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Zika Virus and other public health issues – latest reliable information at CDC and NLM

aedes-mosquitoHealth professionals are learning more every day about the Zika virus.  The Centers for Disease Control maintains a Global Health page, where users can get the latest and most reliable information about outbreaks, diseases & conditions, travel and programs.

The Zika Virus page has the latest data on spread, prevention, transmission, symptoms, fact sheets, Q&A, information especially for pregnant women, and resources.  If you need to inform your patients or educate your classes, CDC also offers free Infographics for Zika and other global threats.

The National Library of Medicine also just published Resource Guides for  Zika Virus, California Gas Leak, and Flint, Michigan Water System, and have added Zika Virus and Zika Virus Infection as new subject headings, so they are now searchable in Medline and PubMed for citations indexed after 1/28/16.  The page includes tips for effective PubMed searching for Zika.

New UBIT Help Center

UBITHelpCenterFaculty, staff and students now have convenient access to IT resources here on the South Campus.  The UBIT Help Center, similar to the Help Center in Lockwood, is open in our Abbott satellite location, just to the left of the new Whispers Cafe.   The Help Center, staffed from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, provides the South Campus with assistance with UBITNames, software, printing and other IT services.

Stop by and say hi, and grab a cup of Starbucks on the way!

Whispers Cafe, iPrint, and 3rd floor study

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Starbucks-in-progress-reducedGrab a cup of coffee or tea and a snack from – YES! – Whispers Cafe, with Starbucks products,  right here in HSL!  Whispers also stocks grab and go items for that quick lunch when you don’t have time to run over to Harriman or bring it from home.

Our iPrint pickup room is open again, in almost the same location, with an IT consultant available weekday afternoons until 5pm.  If you need IT help and a consultant is not on duty, don’t hesitate to call 645-2721.

Upstairs, our 3rd floor is slowly becoming a beautiful, comfortable space for studying, collaboration, and of course that important power nap.

Thanks for putting up with our growing pains!

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ClinicalKey content update for January 2016

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ClinicalKey Content Updates: January 11, 2016


Books Added – CK Global

Journals Added – CK Global

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From DNA to Beer: new exhibit

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DNAtoBeerPosterImageThe dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine is complex.  This new exhibit from the National Library of Medicine explores some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes.

From DNA to Beer:  Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, is on display in the lobby on the first floor.   These 6 panels highlight the techniques developed over the past two centuries by scientists, in partnership with industry, using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds, and bacteria, to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages.

Microbes have altered human history. These life forms can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines.

Stop by, and while you enjoy the exhibit, check the progress of the construction for our new cafe!    The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, January 28.

Also visit the virtual pages at the National Library of Medicine’s From DNA to Beer exhibition online.

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  For more information, contact Pamela Rose.

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HSL/APL Hours Jan. 4-24

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HSL and APL hours from Monday January 4 through Sunday January 24. 

Mondays-Thursdays      8am-9 pm

(NOTE we are CLOSED Monday Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Day)

Fridays   8am-5pm

Saturdays  12 pm – 5 pm

Sundays  1 pm – 9 pm

We will resume our regular semester hours on Monday, January 25.  Hours are always available at the HSL website.     Or, visit the UB Libraries schedule of hours for all libraries on campus.

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Therapy Dogs downstairs on Monday and Tuesday

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poster-excerpt-dogs The UB Libraries Stress Relief Days are here for just two days – Monday, Dec. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 15, with therapy dogs, refreshments, and music.    Be sure to stop downstairs in HSL to room B15 where therapy dog teams will be waiting.

On North Campus, stop by the Lockwood Staff Lounge (look for signs directing you to the location).




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Database Tutorials – short videos to help you get what need FAST!

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databaseImprove your skills so you can quickly find information for your classes or when you work with patients!

The UB Libraries subscribe to many biomedical databases, each with their own unique search screen. Understanding how to navigate, learning more about the content, and figuring out how to run a search can be challenging when you are strapped for time. Watch these short videos for quick overviews that can help you get started:

AccessMedicine (4:51) – contains a comprehensive variety of materials including leading medical textbooks like Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, quick reference tools, drug information, multimedia, cases, self-assessment, and patient education materials.   Check out Diagnosaurus, a differential diagnosis tool.

ClinicalKey (4:22) – clinical and advanced basic science information that you can search and browse to locate content from books, journals, guidelines, multimedia, and much more covering 30 specialties. Includes point of care information. Look for First Consult content.

Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (3:24) – consists of seven different evidence based medicine databases, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

MEDLINE (5:23) – the U.S. National Library of Medicine premier bibliographic database that contains more than 22 million references to journal articles in the life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine and health.

PubMed (5:32) – a database of citations for biomedical literature that contains citations from MEDLINE, plus several million other citations.

UpToDate (3:11) – a clinical resource that combines broad coverage of adult primary care, subspecialty internal medicine, ob/gyn, general surgery, and pediatrics. UpToDate is a useful resource if you need quick answers. This resource is only available from computers located on campus or at select hospital locations.

Web of Science (4:28) – a multidisciplinary citation tracking database that can help you can trace an idea over time using citations and cited references. In addition, you can identify highly cited articles.

If you have any questions or suggestions for other videos, please feel free to contact Nell Aronoff , 716-829-5735.

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Reference whenever you need it!

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ask-a-reference-librarian-buttonLibrarians are On Call throughout the semester to help find that elusive article, teach the ins and outs of our Delivery+ service, solve that pesky EndNote problem, and help find that citation to finish your paper.

Many of you stopped by to say hello during the first week of classes, when librarians staffed our welcome desk.   We’re still here!  Just ask for us at the Information Services Desk.


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Journal Cancellations for 2016

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journalsBack in April, we asked for feedback on the proposed cuts that were precipitated by budget constraints. Titles on the list were included because of their high cost per use. After receiving input from faculty across the university, the UB University Libraries has announced the databases and journals which will be cancelled for 2016.  Please see the message from Vice Provost for University Libraries H. Austin Booth and the full list of cancellations.


The Health Sciences Library was able to retain the seven journals which received feedback from faculty requesting those subscriptions be maintained.

  • Diabetes (print copy)
  • Drugs and Aging
  • Experimental Brain Research
  • Hormone Research In Paediatrics
  • Journal of Nonparametric Statistics
  • Neonatology
  • Xenobiotica

We will be cancelling nine journals for 2016:

  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology
  • Critical Reviews In Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Current Eye Research
  • Diabetes Care (print copy)
  • Genome
  • Gerontology
  • Journal of Asthma
  • Journal of Membrane Biology
  • Technology and Disability
  • In addition to these journals, the BIOSIS database will also be cancelled.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vice Provost for University Libraries H. Austin Booth at

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