Find the perfect Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) for your topic!

For years, the folks at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) who read and index EVERY article in PubMed have had a tool to help them.  The NLM Medical Text Indexer (MTI) analyzes the abstract or other information about an article to suggest MeSH terms for indexers to tag articles with relevant topics.  MTI is a bit complex for most needs so NLM has released a “lite” version great for PubMed searching applications.

Now you can get a head start on identifying terms relevant to your subject that you can add to a search strategy.  MeSH on Demand provides a text box to enter an abstract from a relevant article, or a well formulated clinical question, or a list of words that describe key parts of your research topic.  Mesh on Demand analyzes that text and presents a list of possible MeSH terms to include in your search.  Here’s an example:


The illustration is a bit small, but you can see the paragraph that was entered retrieved about 12 suggestions of MeSH terms that might relate to my abstract contents.

I took the suggestions and searched PubMed for :

data mining and libraries and publishing

and found three articles.

Try your own search topic using an abstract, question or keywords and see if MeSH on Demand can  jump start your PubMed searching success!

Want some expert advice on your search process?  Schedule a free consultation with a Health Science Library librarian today!


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

New Books and Media List

The New Books and Media List is ready for your review:

Easily share your PubMed results via social media

Found a study you want to share on Twitter, Facebook or Google+?  Use PubMed’s new social media sharing links!  Simply search, find a result worth a share, then look for the sharing links below the abstract.

Pubmed Sharing buttons






Need some assistance learning to share via social media?  Schedule a consultation with the Library’s Ask Us service and meet with a librarian!

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]


2014 Google Scholar Metrics Released – Top Journals Identified

ScholarScholar Giants



Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. The analytics for the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics is now available. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013. Data for top Medical Journals and subcategories by specialty are included.

Scholar Metrics include journal articles from websites that follow inclusion guidelines, selected conference articles in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and preprints from arXiv, SSRN, NBER, and RePEc. As in previous releases, publications with fewer than 100 articles in the covered period, or publications that received no citations are not included.


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

More New Items in the Digital Collections of Colorado

More NEW items in the DCC!! Documents, Presentations, Theses and Dissertations

CU Anschutz Medical Campus Publications:
Faculty – presentations

Graduate School:
Spring 2014 – Theses and Dissertations

Health Sciences Library:
Denison Memorial Library newsletter – Connections

Health Sciences Library newsletter – Appendix

Retirement of Paul Blomquist

Paul Blomquist majored in math and chemistry at Sterling College. During his education, he was allowed to take Acting electives as well, following his other great interest. This led to theater and film acting off-and-on for 25 years, in addition to more “mundane” library work. In his early twenties, Paul took a vocational test that said he ought to be a librarian: 38 years in the field later, he knows it was just meant to be! He obtained his master’s at Emporia State University.

Paul Blomquist's Retirement

Paul spent 19 years in the Denver Public Library system, primarily downtown, though he did move from branch to branch for more varied experiences. He served in Reference, specializing in science-related resources. This allowed him to assist in Geology and Engineering lit searches. He then moved to the University of Colorado’s Medical Library (initially Denison, now Anschutz Medical Campus Library), where he’s spent the last 19 years. In the 1990s, he obtained an Accounting degree in business resources, expanding his repertoire. Between public and academic libraries, he says he prefers HSL, with more subject specialty; he finds it to be more fun and interesting.

Late this spring, Paul moved to the Capitol Hill area of central Denver, close to where he grew up. He says it’s a nice place to walk. Walking is one of his favorite past-times, especially in such incredible places as Florence, Italy and Paris, France! He sees quite a bit more leisurely strolling in his future: first around Georgetown University where his daughter is attending school, and then around Prague. Other retirement activities should include spending quality time with his family/daughters, traveling to other exotic locales, and reading, perhaps a bit of Dostoyevsky or Thomas Mann. There might even be a bit of stage work to keep things interesting!

Farewell, Paul, and we wish you well in your retirement!

New Resource: Global Health (CABI)

Cab direct

We have a new database for global and public health: Global Health through CABI.

About: Global Health focuses on public health research and practice. Topics include:

  • Biomedical life sciences
  • Chronic diseases
  • Diagnosis and therapy of disease
  • Environmental and occupational health
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Health promotion
  • Health systems
  • Infectious diseases and parasitology
  • Nutrition and food sciences
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Emergencies
  • Tropical and international health.

Global Health Archive offers over 800,000 records on public health from out-of-print journals dating back to 1910.

Look for Global Health on the library’s database page.

Graphic Novels Provide Insight Into The Illness Experience

The Drs. Henry and Janet Claman Medical Humanities Collection has added graphic novels focusing on personal narratives of illness.  The graphic novel (sometimes referred to as comics) gained new respect by taking on serious themes and important social issues in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Graphic novels are now part of most library collections and recognized as a powerful medium of entertainment and artistic expression.  In September 2001, graphic artist Art Speigelman’s powerful New Yorker cover became one of the representative images of the event.  Graphic novels have more recently been recognized as an effective way to communicate and broaden understanding of the experience of illness.

The following graphic novels were recently added to the collection:

Couch fiction : a graphic tale of psychotherapy / story, Philippa Perry ; art, Junko Graat
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WM 420 P464c 2010

psyc tales

Psychiatric tales : eleven graphic stories about mental illness / Darryl Cunningham.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WM 140 C973p 2011




Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things things that happened
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WM 171.5 B874h 2013

bitter medicine

Bitter medicine : a graphic memoir of mental illness / Clem Martini and Olivier Martini.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor             WM 203 M386b 2010




Swallow me whole / Nate Powell.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WM 203 P885s 2008

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoir / by Ellen Forney.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WM 207 F727m 2012

alcoholicThe alcoholic / Jonathan Ames, writer ; Dean Haspiel, artist.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WM 274 A513a 2008






Epileptic / David B.  HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WL 385 B1113a 2005t

CA made me a shallower personCancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics / Miriam Engelberg
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WP 870 E573c 2006





ru my motherAre you my mother? : a comic drama / Alison Bechdel.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WS 105.5 .F2 B39a 2012




Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? / Roz Chast.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor             WT 120 C489c 2014


These graphic novels join prior acquisitions:

cancer vixenCancer vixen : a true story / Marisa Acocella Marchetto.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WP 870 M317c 2006


View a few pages of this graphic novel.
(Roll over the image and click the play button that appears in the center of the image.)


our cancer yearOur cancer year / by Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar ; illustrations by Frank Stack.
HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor  WZ 336 B795o 1994






[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]








AtlasTI full version now available on HSL workstations

The Health Sciences Library has purchased a small number of licenses of the full version of Atlas TI software. This software, used in qualitative research, is designed to detect patterns in textual data. Atlas TI can be useful for finding trends and repeated themes which may be gathered from interviews or focus groups.

To access Atlas TI, simply visit the library’s Information Commons, and make sure you select the Win7-SPSS-Office2013 option when you log on.

We continue to offer the free trial version of Atlas TI on our other workstation options in the library. The free trial version is great for learning the software, but has a limited database size and limited number of documents.



Road Closure: Montview Blvd closed starting 6/25 bw Victor St & Fitzsimons Parkway

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE  – Please plan your route accordingly

Road: Montview Boulevard
When: For 4 weeks starting on June 25, 2014
Where: Between Victor Street and Fitzsimons Parkway
Why: As part of the VA Hospital construction project

View map and detour options: Montview Road Closure

From the CU NewsroomKen Neeper, manager of infrastructure development in facilities management: “Once complete, this work will aid with traffic flow and provide better access around the university. The benefits of the light rail system are huge as it will provide rapid transit access to the campus that will not be impacted by roadway traffic delays.” Construction of the VA will lead to a number of other traffic detours in the coming weeks and months — Read full article




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