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Library News - 2008

Library Holiday Service Project

Again this year the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers were chosen for the School of Medicine Library’s holiday donation project. The library faculty and staff donated and wrapped over 100 items to be given to inpatients at their Christmas Party.


Ovid EBM Reviews package has been cancelled

The Library has cancelled our subscription to the Ovid-based EBM Reviews package. Evidence Based Medicine literature is now available through the Cochrane Library database, which is described as our current Featured Resource. This change eliminates duplication of content and is one of the on-going efforts we are making to reduce costs and meet the current budget challenges.

DXplain updated

A new version of the DXplain clinical diagnostic decision-support system is now available.

The first thing you will notice is that the pages have been re-designed for a cleaner look. Function boxes have been retained where possible in the same page location as the old version.

The functionality of the database is similar. The main change is in navigation through the case analysis process. Users now choose symptoms from drop down menus rather than entering terms separated by commas in a text box.

A useful new feature is the ability to conduct a runtime search of PubMed for the most recent abstracts on a disease as well as a Google Search link that allows the users to see content from a special selection of authoritative medical websites.

If you have bookmarked this database, please be sure to change it to the new URL. Access this database through the SOM Library Databases page or go directly to

Dig Deep Challenge Winners Announced

Thanks to all that participated in National Medical Librarians Month Dig Deep Challenge! Overall, we had a great turnout for our National Medical Librarians Month event on October 16th. Many students and even SOM faculty and staff completed the Dig Deep Challenge. A random drawing was help on October 31st, 2008. The following people were awarded the following prizes:

  • Donna Ray--Flash Drive
  • Larry Knott--Flash Drive
  • Trevor Hray--Flash Drive
  • Janet Fisher--Flash Drive
  • Karina Horton--Flash Drive
  • Joshua Thornhill--5$ Starbuck's Card
  • Cory Janney--5$ Starbuck's Card
  • Ravin WInfrey--5$ Starbuck's Card
  • Kristina Etson--5$ Starbuck's Card
  • John Steedman--5$ Starbuck's Card
  • Donna Weaver--$10 Print Card
  • Leigh Davidson--$10 Print Card
  • Damon Kolok--$10 Print Card
  • Joseph Russell--$10 Print Card
  • Angelica Naso--$10 Print Card
  • Rehan Khan--Reversible Laptop Sleeve
  • Kevin Wellbaum--NLM Umbrella
  • Melanie Clemenz--NLM Umbrella
  • Shelley Coburn--NLM Travel Mug
  • Shalmali Bivalkar--NLM Travel Mug
  • Kathryn Summey--NLM Travel Mug
  • Britton Crigler--NLM Travel Mug
Stop by the front desk to receive your prize if you haven't already. And thanks to all of our wonderful students, staff, and faculty for making this National Medical Librarians Month celebration one of the best ever!

Library Faculty Awarded Grant for Linking SC Free Clinics to Quality Health Information Project

Congratulations to School of Medicine Library faculty, Roz Anderson, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, and Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, for a $39,974 outreach grant award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region for their "Linking SC Free Clinics to Quality Health Information" project. During this project, the library will be partnering with the Good Samaritan Clinic in Columbia, Mercy Medical Clinic in Florence, Greenville Free Clinic, and St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg. The grant will enhance the patient education efforts at four free clinics in South Carolina by purchasing and installing a computer, screen, and projector in each clinic and increase awareness and use of MedlinePlus by conducting training sessions at each clinic and linking to MedlinePlus content on patient area of the clinic's web sites.

Possible Issue with TDNet Upgrade

Older versions of the Google Toolbar could be incompatible with the new version of the Library's e-journal system, TDNet, in Internet Explorer. When clicking on a Journal Title link in TDNet, a separate window should open. This does not happen because the Google Toolbar blocks the popup window. This can be bypassed by choosing to accept all pop-ups on the Google Toolbar or by choosing to always allow pop-ups from TDNet by clicking on the pop-up blocker button. This is only an issue for versions of the Google Toolbar before the current version 5.0. TDNet was notified and is working on the issue. If you need any assistance, contact Briget Livingston at or 733-3351.

Rapid Book Delivery Service Now Available

PASCAL Delivers, a statewide book delivery service, is now available for all School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff. The system allows users to borrow books, free-of-charge, from other academic libraries across the state for a 6-week loan period. For more information, see the PASCAL Delivers FAQs or contact Laura Kane at

SOM Library Now Offers Online Access to Red Book

Continuing a 68-year tradition of excellence, the Red Book provides today's most reliable and clinically useful information on the manifestations, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of some 200 childhood infectious diseases. It has a wealth of must-know new clinical content in key areas like active and passive immunization, care of children in special circumstances, and management of specific conditions such as anthrax, smallpox, influenza, and pneumococcal infections, and much more.

Red Book Online is the online home of the report of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. Offering instant Web-based access, you will find the complete text of the Red Book, the complete visual library of over 2,000 images, vaccine status information, infectious disease news, and much more.

There is a quick search on the front pages, plus an advanced search option. Images are accessible through keyword search of captions in advanced search mode. You can also choose to search other AAP journals from the advanced search page.

Current content is equivalent to the 2006 print edition, plus updates. A new edition will be available in 2009. Access for Columbia Campus is via the E-textbooks page.

Investigator Toolbox Added to Library Website

The USC Office of Research and Economic Development has developed a new website to provide USC faculty with a “one stop shop” overview of writing quality proposals, effectively managing the fiscal and technical aspects of awards and maintaining the highest integrity in science. The Investigator Toolbox is now available in the Databases area of the Library website. You may either choose it from the pull down menu or find it in the Medicine area of the Databases page.

New Option for Reporting Access Problems

Have you ever had a problem accessing one of the Library's electronic resources? If so, there is a new link on the Library's web site to report it. On the left navigation bar, you will now find a link ACCESS PROBLEMS that you may use to report any problem with accessing a particular e-journal, database, or e-book. By reporting your problem via this link, it will help us resolve it as quickly as possible for you and other library users.

Library Faculty Awarded Grant for InfoAble Portal Project

Congratulations to School of Medicine Library faculty, Roz Anderson, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, and Steve Wilson, Coordinator, Center for Disability Resources Library, for a $5,959 grant award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region for their "Creating the InfoAble Portal" project with the Columbia office of Family Connection, a support network for families who have children with special needs. The grant will improve access to information technology and library and information services by purchasing and installing a computer, printer, and projector in the Columbia Family Connection’s new Family Wing and improve access to disability and health information by creating the InfoAble Portal, which will become the default homepage for the new multimedia computer system and a new product feature on the Center for Disability Resources Library web site.

All Blackwell Synergy Journals are now available via Wiley InterScience

As of Monday, June 30th 2008, all Blackwell Synergy journal content will be incorporated into Wiley InterScience.  Links to journals on Blackwell Synergy will automatically redirect to Wiley InterScience.  The transition will take place from June 27 to June 29. 

The scheduled downtime is as follows:

Blackwell-Wiley downtime schedule

For more information, click here.

Journal Citation Reports 2007 Data Available

2007 data is now available for Journal Citation Reports on the Web. Journal Citation Reports is a unique Web-based research tool that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. Journal Citation Reports is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all specialties in the areas of science, technology, and social sciences.

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

Consumer Health Information in Multiple Languages

Check out the new collection of consumer health information in multiple languages on MedlinePlus. The new collection complements the English and Spanish content on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español with links to health information in over 40 languages covering nearly 250 topics.

Library Staff Participate in Disaster Recovery Training

All SOM Library staff participated in hands-on disaster recovery training recently as part of the disaster planning process.  Under the direction of two professional disaster preparedness consultants from Charleston, staff learned how to organize a recovery operation effectively, how to handle the situation with the proper recovery procedures, and how to salvage library materials with proper techniques.  Click below for photos of Library staff hard at work. Click on an image to view it larger.

Photos from Disaster Recovery Training



Book Signing in Library for Dr. Charles S. Bryan on April 17

Cover Image of "A Hound Dog in Anderson"

The School of Medicine invites you to attend a book signing reception on Thursday, April 17, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the School of Medicine Library to celebrate the publication of Dr. Charles S. Bryan's new books. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship. Please click here (PDF) for additional information about the books.

New NIH Public Access Policy Requirements

New legislation requires that peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008 and arising from NIH funding must be deposited to PubMed Central. Full text of all articles will be made freely available to the public.

Beginning May 25th, 2008 anyone submitting an application, proposal or progress report to the NIH must include the PubMed Central or NIH Manuscript submission reference number when citing applicable articles. NIH has published instructions on how to comply with the new requirements. For information on copyright see the SPARC Author Rights Initiative.

The School of Medicine Library will help authors meet these requirements by sharing updated information, identifying publisher policies, and meeting with authors as requested. For more information contact Christine Whitaker, Collection Development Librarian, at 733-3346 or

Nursing Resources Now Available

Three new resources for nursing and allied health have been made available by Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries (PASCAL).

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 620 journals some dating back to 1937.  The database also provides full text for 218 books/monographs. This resource can be accessed via the Library's Databases page.

Ovid's Nursing Collection II: Lippincott Premier Nursing Journals – 14 nursing titles have been added to Journals @Ovid. They include:

AACN Advanced Critical Care
AJN: American Journal of Nursing
Cancer Nursing
CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Gastroenterology Nursing
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration
Journal for Nurses in Staff Development(JNSD)
Journal of Infusion Nursing
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Nurse Educator
Nursing Research
Professional Case Management
Quality Management in Health Care

These are the most up-to-date, respected nursing titles, and have 100% searchable full text with unlimited access to all tables of contents and bibliographic citations for every journal, plus free tables of contents for more than 1000 biomedical e-journals. This resource can be accessed via Ovid.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. This versatile database is designed to meet the needs of researchers at healthcare facilities as well as nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions. This resource can be accessed via the Library's Databases page.

New Ovid Interface Launched

The new Ovid interface, OvidSP, has been released.  For School of Medicine Ovid users, the interface looks very similar to the “old” interface, but offers the option of using a natural language search mode via the Basic Search tab.  The Basic Search allows you to 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.  There are also enhanced table of contents alerting functions, including RSS.

You can view a 4-minute overview of OvidSP here (requires Flash).

A short tutorial from the Medical College of Wisconsin Library is available here (requires Flash).

In addition, the OvidSP Quick Reference Card (PDF) offers an overview of options.

To learn more about OvidSP, sign up for the Library’s OVID Medline class offered monthly.

InfoPOEMs is now Essential Evidence Plus

Wiley-Blackwell has relaunched an enhanced version of its evidence-based medicine (EBM) content resource InfoPOEMs with InfoRetriever under the new name Essential Evidence Plus.

Essential Evidence Plus will continue to feature InfoPOEMs (now called Daily POEMs), the daily EBM content alerting service, and the EBM search application formerly known as InfoRetriever. The incorporation of two new content resources - EBM Guidelines and e-Essential Evidence - augments the existing product features and content.

EBM Guidelines is produced by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and includes a concise, easy-to-use collection of more than 950 Practice Guidelines, more than 3,000 Evidence Summaries, and more than 1,000 images.

e-Essential Evidence will be added to the Essential Evidence Plus suite during the first quarter of 2008. This resource is a general medical reference providing relevant medical content in a structured, evidence-based format for general practitioners, nurses and physician assistants providing first contact care.

You can continue to access this resource via the Library's Databases page. If you have any questions about the changes to this resources, please contact Allison LoCicero, Web Services Librarian, at 733-3360 or

Winners of iPod Shuffles Announced

The library conducted a study to determine whether the design of online tutorials improves understanding of key concepts. All M-I students were eligible to participate in the study. Those who chose to participate were entered into a drawing for two iPod Shuffles. The drawing took place at noon on January 24th and the winners of the Shuffles were Jill Maxwell and Rose Coady. Congratulations Jill and Rose! And thank you to all of the students who participated in the study!


Access to Cell Press E-Journals Backfile Now Available

The Cell Press Backfile comprises:

• Over 12,000 articles containing ground breaking research from 6 journals
• Nobel-Prize winning articles
• Going back to Volume 1, issue 1
• Dating back to 1974

The titles and coverage are as follows:

Cell 1974-1994
Neuron 1988-1994
Current Biology 1991-1994
Structure 1993-1994
Chemistry and Biology 1994
Immunity 1994

Access to the backfile is now available via TDNet, the Library's e-journal management system. Links to individual articles are also available in PubMed and Ovid.

Funded by the School of Medicine Library Endowment and the USC University Libraries and South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

Library Hosts Meeting of Medical Librarians

The Library hosted a meeting of the Columbia Area Medical Librarians Association on January 11. Guest speaker, Ms. Jane Bridges, Mercer University Clinical Campus Librarian, Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia, reported on her experience of organizing a hospital library collection in a mission hospital in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Carcinogenic Potency Database Now Accessible via TOXNET

The Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB) was developed by the Carcinogenic Potency Project at the University of California, Berkeley, and by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It reports analyses of animal cancer tests on 1547 chemicals. Results for each chemical are now searchable via the National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET), under the Additional Resource header.

CPDB includes 6540 chronic, long-term animal cancer tests (both positive and negative for carcinogenicity) from the general published literature as well as from the National Cancer Institute and the National Toxicology Program. Such tests are used in support of cancer risk assessments for humans. Information that is important in the interpretation of bioassays is reported in CPDB for each experiment.

You can access this resource via the link above or via TOXNET found on the Library's Databases page.

Access change for New England Journal of Medicine

The School of Medicine Library is pleased to announce that access to New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is now site licensed. This means that a username and password are no longer required to access this e-journal and there are no restrictions on the number of concurrent users.

You can access NEJM via the link above or through TDNet.

The training schedule of the School of Medicine Library

Communications, the newsletter of the Library.

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.