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Check out our new On Call Services!


Do you need help with a literature search?  Or need to figure out how to download citations, find books, or need assistance with Delivery +?

If you need a librarian, we are On Call and ready to help at a moment’s notice!

Now that we have just one service desk to answer all your information needs, don’t hesitate to ask for the special expertise that our librarians can offer.

Students and Faculty in the health sciences schools can also directly contact their subject librarian liaisons via the links from the main HSL page.

As you use our new services, let us know how you like the new model – just go to, or chat with one of our capable staff.

Enjoy the summer too!

ClinicalKey Updates due in Late Summer

ClinicalKey is getting a makeover, with enhancements due to be released later this summer. clinicalkeylogoHere are some of the main changes to keep an eye out for:

  • New topic page summaries – more than 1,400 high level disease condition overviews. Content is pulled from frequently updated textbooks. Updates will occur any time there’s a new edition or chapter. Related content is hyperlinked.
  • The ability to search and browse by content type, including First Consult.
  • Mobile optimization.
  • Greater customization of patient education materials. Select a language, change the font size, and add your own notes.
  • An expanded “Presentation Maker” enables ClinicalKey account holders to create and manage multiple presentations.

Check with our Medical School liaison librarian for more information!

ClinicalKey Content Update

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Book and Journal additions to ClinicalKey through July 9.  Checkout the full update.

Books Added

Journals Added

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HS Biomedical & Life Sciences talks trial extended to the end of June!

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Trial access to the Henry Stewart Talks: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection has been extended to the end of June.    Recent updates are below.

If you would like to be kept updated as new talks and series are added to the collection, please register here:

Reminder:  the UB Libraries need to know if you find this collection useful in order to consider purchase.  Please provide feedback by filling out the “Recommend to Librarian” form at   For additional information contact Amanda Start at HSL (, 716-829-5736).

New Series:  Parkinson’s Disease

Deep brain stimulation: a mysterious success or a clue to help localize the causes of Parkinsonism? Prof. Gordon Arbuthnott, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan

Anatomical organization of the basal ganglia  Prof. Andre Parent, Université Laval Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Synaptic plasticity in striatal function   Prof. Paolo Calabresi, University of Perugia, Italy

Promising medical therapies for Parkinson’s disease  Prof. Robert A. Hauser, University of South Florida, USA

Prion-like propagation of Parkinson’s disease   Prof. Patrik Brundin, Van Andel Research Institute, USA and Lund University, Sweden

Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease  Prof. Michael S. Okun, University of Florida, USA

Oscillatory neuronal activity patterns in Parkinson’s disease  Prof. Thomas Wichmann, Emory University, USA

The thalamic regulation of striatal function in normal and Parkinsonian states  Prof. Yoland Smith, Emory University, USA

Purines in Parkinson’s: from epidemiology of caffeine and urate to therapeutics   Dr. Michael Schwarzschild, Harvard University, USA

Mechanisms of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease   Prof. Angela Cenci, University of Lund, Sweden

Updated Series:  Stem Cells

Stem cells from the early embryo   Prof. Janet Rossant, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Updated Series:  Agricultural Genetics

Animal behavioural genetics  Prof. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, USA

Updated Series:  Synapses, Neurotransmitters and Receptor Channels

Localisation of ionotropic glutamate receptors in the central nervous system   Prof. Elek Molnár, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Updated Series:  Skin Biology

The epidermis and its barrier(s)   Dr. Gopinathan Menon, California Academy of Sciences, California, USA

Updated Series:  Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Different kinds of minds contribute to society   Prof. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, USA

Newly Accredited CME Talks

The epidermis and blistering disorders: pemphigus   Prof. Sergei A. Grando, University of California-Irvine, USA

Cutaneous extracellular matrix   Dr. Hironobu Fujiwara,   RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) Kobe, Japan


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ClinicalKey Content Update

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As of May 12,  thirteen books have been added to ClinicalKey: 7 new editions and 6 new titles.  Access ClinicalKey from HSL’s home page by choosing it from the Databases drop down list, or via HUBNET.

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A Game of Medicine Exhibit

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Are you a fan of Game of Thrones?  Then this is one exhibit you won’t want to miss!

On display in the HSL Reference area on the first floor, the exhibit revolves around the theme of historical medical practices within George RR Martin and HBO’s Game of Thrones world.  The four panels on Maesters, Diseases, Medicines, and Poisons bridge the gap between how medical personnel and medicines are used in this fictional world versus their actual use in history.

Are any of the medicines and poisons based on real plants and herbs?
Is there any truth in the presented diseases and illnesses?
How do maesters compare to doctors and healers in medical history?

Find out all this and more!

GameOfMedicine-poisons-smallFor those of you that are concerned about spoilers, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the exhibit too! The subject matter that is covered does not go beyond Season 3 of the television series, so consider it spoiler-free.

So stop by HSL and chat with all of our Game of Thrones fans!



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Woof! Are you coming to see us?

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You’ve waited all semester, and now they are coming back!  Therapy dogs will once again be in the Libraries to help you get through exams.

Stress Relief Week starts on Monday May 12th at Lockwood, and on Tuesday May 13th at HSL.      The complete schedule is below.

Lockwood Library:   May 12, 13 and 14  from 11am-3pm in the staff lounge in the basement

Health Sciences Library:  May 13, 14 and 15 from 11am-3pm in room B15 on the lower level.

Therapy dogs, massage, music, snacks, and other goodies await.

Don’t miss Murphy, the 200 lb. Great Dane, who will be at HSL on Tuesday, May 13th from 11am-3pm!

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History of Medicine and Explore Buffalo!

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Tour participants learn more about the contents of the Edgar McGuire Historical Instrument Collection on display in the Library's lobby.

On Thursday, March 20th at 7:00pm, we were thrilled to welcome a local tour group from Explore Buffalo to provide a behind-the-scenes tour of Abbott Hall and the R.L. Brown History of Medicine Collection.

First, tour participants learned more about the contents of the Edgar McGuire Historical Instrument Collection on display in the Library’s lobby.    Next, they were treated to a rare glimpse of the James Platt White Room – the original rare book room of Lockwood Library – as well as a detailed history of the buildings architectural history, pointing out the Kittinger Company fireplace and the chandeliers which originally hung within the now-demolished Albright Mansion.


Notice the fine detail of the fireplace in the Library’s Main Reading Room

Read more about the event on the History of Medicine news page, and make time to visit HSL’s History of Medicine collection in Abbott Hall on the South Campus – there are many more wonderful treasures to discover!

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New EndNote Video Tutorials

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Download references from Google Scholar and PubMed into your EndNote library – yes!    Have you configured your Google Scholar settings to work with EndNote?   Yep, it’s true, you can also download references from Google Scholar as well as PubMed.

That means that citation information from both will automatically be added to your library! This typically includes the abstract, too, if it is available. Think of all the time you’ll save.

If you want to learn more, check out our Health Sciences Library playlist on the UB Libraries YouTube channel.  Helpful hints you can use just in time to finish that paper.

Need more help?  Stop by our Reference Desk, or email   You can also visit the EndNote website at

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New Drug Information Guide

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has just released a new subject guide for drug information.  Based on frequently asked questions, this informative guide covers a range of topics for the consumer, researcher, librarian or student.

Some of the topics are:

Laws and Regulations

Pharmaceutical Statistics

Drug Codes and Nomenclature

United States Drug Resources

International Drug Resources 

NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)  

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Please be aware that some links are to databases and journals that require a subscription, however there is a wide array of free information for the consumer.

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