Library Classes for Fall

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HSL librarians Christi Piper and Ben Harnke review drug information resources with first-year Pharmacy students

Welcome back! The Education & Reference Department has a great lineup of classes and training opportunities for fall.

Regular Classes

Each semester, there are a number of in-library classes offering expert training, including:

  • Getting Started & Finding Full Text
  • EndNote Installation & Open Lab; EndNote User Training
  • Copyright & Fair Use
  • Searching PubMed
  • Answering Clinical Questions in Real Time
  • Introduction to Public Health Resources
  • Searching for the Evidence

We also offer a monthly series of hands-on workshops called “Data and Dulces,” which is focused on biomedical data science tools and topics like R and RStudio, version control, SQL databases, and data cleaning with OpenRefine.

View the Library’s complete classes calendar to read descriptions and to check days and times. Sign-up is required, and classes fill fast and early!

Special Classes

If you’d like instruction beyond what is offered in these regular classes, or if you are faculty looking for curriculum-based library instruction, please let us know more about your needs by filling out the Special Class form. We can mix and match from the topics listed above with a discipline-specific focus, if desired. Time-permitting, we can also cover topics such as data management, keeping track of research output, or expert searching in other resources. We take our show on the road, too; we are happy to come to your classroom.

Coming Soon: Introduction to Nursing Resources

Coming this later this semester, Education & Reference staff will be adding an introduction for students and faculty in nursing programs to its lineup of regular classes. Topics will include searching databases specific to the discipline (i.e., CINAHL) as well as successful online research strategies. Watch the Academic Announcements email list for for future dates for this and other opportunities!

Leaving Anschutz Medical Campus? Suggestions for a Smooth Transition

It’s that time of year! Students, residents, fellows, and faculty prepare to leave the Anschutz Medical Campus to advance their careers – an exciting, and occasionally overwhelming, prospect! After you have left the Anschutz Medical Campus, you will no longer have access to the Health Science Library’s resources, so here are some suggested steps and resources to help you transition.

Before You Go

PubMed: Change Your NCBI Email and Set Up Search Queries

Once you have officially left AMC and the University, you will no longer have access to your @ucdenver.edu email. To ensure NCBI account access–password resets and notifications are sent to your email stored in your NCBI profile–be sure to update your NCBI account with an email that you will still be able to access.

Many of you will continue to search MEDLINE via the freely-available PubMed interface. PubMed allows you to save searches and receive regular updates on current research in your field. To learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save searches in PubMed, visit the My NCBI web page. If you’d like a hand doing this, call us at (303) 724-2152 or fill out the AskUs contact form.

Ovid: Email Yourself Your Search Strategies

If you will have access to Ovid databases at your new institution, we suggest that you email yourself any saved searches before your Ovid account with the Health Sciences Library expires. You can then recreate your searches in your new Ovid account. We can help with this, too–call us at (303) 724-2152 or fill out the AskUs contact form.

At Your New Gig

Do you have an institutional library?

If you will be affiliated with a hospital, health system, or academic institution, you may have access to a library or information center. Check the institution’s website or contact colleagues to find out about library services. Reach out to the health sciences library staff at your new institution; they will be a valuable source of information about your new organization in addition to clinical and research information.

Are you near any local libraries, public and/or academic?

Visit the public library in your new location and ask about resources. Even libraries in small towns may offer access to major medical and science journals. Also, libraries at colleges and universities sometimes offer services to local communities, so if you will be located near a public college or university, explore the options they provide–usually, you must visit the physical library to use online resources. If you are still in the Denver area, you are welcome to use the Health Sciences Library by visiting the building.

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Personal Subscriptions/Membership Benefits

Subscribe to Point-of-care Tools

If your new institution does not provide access to clinical point-of-care resources, consider a personal subscription. Test drive the resources offered by the Health Sciences Library before you leave. Note that memberships in professional organizations may provide you with access to resources; for example, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American College of Physicians (ACP), and American Medical Association (AMA) offer discounted or complimentary access to DynaMed. Current individual subscription prices for some of these products are provided below.

Take advantage of resources that are free or available with professional memberships

The benefits of membership in professional societies usually include access to the society’s publications or discounts on other resources. For example,  There are also many resources that are available for free – a selection of these is below.

  • BioMed Central: 300+ peer-reviewed open access health sciences journals.
  • bioRxiv: a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals: 10,000+ open access journals in all subjects including dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health.
  • Disease Management Project: Online medical textbook from the Cleveland Clinic.
  • FreeBooks4Doctors:  360+ medical textbooks arranged by specialty.
  • Free Medical Journals: 4000+ medical/health journals.
  • HighWire Press Free Online Full-Text Articles: a massive archive of full-text articles on a variety of topics including medicine. Some are free, some require payment.
  • Medscape: Healthcare information from various medical publishers (registration is required).
  • Medscape Reference: Directory of information on more than 7,000 diseases and disorders; includes images and multimedia content.
  • Univadis: Medical news, online learning resources, and diagnostic tools (registration is required).
  • NCBI Bookshelf: A collection of online biomedical books from the National Library of Medicine.
  • PLoS Journals: Open access, peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
  • PMC (PubMed Central): A free full-text archive of nearly 4.8 million articles in the biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Library of Medicine.
  • RxList, The Internet Drug Index: An easy-to-search database of information about prescription medications. It includes a drug identification image database.

Resources for All

Sign Up for Loansome Doc

If you are joining an institution with a library, you should be able to request articles using their interlibrary loan program. However, if you are entering private practice or joining an organization without a library, consider opening a Loansome Doc account to obtain copies of journal articles (usually for a fee) from a hospital or academic medical library in your area. To find out about your options for document delivery and other support services, contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at 1-800-338-7657 or custserv@nlm.nih.gov.

Download Free/Inexpensive Apps

While many apps are linked to subscription-based products, there are some great inexpensive and free apps. The following are free unless noted:

The faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Library wish you the very best of luck as you move on to exciting new endeavors! If we can be of any assistance as you plan your departure, please call us at (303) 724-2152 or fill out the AskUs contact form.

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