Evidence-Based Public Health Resources [Resource of the Week]

Health Evidence and The Community Guide go beyond PubMed in locating public health systematic reviews.  Both are public health focused and locate many systematic reviews that PubMed does not.

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Health Evidence, from McMaster University contains about 6,000 quality rated  systematic reviews.  The reviews evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions, including cost data. The search interface includes search tips, tutorials and their search strategy (including databases searched as CINAHL, PubMed, Cochrane Library and PsycInfo.

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The Community Guide is a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). **It is a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school.

The Community Guide

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International Cancer Guideline Database and Other Great Guideline Databases [Resource of the Week]

From the Nov 4, 2019 posting at MedLib-l – a Medical Librarian Listserv The Cancer Guidelines Database, managed by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, addresses the challenge of a rapidly expanding evidence base by providing:
  • Access to thousands of Canadian and international cancer guidelines, all in a single database
  • A publicly available tool that is free to use and regularly updated
  • Quality scores for guidelines (using the AGREE II tool to ensure presentation of the best available evidence from credible sourcesNo need to login, just click on Tools, then View under Cancer Guidelines Database. 
  Other Guideline Resources  Mulford Blog Item (March 2019) – New Clinical Practice Guideline Source and other useful reliables  including  Share on Facebook

Wall Street Journal now free to UT affiliates – includes health articles [Resource of the Week]

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wall-street-journal.jpg   The UT Libraries now subscribes to the Wall Street Journal, available online through our Classic Catalog. The Wall Street Journal is just one of many sources in the Dow Jones Factiva collection. When searching the Wall Street Journal, the results can be narrowed to this journal when searching (select it in Sources). This journal may also be from the results of a search – under Sources in the left column.   Here is one approach to search for and locate Dow Jones Factiva (including the Wall Street Journal). This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is classiccatalog.png Select Title from the drop down menu and enter Wall Street Journal. 
Select Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition Online This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wall_street_journal_eastern_edition_link.png   To Search 
  • Click on Search in the top toolbar. Select Search builder
  • Enter text, some examples
    • Measles
    • Measles AND reports
    • Measles OR rubella
  • Select Date (underneath search box)
  • Narrow search by entering terms in blank boxes, and selecting the one that best fits your needs. For example, under all Subject, enter health then perhaps select Health
  • Narrow results through selecting one of more of the followingin the left column of the results page: Company, Source  (as CNN, Wall Street Journal), Region, Keywords others have used
More information on searching may be found by clicking on Examples  to the left of the search form. Having challenges searching the Wall Street Journal or any sources in Factiva? Consult with a friendly, professional Mulford librarian!  Share on Facebook

Not finding relevant journal articles? Try these research databases!! [Resource of the Week]

Not finding relevant journal articles through PubMed@UT?

Try other databases that focus on your area of interest.
All research databases are available through the Mulford Library home page.
Click on Menu, then All Research Databases.

Do not hesitate to consult with a Mulford Librarian to save time in a friendly yet professional atmosphere!

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Research Databases include these that are heavily used

  • Embase for drug, pharmacology, medical devices and more
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
    for nursing, allied health, and related fields
  • PsycINFO for psychology, behavioral science, and mental health topics
  • Web of Science for life and biomedical sciences

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EndNote X9.3.1 is now updated for macOS Catalina compatibility

Great news! The EndNote X9.3.1 update for macOS Catalina compatibility is here.

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Via EndNote email Sept 30, 2019

For those who already have EndNote X9:
If you are planning on installing macOS Catalina when it is released in October, please install the X9.3.1 update first, to avoid interruption in your workflow.
To learn more about the updates to EndNote X9, please visit https://support.clarivate.com/Endnote/s/article/EndNote-for-Mac-macOS-Catalina-Compatibility?language=en_US.

For those running EndNote X8 or earlier:
We recommend upgrading to EndNote X9 as your current version will not work with macOS Catalina.
Alternately, you may keep working on your current macOS version.
For more details, please visit https://support.clarivate.com/Endnote/s/article/EndNote-for-Mac-macOS-Catalina-Compatibility?language=en_US.Share on Facebook

JoVe – great way to learn lab techniques and access videos of fundamental biological processes [ Resource of the Week]

Looking for ways to learn lab techniques through videos? JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments has a large collection and is available off campus to UT affiliates. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is jove2.png Some factoids This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-12.pngShare on Facebook

TOXNET Website to be Retired, Most Content Will Remain Available

From the US National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin 

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2019 September 24 [posted]

On December 16, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) website will be retired. Most content will remain available through other NLM databases as well as from external websites.

TOXNET has served as an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health information. The most frequently used databases are being incorporated into three NLM core resources: PubChem, an open chemistry database; PubMed, a resource for biomedical literature; and Bookshelf, a free online resource to access books and documents in life science and healthcare.

Several resources in TOXNET came from other organizations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and will continue to be available from those sources. Some databases will be retired.

The TOXNET transition page provides a list of its databases and how to access their content.”


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Overwhelmed with numerous irrelevant Pubmed results? Try MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) [Resource of the Week]

Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] work well in pulling together synonyms for a concept or term.  MeSH terms are invaluable options when one first searches for words and phrases and finds hundreds if not thousands of results.

From the LibGuide  Searching PubMed with Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Tools
Go to the above link for full directions.

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Library Guides to Books, free e-resources, health related Web sites and more! [Resource of the Week]

Library Guides (LibGuides) have been created by UT Librarians as aids to find information and use online resources in specific disciplines.  Many guides also provide help for all in locating books and articles, photocopying, course reserves, and more.

LibGuides may be found by going to the Mulford Library home pageclicking on Menu,  and then selecting LibGuides. 

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One may search through the (1)Search Option OR (2)Guides by Type

(1) Search Option.  For example, search with one word (as Nursing)  or more than one word (as Nursing AND “practice guidelines”)
The quotes force the words practice and guidelines to be searched as a phrase.

Too many results?
Use the right column to narrow by Subject (as Nursing), Tag (as using CINAHL), and/or
Guide type
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(2)Guides by Type

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Guides to Subjects ( as Medical Students, Occupational Therapy) will generally provide
links to electronic to select books and resources and how to find books and articles.

Course Guides provide resources specifically selected for the course.

General Info includes guides for select groups (as faculty) or all. Topics include
Ask a Librarian, citations, borrowing books, EndNote, and much more.


Here is an example of a home page of a LibGuide

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August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day — Resources

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-21.png The International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31, 2019) overdose resources includes basic facts, stats, and numerous related links. The Mulford Library has links to a number of related resources. A few of the more comprehensive Web pages are listed and linked below. ————————————————————————————————————- Find information on the many types of overdoses through MedlinePlus. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is medlineplus.png Search for specific types of overdoses by adding a drug name in the search box. For example opioid overdose and sports cream overdose. Articles are written for the public with overviews including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. However, most articles have references to textbooks and other professional resources available at the Mulford Library. ————————————————————————————————————- Online databases available through the Mulford Library include overdose information. Check out one or more of the following: This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is embaselogo.pngEmbasewhich includes many drug related journal articles This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is clinicalkey.pngClinicalKey which includes many online textbooks
DynaMed – evidence-based information resource that supports clinical decision making at the point of care     ————————————————————————————————————– On a related note, check out the NIH/NLM historical online exhibit – Pick your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions . This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-20.png Substances as tobacco and marijuana exemplify how mind altering substances have been classified as dangerous or acceptable depending on their effects and status in society. Some substances’ classifications have changed over time because of changing attitudes and scientific research. This online exhibit includes material both for the general public and higher education students.  Share on Facebook