Appendix articles Mar - Apr 2012

  1. Cancellation of “Clinical Evidence”

    During the month of April the Health Sciences Library requested user feedback on a variety of Point of Care Tools.  It is no longer economically feasible for the library to continue subscribing to all of these resources but we wanted to get feedback from our users before making cancellation decisions.

    The feedback the library received about the Point of Care Tools was outstanding and extremely helpful!  Some of the feedback appears as comments to the blog post from April 3, 2012.

    Based on the initial review of feedback received and the usage statistics for these products, it was clear that the Health Sciences Library should end its subscription to Clinical Evidence.  We will not be renewing our subscription to Clinical Evidence and we will lose access on May 3, 2012.

    The feedback for the remaining Point of Care Tools needs more analysis and we will be working on that for the next couple of weeks.  Watch for future postings telling our final decisions!

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  2. Getting Started With Papers

    The Library recently hosted a "Getting Started with Papers for Mac" session, led by Dr. Mike Pascoe, an early adopter of Papers and Papers super-user.

    We were able to record the session.  Watch a video of a "Getting Started with Papers for Mac" class (March 27, 2012) hosted by the Health Sciences Library and taught by Papers super-user and anatomy instructor Mike Pascoe.

    View or print the slide set [PDF]    View or print the class handout [PDF]

    NOTE:Due to a technical problem, the audio volume is extremely low.  Turn up the volume on your computer and the video panel all the way.
    For better audio use a USB headphone with adjustable volume.

    The Health Sciences Library does not have staff that are trained to support Papers at this time.  However, we can offer the following links to help campus Papers users:

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]

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  3. New exhibit in Gallery - and Opening Reception

    The "Analogue Love" photography display by Mary Norbury-Glaser (Barbara Davis Center) is currently on display in the Gallery. This collection of photographs is created using plastic cameras and analogue film. In this day of digital photography, film photography has become nearly a lost art. Most people are immersed in technology and seek digital perfection. Mary uses lo-fi techniques to create photographs untouched by graphics editing software. What you see is what the camera sees - imperfect and unpredictable.

    An Opening Reception for "Analogue Love" will be held on Friday, May 4th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  If you are free, stop by to meet Mary and see her art.

    The exhibit will be on display through May 31st, 2012.

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  4. April is National Autism Awareness Month

    Autism is a complex developmental disability that generally involves problems of social interaction and communication. Often referred to as a “spectrum” disorder, Autism is better characterized as a group of disorders that have similar features. All of the causes of Autism are not known, but most scientists agree that genetic factors play a role (See the CDC link below for more information on causes). As of yet there is no cure for Autism, but there are a number of treatment options that can help minimize the symptoms.

    Autism is a growing source of concern among the American public. Recent figures suggest that as many as 1 in 88 children have the disorder. Parents face costs ranging from $3.5 million to $5 million to care for an Autistic child according to the Autism Society ( Researchers believe that growing rates of Autism do not necessarily reflect an expansion of the disorder, but rather better detection and diagnosis on the part of health care providers.

    No doubt due to frustrating gaps in the understanding of Autism, there is wide-spread speculation about its causes. Perhaps the most popular belief is a link between Autism and vaccines. The Center for Disease control has reviewed the issue and concludes that there is not an association between vaccine use, in particular the vaccine preservative thimerosal, and Autism. Read more at:  (

    A good place to get an overview of the disorder is the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus ( and the National Institute of Health ( For data on prevalence and other background information, see the Center for Disease Control website (

    The Health Sciences Library also offers books about the diagnosis, treatment and research of Autism.

    [Ben Harnke, Reference Librarian]

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  5. FYI: Advice for getting that dissertation done!

    Many factors can prevent dissertation completion.  Don’t let procrastination affect you! Rachel Herrmann, a history PhD student, offers advice that applies to dissertation authors across disciplines. Her recent Chronicle of Higher Education column outlined some techniques for procrastinators to help them stay on track.

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]

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  6. Basic science journal searching made easy with Quertle

    Quertle is a search engine offering an innovative approach to basic science searching. Quertle’s creators realized that often molecular biology searching is focused on subject-verb-object relationships (triplets), such as "A causes B".  They’ve captured millions of these relationships in order to enhance searching PubMed and other US government databases and documents, news, whitepapers, and posters.

    At the heart of effective Quertle searching is the use of Power Terms.  Power Terms are short cuts that encapsulate whole classes of terms for which you might want to search.  For instance, I can use the Power Term $Genes to stand in for any gene name or $Proteins for any gene product.  I can even be more specific and use $ProteinKinases or $SignalingProteins.

    Here’s a search that you can try in Quertle:

    $Protein $Action $Disease inflammation

    On the left of your results there’s a list of filters.  Narrow your results by adding terms, limit to recent years of publication or publication type, choose specific key concepts with a relationship to one of your search terms, or add other general concepts. Export your results in RIS format for import into your favorite citation management software. You can even register with Quertle to save your favorite search filters to apply to future searches and access the Health Sciences Library’s fulltext journals.

    If you’ve found PubMed’s approach to searching frustrating when searching in the domain of molecular biology, then Quertle might be the discovery tool for you! Ask Us if you’d like to investigate Quertle with a librarian to see if it meets your searching needs or to learn more about the many search tools that provide an alternative PubMed.

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]

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  7. BioMed Central - Supporter Membership cancelled

    In these difficult financial times it is imperative that we allocate the library’s collection budget in a manner that will provide the best tools for the majority of our users.  Unfortunately that means having to make difficult decisions regarding resource cancellations.  The CU system libraries have decided to cancel their supporter membership to BioMed Central effective April 10, 2012.  Please rest assured that almost all of BioMed Central’s content is open access so Anschutz Medical Campus users will continue to maintain access to the journal articles.  The CU system libraries are cancelling our supporter membership which gave authors a 15% discount on the author fees to publish in a BioMed Central journal.  What the CU system libraries found after reviewing our supporter membership is that very few faculty took advantage of the discount and that even with the discount faculty members still had to pay a large fee.

    The CU system libraries, including the Health Sciences Library, is very committed to open access (OA) and we are looking for other ways to support publishing in OA journals.  If you have questions or would like more information please contact Melissa De Santis, Deputy Director at (303) 724-1748 or

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  8. FYI: Is your C.V. well crafted?

    In a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, "The Rhetoric of the CV,"  writer Joshua Eyler encourages you to think about the message your C.V. communicates.

    Do you need to create or revise your CV to send the best possible message about your work?  Register for the University of Colorado Denver Writing Center workshop: Writing a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

    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.

    Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director
    Dates/Times: April 20th, 12-2pm, Anschutz Medical Campus: Health Sciences Library, Teaching Lab 1 & 2

    ADDED June 12, 2012: On Hiring, a blog from the Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more advice:  Fluffy CV’s and Cluttered Ones


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  9. HSL LibX browser toolbar - 2.0 edition now available

    The LibX browser toolbar is like taking the library with you on the web! Now available in version 2.0, the toolbar is now available for both Firefox and Google Chrome. more info | download

    Sitting innocuously near the top right of your browser, a simple click on the icon brings up a search prompt. A selection of search targets are available, including the library's FindIt Discovery Tool, Find Journals portal, IMPULSE library catalog, Pubmed, Prospector, Google Scholar, and Wikipedia. Search results open up in a new browser tab.

    Users can also try out the right click functionality including DOIs and Pubmed ID (PMID) formats. Simply highlight any term and right click to obtain a number of LibX search options including Pubmed and Google Scholar. Right clicking can also be useful when you are off campus. Wherever you are and wherever you are on the Web, simply right click any journal web page to reformat the URL and sign in through EZproxy to get to the full text.

    Try it today!

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  10. Input Needed! Library resources being considered for possible cancellation

    The Health Sciences Library subscribes to a number of “point-of-care” tools.  These are online information resources for answering patient-related questions during the daily practice of healthcare providers.  The aim of these resources is to synthesize available evidence on major clinical topics.  Some basic features shared by these tools include:

    • Synthesis of current evidence for diagnosis, interventions and therapy
    • Designed for rapid consultation at the point of patient care
    • Information that is evidence-based, frequently updated and contains links to relevant literature
    • Drug information, ICD coding, patient information, and smartphone apps

    Why is the library considering cancelling subscriptions to these point-of-care tools?  Publishers continue to dramatically raise prices each year despite the challenging economic conditions faced by libraries across the nation.  The average annual price increase for a subscription to an electronic resource is 8%.  Because subscription prices increase every year, library resources need to be reviewed every year.  Evaluating “point-of-care” tools is the first phase of a process the library will undertake in the coming year that will involve evaluating all resources and asking for feedback from faculty, students and staff about their usefulness.  Since the library subscribes to a number of “point-of-care” tools, there is likely some redundancy that could be eliminated.

    Currently there are five point-of-care tools that the library is considering for possible cancellation:

    • ACP PIER & ACP Journal Club
    • Clinical Evidence
    • DynaMed
    • MD Consult
    • First Consult
    • Nursing Consult

    The Health Sciences Library is very interested in receiving feedback from Anschutz Medical Campus faculty, students and staff about the usefulness of these tools.  If you have comments or opinions about these resources, please let the Health Sciences Library know by April 25, 2012.  The library would like to know how you use these tools and why you find them useful.  Comments can be posted to this blog entry, given to your library liaison, or e-mailed to

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  11. Medicine in Media: Contagion

    What happens when a bat drops a half-eaten banana in a pig pen is southeast Asia?  For Contagion, it means a pandemic bigger than the 1918 Spanish Flu.  This movie explores the modern reaction by government, society and individuals when faced with a world-wide epidemic. A business traveler in Southeast Asia comes into contact with a new viral infection that she brings to the U.S.  The virus is spread during her layover in Chicago on her way back to Minneapolis.  The film basically shows 3 perspectives for dealing with or handling the illness.  The first, and really the government perspective, centers around the Centers for Disease Control and its personnel and how their rules and regulations are carried out – or not – and their reaction to the contagion.  The second is the personal and individual effect on a family unit coping with death, loss, boundaries and the disintegration of societal morals and norms.  The last perspective, and probably the least explored or presented is the direct overall global effect of the pandemic on society.  We get glimpses of looting and mass graves but it all felt much more peripheral than central.  All in all it is an interesting movie and when I asked a local global health expert how realistic it was, she indicated that although it is a Hollywood rendition, it had a firm basis in reality.  Rent or stream it when you get a chance – it’s worth a viewing.

    John D. Jones, Education & Reference Department

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  12. 4th Annual Visibly Human Symposium: Flowing Through Conflict, April 5th 2012

    An ancient proverb posits that water is the world’s first medicine.  For this year’s Visibly Human Symposium on April 5th starting at 2:30 pm in the Shore Family Auditorium, Nighthorse-Campbell Building, the Health Sciences Library and the Program for the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare invite you to join us in considering the primacy of water as sustainer of life, and its role in the health of our communities and of our region.

    Our featured speaker will be photographer and writer Peter McBride, author of the book The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict.   Peter will share with us his work documenting water-related issues in our arid, Western region, with the Colorado River as both example and metaphor.  Following the presentation will be a book signing and reception that will start at 3:30 pm.

    Co-sponsors for Flowing Through Conflict include:

    • Aurora Water;
    • Bookstore;
    • BRANCH;
    • CU Denver Chancellor’s Task Force on Sustainability;
    • Colorado Foundation for Water Education;
    • Dept. of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Media, CU Denver;
    • Water for People; and
    • Western Waters Policy Project, Natural Resources Law Center, CU Boulder.

    The Visibly Human Symposium is an annual spring season event sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities’  Program for the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.  Our Symposium’s overarching theme is a consideration of the ways in which the human body is used, represented, and perceived in the processes of health sciences education, research and clinical care.  Our “touchstone” is the Humanescence sculpture in the Health Sciences Library’s atrium, which is based on the National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project.

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  13. FYI: Software Abroad: Advice from Chronicle of Higher Ed's "ProfHacker"

    Will you have an opportunity to travel, study, research or teach somewhere around the world? Many academic careers involve one or more of those opportunities. Times have changed and living abroad with technology means that staying in touch with home should be easier than ever. "Prof. Hacker" guest columnist Jason Mittell wants to help you avoid some of the tech challenges you may encounter. One lifesaver: your VPN connection with our campus, which will help circumvent the odd restrictions that pop up in other nations.

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  14. FYI: Teaching to the Tablet

    Are you considering the tablet technology format in preparing your courses?

    The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus blog reports that tablet ownership has tripled among college students.

    New tools make self-publishing of electronic course readings more convenient, and tablets offer opportunities for engagement with students in the classroom. Research is still mixed on whether iPads or tablet style devices have a positive or negative effect in classrooms, but their presence warrants attention as faculty consider how technology can play a role in learning.

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  15. Beall's List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers

    The 2012 edition of Beall's List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers is now available in HTML and PDF versions.

    Mr. Beall, a Metadata Librarian at the Auraria Library, defines predatory journals as open-access publishers "that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models."

    Mr. Beall was recently interviewed for a Chronicle of Higher Education article on the subject. (Free registration or subscription may be required).

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]

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  16. Impact Inflation – Citation Coercion May Skew Impact Factors

    An article in the Science Policy Forum published in February finds that major journals coerce authors to cite articles in their own journal, in an effort to bolster their Journal Citation Reports Impact Factor.  Authors cite a statement from an editor to illustrate the situation: “you cite Leukemia [once in 42 references]. Consequently, we kindly ask you to add references of articles published in Leukemia to your present article.” (p. 542) Comments on the article reflect that “anticipatory obedience” often occurs in the article submission process, such as citing articles from the same journal when another could have been used or even adding out of context data to enhance the number of citations from the same journal.

    Scholars in many disciplines rely on journal impact factors as one measure of quality.  Impact factors are also cited in the promotion and tenure process. Skewing impact factors via the process of citation coercion compromises the reliability of such rating systems.

     [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  17. Article Linker Icon Change for Health Sciences Library

    Beginning some time on Friday, 3/9/2012 Anschutz Medical Campus users in Pubmed and other databases will start to see a new icon for our Article Linker service.


    image: Old Article Linker icon



    image: New Article Linker icon



    If you have questions or comments about either the new icon or the Health Sciences Library's Article Linker service, let us know at .

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  18. Welcome, Lori Williams!

    The Health Sciences Library is happy to announce Lori Williams as the new Student Email Coordinator.  In her new position here at the HSL, she will be assisting students with email, troubleshooting and maintaining the computer workstations in the library, and work with other departments on campus to resolve email issues for student users. Her previous experience includes many years at a local non-profit organization providing support for desktop PCs and Macs including installing software, troubleshooting printers, smartphones, and the phone system as well as monitoring and maintaining email servers and networks. Lori is originally from Seattle, Washington. In her free time, she enjoys xeriscape gardening, working to improve her backyard pond, and playing with her dog, Allie, a Beauceron.


    Ruby L. Nugent, Education & Reference Department

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  19. Rare Book Profile: George Catlin's The Breath of Life, or Mal-Respiration

    George Catlin’s The Breath of Life, or, Mal-Respiration: and its Effects Upon the Enjoyments & Life of Man (New York: John Wiley, 1861) is a minor work by a major American artist and ethnologist with no medical training.

    George Catlin (1796-1872) was originally educated as a lawyer and practiced law in Philadelphia for two years. He then followed his passion for art to become a portrait painter in New York. In 1832 Catlin decided to study Native American Culture, and spent several years living among various tribes in North and South America.  1840 he travelled through Europe exhibiting his paintings of Native American life, and in 1841 published the first of several lavishly illustrated works on Native American life and culture.

    In 1861, Catlin published The Breath of Life, in which he attributed most of civilization’s ills to the European habit of mouth-breathing, and the superior health of the Native Americans to their sleeping on their backs with mouths closed as nature intended. He illustrated the book with comparative pictures of healthy people and mouth-breathing Europeans in a uniquely cartoonish style, and for some reason had the text set using the long form of the letter s, which had been obsolete for the last 60 years. The book was popular enough to remain in print for several decades. The cover design of early editions after the first included the phrase “shut your mouth” in large type, which overshadowed the book’s actual title, and some later editions were issued with the title Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life

    The Health Sciences Library has both the 1861 first edition and an 1869 reprint.  The first edition was given to the library by Dr. James J. Waring. It was rebound in beige linen with the publisher’s original printed paper cover bound in by Dr. Frank B. Rogers. The 1869 reissue is in the publisher’s original printed paper-covered boards with a brown cloth spine.

    Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, or 303-724-2119.

    Emily Epstein

    Cataloging Librarian

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