Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the UT Libraries

“… if all Printers were determin’d not to print anything till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed.”

Benjamin Franklin, from Apology for Printers (1731)

Imagine a world without such enduring classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Ulysses or Animal Farm.  What if libraries or bookstores were banned from having such modern favorites as the Harry Potter and Twilight series on their shelves?

These are all books that have been challenged by groups and individuals attempting to remove them from libraries, bookstores and classrooms due to their subject matter being perceived as offensive, controversial or subversive.  It would be a sad world if we lost access to the thought-provoking ideas and profound words contained within so many books.  Nearly 300 years ago, Ben Franklin defended freedom of the press in his Apology for Printers.  If publishers worried about offending everyone, “there would be very little printed” indeed.

This week, librarians, teachers, professors, booksellers, journalists, students and readers of all kinds will celebrate a significant right – the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week (September 21-27) began in 1982 as a way to bring awareness to the vast number of works of literature that have been banned, challenged or censored throughout history and into the present day.  Join The University of Toledo in celebrating this enriching and eye-opening week.  A Banned Books Week Vigil will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Carl Joseph Reading Room on the 5th floor of Carlson Library.  A variety of individuals from UT and the community will speak every half hour on topics related to censorship and challenged books.  150 books and over 30 door prizes will be given away throughout the day.  Light refreshments will be served as well.

Throughout the week, both Carlson and Mulford libraries will have banned or challenged books on display. Celebrate your freedom to read by checking one out!

For complete details about Banned Books Week at UT, including a list of vigil speakers, click here.  Questions can be directed to Paulette Kilmer (pkilmer@utnet.utoledo.edu).

Banned Books Week 2014

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BMJ – An Evidence Based Healthcare Journal with Educational Articles and Activities [ Resource of the Week]


An earlier library blog item announced that as of July 30, 2014, students, faculty and staff will now have access to the BMJ Journal.
The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is an international evidence based peer reviewed medical journal. It is also a fully “online first” publication.

With the main value that patients come first, content is focused on advancing healthcare worldwide through shared knowledge and expertise.  Supporting values include knowledge that is independent, unbiased, and based on evidence and transparency. The About page expands on these commitments.

BMJ content includes numerous special features accessible through the home page toolbar.  Students and professionals alike may review concepts and acquire knowledge for use in clinical settings.  Many sections allow for reader comments.

All special feature material may be also be found through the Search tab and PubMed (see below).

 Education tab highlights

  • Minerva is the name of the back page of the print edition. It includes news items, clinical images and other items of interest which do not rate full articles.
    This Roman goddess of wisdom seems to be present with a warm personality eager to share knowledge.
    A typical Minerva news item review may be found at Non-publication of clinical trials and other stories . . .
    This section also contains clinical images as Cold panniculitis in a horse rider.
  • Clinical Reviews summarize current diagnoses and treatments. Sources and selection criteria are included.  Resources such as DynaMed and UpToDate (on campus access only) can be used in conjunction for finding additional clinical summaries.
  •  Practice articles focus on diagnosis and treatment in clinical settings.
  • Endgames present case studies with questions and  short answers. In depth articles include  long answers – often with figures and summarized information.News and Views tab highlights
    Contents include news items, editorials and topic analyses.
    Head to head tackles controversial topics.  Great talking points for that next discussion with colleagues!Campaigns tab
    These BMJ initiatives build on a commitment to patient centered care.
    For example, through the Open Data initiative BMJ will not accept any trial of drugs or devices where the authors do not commit to making the relevant anonymised patient level data available, upon reasonable request.

Search Options

At this time BMA membership is limited to UK doctors and students.

Don’t forget to consult with a Mulford Reference Librarian for your reference and research needs!

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Dress Up our Skeleton and Win!

October is National Medical Librarians Month and to celebrate the occasion we need you to dress up our skeleton. So get a group of your friends and classmates together, be creative and have fun!

Register by September 30.

Please see the information sheet and entry form here.  

Winning group will receive coffee and donuts.

E-mail your completed entry form to jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu or drop it off at the front desk on the 4th floor of the Mulford Library.

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Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) – Great Resource for Health Science Topics [Resource of the Week]

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) was founded in 1964 to support research. Currently it provides access to over 1.3 million descriptions (bibliographic records) of journal articles and other education-related materials. Hundreds of new records are added multiple times per week.

Many topics may be of interest to the UT-HSC community.
For example the topic Health and Safety includes Access to Health Care, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Drug Therapy, Heah Promotion, Nursing, and Physician Patient Relationship.

Other topics of potential interest include Bias and Equity, Counseling, Human Geography, and People and Cultures.

There are two ways to search for articles and other materials in ERIC.

  • Publisher site (Institute of Education Science)
    • The Use the Collections tab searches the contents of included educational journals. For instance, an entry of “cyberbullying” currently turns up 241 articles in 72 journals.
      The list of referenced sources may be narrowed using the limiters in the sidebar: publication date, descriptor, source, author, publication type, education level, and intended audience.ERICOnline2
    • Use the Thesaurus tab to base your search on ERIC subject terms.  The ERIC thesaurus includes defined terms which include synonyms for the terms.
      For example, the subject term students will include articles that use the word pupil but are about students. Note the word pupil is under the heading
      Use this term instead ofAdvantages of Publisher site ERIC
    • Thesaurus display is more visual than the EBSCOhost version
    • Cleaner interface than EBSOhost version, albeit with more limited initial searching options
  • EBSCOhost ERICEBSCOhostERICLabelledEBSCOhost ERIC contains basically the same material as the above online version. It also contains the optional thesaurus (dark blue toolbar).

    Information about how to search EBSCOhost databases, including ERIC, may be found at Searching the EBSCOhost  databases.

Advantages of EbscohostERIC

  • Allows for searching for more than two concepts (above search boxes connected by the default AND operator).
  • Allows for searching for a citation when one only knows part of the citation (Citation Matcher in dark blue toolbar)
  • Links to more full text articles than Publisher site ERIC, including those in UT paid subscription based journals
  • The Choose Databases option (above the search boxes) allows one to search more than one EBSCOhost database ,as Medline, CINAHL, and PsychInfo


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[Resource of the Week] Network of Care- Lucas County for Local Health Indicators

Looking for Lucas County health related indicators?

Many are easily available through a Website called Network of Care.



Network of Care (Lucas County)- County Indicators  includes categories and specific subcategories  as

  • Chronic Diseases and Conditions (as cancer, diabetes, heart disease)
  • Demographics (as select student proficiencies, adults who binge drink, Medicare beneficiaries, households without a car)
  • Health Behaviors (as  fruit and vegetable consumption, “no exercise”)
  • Health Care (as access, insurance, Medicare, utilization)
  • Health Outcomes (as quality of life, individual mortality rates by cause)
  • Health Risk Factors (as alcohol, diabetes)
  • Injury and Violence (as homicide, motor vehicle)
  • Maternal and Infant Health
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Physical Environment
  • Social Determinants of Health (as education, poverty)


Each indicator includes a “Filter by Priority” color range. This filter  is a standardized measure which compare the health status of a county against all relevant data.

When available, each Health Indicator for your county will be compared with data from peer counties, the state average, and state and national health targets. Here is the color range for the indicator  Death Rates Due to Drug Poisoning

Each indicator has one or more special features as

  • Model practices
  • Decision Points
  • Links, Support and Advocacy
  • Blogs
  • News\

Additional online local health statistics may be found through the Mulford Library Guide (LibGuide) Locating Health Statistics.

As always, do not hesitate to contact a Mulford Health Science Librarian with your informational and research needs!


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[Resource of the Week] Web of Science – Science Citation Index for Biomedical Literature


PubMed is the single best place to locate biomedical literature.  It comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. This US government sponsored index is the largest of its kind worldwide.

However PubMed does not include a number of journals and other sources that may be needed for exhaustive biomedical research needs. This is where Science Citation Index (SCI) comes in handy. One can not only search for additional material, but exclude the MEDLINE material one found via a PubMed search.

SCI does not have subject headings. But the Refine column includes a powerful set of limiters . These limiters can be used to include or exclude sets of results through the more options/values links.

Limiters include

  • Databases as Medline and Biosis
  • Research areas as primary care, nursing, virology, and infectious disease
  • Document types as articles, reviews, and conference proceedings
  • Authors
  • Publication years

Please do not hesitate to consult with a Mulford Health Science Librarian with your research and reference needs.

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Resource of the Week – National Center for Health Statistics


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The National Center for Health Statistics is the  principal health statistics agency of the US government.  Statistical information is collected and published  to guide actions and policies to improve the health.Useful in areas as public health and health policy.  More at the about page.

Use the link View all publications underScreen Shot 2014-08-26 at 4.04.15 AM to search for publications at this site.

The search interface looks like this

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Needed health statistics not at this site? Check out the Mulford library health statistic library guide for additional resources and links to reputable Web sites and more.

As always, do not hesitate to contact Mulford Reference with your informational and resource needs!

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Locker rentals at Mulford

In response to student requests, we now have small lockers for rent at Mulford! To be eligible to request a rental locker, you need to be a currently enrolled student in one of the academic programs based on the Health Science Campus and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lockers are available to rent on a semester-by-semester basis ($20 for fall semester, $20 for spring semester, and $15 for summer semester). Locker rental terms/agreements and the application forms are available to pick up at the Mulford service desk (fourth floor of the Mulford Building). Complete and sign the form, then return it to the service desk. When a locker has been assigned to you, we will send a notice to your official Rockets email, instructing you to bring your rental payment (cash or check made payable to University Libraries) to the service desk in exchange for your combination. For more information, ask at the service desk.

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After a water crisis, reflection in Toledo

The Scout Report, a publication of Internet Scout from the Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, posted an In The News brief on the water crisis in Toledo.  Link to articles from major publications and national websites are included.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mulford Reference Assistance with your information and research needs.

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BMJ Now Available Through the UT Libraries

As of July 30, 2014, students, faculty and staff will now have access to BMJ: The British Medical Journal (impact factor of 16.3 per ISI Web of Science, 2014). Access to content is through Highwire Press from 1840 to the present. From the BMJ web site:

The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully “online first” publication. Our “continuous publication” model means that all articles appear on bmj.com before being included in an issue of the print journal. The website is updated daily with The BMJ’s latest original research, education, news, and comment articles, as well as podcasts, videos, and blogs.”

BMJ can be found in the UT Library Catalog with links also appearing in the Mulford Library’s lists of medical resources by Name or Subject. Links to BMJ may also appear in library subject guides (LibGuides). Ask a librarian for more information.


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