EndNote™ – PDF Harvesting Change & New Proxy Setting! November 28th is the Drop Dead Date to change!

EndNote Edit Menu - choose Preferences 2017-05-17Many of you use EndNote to harvest or gather PDFs in your EndNote Library.  It’s a huge time saver when you are trying to collect the articles you need for a grant or manuscript. The library has changed how we are able to do this and you need to update your settings as soon as possible. If you don’t make these changes, your copy of EndNote will stop harvesting PDFs. Our Proxy setting has changed as well – that’s the thing that authenticates you when you are not on campus and trying to harvest PDFs.  Take the time to make this change now, the new settings are already working.

In Endnote PC, go to the “Edit” drop down menu and choose “Preferences“.  For EndNote MAC, you’ll find “Preferences” under the EndNote X8 menu. Once you are in the EndNote Preferences box, make sure you have “Find Full Text” selected.


Check all 4 of the checkboxes.  The “OpenURL Path:” field should be


Copy and paste this into the field or type it very deliberately.  Uppercase matters and must be typed exactly as shown.  Include the “?” at the end.  Please note the URL begins with https.

You only need to fill in the “Authenticate with: URL:” field if you use EndNote when you are off campus.  Even if you use the OIT VPN, you need to configure the “Authenticate with” field.  If you never use EndNote from off campus then you may leave this field blank.  If you are using EndNote remotely, the “Authenticate with: URL” should be


If you need assistance or would like us to help walk you through any of these changes, you can reach the Education & Reference department in the library from 9:00am through 4:00pm at 303-724-2109.

2015 Annual MSA Capstone Event: Call for Judges

library image from capstone flyer 20152015 ANNUAL MSA


Call for Judges!

Please join the MSA Course Director and Associate Directors in a day of recognition for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine Class of 2015. It is only with faculty such as yourself, that we are able to provide an opportunity for students to explore their interests and engage in a self-directed learning experience prior to graduation.

MSA Capstone Poster Presentations and Reception

When: Thursday,
March 5, 2015

Session Times:
Session A:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Session B:
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session C:
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration for Judge Sign Up:
click on this link.

Event will take place:
Health Sciences Library
12950 E. Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80045

campus logo from Capstone flyer Each judge will be
asked to assess 3-5
posters per session

Open House for Faculty & Staff

Thursday, October 3, 2013
9:00 – 11:00 am
Health Sciences Library
3rd Floor Reading Room

Learn about campus resources that

  • Make your life easier!
  • Provide tools and support for innovation!
  • Help you use the latest technology!
  • Offer information for decision-making!

Has it been a while since you checked into the new services these groups offer? Come by and get an update.

All Faculty and Staff are invited,
especially those new
to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Stop by and find ways to work smart, not hard:

  • Academic Technology & Extended Learning (ATEL – Canvas)
  • CU Bookstore & Printing Services (Posters)
  • Educational Support Services (ESS)
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Information Technology Services (ITS)
  • Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE)
  • Office of Research Development & Education (ORDE)

A light breakfast will be provided!
Please register to assist with catering plans.

Hope to see you there!

Clinical Corner: High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Clinical CornerWith a location like Colorado, we encounter a fair number of cases involving altitude sickness.  HAPE or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema is one of the more severe types.  How do you find the right articles when looking at the journal literature?  The closest Medical Subject Heading for this condition is Altitude Sickness.  The search “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] retrieves at least 2740 citations in PubMed.  Synonym keywords you might include for better coverage for your search:  Altitude Sickness (2805), Altitude Sicknesses (1), Mountain Sickness (1184), Mountain Sicknesses (1) and you might have other phrases or wording that you might decide to use as well.  If you want to focus on particular type of altitude sickness you might need to use keywords and phrases like:  HAPE (329) or “high altitude pulmonary edema” (500) or “high altitude pulmonary oedema” (114).  This table gives you an idea of how including different synonym phrases can affect the quality of your search retrieval.

Description Search Strategy Results
Just the MeSH term “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] 2740
MeSH with MeSH as keyword phrase and entry term synonyms “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] OR “Altitude Sickness” OR “Altitude Sicknesses” OR “Mountain Sickness” OR “Mountain Sicknesses” 3044
MeSH with MeSH as keyword phrase and entry term synonyms and other identified synonyms (there could still be more) “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] OR “Altitude Sickness” OR “Altitude Sicknesses” OR “Mountain Sickness” OR “Mountain Sicknesses” OR HAPE OR “high altitude pulmonary edema” OR “high altitude pulmonary oedema” 3274
Just keyword phrases for HAPE HAPE OR “high altitude pulmonary edema” OR “high altitude pulmonary oedema” 665

You can use PubMed’s Clinical Queries to limit any of the above searches to articles about Therapy, Etiology, Prognosis, Clinical Prediction Guides or Diagnosis with a Broad/Sensitive or Narrow/Specific focus.   I’ll use the last example with just the keyword phrases for HAPE – Therapy B 163 | N 26, Etiology B 223 | N 15, Prognosis B 72 | N 5, Clinical Prediction Guides B 137 | N 5 or Diagnosis B 172 |N 4.

If you are looking for resources that may help explain this condition to a patient, MedlinePlus has several topics that may help.

Please feel free to comment on the post or contact me if you have clinical pearls, questions or great resource suggestions that we should consider for this column in HSLNews.

John.Jones@ucdenver.edu OR 303-724-2117

Clinical Corner: Clinical Pearls & Clinical Information

Clinical CornerHere’s a quick post to introduce a new column/category of the Health Sciences Library News blog.  As we have opportunities to interact with and learn from our clinical faculty and staff, we’ll turn that information around and put it out there to our broader clinical audience.  Researchers and educators might find it of interest as well.  In general, anything that builds synergy and collaboration is probably a good thing.

We already have one posting in Clinical Corner about our new subscription to JAMAevidence, which can help you around all evidence-based medicine searching, article critiques and teaching.  Any time you want to see the postings in the Clinical Corner, all you need to do is choose the Clinical Corner category from the Categories drop down menu and there you’ll have it.

Anyway, don’t hesitate to comment on the post or contact me if you have clinical pearls, questions or great resource suggestions that we should consider for this new part of the HSLNews.

John.Jones@ucdenver.edu OR 303-724-2117

PubMed’s Clinical Queries: Using Evidence Based Medicine in Clinical Situations

Clinical CornerclinicalqueriesscreenshotPubMed’s Clinical Queries can save you time when trying to incorporate evidence based medicine or evidence based practice into the fast-paced and time sensitive clinical environment or other patient settings.  Clinical Queries gives you a fast and easy way to throw in a few search terms and limit to one of five categories – Therapy, Etiology (Harm/Causation), Prognosis, Diagnosis, & Clinical Prediction Guide – and begin to see some of the best types of articles related to the category and your search terms.  Clinical Queries also allows you to limit the scope of your search to Broad/Sensitive – where the search includes more citations even if they may be more peripheral or less relevant – or Narrow/Specific – where the search may miss some citations but is trying to identify the most relevant core citations.  When you search Clinical Queries to find citations concerning the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (dvt) with the use of compression stockings during traveling, you’ll get results similar to this (Table results searched as of 3/25/2013).

Number of PubMed Citations Found: Search Strategy by Category & Scope
Clinical Query
Therapy Etiology
(Harm / Causation)
Diagnosis Clinical Prediction Guide
Broad Narrow Broad Narrow Broad Narrow Broad Narrow Broad Narrow
deep vein thrombosis 12166 3333 28459 2227 26308 3268 22434 1110 9529 253
deep vein thrombosis AND
compression stockings
183 51 572 114 597 82 242 4 136 5
deep vein thrombosis AND
compression stockings AND
8 4 26 4 39 9 5 0 7 0

You can see that as you add applicable search terms with the Boolean operator ‘AND’ you can quickly  reduce the number of appropriate citations that you’ll need to wade through to find good relevant evidence to support or deny the use of compression stockings to prevent (prognosis) DVT when traveling.

If this is new to you, schedule a consultation with one of our librarians for more info about using Clinical Queries as well as other searching tips and tricks we can help you with.

[John Jones, Librarian]

Heroin Addiction Pearls

Clinical CornerAt Internal Medicine Report involving a case of potential infection and heroin addiction, one of the infection vectors brought up was – did the person reuse needles?  For a lot of practitioners that probably seems like a pretty obvious question but one of the Hospitalists brought up a couple of other transmission vectors for practitioners to consider when looking for potential infection sources when dealing with needle administered drug addictions.  Here’s 3 things to think about when working with potential infection and a needle drug addiction:

  • Does the person reuse needles?
  • Does the person lick the needle before injection?
  • Has the person put the needle plunger in their ear?

The hospitalist conveyed that a wide held belief among injection drug users is that licking the needle will make the tip sharper and therefore ease the insertion.  You can easily see that if this is their practice, injection drug users are opening themselves up to any number of contaminates from the mouth and saliva.

Did they stick the plunger where?  Apparently as needle plungers become less effective, addicts may use ear wax to create a tighter seal to prolong the use of the needle which introduces another transmission vector for infections or pathogens.

If you know of other journal articles,  pearls or questions like this or have anything else to add, please comment below or send me the information to update this posting – John.Jones@ucdenver.edu.

Here’s some articles that may be of interest: