Upcoming Exhibit-Art from the CU Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus Community


Art from the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Community is an exhibition presented by the Exhibits Committee of the Health Sciences Library.

There are many talented artists on our campuses! This juried annual exhibition is an opportunity for us to learn about our talented co-workers, faculty, staff, and students.

Exhibit dates: January 5 – March 31, 2017
Opening Reception: January 26, 2017, 3 pm – 5 pm in Gallery
Location: Health Sciences Library, Gallery, 3rd Floor (directions and parking)

Where to Find Coffee When You’re at the Library


It’s finals time, and we’ve been getting plenty of requests up at the desk for where to acquire some caffeine. A very good option if you’re in the library is visiting the coffee machine on the first floor just behind the stairs in the South of the building.

Available all day and all night, it has a number of coffee drinks on its automated menu, including lattes, cappuccinos, mocha lattes, hot chocolate and just plain drip coffee that can be customized with strength, milk, and sugar levels. The coffee machine is also incredibly well priced, at $1.20 for a vanilla latte (my recommendation).

The next option requires a bit of prior planning, but if you know that you’ll be in the library all day -or all night, since we have 24/7 access for CU Affiliates- bring K-Cups for one of our three Keurig machines. There’s one on every floor next to the microwaves. Gevalia has great mocha latte K-Cups that work out to being about $1 per brew. King Soopers always has them.

If the need for coffee is felt during regular university business hours and the prospect of a walk sounds nice, coffee options can also be found in Building 500 at the food court until 4pm, at Intermissions Café on the first floor of ED 2 North until 4pm, or Etai’s in Research 2 until 3pm.

There are also vending machines on the first floor of the library all the way at the North end of the building (closest to Montview) that have various caffeinated soda options as well as a variety of snacks. They accept credit cards as well as cash.

Online Reference Resources

Are you working on a project and wondering what online resources the library might have that can help you? This library website is a great place for you to start your search. Each month the blog will be featuring one resource or a group of similar resources to highlight, but to start we want to give you an overview of what the Online Reference Resources page offers.

The page is divided into five reference types and a home page. Starting on the homepage you can see that it has some tutorials for some of the sights that the library most often recommend for research including PubMed and EBSCO. On the left is a collection of links to all the other research areas we have collected resources for, medical, general, topical, grants, and images and media. The medical and general topics are both organized by the NLM classification system and have resources in a variety of media types from ebooks to videos.

On the medical tab you will find resources on everything from biochemistry to the respiratory system. Including a dictionary of biochemistry and molecular biology, a collection of heart sounds, and a collection of health hotlines. The general reference tab has citation information, dictionaries, and information on law among other resources. No matter what your project the online reference resources page is a good place to start.

Like always if you can’t find any resources for your project on this page, or need help finding more you can contact the library with a quick question for a librarian to answer or set up a consultation to have a longer discussion about your needs.

Happy Holidays!

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A visit to the National Library of Medicine

Back in September, I had the opportunity to visit the National Library of Medicine and take their public tour of the facility. I’ll start by saying it’s a really interesting tour, so if you’re ever in the Washington D.C. area, you should definitely check it out!

The NLM is located in Bethesda, Maryland (about 30 minutes outside of D.C.), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. It was founded in 1836 and is currently the world’s largest biomedical library. The NLM also coordinates the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, of which your Health Sciences Library is a member.

The NLM building itself is very nice, with a couple of reading rooms on the ground floor and a lobby area that houses temporary exhibitions. During the public tour, we learned a bit about the history of the NLM and the building, and got to see a few different rooms and departments.

Coincidentally, myself and the other two guests on the tour I took were all librarians, so we saw a couple of areas that I believe the tour usually doesn’t go to. We were able to go downstairs into the stacks area, where there are bound physical copies of every biomedical journal you can imagine, dating back many decades. If the internet ever ceases to exist, the NLM will still have all the journal articles you might need! Interestingly, the design of the building initially included several architectural measures to keep these journals safe in the event of a catastrophic event in the area, but due to a variety of complications and bureaucratic red tape, the items are not actually protected by the design as it was intended.

We also saw several rooms full of massive servers that house MeSH, and the rooms where staff members work on MeSH. If you don’t know, MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings. It is a controlled vocabulary and is what makes PubMed (which is handled by the NLM) unique. NLM staff members with significant experience in a particular medical area–rather than robots–read every single article that will end up in PubMed. These humans then assign MeSH terms to each article. This process ensures that if I write an article about “lung cancer” and you write an article about “pulmonary neoplasms”, we’ll find each others’ articles even if we don’t specifically search for all of those terms– this makes PubMed an incredibly valuable resource for research, as I’m sure you know! (If you want to know more about using MeSH to your advantage to search PubMed really effectively, contact the Health Sciences Library and we’ll help you out.) Anyway, it was very neat to see the spaces where MeSH “lives” in the NLM building.

The real highlight of the tour for me was the History of Medicine collection, which is housed in one of the reading rooms on the ground floor. We got to take a peek in some staff members’ offices that are in this area, and saw this very large and very expensive book scanner that the staff members use to digitize historical texts. Out in the reading room area, we saw this very old card catalog that is not in use anymore but is still in its original location.

Finally, we went into a very fancy climate-controlled room where all of the really valuable historical texts are kept. This was incredible to see. This room has all kinds of security and preservation measures to keep these materials safe. To be honest, I can’t remember most of the specific texts that the staff member pulled out for us because they all so old and so amazing, but I do recall that he showed us an original letter that George Washington wrote to a medical officer during the Revolutionary War!

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I didn’t get great pictures of the books, but the short slideshow above gives you an idea of the kinds of materials in this room. Very, very cool!

The tour ended there, but you can see some of the amazing things the National Library of Medicine has from your own living room — their Digital Projects webpage is a good place to start your exploration of some materials you wouldn’t expect to be able to see on the web, such as an Egyptian surgical papyrus written in 1600 BC, or anatomical drawings from the 1400s! (Check out Historical Anatomies on the Web and Turning the Pages to see those documents.) The NLM also has a pretty thorough digitized collection of historical health-related images and videos, located on their Digital Collections webpage.

However, aside from all of the amazing old things, the NLM is also home to a massive number of current and modern resources that can improve your research and practice. I won’t go into detail here, but if you want to know more, please contact us at 303-724-2152 or AskUs@hsl.ucdenver.libanswers.com. Thanks for reading, and be sure to go visit the National Library of Medicine if you ever get the chance!

Featured Special Collections book for December

How Not to Die

by Michael Greger, MD

From the physician behind the wildly popular Web site NutritionFacts.org, reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of premature death–-illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and others–-claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. …you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to help prevent or fight these diseases and to live longer.

3rd floor Special Collections, Indigenous
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Retraction Watch: A new way to fake authorship

A recent Retraction Watch article highlighted a unique way to score your article’s acceptance to a high yield journal – submit it under a famous author’s name, then claim it was an accident: http://retractionwatch.com/2016/11/28/new-way-fake-authorship-submit-prominent-name-say-mistake/#comments .   While this case wasn’t caught by Retraction Watch, it’s an interesting spin on the kinds of research publication misconduct they investigate.  Read the details from the editors of 4OR: A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10288-016-0329-8

Respectfully submitted, Jane Austen (really, Lisa Traditi)