Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closing today (Wednesday) at 5:00 pm, then remain closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Saturday, we will be open noon-8:00 pm, then on Sunday, we resume our regular hours.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday! We are thankful for you!

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Draw a Chemical Structure and Search with it! [Resource of the Week]

You can draw a chemical structure and search for similar substances in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ChemIDplus Advanced search interface.

A quick tutorial on how to use the drawing feature of ChemIDplus may be found  at

ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures).
It includes

* Links to NIH databases and resources as PubMed,
*Relevant federal, state, and international  regulatory agency Web pages
*Other relevant US government agencies Web pages

ChemIDplus Lite ( is designed for simple searching on name or registry.

ChemIDplus Advanced ( helps users draw their own structures and perform similarity and substructure searches.


Related UT Library Guides (Libguides)

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HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results

From the HHS Press Release,  Wednesday, November. 19, 2014

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposes regulations to implement reporting requirements for clinical trials that are subject to Title VIII of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The proposed rule clarifies requirements to clinical researchers for registering clinical trials and submitting summary trial results information to, a publicly accessible database operated by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. A major proposed change from current requirements is the expansion of the scope of clinical trials required to submit summary results to include trials of unapproved, unlicensed, and uncleared products.


…. currently contains registration information for more than 178,000 clinical trials and summary results for more than 15,000. These numbers include trials that are not subject to FDAAA. Among the primary benefits of registering and reporting results of clinical trials, including both positive and negative findings, is that it helps researchers prevent unnecessary duplication of trials, particularly when trial results indicate that a product under study may be unsafe or ineffective, and it establishes trust with clinical trial participants that the information from their participation is being put to maximum use to further knowledge about their condition.

Developed by NIH in close coordination with the FDA, the proposed rule details procedures for meeting the requirements established by FDAAA to improve public access to clinical trial information. FDAAA and the proposed rule apply to certain interventional studies of drugs, biological products, and devices that are regulated by the FDA, but, generally, not to phase 1 trials of drugs and biological products and small feasibility studies of devices. The proposed rule specifies how data collected and analyzed in a clinical trial would be required to be submitted to It would not affect requirements for the design or conduct of clinical trials or for the data that must be collected during clinical trials.

“This proposed rule would close an important gap, making additional information about clinical studies of investigational drugs, medical devices and biological products available to the public,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “It would help eliminate unnecessary duplicative trials, advance biomedical innovation, and provide the public with a much richer understanding about the clinical trials for these products.”

Notable changes from current requirements and practice that are outlined in the proposed rule include:

A streamlined approach for determining which trials are subject to the proposed regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information.

Expansion of the set of trials subject to summary results reporting to include trials of unapproved products.

Additional data elements that must be provided at the time of registration (not later than 21 days after enrolling the first participant) and results submission (generally not later than 12 months after completion).

Clarified procedures for delaying results submission when studying an unapproved, unlicensed, or uncleared product or a new use of a previously approved, licensed, or cleared product and for requesting extensions to the results submission deadline for good cause.

More rapid updating of several data elements to help ensure that users of have access to accurate, up-to-date information about important aspects of a clinical trial.

Procedures for timely corrections to any errors discovered by the responsible party or by the Agency as it processes submissions prior to posting.

Read a summary of the proposed changes:

Read the entire text of the proposed regulations here. Options are available for comment submission electronically or in written form.

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Pictures of Nursing: An Online Exhibit from the National Library of Medicine

A fascinating exhibit of historical postcard images of the nursing profession is now available online from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The exhibit, entitled Pictures of Nursing, includes digitized images of postcards dating from 1893 to 2011.  The NLM’s History of Medicine Division acquired the archive from American collector and nurse Michael Zwerdling, RN.

Rural visiting nurse, Elizabeth McPhee, Scotland, 1926. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

The postcard is a very distinct art form, oftentimes representing the societal and cultural influences of the period.  For over 100 years, nurses have been a frequent subject of postcards.  Interestingly enough, no other art form has represented nurses more!

Nearly 600 images are available for viewing in the digital gallery.  Users can browse the images by title, topic, publisher, creator or date.

Images can also be explored by the following themes –

For additional online exhibits from the NLM, be sure to visit their Exhibitions webpage.

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What information resources do you need?

What information resources do you need for your studies?  For your research? For teaching?  For patient care?  We want to know what information resources you need the University Libraries to provide.

This semester, Interim Provost Barrett has charged a task force to review the issue of the University Libraries’ collections (print and electronic information resources, such as books, textbooks, journals, point-of-care products, and other materials) and to make recommendations regarding them.  A subgroup of this task force is looking at the information resources that are you need in health sciences education, research, and patient care.

In order to compile comprehensive recommendations, we invite you to complete an online survey (  It asks about the information resources that you need for research, education, and patient care; you only need to respond to the questions which are relevant.  The survey will be available until Sunday, December 1, 2014.

Thank you in advance for your time!  The information that you provide will improve the Libraries information resource collections in the health sciences.  If you have any questions, please contact Jolene Miller at


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Great site to learn and keep updated about issues afffecting all [Resource of the Week]

php Keeps you informed about news in public health, upcoming meetings, and new public health online resources

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce  is a  collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries Each topic has links to news items; links to relevant agencies, associations, and subtopics; literature and reports; data tools and statistics; grants and funding; education and training; conferences and meetings; jobs and careers;  and more

Main Topic pages include material on:

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Excel Tutorials through the University of Toledo

Two Web sites of note

LearningExpress – Collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources for students of all ages and adult learners. Includes practice tests, interactive tutorials, and books to help users.
Requires registration. Free to UT affiliates.

Click on Computer Skills, then enter Excel.


Information Technology – Software Training Resources

As a benefit from The University of Toledo’s Microsoft volume license agreement, the following training is available to all faculty, staff, and students.  There are different levels of training for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill sets in Windows 7 and all of the individual Office 2010 applications.

The training is free of charge and is will not be monitored or graded.  This is purely self-paced training to build skills in the newest Microsoft software available.
 Some of the courses may require Microsoft Silverlight program available free from Microsoft -> Microsoft Silverlight
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Writing a paper based on research? Here’s two helpful resources

Via the 7 November 2014 Scout Report


From the OWL Website
These OWL resources will help you conduct research using primary source methods, such as interviews and observations, and secondary source methods, such as books, journals, and the Internet. This area also includes materials on evaluating research sources.
The Primary Research section is a step-by-step guide covering ethics, potential pitfalls, interviewing and survey questions, observation, and analysis.
This useful guide is aimed to those conducting scientific research, especially those new to the art of technical science writing. It not only describes conventional rules for lab report format and content, but explains why the rules exist.  For example, one will know not only how to use figures, but when to use them.  The site progresses from Background and Pre-Writing to thorough coverage of the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections of research reports.  Detailed and user friendly with a great short list of related resources.
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To succeed in academia, grad students need ‘street smarts’ [Journal article]

From the article Street smarts of science for students (Nature Immunology15,997–999(2014) )

A workshop organized by the Society for Leukocyte Biology offers advice to graduate students on how to navigate educational and professional waters to find success in academia.

Once considered a traditional career choice, tenured research faculty positions in the biomedical sciences have diminished to the point at which they are now thought of as an alternative career path1. Worldwide fiscal constraints have trimmed government and private sources of research funding, which has created an increasingly competitive landscape for young scientists looking to succeed in academia. Thus, students seeking tenure-track faculty positions must make efficient use of their training time and network with colleagues in their scientific discipline, including potential employers. To this end, the Trainee Task Force of the Society for Leukocyte Biology has identified areas in which the most junior members of the society—those enrolled in graduate school, medical school or combined degree programs—may need help navigating these waters. The pool of their collective knowledge and experience is presented yearly at the annual Society for Leukocyte Biology meeting as a workshop entitled “Street Smarts of Science for Students,” initiated by Elizabeth J. Kovacs (a professor at Loyola University Chicago), along with Sulie L. Chang (a professor at Seton Hall University). Below we discuss highlights of the advice presented at the workshop, including finding a mentor, self-marketing and making the most of scientific conferences….

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Veterans Day Hours

The Mulford Library will be open our regular hours on Veterans Day:  7:30 am – midnight.

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