Archive for May, 2012

Laura Cousineau, Tom Mead, and Cindy Stewart, librarians from the Biomedical Libraries, recently attended the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA). The conference was located in Seattle, WA, from May 18-23. The meeting provided opportunities to hear interesting and thought-provoking speakers, such as Steven Johnson (author of seven books, including Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation and The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America) and T.R. Reid (reporter, documentary film correspondent, and frequent guest on NPR). The MLA annual conference allows Biomedical Libraries librarians to find out what librarian colleagues in other medical and health sciences libraries are doing at their institutions, as well as meet with a variety of vendors from the world of publishing, medical and scientific e-resources, and much more.

Karen Odato, Research and Education Librarian for the Biomedical Libraries, participated in the conference as a co-instructor for the continuing education course, “Searching in Support of Systematic Reviews.”

Founded in 1898, MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health information field.


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dynamedDynaMed is a clinical reference tool that provides evidence-based, clinically-organized reviews for over 3,200 topics.  Designed for use at the point of care, DynaMed quickly outlines general information, causes and risk factors, complications and associated conditions, history and physical, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, prevention and screening, information for the patient, quality improvement measures, and national guidelines.  Evidence supporting recommendations is well-referenced and graded.

A recent article in BMJ evaluated five point-of-care resources (including UpToDate) to see how quickly the resources updated new evidence.  DynaMed was judged the best by far at updating critical topic reviews based on new evidence.

According to another study of disease reference tools by KLAS, survey respondents indicated that DynaMed excelled in the credibility of the information it provided and in the relevance of its information.

Links to DynaMed can be found on the Biomedical Libraries Web under Resources and in the Dartmouth Library Catalog.

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Document DeliveryThe Biomedical Libraries now offer quick online videos for learning about DartDoc and our other document delivery services.  These videos are available in several formats and can be played on most computers and mobile devices:
How-To Videos on Document Delivery

Learn how to:

  •  Sign up for DartDoc
  •  Change your DartDoc password
  •  Order articles using the “Get It” Button
  •  Register to use PubMed’s Loansome Doc service
  •  Order articles with PubMed’s Loansome Doc service

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The Knowledgeable Patient
The Knowledgeable Patient: Communication and Participation in Health

Matthews-Fuller Library
R727.4 .K56 2011

In the challenging world of current medical care, the informed patient has become an active and informed part of the medical process.  This well written and informative book examines this new role and will be of interest to anyone interested in the way patients interact and work with medical professionals.

Home Accessibility
Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

Matthews-Fuller Library: Consumer Health
HV3020 .S39 2012

This book is an extraordinary resource for retrofitting a home for an individual with special physical needs. The author goes room by room with tips and information on how to modify a home to accommodate for unexpected obstacles. The 300 useful tips will save time and effort in evolving your home to the needs of a physically challenged loved one.

Mindless Eating

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
Matthews-Fuller Library:  Consumer Health
RC552.C65 W36 2010

This “facts on the ground” examination of eating will give you useful information in how to take control of your dietary habits. The author’s insights are varied and cover items like when to eat in social situations, how to reduce caloric intake overall, and how to avoid very common-yet-difficult dieting errors. Social triggers that encourage overeating are also explored in this remarkable book.

Rat Island
Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue

Dana Library
QL83.2 .S76 2011

From tropical islands like Hawaii to the icy islands of the Bering Sea, invasive species are devastating isolated ecosystems. We are losing forever rare and irreplaceable species due to the incursion of rats, goats, and pigs into ecosystems where they are aggressively damaging. This book looks at efforts to eliminate these estranged species in order to preserve native species. Efforts at population control and elimination are looked at in detail as a solution to this painful dilemma.

Deceptive Beauties
Deceptive Beauties: The World of Wild Orchids

Dana Library
QK495.O64 Z48 2011

This wonderfully realized book displays the extravagant and ravishing beauty of orchids. The brilliant photography is matched to superlative text describing orchids in glamorous detail with attention to the qualities that make them unique in the plant world. With shrinking native habitats, this book is a wonderful exploration of orchids in all of their environments throughout the world.

Missing Links
Missing Links: In Search of Human Origins

Dana Library
GN282 .R42 2011

Evolution has emerged from the scientific exploration of fossils as the theory that best explains human historical development in the natural world. This marvelous book is an engrossing and highly detailed exploration of human origins and the fierce debate on fossilized remains. The search for “missing links” or the fragments and fossils that will link human beings to more primitive non-human ancestors is examined in detail.

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For those of you using EndNote version X or newer, there’s a preference setting that will increase your capture rate of full text articles when you click on the “Find Full Text” icon:

In Endnote preferences, select “Find Full Text”.  Put this URL into the “openURL path” box (it may be empty or you may have to first delete what’s there):  http://RY2UE4EK7D.search.serialssolutions.com/
This link gives EndNote direct access to Dartmouth full-text subscriptions.

Please note that you have to be on campus or at DHMC or use the VPN in order for this to work.

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