1. Rare Book Profile: Gregor Mendel’s Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden (Experiments in Plant Hybridization)

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    Sometimes unimpressive-looking books can have world-changing impact.  Gregor Mendel’s Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden (Brno: Verlag des Vereines, 1866) is a perfect example of this. When it was first published, it was largely ignored, but in it he presented the Mendelian ratios which laid the foundation for modern genetics, earning for him the unofficial title “Father of genetics.”

    Gregor Johann Mendel (1822-1884) was a botanist and Augustinian monk.  He was born Johann Mendel, the only son of a farming family in Austria. At age 11, he was sent to school in Troppau. He then enrolled in the Philosophical Institute at the University of Olmütz, where he excelled in physics and mathematics graduating in 1843. That year, against his family’s wishes, Mendel entered the Augustinian Abbey of St. Thomas in Brno, and took the name Gregor. In 1851, Mendel was sent to the University of Vienna to study science and obtain teaching certification. In 1853, he returned to the monastery to teach secondary school and conduct research. In addition to plants, he studied bees, astronomy, and meteorology. Most of his published research was in meteorology, and he founded the Austrian Meteorological Society in 1865. He was elected abbot in 1868, and gave up research to accommodate his new responsibilities. He died in 1884 and was buried in the monastery.

    When Mendel began his experiments, it was generally accepted that traits of offspring were a blend of all traits of its parents, and that hybrids invariably reverted to the parents’ original forms—no stable new varieties could be generated.  Mendel chose to work with peas because there were many varieties with distinctive traits, controlled pollination was easy, and new generations could be produced quickly. His experiments, which involved nearly 30,000 plants over almost ten years, led Mendel to three major conclusions: the Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment, and that heredity follows basic statistical patterns. He asserted that these principles apply to all organisms.

     Mendel presented his findings in two lectures before the Natural Science Society in Brno in 1865, which published them in Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Verines in Brünn (Transactions of the Natural Science Society in Brno) in 1866. When the paper was published, Mendel asked for forty reprints and sent many of them to prominent scientists, but his work was largely ignored until 1900, when three botanists arrived at the same conclusions, only to discover that Mendel had published first. Initially controversial, Mendel’s work became increasingly accepted and influential.

    The Health Sciences Library’s copy of Mendel’s paper was extracted from the journal. It is a small, thin volume, printed in a Roman typeface with no illustrations, narrow margins, and a gray library buckram binding.

    Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  2. When journalists call, are you ready to comment?

    Do you ignore phone or email messages from science or medical reporters, hoping they won't call back?

    If you don't call back, will they share inaccurate information with the public?

    If you do call back, are you contributing to a clear understanding of a topic, or adding to the general confusion about a discovery's importance or impact?

    Ed Yong, award winning journalist and National Geographic blogger, acknowledges, "there’s a lot of nervousness about giving comments to journalists."

    He has shared some tips he believes will bring some clarity to science reporting.   You can effectively participate, provide information that will help the public, and give context to new discoveries.  You can prevent misunderstanding.

    hnrHealth journalist Gary Schwitzer was so discouraged by the poor quality of health news reporting, he established HealthNewsReview.org and established 10 principles for quality reporting.  He, and a group of reviewers rate news stories about health innovations and discoveries using these principles. They believe that communicating these 10 elements can help the public better understand scientific and medical discoveries and their potential impact on all our lives. Keeping these 10 principles in mind when you are called for background or comment may help you improve reporting, and save clinical colleagues from an onslaught of unnecessary patient calls and questions!

    The Library also offers three books that offer tips, training, and illustrations of how to communicate science more effectively to the public or the media:

    You can help improve the quality of science understanding with just a few simple and effective tools.  In an era of apathy about science education, if you don't help the public learn, who will?

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  3. DSM-V is now available!

  4. Find evidence based full text information quickly using Trip Database

    Trip Database is an evidence based search filter for research articles, evidence based synopses, DynaMed (an evidence based clinical information tool), and non-evidence based image, video, and news resources. It provides an efficient first stop for searching for evidence based information.

    Trip Full Text and Dynamed

    Trip has enabled full text linking to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus' journal subscriptions and to PubMed Central's (PMC) free full text collection.

    To set up full text linking, first sign up for an account (your account will facilitate full text linkage, saving searches, and convenient return to prior search topics via the timeline.)

    Trip Full Text 1a

    Once you have signed in, alter your profile (via the 'Setting' button) by selecting the "University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library option from the Your Institution menu.

    Trip Full Text 2

    Trip now offers the following resources with its one-stop searching interface:

    • DynaMed integration: Click on the DynaMed tab and you'll see the results. Access to the actual content is only available for those with subscription access - the Health Sciences Library provides a subscription.  To utilize this resource through Trip when off-campus, go to the Clinical Tools list, click on Dynamed, and log in as prompted (use your employee or student ID.  Hospital staff should put an H in front of their 5 digit ID number).  Users may need to repeat this process if  your login times out while browsing Trip results.
    • Case Reports: Working with BioMedCentral's Cases Database we're really pleased to see this interesting collection added to the site.
    • Developing World Filter: Working with a slightly modified filter from a Norwegian Cochrane site we have created a specific and sensitive filter to quickly and easily find evidence suitable for low and middle income countries. This is a great tool for evidence based decision making for Global Health projects.

    To see these changes, click here.

    If you'd like to work with a Health Sciences Librarian to use Trip more efficiently, feel free to set up a consultation.  We're happy to meet in your office to provide the training and consultation you need to efficiently tackle any project!

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  5. Google Reader ceases July 1

    If you're a Google Reader user then you've probably seen Google's announcement that it plans to phase out Google Reader on July 1, 2013.

    Outlook RSS

    Here on the Anschutz Medical Campus many Google Reader users will take advantage of Outlook 2010's RSS Feeds feature, buried down the folder view under unused folders like "Junk E-Mail" and "Outbox" that most of us never use.  If you don't use Outlook, there are many other alternatives.  Lifehacker blog recommends 5 alternatives, with Feedly winning audience favorite by a wide margin. Another blog mentions 12 alternatives. They options suit users who are novices to experts in RSS reader use.

    RSS symbol

    Adding feeds in Outlook 2010 is easy. once you've arrived at a blog, news website, or continuously updated website, look for the letters RSS or the RSS feed symbol - a square with a dot and two curved lines, sometimes in orange - click the symbol, copy the URL (it usually contains the letters xml).

    When you right click on the RSS Feeds folder in Outlook, you can click Add a Feed.  Simply paste your URL into the dialog box and your feed will be set up in Outlook.

    Outlook RSS Feed

    Read the "Get Started" guide provided by Microsoft if you need more assistance, or feel free to Ask Us to visit your office so that a librarian can help you set up your feeds. Tech savvy folks may want to export an OPML file from Google Reader into Outlook, and How-to Geek provides instructions to facilitate that process.

    UPDATED on June 17, 2013 with a link to an article with 12 alternatives.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  6. Book Review: The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

    The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber is available via Prospector, Colorado's cooperative lending library catalog.

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    Of all the possible candidates in the "who really wrote Shakespeare's works?" debate, Christopher "Kit" Marlowe is often quickly dismissed. After all, he died at age 29 during a dispute over debts. His contemporaries probably saw it coming - his quick temper, heretical views, or his tendency to get romantically involved with the wrong men or women conspired to predict an early end.

    And yet, hundreds of years later, a dedicated group of scholars persists in the theory that his death was faked to escape legal and other troubles and he survived to funnel work through associates to be passed off by Shakespeare as his own.

    The Marlowe obsessed writer Ros Barber weaves together the threads of scholarly evidence into an entertaining tale of Marlowe's post 1593 life, full of escape, danger, proverty, love, and of course, writing. The story is presented as Marlowe's autobiography, in Elizabethan style blank verse. If I've lost you at the mention of verse, be reassured that Barber's talent as a writer shines through, making the verse accessible and engaging  even as she takes care to preserve the authenticity of Marlowe's Elizabethan era "voice".

    CSFOnce you've read the Marlowe Papers, you may want attend the Colorado Shakespeare Festival performances of Richard II, Macbeth, and Midsummers Night's Dream to experience one of the world's premiere outdoor performances of the Bard (or Marlowe's?) works.  You'll recognize Richard's description of England as "this sceptred isle", hear Malcolm quip that "Nothing in his life Became him like leaving it", and who can't relate to Titania's "metthought I was enamored of an ass?" The repertory company performs in University of Colorado's Mary Rippon Theatre from June 7 to August 11, with some matinee performances.

    The Marlowe Papers is available by request via Prospector, a library lending cooperative based in Colorado.


    The combined collections of over 40 academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming are available to Univerity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus library users. Materials include print and multimedia materials. Electronic request delivers dvds, cds, and books for research or entertainment to the Health Sciences Library where you can pick up your materials after receiving email notification of their arrival.

    Although electronic and journal resources are listed in Prospector, licensing prevents download or use by users not affiliated with the owning library. However, you may travel to a Prospector member library to use materials. Check the websites of the member libraries before visiting the library.

    Need help with Prospector requests?  Call 303-724-2121 or stop by the Library desk, or use our Ask Us service.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  7. Clinical Corner: High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

    Clinical CornerWith a location like Colorado, we encounter a fair number of cases involving altitude sickness.  HAPE or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema is one of the more severe types.  How do you find the right articles when looking at the journal literature?  The closest Medical Subject Heading for this condition is Altitude Sickness.  The search "Altitude Sickness"[MeSH] retrieves at least 2740 citations in PubMed.  Synonym keywords you might include for better coverage for your search:  Altitude Sickness (2805), Altitude Sicknesses (1), Mountain Sickness (1184), Mountain Sicknesses (1) and you might have other phrases or wording that you might decide to use as well.  If you want to focus on particular type of altitude sickness you might need to use keywords and phrases like:  HAPE (329) or "high altitude pulmonary edema" (500) or "high altitude pulmonary oedema" (114).  This table gives you an idea of how including different synonym phrases can affect the quality of your search retrieval.

    Description Search Strategy Results
    Just the MeSH term “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] 2740
    MeSH with MeSH as keyword phrase and entry term synonyms “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] OR “Altitude Sickness” OR “Altitude Sicknesses” OR “Mountain Sickness” OR “Mountain Sicknesses” 3044
    MeSH with MeSH as keyword phrase and entry term synonyms and other identified synonyms (there could still be more) “Altitude Sickness”[MeSH] OR “Altitude Sickness” OR “Altitude Sicknesses” OR “Mountain Sickness” OR “Mountain Sicknesses” OR HAPE OR "high altitude pulmonary edema" OR "high altitude pulmonary oedema" 3274
    Just keyword phrases for HAPE HAPE OR "high altitude pulmonary edema" OR "high altitude pulmonary oedema" 665

    You can use PubMed's Clinical Queries to limit any of the above searches to articles about Therapy, Etiology, Prognosis, Clinical Prediction Guides or Diagnosis with a Broad/Sensitive or Narrow/Specific focus.   I'll use the last example with just the keyword phrases for HAPE - Therapy B 163 | N 26, Etiology B 223 | N 15, Prognosis B 72 | N 5, Clinical Prediction Guides B 137 | N 5 or Diagnosis B 172 |N 4.

    If you are looking for resources that may help explain this condition to a patient, MedlinePlus has several topics that may help.

    Please feel free to comment on the post or contact me if you have clinical pearls, questions or great resource suggestions that we should consider for this column in HSLNews.

    John.Jones@ucdenver.edu OR 303-724-2117

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  8. Clinical Corner: Clinical Pearls & Clinical Information

    Clinical CornerHere's a quick post to introduce a new column/category of the Health Sciences Library News blog.  As we have opportunities to interact with and learn from our clinical faculty and staff, we'll turn that information around and put it out there to our broader clinical audience.  Researchers and educators might find it of interest as well.  In general, anything that builds synergy and collaboration is probably a good thing.

    We already have one posting in Clinical Corner about our new subscription to JAMAevidence, which can help you around all evidence-based medicine searching, article critiques and teaching.  Any time you want to see the postings in the Clinical Corner, all you need to do is choose the Clinical Corner category from the Categories drop down menu and there you'll have it.

    Anyway, don't hesitate to comment on the post or contact me if you have clinical pearls, questions or great resource suggestions that we should consider for this new part of the HSLNews.

    John.Jones@ucdenver.edu OR 303-724-2117

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  9. Quertle Life Sciences and Biomedicine for Quick and Easy Searching

    Have you tried Quertle, the life sciences and biomedicine search engine that makes searching for gene information easier and more accessible?  Quertle makes searching for clinical diagnosis and treatment articles easier, too.

    Quertle includes PubMed, full-text documents from BioMed Central and open access articles from PubMed Central. Quertle also searches the NIH RePORTER database of grant applications, TOXLINE, news from FierceMarkets Life Sciences and Health Care  and scientific whitepapers and research posters submitted to Quertle.

    Quertle uses advanced linguistic methods to provide relevant results.  You can leverage "Power Terms" to search for entire categories of results.  Easy to use filters, including Key Concepts, help you explore your results and narrow futher for more relevant results.  Quick links on Quertle's front page provide example searchers so that you can learn to search effectively in mere minutes.

    The power of Quertle is in how it approaches searching.


    Quertle provides a filter for groups of terms such as $Biological Processes or $Diseases.  Simply type your term and (for example filaggrin and ).  Quertle will suggest associated terms.  You can select one or continue typing in your own term.

    Other search tips include using capitals in contexts that make sense, spelling out terms rather than abbreviating and using verbs (such as bind or activate or prevent) as keywords in your search strategy.


    Quertle also suggests terms you might use to refine your search in a sidebar to the left of results. It shows your selections and lets you select and unselect terms to try different combinations.  If you want to add a term you don't see in one of the suggested lists, just type it into the Also Containing search box.

    Creating an account at Quertle offers lots of benefits and features. Customize your profile Organization by selecting  "University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus" to link to our full text. You can save search strategies and create custom filter sets for topics you commonly search.  You can even export to your favorite reference management tools.

    There are several ways to link to full text. Many results also link directly to a pdf at the PubMed Central site.  Click the My Library link to connect to the Health Sciences Library's full text.


    Try Quertle and find out how fast and effective filtered searching can be!  Ask a Librarian if you need assistance or want a demonstration of this powerful search engine!

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  10. New Exhibit: Visions Quartet

    dIANNE_R_SCULPTUREA new exhibit will be on display in the Library’s Gallery through July 19, 2013.  “Visions Quartet” features sculptures, paintings and photos from four local artists:  Linda Sorrento, Pat Pendleton, Diane Reiss and Pat Colfer.  “Thoughts Along the Way”, an exhibit of three arches is in collaboration by Peter Durst, Joan Walker and Diane Reiss. The exhibit is very interesting!

    Additionally, there is a donation box in the Gallery where books or monetary donations can be placed.  These items will be used for “Books for Kenya Kids”, an organization that builds libraries for elementary school children in Kenya.  They are accepting new or gently used books for preschool through 8th grade.  Monetary donations will also be accepted made out to “Scope”.  The next time you are in the library be sure to stop by and view this wonderful exhibit.  See the library’s website for “Meet the Artist” dates in June and July.

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  11. F1000 Research Journal Publishing Opportunity

    Eva Amsen, Faculty of 1000 (F1000) outreach coordinator, visited the Anschutz Medical Campus last week.  She discussed the new F1000Research journal.  A new concept in open access publishing, the journal features no publication delay since peer review happens post-publication. Another innovation is that F1000Research articles include all data to enhance effective scientific communication.

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    For a short time F1000Research has a special offer to encourage publication.

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    Your first submission to the journal will be free with the following code until August 31:


    In addition, F1000Researchh strives to publish negative results.  To promote that goal, all negative results submissions will be free with the following code until September 13:


    If you'd like more information, please view the attached F1000Research flyer and contact Eva Amsen at eva amsen@flOOO.com


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  12. Strauss Lecture May 29th, 2013

    Clinical Pharmacology of Medical Cannabis

    Kari L Franson, PharmD, PhD, BCPP
    Associate Dean for Professional Education
    University of Colorado School of Pharmacy

    Dr. Franson's background is in clinical research and drug development with a focus on psychopharmacology.  She worked clinically with psychiatric and geriatric patients for ten years before focusing on the drug development of psychotherapeutics.  She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist in the US, and a Certified Clinical Pharmacologist in the Netherlands.  While in the Netherlands, Dr. Franson studied the clinical pharmacologic effects of cannabinoids on cannabinoid receptors in healthy volunteers.

    Date: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013, Noon

    Location:  The Health Sciences Library, 1st Floor Teaching Labs 1&2, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus -   http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/about/directions

    Parking Information:
    Map: http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/FacilitiesManagement/Documents/Parking/AMC-UCD-VisitorParking.pdf

    Learn more about the Strauss-Wisneski Collection at http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/strauss

    If you have questions and/or would like email notification of future Strauss Lectures, please contact Lilian Hoffecker, lilian.hoffecker@ucdenver.edu , 303-724-2124

    **Refreshments Will Be Served**

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  13. LEAVING ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS? Suggestions for a smooth transition

    This time each year, students, residents, fellows, and faculty prepare to leave the Anschutz Medical Campus to pursue careers elsewhere. We've compiled the following suggestions to help those who are leaving have a smoother transition.

    • Find out if you will have access to a library with your new affiliation.
      If you will be affiliated with a hospital, health system, or academic institution, you should have access to a library or information center. Check the institution's website or contact administrators to find out about library services. Don't hesitate to contact the health sciences librarian at your new institution. He or she will be a valuable source of information about your new organization as well as clinical and research information.
    • Email your Ovid search strategies.
      If you will have access to Ovid databases at your new institution, you may want to email your saved searches to yourself before your Ovid account with the Health Sciences Library expires. You can then recreate your searches in your new Ovid account.
    • Get help setting up PubMed search queries.
      Many of you will use the freely available PubMed to search MEDLINE. PubMed allows you to save searches and receive regular updates to current articles in your field. To learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save searches in PubMed, visit the My NCBI web page. Ask Us! if you’d like to meet with a librarian for assistance.
    • Use Loansome Doc to obtain copies of journal articles.
      If you are entering private practice or joining an organization without a library, consider opening a Loansome Doc account to obtain copies of journal articles (usually for a fee) from a hospital or academic medical library in your area. To find out about your options for document delivery and other support services, contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at 1-800-338-7657.
    • Evaluate clinical point-of-care resources.
      If you will be located at an institution that does not provide access to clinical point-of-care resources, you may opt to purchase a personal subscription to one of these resources. Evaluate clinical resources offered by the Health Sciences Library before you leave. Current individual subscription prices for some of these products are provided below.
    ACP PIER – Available with ACP membership HSL no longer offers this POC tool. Register for access (ACP members only)
    The Cochrane LibraryIndividual subscription for one year: $344.00 HSL Link to The Cochrane Library
    First Consult – Pricing varies according to subscription type HSL Link to First Consult via MD Consult
    Essential Evidence PlusIndividual subscription for one year: $85 HSL no longer offers this POC tool  Sign up for 30 days free trial access
    UpToDate – Pricing varies according to subscription type HSL Link to Up to Date
    • Check out local libraries in your new location.
      Visit the public library in your new location and ask about resources. Even libraries in small towns may offer access to major medical and science journals. Libraries at public colleges and universities sometimes offer services to local communities so if you will be located near a public college or university, explore the options they offer
    • Find and load smartphone apps that will help you locate information quickly.  While many apps are linked to the Library's subscriptions, some great apps are free. Archimedes medical calculator, Epocrates drug information, and many National Library of Medicine apps are free and useful.
    • Take advantage of resources that are free or available with professional memberships.
      The benefits of membership in professional societies usually include access to the society's publications. For example, membership in the American College of Physicians includes free access to ACP PIER. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers a discount on personal subscriptions to MD Consult and First Consult.
      • BioMed Central: 150+ peer-reviewed open access health sciences journals
      • Directory of Open Access Journals: 4,100+ open access journals in all subjects including dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health
      • Disease Management Project: Online medical textbook from the Cleveland Clinic
      • Medscape Reference: Directory of information on more than 7,000 diseases and disorders, including images and multimedia content
      • FreeBooks4Doctors:  360 medical textbooks arranged by specialty
      • Free Medical Journals: 1000+ medical/health journals
      • Guideline Index: 2,5400+ summaries for various diseases and conditions from the National Guideline Clearinghouse
      • HighWire Press Free Online Full-Text Articles: journals that provide open access journal articles (most, but not all, embargo current content)
      • Medscape: Healthcare information from various medical publishers (registration is required)
      • MerckMedicus: Medical news, online learning resources, and diagnostic tools (registration is required)
      • NCBI Bookshelf: A collection of online biomedical books from the National Library of Medicine
      • PLoS Journals: Open access, peer-reviewed journals published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS)
      • PMC, formerly PubMed Central: A free digital archive of life sciences journals from the National Library of Medicine
      • RxList: The Internet Drug Index: is an easy-to-search database of information about prescription medications. It includes a drug identification image database.

    The faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Library wish you luck as you move on to exciting new endeavors. If we can be of assistance as you plan your departure, please contact us:

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian and John Jones, Librarian]

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  14. FYI: Drugs.com reports 100 top drugs for first quarter 2013

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    Drugs.com, a free drug information site, has put together a report on the top 100 prescribed medicines by U.S. National Sales in Q1 2013. Figures include sales through both retail and hospital channels, listed by drug name and sales value in U.S. dollars.

    Drugs.com is both a HONcode and TrustE site.


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  15. Find Retractions Using PubMed and My NCBI!

    Researchers agree that citing retracted articles can be embarrassing.  It's easy to overlook that research has been retracted. Sometimes retractions are buried in the editorial pages of a journal.  Not all retracted literature makes a big splash in a field or in the general press, so it can be easy to miss these notices.

    PubMed tracks these notices in the literature, including follow up comments, erratum, corrected and republished work, partial or complete retractions and updates.  Of the 22 million plus records in PubMed there are over a million records that have these notes.  The most common notes are comments on an article.  Just over 5,000 records have some type of retraction note. It can be like finding a needle in a haystack!

    Special keywords are noted in the "Comment Correction Type" field of PubMed records:

    • Comment in: hascommentin
    • Comment on: hascommenton
    • Erratum in: haserratumin
    • Erratum for:: haserratumfor
    • Corrected and republished in: hascorrectedrepublishedin
    • Corrected and republished from: hascorrectedrepublishedfrom
    • Partial Retraction in: haspartialretractionin
    • Partial Retraction of: haspartialretractionof
    • Republished in: hasrepublishedin
    • Republished from: hasrepublishedfrom
    • Retraction in: hasretractionin
    • Retraction of: hasretractionof
    • Update in: hasupdatein
    • Update of: hasupdateof

    These notices appear in the Abstract display of records in PubMed, so you can search for these notes. Use the search strategy below to find these records.

    hascommentin or hascommenton or haserratumin or haserratumfor or hascorrectedrepublishedin or hascorrectedrepublishedfrom or haspartialretractionin or haspartialretractionof or hasrepublishedin or hasrepublishedfrom or hasretractionin or hasretractionof or hasupdatein or hasupdateof

    Add your subject at the end of the search strategy and you can find articles that have these added notes.  For example:
    hascommentin OR hascommenton OR haserratumin OR haserratumfor OR hascorrectedrepublishedin OR hascorrectedrepublishedfrom OR haspartialretractionin OR haspartialretractionof OR hasrepublishedin OR hasrepublishedfrom OR hasretractionin OR hasretractionof OR hasupdatein OR hasupdateof AND p53

    PubMed Retracted search

    How can you follow these notes and monitor their impact on your research?  My NCBI offers two ways to track retractions using automated methods.

    (Don't want to have to follow these instructions? Ask Us! to meet with you
    and mention this post - it will take a librarian 5 minutes to get these set up!)

    You can -

    1. set up a filter via My NCBI to catch retractions within your results as you are searching
    2. set up a search topic alert on your topic of research to stay on top of retractions.

    You must first sign up for a My NCBI account if you don't have one already. This is simple - you choose your own password, and NLM/NCBI does not send any email to you besides the search topic alerts you request.

    To set up your filter, click on the "Manage Filters" link to the right of your results.  Then select the "Properties" option. Click to open the Publication Types list, then scroll down the list and check the boxes next to "Retracted Publication" and "Retraction of Publication".

    PubMed Retracted Filter

    Once you've selected these filters, you will see subsets to the right of your results.  Simply click on the subset to note which articles in your set have been retracted.

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    To set up your email alert, be sure to start at the Library's PubMed link and include
    AND ("retraction of publication"[Filter] OR "retracted publication"[Filter])
    in your search strategy. Then click the "Save Search" under the search box.

    PubMed Retracted search

    Select your delivery interval, Abstract format, increase the number of results, and then click save.

    PubMed Retracted Alert2

    You will receive an email whenever there are new retractions on your subject. The email will include citation and abstract, and should include a link to the Library's full text journal linker.

    PubMed Retracted Email Alert

    Avoid future embarrassment and stay alert to retractions in your research field with these techniques!  Ask Us! to meet with you and mention this blog post if you'd like to have a Librarian work with you to get this set up!

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  16. Can you go mouseless for an hour?

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="120"]Logo of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)[/caption]

    Why go mouseless? Blind users do not use the mouse. As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), two members of the Health Sciences IT Department, Cathalina Fontenelle and Vivienne Houghton, briefly attempted to go mouseless in order to get some understanding of the difficulty in navigating a computer with just a keyboard.

    The purpose of GAAD is "to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities." Besides going mouseless for an hour, you could participate by:

    • Surfing the Web with a screen reader for an hour
    • Captioning a video
    • Publishing a blog post about GAAD and your organization’s commitment to digital accessibility

    The bad news is, we failed miserably at using the computer without the mouse -- we didn't make it past 15 minutes. The good news is, participating in GAAD made us even more motivated to make the Health Sciences Library website more inclusive of all users of varying abilities. Our goal is to improve accessibility to the HSL site according to the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by GAAD 2014.

    What can you do today?

    • For an hour, take the challenge and unplug your mouse, launch your screen reader, and surf your favorite sites strictly using the keyboard (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar). Leave a comment and let us know how you did!
    • For an extreme challenge, you could even try turning off your screen and depending solely on the verbal information conveyed to you via screen reader.
    • Know anyone in web design or development? Help us spread the word and have them check out Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

    CU Resources

    Office of Disability Resources and Services

    Assistive Technology Partners

    [caption id="attachment_3737" align="alignnone" width="300"]Breaking Barriers, Changing Lives CU Assistive Technology Partners[/caption]

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    "We not only believe in what we're doing, we know through our research and our work here that technology makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and that fuels our energy that's what gets us out of the bed in the morning and that's what keeps us pressing even when the funds aren't there or even when it seems like it's an insurmountable problem. We're determined to make it work here."  -- Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor and Section Head, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado, and Executive Director, Assistive Technology Partners

    [Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

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  17. Find Your Scopus Author ID Number

    The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library does not subscribe to Scopus, due to its prohibitive cost. Faculty often need a Scopus Author identification number.

    You can find your ID number at Scopus' Free Look Up page.  Simply type in your last name, first name or initials to locate your record and find your assigned number:


    Select the appropriate author record, and you can view your Author Identification record.  Because our campus doesn't subscribe to Scopus, hyperlinks to Scopus will be inactive.


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  18. Multi-Library Partnership Enhances Access to Scholarship with Digital Collections of Colorado

    The libraries of four higher education systems in Colorado, including the Health Sciences Library, have come together to launch Digital Collections of Colorado (DCC) to improve access to digital information created by their faculty, students and staff.  The libraries of Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, Colorado Mesa University, and Colorado School of Mines have created the Digital Collections of Colorado “repository” for managing and making available digital files representing all manner of scholarly works over the Internet.  For additional information about this partnership please contact Jane Barber, assistant director of development and communications, at 970-491-5712 or jane.barber@colostate.edu.

    For information about Digital Collections of Colorado at the Health Sciences Library or to inquire about depositing your work, please see our guide or contact Heidi.Zuniga@ucdenver.edu.

    Check the blog this summer for information about events planned for the Health Science Library's official launch of Digital Collections of Colorado.

    Official Press Release

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