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UCSF Library News

  • Use RefWorks on Your Mobile Phone

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    RefWorks has announced the release of RefMobile, a new service that allows registered users to access their RefWorks accounts from a cell phone, smart phone, or PDA. All you need is a RefWorks account user name, password, and group code.

    The RefMobile interface gives users immediate access to the most commonly used RefWorks functions, including searching entire RefWorks databases, viewing references by folders, adding and removing references from folders, creating new folders, and adding comments to Notes fields. You can also efficiently import new references using the SmartAdd feature.

    For more information, see Working with RefMobile.

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  • STAT!Ref Multi-Search of Medical, Nursing, Dentistry Textbooks

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    STAT!Ref now allows you to search online textbooks across the fields of medicine, nursing, and dentistry. The easiest way to navigate your results is to:

    1. Select one of the results
    2. Select the “Results” tab on the upper left
    3. Select the “Titles by Discipline” option on the left to narrow the results list

    View this brief non-narrated tutorial to see how to narrow your results as described above.

    Search STAT!Ref now.

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  • Health Sciences Apps for Handhelds

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    Do you have a web-enabled mobile device? If so, there are loads of health sciences related applications to help with your work. Check out just a few of these handy tools:

    • Epocrates Rx - Free drug reference that works on many popular mobile devices.
    • QxMD Cardiology - Free calculator for iPhone or BlackBerry; designed for cardiologists, internists, ER physicians, primary care physicians, and trainees who see patients with cardiac disease.
    • PubMed for Handhelds - Search from any web-enabled device. However, you may not be able to get full text when not in the library. Currently the UCSF VPN client offers limited support for mobile devices.
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  • Print Journal Cancellations: Feedback Needed by September 8

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    Every fall, the UCSF Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the renewal process for the upcoming year. Due to the severe UC budget crisis, the rising cost of electronic journal and database subscriptions, and the demand for electronic access, we must identify savings through the reduction of print subscription costs.

    For 2010, we are nominating 123 print journals for cancellation. Only the print versions would be discontinued -- all would remain available online to the UCSF community.

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  • Hours Reduced Due to Budget Cutbacks

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    The UCSF Library is reducing its hours of operation effective September 7, 2009. This is the result of reduced staffing levels, one of several steps the Library is taking to achieve budget targets. The shorter hours of operation affect both the Parnassus Campus library and Mission Bay.

    The reduced hours were determined by reviewing available usage data and eliminating hours when UCSF use is the lowest. For hours the Library is not open, secure classrooms at both Parnassus and Mission Bay will be available to students. See details on these and other alternative study spaces.

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  • In Ancient Times: Surgical Instruments & Glass Vessels

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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