Appendix articles Jul - Aug 2012

  1. New Exhibit - Art from the University of Colorado Denver

    The Exhibits Committee of the Health Sciences Library has curated an exhibit of artwork created by the faculty, staff and students of University of Colorado Denver.  There are many talented artists on our campuses!  This juried exhibition is an opportunity to learn about our talented co-workers, teachers, and students from both the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Denver Campus.  The exhibit will also be featured during Denver Arts Week.

    This is the fourth year that the Exhibits Committee has organized this show.  The show will open on November 6, 2012 and will be on display through January 30, 2013.

      • An Opening Reception will be held on November 15, 2012 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Health Sciences Library.

    Be sure to stop by the Gallery and enjoy the art created by others on campus!

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  2. October is Ghost Story Month

    The thirteenth tale : a novel by Diane Setterfield.  HSL Amesse F SETTERFIELD THI

    Margaret Lea leads a quiet life indulging a passion for reading, working in her father's antiquarian book shop, and writing biographies of obscure local literary figures and diarists. She prefers the classics and their clear beginning, middle and end; no modern novels for her. So when she's summoned to Vida Winter's Yorkshire home to be her biographer, Margaret hesitates. She doesn't write biographies of the living and she's never read any of the mysterious Winter's blockbuster selling books. But an encounter with Winter's gripping retelling of fairy tales and the mystery of the book's thirteenth tale engages Margaret. With Winter's help, Margaret is drawn into a real life Gothic tale complete with troubled reclusive patriarchs, madwomen, deceased twins, motherless children, personal tragedies, moors and not one but two haunted decaying mansions with sprawling grounds. In less skilled hands this jumble of cliches might have been re-hashed into formulaic prose. But Setterfield has taken a timeworn genre and created a poignant story of family, love, separation, and hope with a satisfying beginning, middle and end of her own.

    The night circus : a novel by Erin Morgenstern. HSL Amesse/1st Floor F MORGENSTERN NIG

    The night circus is an enchanting novel of magical forces, ghosts, and love that might leave you asking, "Did I dream it or was it real?"

    The Night Circus appears unannounced at the edge of town, opening after dark and closing at dawn.  The circus provides such a wonderful experience to its guests, it has a network of "groupies" clad in black, white, and red who share its location to follow it from place to place.  It is, but it isn't, like other circuses.  Sure there's acrobats, animal tamers, fortune tellers, magicians and the like.  But there's also something sinister at work at this circus.  The owners and performers don't age and some of the attractions seem to surreally defy the laws of nature.  The Cirque du Rêves (Circus of Dreams) is at the center of an age old rivalry, played out by young competitors unaware of the consequences of the contest.  Is breaking free impossible?

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  3. Technology Tip: Tired of Excel's Chart Options? is a free website offering new choices for graphical 
    communication of information.  Sure it makes charting more attractive and colorful.  But it also offers easy options for embedding information into webpages, blogs or other social media.  Use  data from polling, research, or secondary sources to illustrate your presentations, papers or communications.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  4. Evidence Based Filter Resource TRIP Redesigned

    TRIP  is a one stop resource for filtering high quality evidence based research. TRIP has announced a redesigned, easy-to-use search and results display that coincides with the 100 millionth search of the resource.

    It's a complete overhaul of TRIP with

      • results from a variety of high quality producers of evidence based information (such as the Cochrane Collaboration),
      • a new design (including logo),
        • rollover preview of individual results,
        • new features (like login through Facebook or Twitter),
        • tracking and favorites options for logged in users (including sharing through Facebook or Twitter),
        • powerful new tools (including a PICO search interface).

    An informal and brief screencast  by the creator demonstrates some of the new features. A "How to Use TRIP" screencast with more information is also available.  It's probably best to try TRIP yourself!

    New search options:

    New Results View:


    Jon Brassey, TRIP's creator, has chosen include some advertising at the site in an effort to keep TRIP free and available to users world-wide.  There is a firewall between advertisement and the search engine, so that advertising cannot impact the results to your searching.

    On campus users will find that many links will connect to our resources.

    Off campus users may need to identify a resource at TRIP, then use our Journals resource or link to PubMed to connect to the full text.  Or you may find it helpful to be logged into your PubMed My NCBI account.

    If you use TRIP and would like some tips for connecting to content offered through TRIP, please contact Lynne Fox ( to set up a brief training session.
    If you like TRIP and want learn more

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  5. NIH launches LiverTox a free database of drugs linked to liver injury

    Prescription medications are one of many culprits leading to liver injury. In data retrieved from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplements were implicated in 18% of liver injury cases caused or suspected of being caused by drugs or supplements from 2003 to 2011.

    LIVERTOX provides up-to-date, accurate, and easily accessed information on the diagnosis, cause, frequency, patterns, and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications, herbals and dietary supplements.

    LIVERTOX also includes a case registry that will enable scientific analysis and better characterization of the clinical patterns of liver injury.  The LIVERTOX website provides a comprehensive resource for physicians and their patients, and for clinical academicians and researchers who specialize in idiosyncratic drug induced hepatotoxicity.

    [Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator]

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  6. The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean

    The Violinist’s Thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code

    By Sam Kean

    HSL Amesse/1st Floor, 572.8 KEA  

    The words deoxyribonucleic acid, or simply DNA, are familiar to the vast majority of people and most likely invoke images of a double helix, chromosomes, and Gregor Mendel and his pea plants.  But the story behind DNA and the men and women who uncovered its secrets is far more interesting than one might imagine.

    Sam Kean brilliantly relays this fascinating history in The Violinist’s Thumb.  From Artic explorers discovering that their skin will fall off after indulging in polar bear liver to an unfortunate Japanese man who not only survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima but also of Nagasaki, Kean sheds light on the endlessly amazing journey of DNA.

    The reader will meet:  Columbia’s “Fly Boys” who worked tirelessly with Drosophila during the day while one of whom worked tirelessly to chase women by night;  Paganini, the inspiration for the book’s title, the violinist who could play music like no other before or since because he suffered a genetic disease that allowed his ligaments to be looser than the average musician; Charles Darwin, not only was he the man that gave science the theory of evolution, but he was also a man who suffered an extraordinary amount of conditions, such as frequent vomiting and irritation of the bowels; the rival scientists and consortia working on the cut-throat business of the Human Genome Project through public and private endeavors; and many more amazing men and women in the pages of the history of DNA.

    Genes and chromosomes may be enthralling by themselves, but discovering the people behind the missteps and discoveries of genetics is a continuously intriguing journey.  Kean’s writing brings this story to life in a charming and enjoyable manner that will make the reader crave more.

    [Brittany Heer, Library Technician II ]

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  7. FYI: Your Brain on Jane Austen

    Jane Austen is probably Britain's 5th largest industry at this point (just kidding), and now she's headed our way.  A researcher recently combined neuroscience and Jane Austen's novels to study the way the brain performs during reading tasks. Her ultimate goal is to understand more about the neuroscience of distraction, and to tie what she's learned to portrayals of distraction in 18th and 19th century literature.

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  8. Medical Artifacts: Now Part of the Health Sciences Library Digital Repositiory

    The Health Sciences Library has a small collection of medical artifacts that span the 19th and 20th centuries.  Amongst the most popular artifacts in the collection are a Civil War surgical kit, a brass microscope made by Bausch and Lomb from 1909, and several oddities like trephine kits and scarifiers.  The library also has several artifacts relating to some of the doctors who have made significant impact on the library throughout our history, such as Dr. Charles Dennison and Dr. Florence Sabin.  Currently a list of the artifacts is available on the library's website and  are now part of our new digital repository. The collection is available for research, with an appointment.

    You can make an appointment to study these artifacts at any time by contacting Paul Andrews at or 303-724-2113.

    [Paul Andrews, Collection Development]

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  9. FYI: Equal pay for equal work in Pharmacy

    Freakonomics blog reports today on a study that found that Pharmacy has the smallest gender wage gap in the US.

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  10. FYI: Most retractions due to misconduct not error

    A new study in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that most retractions are due to misconduct, not error, as was previously thought.

    Track corrections, partial retractions, retractions, errata and comments via PubMed by noting the the "comment correction" alerts within PubMed records.  Comment correction types are searchable in PubMed.  For example, typing hasretractionin into the search box will pull up articles with retractions and link to the record for the retraction.

    Retraction Watch blog follows high profile problems with research requiring retraction and general issues related to the process of retracting research findings.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  11. WELCOME! Top Facts for New Students, Staff, and Faculty

    Now that you’ve had a little time to settle in, purchase your textbooks, and figure out where you can find lunch, we want you to know that the Health Sciences Library website is the gateway for many services. You can:

    Although you can get to most Library resources without ever leaving your home, there are many reasons to visit the Library:

    • Laptop access to the Internet and Library resources via the campus' wireless Guest or
    • UCDenver networksthroughout and around the Library
    • iPads with pre-loaded applications, art, and productivity tools to check out
    • 49 computer workstations in the Information Commons, some with unique software like SPSS and SAS, VH Dissector Pro, and MS Office. One workstation is equipped with ZoomText for the visually impaired and four have document scanners
    • Get help locating evidence-based information, clinical care information, or primary source articles
    • Receive training and assistance with EndNote (recommended for faculty and researchers) or with EndNote Web (recommended for students)
    • Reserve one of our group study rooms or individual study booth featuring ample natural lighting and space for one to ten users. Other group rooms require no reservations --they are first-come-first-serve. You can connect your laptop to the flat-panel LCD screens to show a presentation or website to your study room audience or use the whiteboards to facilitate group study sessions (check out a set of whiteboard markers at the Desk)
    • Roll one of three mobile whiteboards to your study nook! (check out a set of whiteboard markers at the Desk)
    • Study or take a break outdoors using any one of several Library patios. Wireless Internet and electrical outlets are available on the patios
    • Reserve one of the Library’s meeting rooms for your group meeting of 12 – 50 participants
    • Hungry? Thirsty? Visit the Library Café next to the front entrance. The Cafe offers coffee, snacks, sandwiches, and salads. Food and drink is allowed in our Library, in fact, we provide vending machines, a refrigerator and microwave located on the first floor, for Library visitors

    Especially for Students!
     The Health Sciences Library offers many services especially for students:

     Especially for Staff and Faculty!

    • Your 6-digit personnel number is the off campus login to the Library's books, journals and databases. If you don't know this number, you can find it through, accessed with your email login
    • Put your readings on electronic reserve! It is a convenient way for traditional and distance students to access article and book chapters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week directly from the online Impulse Library Catalog. Personal copies and Library materials may also be put on reserve in the Library. Please contact David Martinez ( ) if you have questions
    • Our online Interlibrary Loan request service, ILLiad, automatically submits your contact information, saving your time! Create an online account in ILLiad. After you register, Health Sciences Library staff will contact you to obtain billing information. ILLiad provides request forms for articles, books, book chapters and more. For more information, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department (303-724-2111 or at

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian, John Jones, Reference Librarian, and Tina Moser, Access Librarian]

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  12. FYI: 2012 Legislative Blue Book

    The Blue Book provides voter information on ballot measures.The Colorado 2012 Legislative Blue Book is available in pdf and mp3 formats (courtesy of the Colorado Talking Book Library).

    The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure. The analysis may also include any other information that will help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure.

    Article V, Section 1 (7.5), Colorado Constitution, and Section 1-40-124.5, Colorado Revised Statutes, require the Legislative Council Staff to prepare the ballot information booklet prior to each election in which a statewide issue will appear on the ballot.

    Happy voting!

    PS.  Secretary of State Gessler reports that as many as 800 voters who were registered during September with a mobile  app may not be registered due to a technical glitch.  The problem?  No one knows who they were. To verify your registration, ballot mailing address and other information go to

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  13. Crisis? What Crisis? The Future of Scholarly Communications and the Health Sciences Academy

    By many accounts, scholarly communications are in a state of crisis, with some experts predicting end-times.  The advent of e-publishing and easy dissemination through the Internet have markedly improved access for readers of the academic journal, but at a cost – to academic libraries through ever-escalating subscription prices, their University sponsors who struggle to sustain collection budgets, and researcher authors who increasingly have to absorb escalating per-page fees for their articles.

    Join us for Crisis? What Crisis? The Future of Scholarly Communications and the Health Sciences Academy, a conversation about the future of scholarly communications sponsored by the Health Sciences Library with a panel of experts, national and local, featuring:

    • John Corboy, MD, FAAN, Professor, Dept. of Neurology, CU School of Medicine and Editor of Neurology: Clinical Practice;
    • Roxie Foster, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and PhD Program Director and Interim Chair, Division of Adult and Senior Health, CU College of Nursing and Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing;
    • Tom Richardson, Director, Institutional Sales and Service, New England Journal of Medicine, and Society for Scholarly Publishing representative to the Chicago Collaborative;
    • Jean Shipman, Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, MidContinental Region and NLM Training Center, NN/LM, University of Utah, and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries co-convener of the Chicago Collaborative; and,
    • Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Director, CU Health Sciences Library, Panel Moderator.

    DATE:              October 18, 2012
    LOCATION:     Shore Family Auditorium, Nighthorse-Campbell Building
    TIME:               2:30-4:00 pm

    A reception will follow Crisis? What Crisis? in recognition of the HSL’s 5 years of service on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and the 200th anniversary of the landmark New England Journal of Medicine.
    For more information, please contact HSL Director Jerry Perry, 303-724-2133 or

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