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MedlinePlus Mobile – new version has full content access

The MedlinePlus Mobile sites have been revised and released in English and Spanish.

While the redesigned sites are still optimized for mobile phones and tablets, the new sites now have all of the content found on the regular web pages.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

• Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español

• Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites

• Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages

• Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step toward offering responsively designed Web sites that automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus ( when using any device.

Ebola from Reliable Sources


Authoritative Ebola Information

Media outlet reports on the Ebola crisis vary widely, and often include conflicting details as the situation evolves.  Where can you go to get the latest authoritative information?

NEW:  from the CDC:  Questions and Answers About Ebola and Pets

Leaning from Disaster: Exploring the Ebola Epidemic - from the New York Times Learning Network, quick ideas for teaching about the Ebola outbreak, and ideas for going further by writing point-of-view pieces and by undertaking additional research.

Ebola Resource Guide

Comprehensive listing, part of the Tropical Medicine and Parasitology subject guide pages from the Matas Health Sciences Library at Tulane University.  Links to  CDC, WHO and NLM RSS feeds (see below as well), plus connects to blogs, listservs, literature queries and reviews, travelers’ health information, and suggested books on the topic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

U.S. Joint Commission

EndNote workshops filling up fast…

There are still open spots left in the Wednesday, November 12th class, “No Experience EndNote for Health Sciences”, 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus).    If you need help figuring out how to make your life easier by organizing all your references and seamlessly creating bibliographies in Word, don’t wait – register!

Be sure to check all of our HSL Workshops each semester.

BioMed Central now available

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The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that we are providing a BioMed Central membership for the university.  You can now reap all the benefits of publishing your research article in an open access journal and receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. This is true regardless of the number of papers you publish. BioMed Central publishes over 100 online journals, across the whole spectrum of biology and medicine.

For more details, see the entry on our Medicine blog.

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Multimedia Creation Lab for Students!

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Students!    This project is for you!

The UB Libraries is running a pilot project called the Multimedia Creation Lab.  The main audiences are UB students because there is no other on campus media lab available.  (UB faculty and staff can also use the service, but students have first priority for equipment loans and lab use.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the Office of Educational Innovation & Assessment (ubtlc)).

The Multimedia Creation Lab is composed of two parts:  First, we will loan out cameras, voice recorders, and other equipment to students for creating the media for their projects.  Second, once they have their video or audio files, they can use the computers in our lab to put their project together.

The Multimedia Creation Lab is located in the Health Sciences Library, room 105 Abbott Hall, South Campus.

Visit us at

(From the Main Library page top menu > Libraries & Collections > Multimedia Collections > Find & Borrow > Multimedia Creation Lab)

If you have any questions, contact Chris Cheung  or call 829-5745.

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The New ClinicalKey Experience is Live!

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clinicalkeylogoClinicalKey now makes it easier than ever for staff to find fast, concise answers, and deep access to evidence whenever, wherever they need it.  Visit our new Customer Resource Center.  We’ve added new videos and updated our materials to include information on the new enhancements.


  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse page with a searchable, filterable list of sources
  • new search history feature enabling you to view and retry recent queries

And much more.

To access all of these tools, visit and click on the Resource Center link.

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Got the LWW app? Wait to install iOS8!

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Anyone using the app on their iPad for accessing Journals@Ovid Full Text, read the alert from LWW:

“We have just been notified of a critical issue that has been detected within the upcoming release of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.  Any users updating to iOS 8 will be unable to view existing downloaded journal content or download new journal content within the app.

To ensure we provide you with the best experience, we ask that ALL USERS REFRAIN FROM UPDATING TO IOS 8 until we publish an update.  

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please rest assured knowing that we are working diligently to ensure that all of our iPad apps are back to normal as soon as possible. We’ll provide you with an update once available.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email or call us at (800) 638–3030, outside US call 1(301) 223-2300.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, P.O. Box 1620, Hagerstown, MD 21740.”

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Kanopy Streaming Video

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kanopyThe University Libraries are providing even more access to streaming videos to support classroom instruction. Kanopy Streaming Video is now available through a joint pilot project with other regional colleges.

Kanopy offers more than 6,500 films in a wide variety of subject areas and from several educational film distributors including these popular collections: Criterion Collection, Symptom Media, PBS, Green Planet Films, First Run Features, California Newsreel, BBCActive, NEVCO and German Film.

Create clips/playlists and embed any video or clip in UBlearns.

Questions? Please contact Multimedia Collections and Services at

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New workshops: iPad Productivity, PubMed/MyNCBI, and Predatory Publishers…

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Our Fall 2014 workshops are now available for registration.  Don’t miss our three new classes described below.  Also check out the many No Experience Endnote, Advanced EndNote, and Prezi offerings at the link above.

Health Sciences Researchers Beware: Predatory Journals & Publishers 

Learn about questionable, scholarly open-access journals and publishers and their predatory solicitation practices.  We’ll look at resources that help identify questionable titles, review criteria to assist in evaluating publishers, and use real life examples from the Health Sciences of spamming and suspect invitations.

Friday, November 21 • 10:00 am-11:15 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

PubMed and My NCBI

Want to personalize and maximize your searches in PubMed?  Join the Health Sciences Library for a 1-hour library workshop and learn how to search, streamline and customize your experience in PubMed using My NCBI.  Some familiarity with PubMed is recommended in order to get the most out of this class.

Wednesday, November 26 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

iPad Productivity

In this one-hour class at the Health Sciences Library, we will explore a variety of medical apps as well as a selection of apps for productivity. Bring your iPad or simply follow along as we investigate useful tools for health care, organization and efficiency.

Tuesday, October 28 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

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Welcome – check out our giveaways and prizes!

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WelcomeTable2014FallWelcome to a new semester!   Be sure to stop by our “welcome” table in the front lobby.    Grab some free swag.   Pick a question from the jar to win a prize – we have luggage tags, notebooks, reusable bags and car chargers.

For those who were gone all summer, you’ll notice some changes.  First, we now have just one “Information Services” desk at which to begin if you have a question or need help.  Reference services are still here, with librarians standing ready to help on demand, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Second, we now have self checkout for books and a scanner for all your copying needs located near the Information Services desk.

We all look forward to helping you do your research, finish your papers, and get that degree!  Don’t forget to check out our workshops too!

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