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New EndNote Video Tutorials

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

New Exhibit! Life and Limb: the toll of the American Civil War


Visit the Life and Limb exhibit now on display through May 24th in the HSL Lobby on the first floor, and also enjoy the civil war instrument display in the adjacent lighted display case, courtesy of our History of Medicine collection.  (Visitors welcomed in History on the lower level.)

The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine and the instruments used to treat the wounded.   Glimpses of the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime are revealed. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known.

More than three million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.

History of Medicine Instruments on Display

(explore our Digital Instrument Collections via the links)

Post-mortem Instrument Set
ca. 1870
Used for post-mortem examinations.  Manufactured by Luer.

Amputation Saw
ca. 19th c.

Clamp Tourniquet
ca. 1850
Used during surgeries to compress blood flow to arteries near bony depressions.

Cupping Set with Scarificator
ca. 1850
Cupping glasses created a vacuum when heated and cooled at room temperature. They were used to draw blood to the surface of the skin. The scarificator would be used to open the skin so that ‘bad blood’ would be removed from the body during the cupping process.

Surgical Kit
ca. 19th c.
Kit contains a variety of surgical tools. Manufactured by Tiemann & Co. of New York.

Feeding Boats
Late 18th c. – early 19th c.
Used to feed infants or the infirm.

Hot Water Bottle (Bed Warmer)
Late 18th c.
Filled with hot water, used to warm a sick room bed.

Trephine – Conical Crown
Late 19th c.
Used to burr a hole in the skull and to relieve inter-cranial pressure.

Chain Saw
ca. 1860
Used to remove fragments of the skull during surgery.

The six panels of this exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  Curated by Manon Pary, Ph.D.
The display case contents were curated by Keith Mages and Linda Lohr, History of Medicine, HSL.

ClinicalKey Content Update

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Thirteen books have been added to ClinicalKey: 11 new editions and 2 new titles (below).  Checkout the full update.

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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 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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Millions of files freely and easily accessible!

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Two major Open Access projects bring a wealth of textual material, paintings and other images, films, audio files, and objects from around the world to your home or office computer.

  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
    Envisioned as a national digital library for the United States,  this distributed effort of records contribvuted from various institutions offers the digital content of libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies.
  • Europeana
    Intended to make Europe’s open access and digitized cultural heritage more easily accessible in order to foster mutual understanding of their cultural diversity.

Both may be searched simultaneously at 

Another new comprehensive index and bibliography of works in philosophy, PhilPapers, has information that complements all disciplines.

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More new talks added to the Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

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Reminder that we have trial access to the Henry Stewart Talks: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection through the end of February.  Below is a list of more new talks that have been added to the collection in February.

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).

Use the access link below to see the new talks as well as for access to the entire collection.

Access link:
Username: BUFFALO
Password: MEMBER

New Series:  Epigenetics, Chromatin, Transcription and Cancer

Role of polycomb proteins in gene transcription, stem cell and human diseases Prof. Luciano Di Croce, Center for Genomic Regulation, Spain

Heterochromatin, epigenetics and gene expression Prof. Joel C. Eissenberg, Saint Louis University, USA

Genomic insights into gene regulation by cohesin  Prof. Dale Dorsett, Saint Louis University, USA

Genome-wide organization of chromatin and the transcription machinery  Prof. Frank Pugh, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Maintaining the silenced state of master regulatory genes during development  Prof. Robert Kingston, Harvard University, USA

The basal transcription machinery for RNA polymerase II  Prof. Marc Timmers, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Histone dynamics, heritability and variants  Dr. Genevieve Almouzni, Curie Institute/CNRS, France

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Systemic RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics for the treatment of HIV-1  Prof. John Rossi, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, USA

Updated Series: 
Calcium Signaling I

TRP channels with diverse permeability profiles: regulation of blood pressure and fertility  Prof. Marc Freichel, Heidelberg University, Germany

Updates Series:  Calcium Signaling II

Vascular calcification location, formation and biological activity Dr. Diane Proudfoot, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK


Updated Series:  Drug Discovery and Development in the Neurosciences

Targeting Aß oligomers: a molecular basis for the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of alzheimer’s disease  Prof. William L. Klein, Northwestern University, USA


Updated Series:  Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease

Mendelian randomisation: using genetics to determine causality  Dr. Tina Shah, University College London, UK

Genome scans for hypertension  Prof. Patricia Munroe, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK


Updated Series:  Small Molecule Drug Discovery

G-Protein coupled receptors in drug discovery  Dr. Mark Wigglesworth, AstraZeneca, UK


Updated Series:  The Legacy of Drosophila Genetics

Identification of host defenses in the Drosophila gut using genome-scale RNAi  Prof. Dominique Ferrandon, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France



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Try out the NEW Web of Science!

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You asked for a more intuitive search experience.   Today, January 13th, you can search an easier and more streamlined way to navigate the carefully curated citation index.   The Web of Knowledge is now simply the Web of Science.

Give it a try!


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Using the Trip database to search for clinical evidence

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tripQ: What’s Trip? 
A: Trip is a search engine designed to retrieve clinical evidence that you can use in your practice or in patient care.

Q: How do I get there? 

Q: What can I do with it? 
A: Perform basic, advanced, or PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) searches. Retrieve evidence, images, videos, patient information, and news. Sort results by quality, date, or relevancy. Refine results by evidence type or date.

Q: Can I access full text articles?
A: If you register for a free account or if you have an existing account, you now have access to full text articles that have a PMID, or a unique identifier in PubMed. Find the University at Buffalo (SUNY) under Settings à Your institutions.

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