The Health Sciences Library does not have print copies of tax forms or instruction booklets for federal or state taxes. Instead, we offer access to web based forms and resources for tax preparation.

Library staff members suggest the following web sites for printable forms, instructions, and information:

Need to check gains or losses for a stock or another kind of fund?  Try the Companies/Markets historical data information from the Factiva database:

Click on the Companies/Markets link at the top of the screen. Select the Instrument and type in the ticker symbol or abbreviation for the instrument. Click Historical and pick the time period and format for the report

If you wish to print information or tax forms from these web sites in the Health Sciences Library, a copy card will be needed and printing will cost 10 cents/page.

Many Colorado libraries may have forms or reproducible forms, but it is best to call for information, since not all libraries distribute forms. Click on “FIND A LIBRARY” at for phone numbers.   Aurora Public Libraries locations, hours and phone numbers:

Federal forms can also be picked up at the IRS Office, 1999 Broadway (corner of Broadway and 19th Street) Denver, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Colorado Forms only at the Colorado Department of Revenue 1375 Sherman Street – Lobby  8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Lifehacker suggests “Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life”

At the Health Sciences Library we strive to help you be a better clinician, researcher, staff member, or student by offering useful resources, free consultations with librarians (use that Ask Us button that sits to the right side of every Library webpage), great study spaces and resources, and even walk stations (so you can get a bit of exercise while you work).   We even granted your wish for 24/7 access to the Library!

But did you know that the library offers fiction and non-fiction general books and a Medical Humanities collection?  LifehackerLifeHacker, an online how to and efficiency guide, proposes that reading fiction can help you become more empathetic, understand the inevitability of change, stimulate curiosity, and improve your ability to communicate.

You’ll find books to help you take a break from life, work, and study, while improving your life:

1.  In our fiction and n0n-fiction general leisure reading collection on the Library’s first floor east alcove

2. In our Drs. Henry & Janet Claman Medical Humanities collection in the Library’s third floor Carl and Kay Bartecchi Special Collections room.

3. From another library in the Prospector library network.  Books, cds, dvds, and other materials are available from a wide variety of public and academic libraries throughout Colorado.  Materials are delivered for free to the Health Sciences Library for pickup. Simply search Prospector for and request any item marked “available” for loan.  Plan ahead, since it can typically take 5-8 days for delivery of items.

We make it easy to take a break with a good read!


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

‘Tis the season for identity theft

Protect yourself from identity theft!

University of Colorado Denver Communications offers Ten Ways to Keep From Being Fleeced Online during the holiday online shopping season.

The Colorado State Attorney General‘s office has tips to help you avoid being a victim of many varieties of identity theft.

Several high-profile data breaches of retailers have occurred recently.  The Colorado State Publications Library blog has provided some tips gathered from state publications to help you prepare for or recover from data breaches that can result in identity theft.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Read more about Vesalius


Humanities journal Hektoen International concludes their celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius with a summary of articles about Vesalius and anatomy as a discipline.

·        Vesalius: spirit of excellence and inquiry

·        Leonardo and the reinvention of anatomy

·        Andreas Vesalius: Wesel to Basel

·        Vesalius in Pisa

·        In pursuit of a new anatomy

·        Vesalius: the true face of anatomy

·        Neuroanatomy: a transition in understanding and observation

·        Andreas Vesalius’ audience speaks out

·        Paracelsus: physician and alchemist

·        Anatomy before Vesalius

Other anatomy-related articles are also now assembled in the Science and Anatomy section of the Hektorama part of the Journal. Look for articles about dissection, Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, and the artistic paintings and preparations of Bidloo, Ruysch, and Bernardino Genga.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Happy Birthday! Google Scholar Turns Ten

ScholarDo you use Google Scholar?  November 18th marked the 10th anniversary of the search engine that boasts that it helps scholars “See Farther Faster”.  The brainchild of Google search engine staff Alex Alex Verstak and Anurag Acharya, Scholar now provides access to over 160 million scholarly articles.

Scholar allows an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to searching, so that the more terms searched, the better results can be relevancy ranked and presented to users.  Unlike many databases, Scholar searches full text of articles, patents, legal citations, conference papers & posters, and books, as well as other meta-data associated with the item, then relevancy ranks results using an algorithm that weights items cited more often. This presentation of results highlights classic or influential writings on a topic, while a date range feature allows users to refine results to more recent years.

Scholar offers useful features that have been developed over its first ten years:

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Download citations to citation management tools, such as Bibtex or EndNote
  • Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile

While Scholar can be a powerful tool for discovering the literature by an author or on a topic, it should be only one stop in the researcher’s journey.  Scholar is not without pitfalls.  Predatory journal expert Jeffrey Beall recently warned that Scholar is opening the doors to “junk science” by failing to be selective enough in its inclusion criteria. Beall proposes that, “To remain relevant and valuable. Google Scholar needs to limit the database to articles from authentic and respected scholarly publications. . .”

Using Scholar in conjunction with resources such as PubMed, EMBASE or Web of Science, as well as common sense, good critical appraisal skills, and knowledge of the literature of a field can mitigate the effects of Scholar’s lack of selectivity.

The last ten years have been a period of tremendous change in the world of online research.  Google Scholar has been there every step of the way innovating and evolving.  Scholar should continue to remain relevant and useful to researchers, providing one valuable tool in a large toolbox of literature search tools.


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Submit your art, prose or poetry to 2015 The Human Touch arts anthology

Human Touch call 2014Faculty, staff, students, patients, and friends of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are invited to submit Prose, Poetry, Photography, and Graphic Arts for publication in the 2015 Edition of The Human Touch.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2014

Please read and follow the submission instructions.

Direct questions or concerns to: <> or <>

Volumes 1- 7 are available in digital format.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Population Health Added to PubMed Special Queries

The NLM PubMed Special Queries page includes a link to a new MEDLINE/PubMed Population Health search.

A definition for population health is “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. The field of population health includes health outcomes, patterns of health determinants, and policies and interventions that link these to differences between groups of people.” 1/  

The Population Health search strategy allows public health or health policy researchers begin a search.  You can refine that search by adding specific topics to narrow the results.  The NLM provides more information on refining the results and what terms are included in the search strategy.

From Abbey, Dana. “News from NN/LM MCR”, September 30, 2014.


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Connect to NIH’s Many News Feeds!

What hNIH logoas 117 Twitter Feeds, 98 Newsletters (email based), 67 Facebook Pages, 55 RSS Feeds, 29 YouTube Channels, 17 Blogs, 13 LinkedIn Profiles, 9 Pinterest Brands, 9 Audio Podcast Streams, 7 Google+ pages, 5 Flickr Communities, 5 Video Podcast Streams, and 1 Tumblr microblog?

21 National Institutes of Health, 6 Centers, and 5 Related Organizations, that’s who!

Find valuable feeds, links, tweets, images, and other information easily using a list that gathers all these news and learning opportunities so you can pick and choose based on the ways you like to receive informaiton.

Check out the list and subscribe today!


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

FYI: Demonstrate your scholarly impact!

One of the many challenges faced by scholars is to demonstrate their value and impact within their field of expertise and study. In addition, institutions look for ways to measure the intellectual output of their researchers as part of their overall performance evaluation process. This information can also help an organization’s leadership with making critical decisions in which research areas to support or build and contribute insights to strategic planning. Alternatively, identifying high impact research papers can help single out key players in a specific discipline and create possible networking opportunities for those breaking into the field.

The “Impact Metrics Road Map” was developed by the Medical Library Association‘s Scholarly Communication Committee to showcase key websites that deal with a variety of available measurement tools or point the reader to interesting initiatives. This map serves as a starting place for those with a recent interest in this area and may also be of interest to scholars who want to find additional resources. Traditional approaches/tools to measuring research impact are listed as well as AltMetrics (Attention Metrics), which are quickly developing due to the popularity of social media and the ever expanding digital environment.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Communicate your research with emojis?

A tongue-in-cheek Twitter hashtag has emerged following a challenge to academics to write more clearly and powerfully.

Researchers condense their research into tweets using emojis, those little symbols that stand in for emotions and concepts.

#emojiresearch  provides a clever way for you to communicate your research focus – can you meet the challenge?

Need an emoji lexicon?  Try:

Or to translate those tweets, try:


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Free Online Web of Science Training Opportunities – Register Today!

WoSlogoNAVIGATE WEB OF SCIENCE LIKE A PRO!  Science citing and research is just a keyboard away! 

New to Web of Science or just want a refresher? Join their trainers for live training sessions. Sessions range from 30 minutes to one hour and include a presentation by WoS’ experienced Customer Education team members, followed by a question and answer period ensuring you leave with the knowledge you need!  Sessions fill up quickly, so register today to secure your spot!

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CAN”T JOIN A LIVE SESSION? View a recorded training session whenever you need it!

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

FYI: 2014 Legislative Blue Book

The Blue Book provides voter information on ballot measures.The Colorado 2014 Legislative Blue Book is available in pdf and mp3 formats (courtesy of the Colorado Talking Book Library).

The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure. The analysis may also include any other information that will help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure.

Article V, Section 1 (7.5), Colorado Constitution, and Section 1-40-124.5, Colorado Revised Statutes, require the Legislative Council Staff to prepare the ballot information booklet prior to each election in which a statewide issue will appear on the ballot.

Need to register to vote?  If you wish to receive a mail-in ballot register as soon as possible!

If you need information about voting in local elections contact your city or county clerk.

Happy voting!


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]