Spring 2018: Mastering the Biomedical Literature, an Elective for Fourth-Year Medical Students

Thinking ahead for your spring elective rotations?  Register for COMP 702: Mastering the Biomedical Literature to get your research and evidence-based practice skills up to speed before you start your residency.

The elective will be offered three times in spring 2018:

  • January 15 – January 26
  • February 26 – March 9
  • April 2 –April 13

“Because of the increasing volume of available information and increasingly busy schedules, practitioners requires a high degree of skill in identifying and obtaining relevant information for clinical practice, research, and life-long learning. This elective is designed to equip students with core information management skills in support of clinical decision-making and evidence-based health care. The elective meets for two weeks, with approximately 10-12 contact hours each week, with an additional 2-4 hours of work required outside of scheduled class time.

“Students are expected (1) to participate fully in class discussion and activities; (2) to raise questions about issues which are confusing to them; (3) complete in-class assignments and present search strategies and findings for feedback; (4) to make use of time outside of class to practice the skills learned in class; and (5) to demonstrate knowledge and skills through the completion of in-class assignments and a final oral presentation.”

For more information, contact Jolene Miller, MLS, AHIP, at jolene.miller@utoledo.edu.

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Mulford Library pleased to announce extended hours for Exam Week, April 29 to May 4

The Mulford Library will be opened these hours during exam week

Saturday April 29, 8 am to 10 pm
Sunday April 30, 8 am to 1 am
Monday May 1, 7:30 am to 1 am
Tuesday May 2, 7:30 am to 1 am
Wednesday May 3, 7:30 am to 1 am
Thursday May 4, 7:30 am to 1 am

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Groups to have Priority Use of Mulford Group Study Rooms and Conference Rooms

Effective Saturday, April 1, groups have priority use of the group study rooms and the conference rooms in the Mulford Health Science Library (4th and 5th floors). This change is a result of number of student requests for additional spaces to study as small groups.

An individual student may use a group study room for independent study, provided that a group of two or more students do not need the room. If the room is needed by a group of students, the individual must let the group have the room. The only exemption to this is room 518B, which contains the standing desk.

Conference rooms, when they are unscheduled, may also be used by individuals, unless a group of students requests to use the room.

Any questions can be directed to the Director of the Mulford Health Science Library, Jolene Miller, MLS, AHIP, at jolene.miller@utoledo.edu.

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Mulford Library pleased to announce extended hours April 1 – June 18

Starting on April 1 and running through June 18, the Mulford Library  will be opening at 8:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate the medical students who are studying for their board exams.

Saturdays : 8 am – 9:00 pm
Sundays : 8 am – midnight
We wish you the very best in your board exams!  Resources for Medical Exam Prep: Board Exams are available through the UToledoLibguides.  Please do not hesitate to contact a Mulford Librarian with any questions!
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Overview of Key Citation Metrics – with links

Wiley has recently posted an infograhic – Navigating the World of Citation Metrics (http://preview.tinyurl.com/z73btfs) (March 2, 2017)
For more detail, please consider consulting the UToledo Library Guide Citation Analysis (http://preview.tinyurl.com/jh3fsdg)

Also, do not hesitate to consult with a Mulford Librarian on this topic or any research/information need!

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Spring Break Hours Unchanged

Mulford is on its regular academic hours for spring break, whether you have break during the University’s spring break (this week) or another week.

Have a safe and relaxing break, whenever it falls!

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Sage Stats Q & A


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NCCIH to Address the NIH Notice Requiring Clinical Trial-Specific Funding Opportunity Announcements

From a recent NCCIH announcement:

emmeline edwards

NCCIH to Address the NIH Notice Requiring Clinical Trial-Specific Funding Opportunity Announcements

Dr. Emmeline Edwards

February 17, 2017

As part of an initiative to strengthen and build an optimal clinical trials enterprise, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a notice in fall 2016, Policy on Funding Opportunity Announcements for Clinical Trials (NOT-OD-16-147), that outlines NIH-wide changes in the way it will accept clinical trial applications. Specifically, NIH will require that all applications involving one or more clinical trials be submitted through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically designed to accept clinical trials. Although the target effective date of this policy is January 25, 2018 (NOT-OD-17-043), some NIH Institutes and Centers have already published clinical trials-specific FOAs. NCCIH, likewise, is moving forward with plans to develop Center-specific clinical trials initiatives to improve the submission and review of clinical trial applications.

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UpToDate Anywhere is now available to UT Students, Residents, Staff, and Physicians



The College of Medicine and Life Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of UpToDate Anywhere, providing access to the information you want and need both on and off-campus.  Off-campus access is available through the Mulford Library web page at http://www.utoledo.edu/library/mulford/.  The UpToDate app for both Android and iOS is available at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/ld.php?content_id=28685227 and in the University’s academic and clinical virtual computer lab environments, http://www.utoledo.edu/it/VLab/.

About UpToDate/ UpToDate Anywhere
UpToDate is a popular information source because of its ease of use and wide range of article topics:

  • Summaries and treatment recommendations for over 10,500 topics in 24 specialties
  • “Practice Changing Updates” highlighting critical research that changes how you treat patients today
  • “What’s New” summaries of important new findings by specialty
  • Over 425,000 references, with links to PubMed and the full-text articles where our subscriptions permit
  • Medical calculators
  • Patient information covering over 1,500 topics
  • A select drug database of more than 5,600 unique drug entries (in partnership with Lexicomp), including adult, pediatric, and international drugs and a drug interactions tool that provides graded adverse reaction information between drug-to-drug and drug-to-herb interactions.
  • CME/CE/CPD credits accrued onsite or remotely
    Clinicians may accrue credit when researching a clinical question using UpToDate Anywhere, both onsite or via a mobile device.

Getting Help with UpToDate Anywhere
Contact UpToDate by emailing customerservice@uptodate.com<mailto:customerservice@uptodate.com using the subject line UpToDate Anywhere, or call 1-800-998-6374,
The University of Toledo IT Help Desk on the Health Science Campus (419) 383-2400
or on Main Campus (419) 530-2400.

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Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017


From the Website

Happy Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week! This annual event runs from February 20 – February 24, 2017.

Fair use (United States) and fair dealing (Canada, Australia, etc.) provide exceptions to copyright. Why are we celebrating? The event’s official website describes the impact:

“Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.”

In the United States, examples of fair use are seen every day. Our 2016 blog post lists some examples. Since last year’s event, some cases related to fair use were in the news and discussed online:

The above list is not comprehensive. Search or browse through outcomes of more fair use cases through the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index.

For more information about fair use, see information from United States Copyright Office and the UCF Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Copyright page.


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