroom of the School of Medicine Library.

More information about the teleconference can be found here.

To register, please email Felicia Yeh at and include your name and daytime telephone number in your email.

Book Signing for Dr. Donald Saunders
Thursday, November 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The School of Medicine invites you to attend a book signing reception on Thursday, November 8, 2007, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm in the School of Medicine Library to celebrate the publication of Dr. Donald Saunders' new book Christmas Thoughts About Love: A Cardiologist Speaks From His Heart . Please join us for refreshments and fellowship.

Cochrane Library Now Available

University Libraries has announced access to the full Cochrane Library database.

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.

The Library includes:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR; Cochrane Reviews)
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE; Other Reviews)
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; Clinical Trials)
  • Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR; Methods Studies)
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA; Technology Assessments)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHSEED; Economic Evaluations)
  • About The Cochrane Collaboration (About; Cochrane Groups)

This database can be accessed via the link above or through the Library's Databases page.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database Now Available

The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplements Labels Database includes information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

The database is designed to help both the general public and health care providers find information about ingredients in brand-name products, including name, form, active and inactive ingredients, amount of active ingredient/unit, manufacturer/distributor information, suggested dose, label claims, warnings, percentage of daily value, and further label

This database can be accessed via the link above or through the Library's Databases page.

Social Science Section of Journal Citation Reports Now Available

A joint agreement with Thomas Cooper Library has made access to both the Science and the Social Science sections of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) on the Web available to all USC users.

Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from scholarly and technical journals. It is the only source of citation data on journals. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

JCR may be accessed by the link in the above text or through the Library's Databases page.

Library Faculty Receive Grant Award

Roz Anderson, Assistant Director for Education & Outreach, and Steven Wilson, Coordinator, Center for Disability Resources Library, have been awarded a $1,000 Research Project Grant from the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association for their research proposal, Quantifying the Effectiveness of Interactive Tutorials. The research project will examine the effectiveness of passive versus interactive tutorials for medical students learning about library resources. Congratulations, Roz and Steve!

AccessScience Now Available

The core of AccessScience is the 10th Edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, with full-text search capability, plus tools such as e-mail forwarding, saved image collections, and more. It also provides Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology, definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, scientist biographies from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography and more.

To browse or search the medical subject areas available, click here.

AccessScience can be accessed via the link above or on the Library's Databases page.

Access to this resources was made possible by the School of Medicine Library's membership in The Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL).

PDA Resources Page Now Available

The Library's new PDA Resources page is divided into three categories: Licensed Applications, Free Applications, and Sources for PDA Applications.

The Licensed Applications area highlights School of Medicine Library resources that have PDA components. Within the Free Applications area you will find resources covering a wide range of topics, such as guidelines, preventive services, textbooks, and MEDLINE searching applications. Under Sources for PDA Applications, we include general resources to use to identify other PDA applications available for free or for purchase.

The PDA Resources page can be accessed via the Electronic Resources page.

Librarians Conduct Training Session at Free Medical Clinic

As a part of the outreach project Partnering to Improve Patient Education (PIPE), two School of Medicine Librarians conducted a training session on July 26 at Columbia's Free Medical Clinic. Allison LoCicero and Roz Anderson are working to improve the patient education program at the clinic. With money from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region, Allison and Roz were able to purchase a new computer, projector and screen for the clinic to use in their patient education classes. Roz conducted the training session on the use of MedlinePlus as a patient education tool. The hour-long session covered content from all of the major areas of MedlinePlus and highlighted the free interactive tutorials available for use by the clinic.

New Version of InfoRetriever Available for your PDA

The handheld version of InfoRetriever now offers an enhanced user interface. Clinicians using InfoRetriever on a handheld device will find the new and improved interface easier to use and more intuitive.

Some of the enhancements include:

  • Updated navigation to help you move around the product with ease
  • Increase or decrease the font display based on your personal preference with the click of a button
  • Less scrolling makes it easier to navigate InfoRetriever on your handheld device
  • Refine your search results to pinpoint information even further

Your current installation of InfoRetriever Updater will continue to keep InfoRetriever's content up to date, but to receive the latest program enhancements, you'll need to download the latest version. You can download the latest version via the Library's InfoRetriever page.

Library Faculty Win Research Award

Each year, the Medical Library Association Research Section presents awards to recognize quality research-oriented contributed papers and posters presented at the annual meeting. A $100 cash award is presented for 1st Place for both papers and posters, and a $50 cash award is presented for 2nd Place and Honorable Mention.

Roz Anderson, Assistant Director for Education & Outreach, Allison LoCicero, Web Services Librarian, Briget Livingston, Head of Access Services, and Steven Wilson, Coordinator, Center for Disability Resources Library, won Honorable Mention for their poster "Looking Around to Look Ahead: A Review of Medical Library Online Tutorials" (.ppt) presented at the MLA 2007 meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations!

Journal Citation Reports 2006 Data Available

2006 data is now available for Journal Citation Reports on the Web. Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from scholarly and technical journals. It is the only source of citation data on journals. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Journal Citation Reports is available via the Library's Databases page.

Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) Database Now Available

Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) contains reports covering health care information technology (IT) including health care IT administration, standards and compliance, healthcare applications systems, RFID, handheld devices, IT security, and company profiles. FAITS also links to technology and business news resources such as Nando Net, The New York Times, Financial Times, NewsBytes, and the BBC. You can access the FAITS Database via the link above or through the Library's Databases page.

Library Spring Service Project

This spring the School of Medicine Library participated in a new service project – The Toy Box. The Toy Box is a popular program at The Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Children receive coupons for each procedure they go through and they trade those coupons in for prizes from the Toy Box. The library staff donated two large boxes full of items for these kids.

The project was coordinated by Laura Howell, Acquisitions/Cataloging Specialist.

MD Consult Interface Redesigned

MD Consult has redesigned its interface. You will notice the following changes the next time you log on.

  • Smarter search that understands what you’re looking for, provides content and recommendations to refine your search, and brings back better, more relevant results
  • Easier to use, with a redesigned interface that reduces clutter and makes it easier to find and read the information you need
  • Better access to the best clinical medical reference information available

PILOTS database now available

The University Libraries recently announced the availability of PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) database via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. The PILOTS bibliographic database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.

You can access the PILOTS database through the above link or through the Library's Databases page.

ScienceDirect Freedom Collection Now Available

University Libraries recently negotiated the purchase of Elsevier Publishing’s ScienceDirect Freedom Collection in a consortial deal with eight other universities and colleges in South Carolina. This purchase expands USC's present ScienceDirect subscription to include all 1,547 Elsevier journals rather than the existing 1,281 titles we had access to prior to the purchase. ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world's science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. ScienceDirect e-journals are available via TDNet, the Library's e-journal system. Links to individual articles in ScienceDirect e-journals are also available in PubMed, Ovid, and other databases. For a full listing of ScienceDirect e-journals, visit this link.

Access to Wiley InterScience Neuroscience Backfile Collection Now Available

The Wiley InterScience Neuroscience Backfile Collection contains more than 100 years of digitized back-issue content across fourteen leading journal titles. The collection provides a backfile resource for core research across the sub-disciplines of neuroscience, and includes full coverage, back to inaugural issues, of seminal titles, including Journal of Comparative Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience Research, and GLIA. From a historical perspective, this collection includes the oldest journal in the field of neuroscience (Journal of Comparative Neurology), and another journal, GLIA, that launched the field of glial research, which is now a mainstream area in neuroscience.

The titles and coverage are as follows:

Annals of Neurology 1977-1998
Developmental Psychobiology 1968-1995
Drug Development Research 1981-1995
Glia 1988-1995
Hippocampus 1991-1995
Human Brain Mapping 1993-1995
Human Psychopharmacology 1986-1995
Internt'l Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 1986-1995
The Journal of Comparative Neurology 1891-1995
Journal of Neurobiology 1969-1995
Journal of Neuroscience Research 1975-1996
Movement Disorders 1986-1998
Muscle and Nerve 1978-1995
Synapse 1987-1995

These titles are now available via TDNet, the Library's e-journal management system.

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New Book List

One of the enhancements of our new online system, SCarlit, is a constantly-updated list of books added to the Library's collection. To access this list, go to the SCarlit main page, and click on the "New Books" link.