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Spring Workshops at HSL

wikispacesWondering about Wikispaces?   Looking for apps for your iPad?  Need help with EndNote or Prezi?   Wary of predatory journals?

Our first workshop is Wikispaces (NEW!), on Wednesday January 7th – click on the register link on the Wikispaces page.

Check out all of HSL’s workshops organized by name, or visit the UB Libraries Events page for a listing by date.

If you need more information or have questions, contact Deb Chiarella.

Therapy Dogs and therapists thank you!


Over 2000 students took advantage of our award winning “Stress Relief Days”  at HSL and Lockwood last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

Massage and Reiki therapists treated students to a relaxing respite in between petting dogs, having a snack, and generally relaxing in between studying for exams.

We thank you for making our event such a success, and look forward to our next event in May 2015.

Have a wonderful holiday!




Take advantage of BioMed Central’s 15% discount!

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bmcmemberinsistuteHSL is pleased to subscribe as a Supporter Member to BioMed Central!   BioMed Central (BMC) is a Science, Technology and Medicine publisher of 272 peer-reviewed open access journals (as of November 2014). The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine, and can be viewed alphabetically or by subject.

What does this mean for you as a potential author?  UB’s Membership benefits include:

  • UB authors get a 15% discount on the article-processing charge when publishing in a BioMed Central, Chemistry Central or SpringerOpen journal.
  • Not only do faculty authors save a few dollars, but they also have the satisfaction of knowing they support both open access publishing and their fellow researchers.
  • Authors can check a BMC journal’s impact factor right on the BMC site.
  • Authors publishing with BioMed Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited.
  • UB has our own Institutional Repository, to which any article published will be automatically deposited.
  • Members have a customized web page on BioMed Central, which features titles and links to relevant articles published by UB faculty.
  • Individual authors can register (free), submit a manuscript, and sign up for article alerts.

Supporting Open Access is critical to keeping the free flow of and immediate access to the latest research.  BioMed Central also has an Open Access in the Developing World initiative, which offers manuscript preparation advice to international authors, as well as a waiver of article processing fees to countries classified by the World Bank as Low-income economies.


Nursing Reference Center Plus – upgraded and improved!

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Nursing Reference Center Plus™ is an evidence-based information resource designed specifically for  nurses.  HSL is pleased to offer all the content that was available to you in Nursing Reference Center and much more, including videos, images and new topics covering nursing management and leadership.


•           Risk management topics

•           Videos

•           Images

•           Nursing practice & leadership topics

•           Nursing Care Plans

•           Alerts on new & updated content

•           Multimedia content associated with skills

•           Integration of eBooks

•           Local notes

•           Search results & alerts organized by specialty

•           Includes all of Patient Education Reference Center (PERC)

Nurse educators as well as staff nurses have access to a resource that supports education goals, encourages residents and students to access the original research, and also provides options for patient care.

For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, Liaison to the School of Nursing.


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Cold and Flu advice from the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

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naturalmedlogoIt’s cold and flu season!    Checked out the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database page on Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Colds and Flu, which summarizes the available evidence for both western and alternative remedies.

Just one of many clinical management series tools, the article covers in depth the causes, symptoms, progression, prevention and treatment of colds and flu, including practice pearl summaries, plainly written to benefit the health consumer as well as the health care professional.   Other topics include Alzheimer’s, Depression, Diabetes, and Headache.   Users can also browse or search medicines, fixed herbal combinations, and alternative treatments.

The content in the Natural Medicines Comprehesive Database will soon merge with Natural Standard  (a HUBNET resource) creating a one-stop-shopping information clearinghouse to meet growing provider and patient demand for high quality information, preserving content from both resources and expanding upon clinical decision-making functionality at point of care.

This unbiased, evidence-based reference helps meet Joint Commission requirements for complete medical record reconciliation including food/drug interactions and Continuing Education Modules.

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MedlinePlus Mobile – new version has full content access

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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.

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Ebola from Reliable Sources

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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

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EndNote workshops filling up fast…

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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.

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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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