Memorial Day Weekend Hours 2016

Our hours for the Memorial Day weekend:

Friday, May 27, 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 28, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 29, 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday, May 30, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

We’ll continue our extended hours on Saturday and Sunday. Monday is the only day we’re on reduced hours. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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More streamlined way to locate PubMed (and other NLM) educational resources more easily

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the new NLM Learning Resources Database, making it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services. These materials include videos, tutorials, and handouts on products such as PubMed,, Unified Medical Language System, and many more. Now you can find resources using one interface rather than searching different areas of the NLM Web site. An API is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your Web site.

[ Remember! Mulford librarians are always ready and able to consult with you on using PubMed and other NLM resources! You may contact us via options at Ask a Health Science Librarian ]

The database currently holds all of the resources previously listed on the former Distance Education Resources Web page. There is a permanent redirect from this page to the NLM Learning Resources Database. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis.

Graphical User Interface

The NLM Learning Resources database can be searched or filtered using:

  • keywords in the search box (see A in Figure 1)
    • to retrieve a list of all resources, search an asterisk (*) in the search box
    • a phrase in the search box is treated as separate words ORed together
  • subject or product (see B Figure 1)
  • Date Last Revised (see C Figure 1)
  • archived materials (see D Figure 1)

The Date Last Revised option refers to the last time the learning resource was updated. If the resource has not been revised, the date filter will use the date the resource was created to filter results. The most recently updated resources automatically appear when the database is first accessed or all filters are reset in order to highlight new and interesting videos and materials. Further documentation on how to use the NLM Learning Resources Database is available through the Help button.

Learning Resources Database homepage.
Figure 1: NLM Learning Resources Database homepage.

Application Programming Interface (API)

Use the NLM Learning Resources API to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your Web site. Documentation on how to use the API is available through the Help button. Sample code and examples of pages currently utilizing the API are available under the API for Developers section in the Help.

Finding the NLM Learning Resources Database

The database can be accessed directly using the URL or the Web-based Training through the Learning Resources Database link on the Training and Outreach section of the NLM Web site (see Figure 2).

NLM Learning Resources accessed from the Training and Outreach Web page.
Figure 2: NLM Learning Resources accessed from the Training & Outreach Web page.

See a Presentation of the Database

See a presentation and demonstration of the database at the NLM Theater at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association meeting on May 16 and May 17, 2016. The presentation will be available from the NLM Learning Resources Database.


Your questions and comments about the NLM Learning Resources Database are welcome. Please send them to NLM Customer Service.

By Sarah Helson

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Two new projects from a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system

From a 5/26/2016 Equitas email



Equitas**  has recently announced two new projects that will play an integral role in helping to meet the needs of our communities in the Midwest. Today we are proud to launch the Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity and the Transforming Care: Midwest Conference on LGBTQ Health Equity and HIV/AIDS

The Institute will serve as the education, research and community engagement arm of Equitas Health focused on reducing health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. We will do this by developing and delivering exceptional LGBTQ culturally competent healthcare education and training, engaging with LGBTQ patients, working with community-based organizations and supporting LGBTQ health research efforts in our region. The Institute will be led by Julia Applegate, MA, who brings over 20 years of experience in curriculum design, education and public health programming/policy development. She has worked in public health programs focused on women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ Health.

According to a 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation report, many LGBT individuals report negative experiences when seeking care, ranging from disrespectful treatment, providers’ lack of awareness of LGBT health needs, to outright denial of care, shaming, or blaming the patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause for an illness. The same study identified significant medical disparities in the LGBT community. LGBT individuals experience more chronic conditions and a higher prevalence and earlier onset of disabilities than heterosexuals such as mental health disorders, substance abuse, homelessness, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and suicide. Transgender persons are more likely to live in poverty, less likely to have health insurance, experience the greatest challenges, including stigma, and are often least likely among LGBT individuals to report their health as excellent or very good. And, members of the LGBT community are still most impact by HIV.

With this expansion and in partnership with the Ohio AIDS Coalition (also a division of Equitas Health) we are launching the Transforming Care Conference. The conference is being hosted in partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on October 20-21, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. A pre-conference for People Living with HIV in Ohio will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

This conference evolved as a result of the work of two Ohio-based coalitions. The Ohio AIDS Coalition introduced the Ohio Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS in 1997, and the Central Ohio LGBTQ Health Coalition introduced its LGBTQ Health Equity Conference in 2015. For the first time these two events will join forces to bring together over 450 health and social service providers, community members, advocates, researchers, students, activists and community leaders to address the vast health disparities that affect the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV/AIDS.


The Transforming Care Conference will provide the necessary tools and resources to ensure healthcare professionals are able to provide culturally competent care and to help us provide a link for community members to learn more about provider resources and services available.

With the announcement of the conference we have opened a call for abstracts for both the pre-conference and the full conference. More information is available by clicking here.

Thank you for your being an advocate for health equity and the work we are doing to impact the LGBTQ community and those affected by HIV/AIDS. If you have questions regarding the Institute, please contact Julia Applegate, for questions regarding the Transforming Care Conference, please contact us at or at (614) 929-8894.


**Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission will make it one of the nation’s largest HIV/lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations.
It serves more than 45,000 individuals in Ohio each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.”

More information about Equitas services may be found at the UToledo LibGuide  AIDS Resources

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LiverTox: Learn How Medications and Supplements Impact Liver Health

From a recent email from the US National Library of Medicine


Use LiverTox (, a free database from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), to search or browse by common medication and supplement names, and learn how the medication or supplement affects liver health.  For each drug or supplement, view a record that lists:

  • An overview describing the use and history of the drug, as well as a brief description of how the drug may be toxic to the liver.
  • Hepatoxicity information, Mechanism of Action,  and Case Reports 
  • Product Information about the drug, including a link to any product labeling available at DailyMed.
  • References and additional links related to the drug or supplement on PubMed and

For more information about NLM toxicology information and databases, go to
Also consider the U Toledo Libguide Toxicology.

As always, do not hesitate to contact a Mulford Reference librarian with your information and resource needs. For example, we are happy to consult with you on other products with additional toxicology information and resources.


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CINAHL – Search tips for refining your results

First search with the boxes in the upper left. (Consider using Suggest Subject Terms**.)
When you see your results, click on Show more in the left column, under the Publication Date time line




The Show More window includes the following options. Select as many or few as seem to fit your question. You can select more than one word or phrase in each group, (Many browsers use the Ctrl key.)



The options in Show More inlcude

  • Research Article
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Publication Type (as Journal article, Review [articles] , Nursing interventions)
  • Special Interest ( as evidence-based practice, systematic review, pain and pain management)
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Exclude Medline records (especially useful when first searching PubMed)
  • Languages
  • Clinical Queries
  • First Author is Nurse

See the following UToledo LibGuides for futher CINAHL searching tutorials and tips

Also, do not forget that Mulford Librarians are happy to consult with you for both your information and research needs.

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Have you ever wondered how Web of Science analyzes and evaluates scientific research? Or how to use it?

A recent Thomson Reuters White Paper ** outlines how Web of Science selects journals that are high quality and peer reviewed. Search results include times cited , an option to identify key papers (ESI Top Papers) as well as author addresses and affiliated organizations. Web of Science can also be used to assess emergence of new subject fields as well as general evaluation through the Create Citation Report in search results.


Caveats about use of journal citation analysis are presented in this paper as well as the UToledo Library Guide page Journal Impact Factors These caveats include tenure/promotion decisions as well as journal submission selection. ***

Have you ever wondered How Web of Science analyzes and evaluates scientific research?

The UT Library Guide Web of Science outlines how to search for articles and cited references as well as how to analyze searches.

Questions about Web of Science? Please do not hesitate to consult with a Mulford Reference librarian with any information or research need!


** Connecting the dots across the research ecosystem , July 2014
*** See the UT Library Guide Publishing Your Research

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Extended Hours Through June 17

The library will maintain slightly extended hours (staying open later on Saturdays) through June 17.

Sunday: 9:00 am – midnight
Monday: 7:30 am – midnight
Tuesday: 7:30 am – midnight
Wednesday: 7:30 am – midnight
Thursday: 7:30 am – midnight
Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Mulford Extended Hours – May 14, 21, and 28 [2016]

The Mulford Library will be open until 10pm (an additional hour)
on Satudays May 14, 21, and 28 [2016].

Please note the regular hours at


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Exam Week Hours – Friday April 29 through Thursday May 5

Exam Week Hours – Friday April 29 through Thursday May 5

Friday April 29         7:30 am to 10pm
Saturday April 29    9:00 am to 10pm
Sunday May 1        9:00 am to 1am
Monday May 2        7:30 am to 1am
Tuesday May 3       7:30 am to 1am
Wednesday May 4  7:30 am to 1 am
Thursday May 5      7:30 am to 1 am


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Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has new improved interface for readability and naviagation

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is a great place for systematic reviews in health care.( Most are indexed with full text at PubMed@UT)  The CDSR includes Cochrane Reviews (the systematic reviews**) and protocols for Cochrane Reviews as well as editorials.

** For more information on systematic reviews, please see the UT LIbrary Guide Systematic Reviews

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