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  • In Ancient Times: Surgical Instruments & Glass Vessels


    A new exhibit presents a selection of surgical instruments and glass objects used in everyday life during the Roman Period from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD.

    While medicine in classical antiquity relied mainly on incantations, the gods, and use of magical herbs, the surgical instruments found in various archeological sites are strikingly similar to those used by surgeons in Western Europe and America well into the 20th century.

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  • PubGet: From PubMed to PDF in One Click


    When you're searching PubMed@UCSF, sometimes it takes several clicks to get from a citation to the article you want. Wouldn't it be great to get to the full text immediately?

    PubGet is a new tool that streamlines access to the PDF article. Please try it out and tell us what you think.

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  • Springer Ebooks Now Available


    The UCSF Library is pleased to introduce the Springer ebooks database, a collection of Springer electronic books, including Landolt-Bornstein.

    This comprehensive collection covers a wide range of subjects, including medicine, biomedical and life sciences, behavioral science, business and economics, chemistry, physics, and many more.

    Search the entire collection or individual books.

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  • 24/7 Reference Assistance: Ask A Librarian


    Have you ever needed to look something up at 2 am and discovered that Google alone just wouldn't cut it? Ever wonder if you're getting all the articles you need -- or the best articles -- on a given topic?

    The University of California Libraries now offer 24-hour chat reference assistance. Library staff from throughout the UC system, or around the world depending on the time of day, are ready to assist you.

    At this time UCSF librarians do not staff this service, but we'll be alerted whenever a question from a UCSF patron requires further assistance. We hope this is an effective new tool to help with your research needs, in addition to the many other ways we can help. If you try out Ask a Librarian, please let us know what you think.

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  • LGBT Life: Available from the UCSF Library


    Updated weekly, the LGBT Life database is a premier gateway to the world's literature on issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. Details are available about every article ever published in historical publications such as Christopher Street and ONE. There is also coverage of book chapters, speeches, and dissertations, making LGBT Life a significant research resource.

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  • My ILL Requests: Track Your Interlibrary Requests Online


    UCSF students and personnel can now track their active Interlibrary Requests online using My ILL Requests. Find out if your request has been received or is in process by the lending library.

    In addition to viewing open requests, use My ILL Requests to initiate new requests from Melvyl or Citation Linker, request renewals, and cancel requests online.

    For more information about this service, view our My ILL Requests QuickGuide.

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  • New Ebooks Available Through December: Your Input Needed


    The Library has trial access to the Thieme Electronic Library. This collection of 43 online textbooks includes the Flexibook Atlases and Textbook series, covering numerous specialties such as biochemistry, pharmacology, and radiology.

    You can search the entire collection or in individual books. The Advanced Search link below the main search box offers additional search options.

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  • Announcing Cross-Database Search


    The Library is pleased to introduce a one-stop search engine designed to access information from several credible resources at once. Employing a familiar, intuitive search interface, UCSF Cross-Database Search [link removed] quickly retrieves high-value results from journals and databases subscribed to by UCSF.

    To offer a search tool tailored to the UCSF community, the Library partnered with Deep Web Technologies and handpicked resources in Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Drug Information, Basic Sciences, and Dentistry. Users have the option to search all, some, or one of these subject areas at a time, and the search interface makes it easy to refine lengthy results.

    Try UCSF Cross-Database Search and let us know what you think.

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  • Test Drive Our New Resources


    We need your input! Our new Under Consideration page gathers all the new products that the Library is testing in order to improve your access to quality health sciences information. Currently we have two product trials that will end June 30 -- Ingenuity Pathways Analysis and Faculty of 1000 Medicine.

    Please take some time to explore each tool and then complete our very short survey to give us your feedback about the products under consideration.

    Also, take a few moments to check out our featured resources gathered on the same page. These are hidden gems that everyone at UCSF can access already, such as a very extensive collection of electronic books. We're always glad to get feedback from you about these and other resources.

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  • Register to Vote: Deadline is May 4


    Are you registered to vote? This Monday, May 4, is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming special election on May 19.

    You can begin the registration process online on the California Secretary of State's website. Your registration form must be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office by May 4. The address will be pre-printed for you on the form.

    The Library's Voting Information page provides links that allow you to get official voter information and look up your polling place.

    Make sure you are registered, familiarize yourself with the issues, and remember to vote on May 19!


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