Thursday, December 9, 2010

FIU's plan for growth reported on Miami Herald

Miami Herald reports that Florida International University is considering an aggressive growth strategy that will boost enrollment by 20,000 new students during the next decade.

Read the full story here:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Changes to PubMed’s Limiters!

Changes to PubMed’s Limiters!

Below are some changes on the Limits page in PubMed:

Two subsets will be added:
~ Dietary Supplements
~ Veterinary Science

Two subsets will be removed:
~ The Space Life Sciences
~ PubMed Central®

Also, the labels on the subsets menu (Journal Groups, Topics, and More Subsets) will be removed and the subsets will be listed in alphabetical order.

Two Publication Types will be added to Type of Article:
~ Autobiography
~ Video-Audio Media

The header over the selections Male and Female will change from “Gender” to "Sex."

Please note that this information is modified from the original text at

Please contact our reference team should you have any questions: 305-348-0680 and

Friday, November 5, 2010

Medical Library receives the 2010/2011 Tech Fee Award

The Medical Library has received the 2010/2011 FIU Tech Fee Award of $4,550. The Medical Library will use the award to purchase and install five additional copies of a suite of human anatomy software - VH Dissector Pro, Cadaver Dissection Guide, and Surface Palpation Guide on library computers in order to enhance the learning and teaching activities of FlU College of Medicine students and faculty.

The VH Dissector suite allows medical students to learn human anatomy more efficiently and quickly with the aid of technology and provides medical students who have little or no access to cadavers with a virtual body containing over 2,000 anatomic structures that they can explore and learn from in a manner similar to cadaver dissection. They allow medical faculty and students to examine the human body from any combination of traditional views, including cross-sectional, systemic, clinical, surface, regional and surgical Describe the anatomy.

See the complete list of 2010/2011 Tech Fee Award recipients:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Issue of Medical Library Newsletter is Now Available!

Check out the First Issue of the Medical Library Newsletter!

·  Medical Library Newsletter web page:

·  The direct URL to the newsletter PDF file (better quality):

Friday, September 3, 2010

FIU College of Medicine in New York Times

The Neighborhood HELP program of FIU College of Medicine has been mentioned in the recent New York Times article, "In Medical School Shift, Meeting Patients on Day 1."

"... In another effort to connect students with patients sooner, the new medical school at Florida International University will place second-year students in underserved neighborhoods beginning this fall. A team of medical, nursing, social work and perhaps even law students will be assigned to a family, with the goal of understanding how factors like poverty and other stresses may complicate medical care. ..."

Read the full article here:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Temporary problems with the Library Catalog and Medical Library Toolbar

Due to recent changes to the library catalog and the backend indexing engine, we are experiencing some problems with the library catalog search box and pre-search URLs for the library catalog currently on the library website. the Medical Library toolbar is also experiencing a problem.

The library staff is working to resolve these issues as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Links to your favorite e-Books!

Looking for some quick and easy ways to save the links to your favorite e-Books? Here are some tips that may help!

• First, go to the Medial Library’s Online Catalog and search for your desired book: click HERE for a link to our e-Books

• If you are an Internet Explorer user: position the mouse on the link for the e-Book and right-click. Select ADD to Favorites… to save as a Favorite in IE. Or select Copy Shortcut. Go to Desktop, right-click, and Paste Shortcut.

• If you are a Firefox user: position the mouse on the link and right-click. Select Bookmark this Link to save as a Favorite or Bookmark This Link in Delicious. (Delicious toolbar needs to be installed and can be found HERE)

Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Contact our Medical Librarians – we are here to help!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Yesterday during orientation a great question was asked: how does MedScape rank against other databases? Medscape does provide a great deal of information – as well as journal articles from Medline; however, it does not include everything that you will need to complete assignments for your course work or when you are practicing clinicians. Our recommendation is that you consult the Medical Library’s resources first and use MedScape as a supplemental resource. If you have any questions or comment, please let us know!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FIU Medical Library Mobile Website has been launched!

Now you can reach the Medical Library and a wealth of resources it provides using your mobile devices and smartphones. Simply type to get to the mobile website.

Watch the FIU Medical Library Mobile App video!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Problem with PubMed!!

There is currently a problem with PubMed - the issue is being worked on and hopefully we will all have access soon. We apologize for any inconveience this may cause.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Substance Registration System

A new web site sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now available.

This database provides access to the FDA Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) assigned to substances by the FDA Substance Registration System

The UNII is an essential element required for the listing of substances in the FDA Structured Product Labeling (SPL). The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the FDA collaborated to make access to this code easier.

Users entering a substance name or a UNII will be directed to the FDA record. Spell checking and autosuggest are available for each query. If no UNII is available for a substance, the user is referred to the FDA to request one.

Links to the NLM ChemIDplus ( and the Drug Information Portal ( are provided for most drugs. The database is updated weekly with data provided by FDA.

Follow the activity of the National Library of Medicine's Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division .

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Medline Plus Updates

From our colleague, T. Ottosen at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine:

"MedlinePlus has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme. Some highlights of the new design are:

* A Videos & Cool Tools page that makes multimedia content easier to find and searchable.
* A Share button on all health topic pages and interactive tutorials that allows you to share links to MedlinePlus through your favorite social networks. See the Diabetic Diet topic page as an example.
* A medical dictionary search box on the English homepage for quick look-up of medical terms.
* A search cloud widget on the homepage, and a widgets page where you can find options for embedding MedlinePlus content in your own blogs, personalized homepages, and other sites.

We invite you to visit MedlinePlus to see the changes and new features for yourself. Let us know what you think of the new design by clicking the Contact Us link that appears on every page."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Access to AccessMedicine Restored

The online access to AccessMedicine has been restored. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

AccessMedicine Currently Unavailable

AccessMedicine is currently unavailable due to the subscription renewal issues.  The Medical Library will restore the access as soon as possible and is currently working with the vendor.  Thank you for your understanding!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Important Message for NIH Program Directors and Principal Investigators!

From MLA-Focus, Publication from the Medical Library Association

"NIH Public Access Policy Citation Management Tool
Beginning July 23, 2010, program directors and principal investigators must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies. They will no longer be able to enter citations manually into eRA Commons.
To ease investigators’ bibliography management, improve data quality, and ensure compliance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, eRA Commons has linked to the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI’s) personal online tool, “My NCBI.” Using “My Bibliography,” users can maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations, and books.
For more information on how investigators should handle the upcoming changes, see notice number NOT-OD-10-103. Read the step-by-step guide for how to set up a “My NCBI” account and access “My Bibliography.” You can also see the National Library of Medicine tutorial, “Using My Bibliography to Manage Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy,” for more details."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New England Journal of Medicine iPhone App

New NEJM This Week iPhone app: Current articles, images, audio summaries, procedure videos. Free for a limited time. 

Check it out here:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Genetics Home Reference

Genetics Home Reference is a great government website that helps patients understand genetics.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

PubMed - My NCBI account Log-in by Gmail Account

Did you know that you can now log into My NCBI using your Gmail account?
Give it a try!

Visualize U.S. Health Data with Health Maps

Try these two new resources for medical statistics and hospital information!

BING Health Maps

“Bing Health Maps is very straightforward to use - (1) Select a state and, (2) Select a Community Health Indicator.

The map will re-center on the respective state and color-code the counties within that state based on unit-based reporting.

You can select health indicators such as Birth Indicators (low birth weight, premature births, births to women under 18, etc.); Death Measures (homicide, lung cancer, stroke, etc.) or Health Risk Factors (obesity, smokers, high blood pressure, etc.). If the opacity doesn’t suit your fancy there’s a slider to increase or decrease it.

Through the overlaying of health data onto Bing Maps, the application allows users to get a complex perspective on specific areas of the US in terms of medical statistics. Bing Health Maps provides a way for health statistics related to location to be quickly and easily understood.”
(From Softpedia)

Google Hospital Map

Find out information about hospitals for a certain location and filter them by various factors such as Heart Attack: 30-day mortality.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Patient Handouts at MedlinePlus

From Ottosen, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

"MedlinePlus pages now feature a section of Patient Handouts. Patient handouts are short, printable lists of tips or how-tos on dealing with a disease or condition. Visit your favorite health topic page and look for the Patient Handouts link in the table of contents."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Exam Master revised USMLE Step 1 Practice Exam

Exam Master's completely revised USMLE Step 1 Practice Exam. This practice exam is the first in a series of new practice exams, called UMSLExpress. Based on the NBME blueprint, Exam Master's USMLExpress Step 1 practice exam is designed to give the Step 1 candidate a realistic exam experience. It consists of 336 test items divided into 7 exam blocks of 48 questions each. To access the practice exam simply select "New Practice Exam."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Potential Resources and Searching Advice for Community Map Assignment

Potential Resources and Searching Advice for Community Map Assignment
We’re Here to Help!
Maria Melssen – 305-348-0680
David Boilard – 305-348-0643

U.S. Census Bureau
All kinds of demographic data, including population trends, average commute time. Can be drilled down to Florida towns/cities. Includes maps.

Miami-Dade Public Health Department
Health Services (Community Health Centers, Dental, Service sites, family preparedness guide for disasters); Immigration Clinics; General vital statistics (for county)

Census Tracker
·       Interactive community map, including satellite view
·       Health Resources Availability – sortable by streets and proximity

Florida Housing Data
Provides detailed data on housing costs, ages of persons in household, etc. for FL counties and for some specific communities (e.g., Opa Locka)

Getting the best out of a Google Search
When using Google to locate community demographic information, .gov sites will be some of the most reliable.  To narrow down your Google search to .gov try the following search strategy:

"miami gardens" site:gov

If you are looking for a phrase, put the phrase in quotes.  Adding site:gov will also limit your results to .gov sites only.

Another search to try is “community profiles” “city name here”

Public Libraries
Try the public libraries ( in the specific neighborhoods.  When calling, make sure you ask for a reference librarian.  The Main library also has a Florida Collection department – their direct line is 305-375-5023
FIU Library Catalog
The FIU library (not just the Medical Library, but the library as a whole) may have a book or other resource related to your neighborhood.

Information on Schools
·       Miami Dade School District

Crime and other City Information
·       Miami Dade County (try the Home & Neighborhood link)
·       Check to see if your neighborhood has a Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A new version of the NLM REMM (Radiation Event Medical Management) web site

A new version of the NLM REMM web site has been released.

We strongly suggest you update any versions of REMM you have previously downloaded to your computer, USB drive, or mobile device.

* Download REMM (4/2010) to your computer or USB device

* Download Mobile REMM Version 1.2 (4/2010) to your mobile device

* For Blackberry(r) (device reboot required)
* For Windows Mobile(r)
* For Palm OS(r)

If you have comments or questions, please contact the REMM team at

REMM is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many US and international consultants.

REMM provides:

* Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
* Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
* Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Workshop this week canceled and rescheduled

This week's workshop on Thursday 3:15 pm -4:15 pm: "Master citations and bibliographies: Refworks" has been canceled. It has been rescheduled for next Thursday, April 22 3:15 pm-4:15 pm and will be held in GL 540.

If you have any questions about library workshops, please contact

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Database on Trial: SpringerImages - Images MD

The image database, SpringerImages, is on trial for a month beginning on Apr. 12, 2010 Monday.

SpringerImages is a collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields, including high-quality clinical images from images.MD. Many medical images are available under Images.MD section on the left-hand side. The trial access is for both from on and off-campus locations.


If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to email

Friday, April 2, 2010

ExamMaster Update

ExamMaster Update

ExamMaster has updated their resource and there is now a new method for accessing the practice exams for USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2, PANCE, PANRE, Pharmacy:

Institutional Version
Login and go to New Practice Exam>SELECT APPROPRIATE Practice Exam. In Active Exams, go to Practice Exam tab>Click Go to Exam>Click Test or Study for an Exam Block.

Single User Version
Login to your EMO account, go to New Practice Exam>SELECT APPROPRIATE Practice Exam. In Active Exams, go to Practice Exam tab>Click Go to Exam>Click Test or Study for an Exam Block.

If you have any questions, please contact the Medical Library Reference Department at or 305-348-0680

Note – instructions from ExamMaster customer service email message dated 4/2/2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

USMLEasy Trial

The USMLEasy database is currently on trial by the FIU Medical Library.

For more information about this electronic resource, please see below:

USMLEasy delivers exactly what you need to prepare for the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. You'll find thousands of online questions covering all the disciplines and organ systems covered on the exam — along with powerful customization features that allow you to focus on the topics you need to master and bypass what you already know. USMLEasy makes the questions hard, so passing is easy.
Institutional Sales Now Available
The questions and features you need to ace the USMLE:
  • Step 1: 2,000+ USMLE-format questions
  • Step 2 CK: 4,000 USMLE-format questions
  • Step 3: 800+ USMLE-format questions
  • All questions are derived from McGraw-Hill's leading series of test prep books, including PreTest. To learn more about McGraw-Hill’s print USMLE resources, visit
  • Targeted remediation based on test results — links to free selected readings from AccessMedicine's Lange Library — providing the knowledge you need to master your most challenging subjects
  • Robust Performance Profile allows you to track your results performance by topic and your test scores over time
  • All questions reviewed by recent test-takers to be certain they reflect the very latest style and content of the exams
  • Customization features that allow you to:
    • Create exams sorted by discipline, organ system, or subspecialty; or create a set of randomly selected questions
    • Time your test or practice at your own pace
    • Take tests composed of unseen questions or re-take tests composed of previously incorrectly answered questions
    • Use reporting tools via a personal profile that allows you to track your performance and compare your score to others
  • Simulates the board experience

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Enter to win a iPad!

From the latest Stat!Ref newsletter:

"Contest alert: Get STAT!Ref Evidence Alerts and enter to win an Apple® iPad! Simply sign up in your STAT!Ref subscription in your Preferences account. Want another entry? Go to the STAT!Ref Facebook page and become a fan or follow us on Twitter and it'll double your chances of winning. Winner will be drawn on May 31st. Already signed up or a STAT!Ref fan or follower? You're already in!"

Have questions? Contact our Reference Department at 305-348-0680 or

Monday, March 29, 2010

Library Workshop 3/29 at noon GL540

Maximize the Benefit of Library Resources: LibX Library Toolbar

Learn how to install and use this powerful and convenient library toolbar on your web browser!  The library toolbar will save you a lot of time by helping you to quickly and easily identify and utilize various library resources and services during your research.

More workshop information:

Name Change: PDR Electronic Library

One of the electronic resources the library provides, PDR Electronic Library, will be renamed. Please read below the notice from Thomson Reuters.

Due to the recent divesture of the PDR business from Thomson Reuters, the PDR® Electronic Library™ site is being renamed Micromedex® Product Labeling. This change will take effect the evening of March 31, 2010.
The name change will not affect any of the content in your subscription, which continues to be supplied by PDR. Only the name is changing.

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Care Center at (877) 843-6796 Speak Product Name, then select Option 3 or (651) 244-4000 Speak Product Name, then select Option 3.  Alternatively, to place a support request electronically, please use our on-line request form at:
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Download the New FIU Medical Library Toolbar for FireFox 3.6

Have you downloaded and installed the new version of FireFox (3.6)? If so, your FIU Medical Library Toolbar would be disabled due to the compatibility issue. The Library Toolbar has been rebuilt to work with the new version of FireFox.

If your FireFox doesn't prompt you to install the new version (1.5.16) of the FIU Medical Library Toolbar, go here to download:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

UpToDate Trial

The library is having a trial on a clinical database, UpToDate. Follow the directions below to access UpToDate. Any suggestions or feedback on the database features would be welcome. E-mail us to!

Note: UptoDate is available on-campus only

  1.  If you are connected to FIU’s VPN, please make sure to log off from the VPN first.
  2. Make sure you are connected to the internet by either FIU wireless or wired network on either the Madique or BBC campus.
  3. Go to
  4. When prompted, enter the 14 digit barcode on the back of your Panther ID card.
  5. You should be connected to UpToDate.
  6. If you see an error message but you are an on-campus user COM member with a currently-valid Panther ID card, please contact the library ( with the detailed information about your location, the mode of internet access (wired/wireless), and your contact information.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Keep Your Pets Safe with New iPhone App!

    Do you or a loved one have pets as well as house plants? The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center iPhone Pet Safe app will help you in determining what plants are hazardous to your pet's health.

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    PubMed Training this Thursday!

    Are you a frequent PubMed user or perhaps a new PubMed user wanting to learn more about this powerful resource? Join us Thursday, March 18th at 3:15pm in HLS II 655 for our PubMed Searching session! At this session we will also go over searching MeSH and limiting your search andwill cover such advanced PubMed features as printing/emailing/downloading your search results, using Single Citation matcher and the Journal’s Database, and how to create a MyNCBI account.

    Please note that there have been some changes to the workshop schedule! More information will be available soon at our Workshop Homepage.

    Our Medical librarians also offer personalized individual and group instructional sessions, if the date and time for these workshops do not work for your schedule or if you would like to learn more about a topic that isn’t covered in our workshops. Our Medical Librarians will design a workshop to cover your specific need at a date and time that works best for you. If you would like to schedule a personalized session, please contact Maria Melssen at or 305-348-0680.

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Help with Medical Term Pronunciations!

    The MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary now includes audio pronunciations. To hear the pronounciations, begin at MedlinePlus homepage. Click on the Medical Dictionary link in the menu on the left side of the page. Next, type in the term you are interested in. A red speaker icon will be next to your word: click on the icon to hear the pronunciation.

    *** Note - original post from
    Terri Ottosen
    National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
    Southeastern Atlantic Region
    University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Epocrates Issue Resolved

    The issue with the off-campus issue to Epocrates has been resolved! If you see anything odd, please contact the library (

    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Epocrates - issue with off-campus access

    Currently, there is an issue with our access to Epocrates Online from off-campus locations.  The library is working with Epocrates in order to resolve this issue as soon as possible. On-campus access to Epocrates Online will not be affected.

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    Find out which medical journal is peer-reviewed

    Here is a cool resource that allows you to browse a list of peer-reviewed medical journals. 

    Just remember to go to FIU Libraries' E-Journals page in order to access the full-text of these journals!

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    Library Resources for Mobile Devices and First-time Users

    Do you use mobile devices such as an iPhone or a Blackberry to access library resources? Would you like to find some free medical apps to try on your iPhone?

    Check out the library’s “Mobile Resources” page:

    The library has also compiled a number of useful resources for the first-time library users:

    If you have any questions or suggestions, contact FIU Medical Library  at

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Keeping Up To Date with MedlinePlus!

    "The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce that MedlinePlus now offers a new e-mail subscription service to make it easier for you to stay up to date on the health topics that matter most to you. With this new service, you can subscribe to any or all of the over 800 health topics on MedlinePlus, over 770 topics on MedlinePlus en español, and a variety of other health-related e-mail lists in English and Spanish.

    To subscribe to health topics that are of interest to you, visit the MedlinePlus subscription options pages for MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. Whenever MedlinePlus adds new information on a topic page to which you are subscribed, you will receive an e-mail alert to notify you of the new materials. You can also sign up by visiting a MedlinePlus topic page and entering your e-mail address in the box beneath the summary.

    With this new service, you now have the ability to customize your e-mails based upon your particular interests. If you are already subscribed to one or more of the MedlinePlus announcement lists, you will receive an e-mail with more information on how you will be transferred over into the new service.

    If you have any questions or comments about this new service, please contact MedlinePlus. Please visit MedlinePlus for more information on e-mail updates."

    Post shared with permission from author:
    Terri Ottosen, M.L.I.S., AHIP

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Test Your Sugar IQ!

    Ever wonder how much sugar is really in the soda you are having with your lunch? Or, did you know that there is more sugar in a serving of watermellon then a serving of pinapple? At Sugar Stacks you will see just how many sugar cubes worth of surgar are in various foods. How many sugar cubes have you eaten today?

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    New Database: VisualDX

    New database, VisualDX is available via FIU Medical Library. VisualDX includes over 17,000 medical images and represents the variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type.

    The URL for VisualDX is

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    New Trial: Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science

    The FIU Libraries now have trial access to the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science from Morgan & Claypool Publishers. This is an extended trial which allows us access through April 16th. Access is available via Below is a description of Synthesis provided by the publisher.


    Synthesis is an innovative information service for the research, development, and educational community in engineering and computer science. The basic component of the library is a 50- to 100-page "Lecture"; a self-contained electronic book that synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by an expert contributor to the field. We believe that they offer unique value to the reader by providing more analysis and depth than the typical research journal article. They are also more dynamic and convenient than traditional print or digital handbooks, contributed volumes, and monographs.

    The library and its lectures are organized by series. Each series is managed by a prominent consulting editor. The series editor guides lecture topic and author selection as well as peer review. New series and lectures will be added continuously and existing lectures will be revised as needed. This will make the collection dynamic in a way that has not been achieved with traditional reference or educational products. The Synthesis platform provides the user with access to content in PDF with live links to references and sophisticated search and personalization functions.

    After trying it out, if you believe Synthesis is a product to which the FIU Libraries should provide access, please let us know.

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Valentine-Grams for Haiti

    Participate in the Valentine-Grams for Haiti event sponsored by FIU Family Medicine Interest Group!

    Valentine Grams for Haiti

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Library workshop on the LibX Library Toolbar this Thursday!

    Maximize the Benefit of Library Resources : LibX Library Toolbar
    Feb. 4. 2010 Thursday 3:15pm‐4:30pm HLS II 655

    (Open to all FIU faculty, students, staff)

    Learn how to install and use this powerful and convenient library toolbar on your web browser! The library toolbar will save you a lot of time by helping you to quickly and easily identify and utilize various library resources and services during your research.

    The Medical Library offers a Research & Technology workshop this Thursday about How to use the Medical Library Toolbar. Come join us to learn how to save your valuable research time by finding library resources quickly and efficiently. Each workshop is one hour long and can be applied towards your annual 20 professional development hours. You are welcome to sign up for one or all of our workshops. To learn more about our workshops and to register, please visit Please contact Bohyun Kim ( [at]; x71471) if you have any questions about this LibX workshop.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Updates Coming to PubMed!

    Next month PubMed will be updating several features:

    ~ You will see a link to your Clipboard on PubMed's homepage (if you have items already in your Clipboard)
    ~ The Limits page will be updated: there will be more options for the search field as well as the date limits

    Read more at the NLM Technical Bulletin!

    Thursday, January 14, 2010

    MedlinePlus is Mobile!

    Have an iPhone or other mobile device? Is MedlinePlus one of your favorite resources? Now you can access MedlinePlus from your mobile device!

    From our National Network of Libraries of Medicine contact Terri Ottosen:

    "Mobile MedlinePlus includes many of your favorite MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español pages in a display that is optimized for mobile devices.

    Mobile MedlinePlus includes

    ~ Topic summaries – “snackable” pieces of information, you can access and digest quickly
    ~ News – the latest in treatment, medical research and healthy living tips
    ~ Images – visual appeal is important
    ~ Encyclopedia articles & drug information – heavily-used content

    Mobile MedlinePlus does not include

    ~ External links – these pages are not optimized for mobile; they are “regular” Web pages
    ~ Interactive tutorials – Flash doesn’t work on many mobile devices
    ~ Some licensed content – we’ll work on adding in the future"

    You can learn more at the MedlinePlus Mobile FAQ Page.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Sign up for Research & Technology Workshops!

    Register for one or more of the Research and Technology Workshops from the Medical Library!

    From using images in your PowerPoint sessions to learning how to use citation managers and social bookmarking tools such as RefWorks and, our workshops are designed with your needs in mind.

    For faculty and staff, each workshop you attend can be applied towards your annual 20 professional development hours. You are welcome to sign up for one or all of our workshops.

    To learn more about our workshops and to register, please visit

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Toxic Agents Database Updated

    From the National Library of Medicine, "Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It is one of the products and services made available by the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program." Haz-Map database was recently updated to include 265 more agents.

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    Epocrates - New Drug Database

    The new drug database, Epocrates, is available through the FIU Medical Library.

    Epocrates Online drug and disease reference provides:
    • Access to extensive disease database
    • Dosing for 3,300+ brand and generic drugs
    • MultiCheck drug interaction checker
    • Hundreds of brand name OTC drug products*
    • 600 alternative medicines, including interactions*
    • Pill identifier*
    • Hundreds of calculators and clinical criteria*