HSL Welcomes Rob Cincotta!

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On Tuesday, June 12th, the Health Sciences Library threw a party in the second floor staff lounge welcoming Rob Cincotta, and we had a chance to speak with him about his background and upcoming work. Rob, who resides in Aurora and spent most of his life in Las Vegas, joins us in the much-needed role of Desktop Support Specialist for the IT department. He got his start in computers shortly after leaving the Air Force, when he joined the staff of a newspaper working on mainframe computers. “I’ve gone from the newspaper, to retail, to my own business doing computer service for almost 20 years,” he says. “I just really enjoy computers.”

After building his computer skill set, he took a break from traditional service and worked as a field service engineer for a medical technology company, installing medical equipment across the country. He then spent the past five years working as an IT contractor for NIST, but after five years of commuting to Boulder, he was looking for something closer to home.

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When it comes to his current role, he says he’s most excited about our specialized clientele. “It’s a smaller client base than I serviced in my previous job,” he says, and that he’s looking forward to being able to offer more personalized service. “I get to know people better.”

Another aspect that drew him to the HSL is our variety of unique patron needs. “I don’t like doing the same old thing every day,” he says, “and that happens to work out well in this industry, because everything is ever-changing.”

When you see Rob around the library, be sure to give him a warm welcome, and if you ever find yourself in need of desktop assistance, he has some great advice to offer: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help!”

Connecting Papers to the Library Proxy

Since the recent change to the Health Sciences Library proxy server, we’ve received numerous connectivity error reports from users of the citation management software Papers. While we are more than happy to assist with issues related to the proxy link, please keep in mind that the library does not provide in-depth support or troubleshooting for Papers. If you would like to use a citation management program that the library does support and troubleshoot for, we recommend switching to EndNote. You can find more information about EndNote here: http://hslibraryguides.ucdenver.edu/endnote/cuanschutz


The Health Sciences Library proxy link has changed. To update your Papers library to remain connected to the Health Sciences Library, complete the following steps to update your Proxy settings.

  1. Access the settings box for Papers by following this path: Papers (main menu) – Preferences – Access
    Step 1
  2. In the “Use Library Proxy” menu, select: Other
    Step 2
  3. Enter the following Proxy details:
    1. Institution: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    2. EXProxy URL: http://proxy.hsl.ucdenver.edu/login?url=%@Step 3
  4. Click “Done” at the bottom.
  5. On the “Access” screen, your “Use Library Proxy” box should now say: Other: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
  6. Now fill in the Library Website URL: https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/
    Step 6
  7. You have now set up your Library Proxy access!  You can close the settings box.

If you have any questions about the Proxy link, you can contact AskUs at 303-255-2152 or askus@hsl.ucdenver.libanswers.com.

PubMed Filters: Adding Institutional Filters to your NCBI Account

In a previous blog, we described some new search filters that can be used while accessing PubMed from the HSL home page. However, we realize that many of our users—especially those working with the more advanced features of PubMed—likely have their own My NCBI accounts, and won’t often be starting their search from the library’s home page. This blog will explain how to import those new filters into your existing My NCBI account, so you can use them in conjunction with your existing settings and preferences. To begin, you’ll need to either log in or create an account, which can be done at the “Sign in to NCBI” link shown below.

Sign in to NCBI link

Once logged in, continue to the Settings page (titled “My NCBI” at the top of every page) and navigate to the “Filters” module, typically at the lower-right corner of the page. If you’ve never experimented with creating your own filters, you will see a message stating “You do not have any active filters for this database.” Click the link to “Add filters for the selected database” or “Manage Filters.”

Manage Filters

On this page, select “Create custom filter” and paste the following code into the “Query terms” text box. Be sure to select all text, as even leaving off an opening or closing parenthesis may break the filter.

((inprocess[sb]) OR publisher[sb] NOT (pubstatusnihms NOT pubstatuspmcsd NOT pmcbook) OR (pubstatusaheadofprint))

Adding New Filters

This is the filter to show all articles without MeSH terms assigned, and it’s a great way to ensure you’re performing as thorough a search as possible. If your search returns 0 results when using this filter, you are likely missing the most recent literature on your subject! A consultation with an HSL librarian will be a great help to troubleshoot your search strategy, and you can schedule one via Ask Us.

Once the filter has been added, be sure to “Activate” it. This will ensure every search result page displays the filter as an option for you to choose.

Activate Filter

The second filter is much longer, but the process is the same. This filter restricts results to authors with an affiliation to CU Anschutz Medical Campus and related institutions, going back to 2014. For more information on how this filter works and why it’s restricted to this timeframe, the original blog post goes into much greater detail.

To add it, create a new custom filter, then copy and paste this code into the query terms:

 ((80045[ad]) OR (80218[ad]) OR (80206[ad]) OR (80220[ad]) OR (80262[ad]) OR (ucdenver[ad] AND (Aurora or Anschutz)) OR (uchealth[ad] AND (Aurora or Anschutz)) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Health Sciences Center"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND (Medicine[ad] OR SOM[ad])) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND ("College of Nursing"[ad] OR "school of nursing"[ad] OR CON[ad] or SON[ad])) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND "Public Health"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND "Dental Medicine"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Pharmacy[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND AMC[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado AMC"[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND AMC[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Denver" AND Aurora[ad]) OR (Fitzsimons[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Denver"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Hospital"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Health"[ad]) OR ("UC Health"[ad]) OR ("Children's Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("Childrens Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("The Children's Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("Veterans Affairs"[ad] AND (Denver[ad] OR Aurora[ad])) OR (VAMC[ad] AND (Denver[ad] OR Aurora[ad])) OR ("VA Eastern" AND Denver[ad]) OR ("National Jewish"[ad]) OR (NJH[ad] AND Denver[ad]) OR ("Denver Health"[ad])) AND (2014:2018[crdt])

When these filters are active, they’ll show up on the top right of every search results page, displaying the number of relevant hits in parentheses.

End Result

As mentioned last time, if you have comments, questions, problems, or suggestions for other filters, please let us know by leaving a comment below or submitting a ticket via AskUs. There are a lot of other options we can help you explore, both in and out of PubMed, and we’re always happy to help!

–Jason Wardell, Education & Reference Intern