Strauss Library is Closed! Most library services available online!

Starting March 16 at 6 p.m. and until further notice, the Strauss Health Sciences Library building is closed, No library services are available in the building. CU Anschutz Badge Access is still allowed. NOTE: Access will be monitored and limited to 7am-midnight, 7 days/week.

While in the library, for your safety, please maintain:

1.      One (1) person per study room

2.      Ten (10) foot distance between others at all times

More information on the CU Anschutz campus response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the building is closed, you can still get help and use the library’s resources online!

This was written by Lisa, you can contact AskUs with questions.

CDC launches new FREE eLearning course addressing health literacy, limited English proficiency, and cultural differences

9 out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use health information when it’s unfamiliar, complex or jargon-filled. Limited health literacy costs the healthcare system money and results in higher than necessary morbidity and mortality.

Health care professionals and non-medical staff can register for Effective Communication for Healthcare Teams: Addressing Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency and Cultural Differences. The lessons and practice activities in this course help healthcare professionals assess their patients’ health literacy and language needs and practice culturally competent care.

Continuing education provided for

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Certified Health Education Specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Certified Public Health Professionals

Register for this FREE Course today by setting up your CDC TRAIN profile and launching the course at

If you have questions please contact

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.

Welcome to Anschutz! Tips for New Students, Faculty, and Staff

Now that you’ve had a little time to settle in, purchase your textbooks, and figure out where you can get lunch, we want to extend a warm welcome from the faculty and staff at your Health Sciences Library here on campus! The Health Sciences Library website is the gateway for many resources you’ll use for your studies and research.

From our website, you can:

  • Access library resources (using your PassportID credentials if you’re off-campus)
  • Click the Ask Us! link to contact a librarian by phone, chat, or email for quick questions, customized one-on-one research consultation appointments, or anything else you may need help with
  • Review our Getting Started at the Library & Finding Full Text Online resource guide to learn essential skills for new library users (other tutorials and classes are available)
  • Use SearchHSL from the homepage to explore electronic books, journals, and other resources that contain information on your research topic
  • Register for “Getting Started At The Library” or sign up for other library classes for help with PubMed, EndNote, and other resources
  • Renew your library books online, and get copies of materials that CU does not own from a wide network of libraries using Interlibrary Loan
  • Find an electronic textbook to help you study and learn!

Although you can get to most Library resources without ever leaving your home, there are many reasons to visit the Library:

  • Access library resources from your laptop via the campus WiFi
  • Check out laptops with pre-loaded applications, art, and productivity tools for 5 days!
  • Use any of 48 computer workstations in the Information Commons, some with unique software like SPSS and SAS, VH Dissector Pro, and MS Office. One workstation is equipped with ZoomText for the visually impaired and four have document scanners
  • Get help locating evidence-based information, clinical care information, or primary source articles
  • Reserve one of our group study rooms  (majority of rooms are first-come-first-served).
  • You can connect your laptop to the flat-panel LCD screens to display a presentation or website, or use the mobile whiteboards to facilitate group study sessions (check out dry erase markers from the Service Desk)
  • Study or take a break outdoors on any one of several library patios. Wireless internet and electrical outlets are available on the patios
  • Reserve one of the library’s several meeting rooms for your group meeting of 12-50 participants

Especially for students:

 The Health Sciences Library offers many services specifically for students:

 Especially for Staff and Faculty!

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you! Best wishes on your new journey and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the library.

What are your 3 library wishes?

Library Wishes Genie LampIf the Library Genie granted you three library wishes, what would they be?  Now you have the opportunity to let us know!

Submit your three wishes to the library genie today!  Your wishes will be anonymous, but if you’d be willing to talk more with us about your wishes you can include your name and e-mail address.

  • Are there resources or services you’d like to see the library offer?
  • Has the library implemented enhancements that you’d like to see more of?
  • How could the library better assist you with your research, education or clinical needs?

Financial Literacy Seminars: Building Credit New


Undergraduate seniors leave school with an average of $4,100 in credit card debt. Are you in control of the cards in your wallet?

The Health Sciences Library is teaming up with the Fitzsimons Credit Union for a FREE seminar about building credit.

13 Nov 2014 (Thu)
Location: Teaching Lab 1

In this 90 minute presentation you will learn:

  • Why you should care about credit.
  • What the credit CARD Act of 2009 means for you.
  • Tips for using credit wisely…for life.
  • How to build a solid credit history.
  • What to do if you lose your credit card.

Register Today!  Limited to 15 participants.

**Lunch will be provided.**

August 13th Webinar on the NEW NCBI Variation Viewer!

NCBI logoOn August 13th, NCBI will host a webinar entitled “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation”. This presentation will show you how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and database identifiers (RefSNP, Variant region IDs) using NCBI’s new Variation Viewer.   You will learn how to browse the genome, navigate by gene or exon, filter results by one or more categories including allele frequencies from 1000 Genomes or GO-ESP, and link to related information in NCBI’s molecular databases and medical genetics resources such as ClinVar, MedGen and GTR. You will also be shown how to upload your own data to add to the display, and download results. Anyone who works with clinical or research variation data will find that the Variation Viewer provides a convenient and powerful way to access human variation data in a genomic context that is fully integrated with all other NCBI tools and databases. Register Now for this webinar!  Space is limited and this announcement is going out nation-wide!   [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

NCBI Gene Resources Discovery Recorded Webinars Now Available

Did you miss any of the wonderful training webinars provided by the National Center of Biotechnology Information?

NCBI logo

Archived recordings are now available, type in your name and email to access the recordings:

WED Feburary 12  “Sequences and Genomes” (handouts)     ARCHIVED VIDEO

THURS February 13   “Proteins, domains, and structures” (handouts)      ARCHIVED VIDEO

WED February 19    “NCBI BLAST”  (handouts)     ARCHIVED VIDEO

THURS February 20   “Human variation and disease genes”  (handouts)    ARCHIVED VIDEO

Peter Cooper

Join Peter Cooper, PhD, to explore and discover how you can leverage NCBI’s powerful resources for your own research during four 2 hour webinar sessions. Each recording focuses on a unique set of resources that support specific research domains.  The NCBI Discovery Workshops comprise four workshops that will teach you how to use the NCBI Web resources more effectively.

Peter Cooper ( directs the scientific outreach and training program for the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. Peter has conducted and developed training courses for biologists in the use of NBCI molecular databases and has provided scientific user support for the NCBI since 1998. Prior to joining the NCBI Peter pursued diverse biological research interests including peptide neurochemistry, marine environmental toxicology, and taught biology and chemistry. Peter earned a BS from Virginia Tech, a MA in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science in 1996.

This webinar series was scheduled at the request of the Health Sciences Library – Ask Us for help with:

• Access to full text journals and ebooks
• Free consultations on your research topic and help with searching databases such as PubMed
• Professional literature searching
• EndNote reference manager and manuscript style software training and support
• Adding your work to our Digital Collections of Colorado to store, preserve and share your ideas with the world
• Reserving meeting rooms for groups of 10 to 60, reserving computer teaching labs for 15-45
• Just about anything – we’ll see if we can help, and if not, we’ll try to connect you to someone who can!

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

EndNote Training

ALL of our EndNote classes are full through the end of 2013!

While we sort out how to keep up with demand for EndNote training your options are:

  •  a handout on our website:  Introduction to EndNote
  • offers their own classes online in live webinars and recorded tutorials. (Roll over the Training tab to select an option)
  • An individual training session scheduled at your convenience.  Use our Ask Us form and select “I need to schedule a consultation” in the Ask a Question or Schedule a Consultation menu
  • Get your own group together to request a class.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

EndNote Basic Tutorial Now Available!

EndNote Web recently changed its name to EndNote Basic.  It’s still the great, free resource for reference management. And now it supports uploads of up to 2 GBs of attached documents, allowing you to keep your article pdfs and files in the cloud!

Please view a video tutorial if you’d like to learn how to sign up for an account via Web of Science, load references into your EndNote Web library from Web of Science, Google Scholar, or PubMed, and output the references in a reference list in a particular style and use “Cite While You Write” in MS Word.

Also available:

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Searching for Evidence Based Information

Learn the best resources for searching for evidence based information at the Library’s Searching for the Evidence class.

The class objectives include:

  • Recognize options for limiting literature search retrieval to valid and reliable research studies appropriate for clinical decision making;
  • Search The Cochrane Library, Dynamed, FIRSTConsult, and other clinical information support resources;
  • Limit an Ovid or EMBASE search to evidence based limits;
  • Search PubMed MEDLINE using “Clinical Queries” and learn to set up NCBI filters for EBHC

Can’t make it to class?  You have other options:

  1. View a set of video tutorials anytime, anywhere to learn skills for Searching for Evidence Based Information
  2. Make an appointment online with a librarian for training at a convenient day and time at your office, a conference room, or in the Library
  3. Review the Resource Guide, Evidence Based Health Care (EBHC), and learn about more resources supporting evidence based health care.

Questions?  Contact an education or reference librarian to discuss your training or searching needs so that we can tailor your session to your specific learning or searching tasks.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Project Management: Get it Done With Limited Resources and Everyone Still Speaking to Each Other!

Do you want to start off 2012 with ways to improve your work?

Are you looking for ideas to be more efficiently and effectively on projects?

Plan to attend Project Management: Get it Done With Limited Resources and Everyone Still Speaking to Each Other!

Mark your calendar for this three-part series offered online on the following Wednesdays.

January 18  noon – 1 p.m. (Mountain)

February 1  noon – 1 p.m. (Mountain)

February 15  noon – 1 p.m. (Mountain)

More information will be forthcoming or you can contact Sharon Morris<

This course is paid for by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sharon Morris

Director of Library Development

Colorado State Library

Colorado Department of Education

201 E. Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80203

(303) 866-6730

The Writing Center of UCD continues operations and hours out of the Information Commons @ HSL

The Writing Center provides one-on-one assistance to undergraduate and graduate students from the Anschutz Medical Campus at the Health Sciences Library’s Information Commons. In the Center, trained graduate consultants offer help with writing of all kinds, including essays, proposals, dissertations, resumes, and scholarship applications. Come Visit, room 1204 in the Information Commons at the library on AMC.

Please note that Writing Center services are fluid across campuses, meaning that AMC students can visit the main Center on the Auraria Campus (and vice versa). 

Spring 2011 Workshops on the AMC

Citation and Documentation: APA

Presenter: Sean McCandless

In this session, participants will be shown the basics of citation in APA style. This workshop is designed for students from all majors who would like to have a better understanding of how to cite. Page format, in-text citations, and bibliographies will be covered.


March 10th, 5-6pm, Anschutz Medical Campus
Click here to register

Writing Process 1 & 2

Presenters: Sean McCandless, Virginia Nichols

This workshop — a combination of our Writing Process Parts 1 & 2 workshops — is designed specifically for AMC students who need practice in writing effective academic essays. Participants will learn essentials of developing content and organization; composing a research proposal/prospectus; drafting an effective thesis statement; approaching research and incorporating information; forming paragraphs and sections; writing effective introductions, conclusions, and abstracts; avoiding wordiness; and maintaining paragraph- and sentence-level clarity (including active v. passive voice, pronoun usage, and descriptive language).


March 18th, 10am-12pm, Anschutz Medical Campus
Click here to register  

Writing a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director

This workshop is designed for both graduate students who are considering a career in higher education and instructors/faculty who are interested in revising their CVs. The workshop will provide an overview of creating a Curriculum Vitae: a specialized academic resume. We will discuss who needs a C.V. and why, what goes in a C.V., and examine a variety of professional samples. Time will also be allotted to look at drafts of your own C.V.


March 23rd, 12-2pm, Anschutz Medical Campus
Click here to register 

Writing a Literature Review

Presenter: Sean McCandless

In this workshop, participants will be shown the basics of crafting an effective literature review. The workshop will cover methods of approaching research, analyzing information, grouping sources, finding common themes and contentions, and expressing the findings in a clear and direct way.


March 18th, 12-2pm, Anschutz Medical Campus
Click here to register 

Personal Statements & Letters of Intent

Presenter: Caitrin Blake

The workshop will define the subtle differences between personal statements, directed application essays, and letters of intent. It will also discuss what should and should not be included in each, common mistakes, and addressing academic transgressions. The workshop will culminate with a few directed writing and brainstorming exercises in order to get students thinking of ways to begin the essay and topics they can cover. 


March 11th, 2-3pm, Anschutz Medical Campus
Click here to register

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Open House for Faculty and Staff

Join us for an Open House on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8:30 am at the Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Learn about resources and services available from:

  • Health Sciences Library
  • Educational Support Services (ESS)
  • Academic Technology & Extended Learning (Blackboard)
  • The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Analysis


Breakfast will be provided!

Please register to assist with catering planning:


Questions can be directed to Lisa Traditi,, (303) 724-2141