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Spring Break Hours 2013

The Biomedical Library will have an adjusted schedule during Spring Break, beginning Friday, March 8, 2013. Regularly scheduled hours will resume Monday, March 18.

Spring Break crowd on the beach

  • Friday, March 8 - 7:15am to 4:45pm
  • Saturday, March 9 - 9:00am to 5:45pm
  • Sunday, March 10 - 1:00pm to 9:45pm
  • Monday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12 - 7:15am to 9:45pm
  • Friday, March 15 - 7:15am to 4:45pm
  • Saturday, March 16 - 9:00am to 5:45pm
  • Sunday, March 17 - 1:00pm to 9:45pm

Have a great spring break!

photo credit: Dan Zelazo

Closed for Mardi Gras 2/12/13

Inca Carnival FloatThe Biomedical Library will be closed Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in celebration of Mardi Gras. We will be open with our regular hours on Monday, and we re-open Wednesday at 7:15 am.

Have a safe and happy Carnival! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

BMJ Best Practice Trial

BMJ Best Practice is a point-of-care tool that provides fast and easy access to reliable, up-to-date information for health professionals making diagnosis and treatment decisions. It provides the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Best Practice provides a second opinion in an instant, without the need for moving between multiple resources. Best Practice is produced by the BMJ Evidence Centre. Try it now with the link above or access it later from the Biomedical Library Database List.

A Best Practice mobile app is currently available for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod). To use the app, first register using the link on the top of the right hand side bar on the Best Practice site. Then download the BMJ Best Practice App from the App Store, and sign in using your log-in information. An app for Android will be available at the end of March 2013.

If you have any feedback, please contact Jie Li at

Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Logo

The Biomedical Library will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2013 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Many members of the USA community along with people all over the nation are dedicating the day to acts of service in honor of Dr. King's memory. The USA Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement will be hosting MLK Day of Service activities at the Dumas Wesley Community Center. Register and help make a difference in our community.

The Biomedical Library will re-open with regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday morning, January 22.


Winter Break 2012

poinsettaSemester break and holiday hours will be observed as follows:

  • Saturday 12/15 - Sunday 12/16: closed
  • Monday 12/17 - Friday 12/21: 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 12/22 - Tuesday 1/1: Closed

The library will reopen with regularly scheduled hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. UMC Health Information Resource Center Hours are also available.

Happy Holidays from the USA Biomedical Library!

photo credit: Craig Bennett

Extended Weekend Hours - Fall 12

study groupThe Biomedical Library will have extended hours for the next two weekends to facilitate exam study.

  • Friday, November 30 - 7:15am-9:45pm
  • Saturday, December 1 - 9:00am-9:45pm
  • Friday, December 7 - 7:15am-9:45pm
  • Saturday, December 8 - 9:00am - 9:45pm

The University Library will be observing extended hours during the week next week. Exam study hours schedule for all libraries have been posted.

photo: UBC Library

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.
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