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CINAHL and Primal Pictures Trainings

As part of the continuing celebration of National Medical Librarians Month, the Biomedical Library will be hosting training sessions on two of our popular electronic resources. First, on Wednesday, October 24th we will host a class on the database CINAHL. This class is for participants who want to learn to search CINAHL effectively. Use of subject headings, subheadings, limits and field codes will be covered. The use and application of cited reference searching will also be reviewed.

Location: Biomedical library, room 222b (computer lab)
Day: Wednesday, October 24th
Time: 4-5 pm

Then the following week on Monday, October 29th we will be hosting a teaching demonstration of Primal Pictures, our 3D interactive anatomy tool. It is the most complete, detailed and accurate 3D model of human anatomy.

Location: Biomedical library, room 222b (computer lab)
Day: Monday, October 29th
Time: 2-3 pm

Both students and faculty are welcome! To reserve a spot for either class or for more information, contact:

Robert Britton

Natural Standard Trial

The Biomedical Library has set up a one month trial for Natural Standard.

If you patients have questions such as

  • Which dietary supplements alter blood glucose levels?
  • Are natural products safe to take with chemotherapy?
  • Can herbals interfere with drug metabolism?
  • Which natural products clear through breast milk?

You may find answers from Natural Standard.

Please take a look and send your feedback to Jie Li at If you are interested in a webinar, you may register at

Natural Standard was founded by clinicians and researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California to address growing consumer interest and utilization of natural therapies and natural health products.

The Natural Standard Database prepares all healthcare providers- nursing, pharmacy, nutrition and medical school students to communicate with patients concerning their use of herbal therapies, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, modalities (such as yoga, acupuncture), special diets, nutrition, preventive medicine, genetic testing, and other integrative treatments to help achieve better overall health outcomes in practice.

Natural Standard allows faculty, students, and researchers to effectively evaluate the safety, efficacy, and interaction concerns associated with integrative therapies through in-depth analyses of clinical trials, meta-analyses, scientific reviews, including the international literature.

Clinicians will learn to recognize and utilize pertinent data to identify and resolve integrative medicine-related health problems such as:

  • Therapies lacking adequate scientific support for purported indications.
  • Inappropriate therapy choice, dose, or route of administration for a particular condition.
  • Therapeutic duplication (polypharmacy).
  • Safety issues including interactions, adverse event risk, adverse reactions, allergy, cross-sensitivity, use during pregnancy, lactation.
  • Presence or potential for herb/supplement/drug/food/lab and nutrient depletion interactions.
  • Regulatory affairs and policy issues.

Happy National Medical Libraries Month!

National Medical Librarians Month 2012 Poster

This is the first week of National Medical Libraries Month! Stop by either the Campus or USAMC site, put a puzzle together of the NMLM poster and win a prize! You will also be entered into the drawing for the weekly and grand prize for NMLM!


Biomedical Library Closed Labor Day 9/3/12

Labor Day ParadeThe Biomedical Library will be closed Monday, September 3, 2012 for the Labor Day holiday. We will re-open with regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday morning.

Have a great long weekend!
photo credit: US National Archives

Biomedical Library Closed Tuesday 8/28/12

The Biomedical Library will be closed Tuesday, August 28, 2012 with the rest of the USA campus due to extreme weather. Classes are also cancelled for Wednesday, but the Biomedical Library is currently scheduled to open. An announcement will be made by 6pm tomorrow if conditions change and warrant a closing of the library Wednesday.

For the most up-to-date news regarding USA weather and emergency information check your campus-wide e-mail, the USA Weather and Emergency Hotline at (251) 460-6999, or the University’s website.

Primal Pictures Training

primal pictures screen shotDo you want to better understand and explore the human body in just a few clicks with Primal Pictures?

Then come to an OVID class introducing Primal Pictures presented by an OVID instructor.
WHEN? Tuesday, August 28th, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Where? Baugh Biomedical Library, Room 222 Computer Lab

Introduction to Primal Pictures - An introductory training session designed for new users but also for those with advanced skills who may want to refresh the basics. After completing this course you will be able to browse in 3-D through body structures, “peeling” layers off to reveal specific body features down to minute levels. You will also be able to display information on these features and open animations that will allow you to see some of the body parts in action.

Please register by emailing Robert Britton at

SciVerse: Scopus and Science Direct Downtime 8/25

sciverse logoSciVerse tools Scopus and ScienceDirect will be experiencing considerable downtime on from Saturday, August 25 at 6:30am to Sunday, August 26 2:30am 2012 CDT. During the downtime, Elsevier plans to improve features of the products, including making changes to the article and book pages in ScienceDirect, and updating the alerts function in Scopus. You can read more about the changes on the SciVerse website.

Library resources available only through these websites will not available Saturday. Please contact the library during this time if you need help finding alternative resources.

Extended Study Hours Summer 2012

studyingThe Biomedical Library will remain open late this weekend to allow extra time for exam study. Extended hours will be observed for the following:

Friday, July 20, 2012: 7:15am - 9:45pm
Saturday, July 21, 2012: 9:00am - 9:45pm
photo credit: Rachel Titiriga

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