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 http://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org for phone numbers.   Aurora Public Libraries locations, hours and phone numbers:  http://www.auroralibrary.org

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

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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]