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UCSF Library News

  • Welcome! Library Launches New Website


    We listened to your comments and have completely redesigned the UCSF Library website to better meet your needs. In addition to the totally new look, the site gives you quick access to library resources:

    • Use QuickSearch, located at the top of every page, to simultaneously search across the website, our lists of databases and online journals, the Library Catalog, and PubMed@UCSF.
    • Access our Most Popular resources and Key Services with one click from the home page.
    • Check out the Learn and Of Note sections for info on upcoming classes and new initiatives.

    We've streamlined our pages and simplified the text to make them easier to use. As before, useful links to contact us and search PubMed@UCSF are located at the top of every page.

    Throughout the design process we interviewed staff, faculty, and students at multiple UCSF locations. Thank you for sharing your ideas and feedback with us. We hope you will find the new site inviting and easy to use. Let us know what you think.

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  • Three Resources to Support Black History Month


    In celebration of Black History Month, we highlight three UCSF Library resources illustrating the history of African Americans in health care and at UCSF.

    Full text articles from the Journal of the National Medical Association (JNMA) are available from the JNMA’s inception in 1909 through 2007. Current content from the journal is available to UCSF users only. The National Medical Association (NMA), established in 1895, is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and allied health professionals in the United States. JNMA provides historical insight into the social, medical, and public health issues that continue to be of particular concern to African American patients and physicians.

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  • Hearst Reading Room Offers Well-Lit Study Space


    Looking for a well-lit study table? Check out the newly configured Hearst Reading Room on the main floor of the Parnassus Library, located around the corner from the Circulation Desk.

    We recently replaced many of the carrels with large study tables to allow more natural light into the room. Like all library study spaces, the Hearst Reading Room is also equipped with wireless access and ample power outlets. We hope you'll find it a useful and comfortable study space.

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  • UC-Springer Agreement Provides Free Open Access


    As of 2009, papers by UCSF authors that appear in journals published by Springer will be fully open access. This means that the articles will be freely available online for other researchers to cite and utilize in their own research. These articles will also be deposited in the University of California's eScholarship repository.

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  • Class Schedule Available Through April


    The class schedule for January - April 2009 is currently available. The Library continues to offer basic and advanced training in PubMed@UCSF, EndNote, and RefWorks. Other hands-on classes include Google Search Tips & Tricks, Grants & Funding Sources, and Introduction to Podcasting. All of the classes are free.

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  • Ingenuity Pathways Analysis: Trial Through June


    Through June 2009 the Library is offering a trial of Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA), a software application that allows researchers to compare pathways for common or unique biological molecules and to identify potential biomarkers.

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  • Japanese Prints: Fighting Measles with Care and Prayer


    A new exhibit presents a selection of Japanese prints related to the cure and prevention of measles, and 2 hanging scrolls. Most of the prints in the exhibit were produced in response to a severe measles epidemic in Japan in 1862.

    Some of the prints were intended to be placed in doorways and used as charms against the disease; others present advice for preventing or curing measles.

    The prints illustrate a variety of folk cures, dietary advice, religious beliefs, and superstitions. Several of the prints stress the importance of diet in curing measles cases, as certain foods were believed to be good or bad for measles patients. Various talismanic objects were believed to have curative powers: wheat, the tarayo (Japanese holly) leaf, horses, certain toys, and Mt. Fuji. Shinto deities were called upon to fight measles, along with traditional heroes such as Shoki, the Demon Queller -- also featured in the two hanging scrolls on display.

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  • Book Delivery Service to Mission Bay and SFGH


    Request delivery of circulating materials owned by the UCSF Library between Parnassus, Mission Bay, and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Items located at Parnassus may be delivered to Mission Bay or SFGH, and vice versa. Learn more about book delivery.

    Users can also arrange for their Interlibrary Borrowing materials to be delivered to Mission Bay and SFGH. Simply email Circulation by noon (M-F) after receiving notification that your items have arrived at Parnassus from the lending institution.

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  • Books & Journals Being Relocated


    To prepare for construction of the new Teaching and Learning Center on the Parnassus Library's 2nd floor, we will move the journals on the 2nd floor to the 1st floor, as well as consolidate our book collections. The materials will be moved from October 6 to November 2, 2008.

    During the move, Library collections will be available via staff mediation. The stacks area will be off-limits to users to facilitate the move and keep users safe. If you need something from the stacks when you are in the building, ask for assistance at the Service Desk, or contact us to ask for help online. Some study space on the affected floors will also be unavailable at various times.

    Visit the TLC website to learn more and view alerts about the project's impact.

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