Health care practitioners in many areas of Virginia have little or no access to the caliber of medical information they need to best treat their patients. Health care providers associated with universities have vast online repositories of the most up-to-date information at their fingertips. Other providers do not.
A new website, A Common Wealth of Public Health and Primary Care Information, helps address this disparity.
Designed to serve public health care and community health center physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, nutritionists, health educators, health administrators, epidemiologists and others, the site is a partnership between Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University and two of Virginia's eight Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Programs, the Capital and the Rappahannock AHEC programs. The National AHEC Organization (NAO) works to assist health practitioners in medically underserved areas. They are nonprofit organizations strategically located where health care and health care education needs are not adequately met.
AHEC programs work "to bridge the gap between academic health centers and the community. VCU Libraries' technical expertise in collaboration with AHEC has created a project that can benefit communities in the Commonwealth," said Jane Wills, RAHEC executive director.
The project partners developed the new website with insight provided by an advisory committee consisting of public health and primary care professionals, and VCU public health faculty members.
VCU librarians organized the materials for public health and primary care professionals. The partners are now working to promote the website so Virginia public health, rural health, and primary health care organizations, associations and providers can use the resource to better care for their patients.
- Identified relevant public health and primary care subject areas and develop research guides highlighting these resources on topics including chronic diseases, maternal and child health and evidence-based health care practice.
- Searched free websites to find databases, journals, books and other information which may be relevant to Virginia public health and community health center workers such as PubMed®, TOXNET, AGRICOLA, and MedlinePlus®.
"This project provides much needed access to free evidence-based information not only in our region but throughout the state," said Tracy Causey, CAHEC board chair and president of the Virginia Community Care Association.
"Now, a health care provider in downtown Petersburg or rural Pulaski or on the water in Reedville on the Northern Neck, have equal and easy access to important medical information. It's all free and reliable," said Barbara Wright, Research & Education Librarian and project manager.
The project was funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Like the forever stamp, one of your library services stays with you, at the same price (free) forever.
One of the many tools VCU Libraries provides students is RefWorks. This web-based citation management tool stores citation and reference information in personal databases. The individual can manage references in folders for individual topics, courses, grants or collaborative projects. It automatically generates bibliographies in various formats (MLA, APA, Chicago).
All VCU-affiliated users who have VCU and/or MCVH-VCU email accounts may set up free accounts.
If you have a RefWorks account, your references are yours forever. Whether you go onto graduate school at another institution or go into the workplace, you can still have access to your references via the RefWorks Alumni Program. You can continue to use RefWorks to manage research materials of all kinds--whether you are in school or on the job.
Members of the class of 2013: Remember to set up a RefWorks Alumni account before graduation to continue to have this benefit of your VCU Libraries relationship.
Details about the RefWorks Alumni Program
Students, faculty and staff with RefWorks accounts who leave VCU may continue to have access to RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program. As a participant in the program, you receive:
- One free RefWorks account
- New updates and feature releases
- 200 MB of file attachment storage
- Use of RefShare to share your folder(s) or account
- Free Web-based training
- Technical support from RefWorks staff
To request participation in the RefWorks Alumni Program, submit an Ask Us email or contact your RefWorks administrator:
- Marilyn Scott, James Branch Cabell Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, (804) 828-9049
- Jennifer McDEaniel, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, email@example.com, (804) 827-1150
VCU Libraries Resource Delivery Services office (interlibrary loan and delivery services) will not operate Dec. 22-Jan. 2. 2013. The time needed to obtain materials owned by other libraries nationwide can vary greatly during December and January with breaks, closings and end-of-semester and start-of-semester workloads and staff schedules.
This is a new site that has been created by the National
Library of Medicine in order to better serve the needs of those in the health
services research community. It is a collection that cover areas like health data, funding announcements, reports, podcasts,
and discussion groups. The site is not
intended to provide a comprehensive collection of resources on the web that
pertain to health services, but is just a sample. Those items that have been included have been
selected based on their quality. This site
is a an ongoing project and will change as more organizations become involved and sites are added.
For more information or to check out the site click here
are many point-of-care tools that present some evidence from the
literature, for instance VCU Libraries provides access to FirstConsult and Up-to-Date, but these
resources don't cover every condition, not every entry has evidence, and not
every entry is current, so it is important to know how to find evidence
in the biomedical literature.
The VCU Libraries Evidence Based Medicine Research Guide has links to many sources of information on EBM. Now there is a section on specific ways to search PubMed to find evidence based articles. If you haven't used Limits in PubMed, tried Clinical Queries, or set up Filters in myNCBI, you will find some illustrated instructions in the Searching PubMed for Evidence section.
If you have any other questions or would like to set up an appointment, please email us.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a free iPad App. The intention of the app is to enable users to access health information easily. The app features health information from popular journals and health articles that appear in the media.
Some Important health content contained in this app are the following: Health Articles, Vital Signs, Preventing Chronic Disease Journal, MMWR
, Public Health Blogs, Image Library, and "Did You Know" facts.
For a link to download the app and for more information - click here
PubMed Health, a new resource from the National Library of
Medicine, specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with
easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports.
PubMed Health pulls together information from many agencies:
summaries from The Cochrane Collaboration and the National Health Service (NHS)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment
Programme, and full text reviews from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ), the Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP) at Oregon
Health & Science University (OHSU), England's National Institute for Health
and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines program, and the Department of
Veterans Affairs' Evidence-based Synthesis Program.
PubMed Health includes consumer, executive/policymaker, and
clinical summaries of systematic reviews as well as the full-text of systematic
reviews. There is also a medical
encyclopedia that presents medical and drug information for consumers. The results page (below) allows you to choose
the type of summary you want (1), view your topic in the Medical Encyclopedia
(2), and find other systematic reviews with a PubMed Clinical Queries search
Behind Headlines comes from the NHS and covers the research
behind recent health news. For instance,
there was a headline that ice cream is 'addictive like drugs' recently and
there is an analysis of the actual study showing that did not really state that.
So, next time you are searching for evidence for a healthcare decision, be sure to include PubMed Health, along with you other favorite Evidence Based resources.
In the British Journal of Nursing there was a series on written on writing for publication. While these articles appear in a nursing journal, many of the tips and points that are made in them are ones that are applicable to other disciplines as well. These can be found in the CINAHL
databases here in the library. The articles cover an array of topics when it comes to publishing
are short and to the point so if you have a couple of minutes and are
thinking about doing some publishing, you may want to check them out. ____________________________________________________________________
Fowler, J. (2010). Writing for
professional publication. part 1: Motivation. British Journal of
Nursing (BJN), 19(16),
Fowler, J. (2010). Writing for professional publication.
part 2: Subject matter. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 19(17), 1121.
Fowler, J. (2010). Writing for professional publication.
part 3: Following journal guidelines. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 19(19),
Fowler, J. (2010). Writing for professional publication.
part 4: Supporting your statements. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 19(21),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 5: Creating interest. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(1), 49.
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 6: Writing the abstract. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(2),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 7: Structure and presentation. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(3),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 8: Targeting the right journal. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(4),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 9: Using client case studies. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(5),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 10: Publishing a project report. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(6),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication. part
11: Writing conference abstracts. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(7),
Fowler, J. (2011). Writing for professional publication.
part 12: Summary of the series. British Journal of Nursing (BJN), 20(8),
You can search and retrieve full-text articles using PubMed on your
Start by bookmarking the VCU Libraries Mobile site: http://m.library.vcu.edu
Then 'Search Collections'.
You can see we have mobile version of things like MD Consult as well.
There are several ways to search MEDLINE from the NLM mobile
For example, the MEDLINE/PubMed search, that also includes
systematic reviews or clinical queries:
Here are the search results of a systematic review search:
As well as the Full Text, which really links to the
full-text once you have entered your eID and password, the TBL is 'The Bottom
Line' abstract, a short abstract that will help you decide if you need to read
the full article.
If you have any problems or need some help with your research, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
VCU Libraries recently added four new health sciences resources from publisher McGraw-Hill. The additions are:
Each of these online tools offers a compendium of leading texts, image banks and videos, an integrated drug database, self-assessment questions and many other resources. Faculty can create learning modules and track student progress with the optional "Custom Curriculum" feature. Mobile versions are available to users who set up a personal profile.
The sources can be easily located through the Databases A-Z
list and links to individual e-book titles appear in the catalog
Because only a limited number of users can view the content at one time, some users may have to wait a few minutes for access.
Training sessions for all Access
products will be offered in January at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.
Finding evidence-based primary care information used at the point-of-care can be challenging with the amount of resources available. The database, First Consult
, provides essential information needed for point-of-care diagnosis and treatment. There are three main components of this database: Medical Topics, Differential Diagnosis, and Procedures.
There are over 700 medical topics with easy-to-use navigation to quickly find the information you need. Users can click on the navigation menu options like Background, Diagnosis, Treatment, etc., to directly go to the needed information. First Consult also has citation links to the original articles, making it simple for the user to see where the evidence is in the literature.
First Consult contains a Differential Diagnosis tool making it easy for the user to compare various diagnoses for a symptom. The topic's possible diagnoses are set up as a grid, divided by age. First Consult also highlights conditions which should be ruled out urgently because of their potential dangers.
Another tool available are the Procedures. Procedures have the same easy-to-use navigation as the Medical Topic but are laid out to assist the user step-by-step n performing a procedure. There are often multimedia links available as an extra reference to view the procedure.
This past week has been the 5th annual international Open Access week. It is part of a world-wide movement to make scholarship and research available to everyone. "Open Access" to information - the free, immediate, online access to the
results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those
results as you need - has the power to transform the way research and
scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread
implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society
as a whole.
The NIH Public Access Policy is just one aspect of this movement. More and more journals are providing open access alternatives and some granting agencies are allowing funds to be set aside to pay for articles to be made available freely to everyone from day one.
According to Ben Adida, a technical advisor to the SMART
project at Harvard Medical School, "Academic publications should be available for the world to read, to learn from, to build upon."
If you want to learn more about Open Access efforts at VCU Libraries, you can check out the links on our Open Access page
One thing you can do is publish an article in an open access journal. VCU Libraries has a membership in BioMed Central which gives VCU faculty a 15% discount on author fees and now VCU Libraries has a membership with Hindawi Publishing that gives VCU faculty a complete waiver of fees. Please ask a librarian for more information. We are here to help you.
November 7 - Noon - Access Medicine Open Workshop @ Hunton Student Center
Access Medicine is a multimedia database licensed by the VCU Libraries. The database is regularly updated and contains images, interactive
self-assessments on an assortment of topics, case files, and diagnostic tools. The resources contained in this database are ones that users can access while on campus but also remotely from home.
- Electronic Books:contains
more than 60 f titles. These books not only contain the full text of
the book you would find on the shelf, but also many have exclusive
online content that is updated regularly. Some of the titles that are
contained in the database are
Harrison's Principles of
Internal Medicine, 18e
Diagnosis & Treatment 2012
Hurst's The Heart, 13e
Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis
of Therapeutics, 12e
Williams Obstetrics, 23eBasic & Clinical Pharmacology, 11e
Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, 9e
Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 9e
- Case Files: there are 150 cases that are selected from the LANGE Case Files™ series and Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction
to Clinical Medicine, 6e that can be searched by case number
or by specialty. Each case provides information on the case or
condition along with questions to help the user to assess their
- Question & Answer (Q&A): this section is good for self-assessment on an assortment of medical topics. In this section you can access the USMLE Lite
along with questions from other texts in the collection. The nice
thing about these assessments is that links are provided upon answering
that provide further information.
- Clerkship Corner: provides a set of readings that are targeted to students who are doing internal medicine rotations.
- Other Highlights: the database also contains treatment guidelines and drug monographs.
There are only five simultaneous user seats
database, so if you should try to access it there is a chance you may
receive a message that you are not able to access it at the present
time. That does not mean you will never be able to access it, but just
means that you will need to try again a bit later.
Have questions about herbs, supplements, or complementary
VCU Libraries provides access to a database that may answer your
Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality,
evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies.
In addition to
systematic reviews on foods, herbs & supplements, the health care
professional will find Natural Standard monographs on a
variety of other topics including Health
& Wellness, Medical Conditions,
Sports Medicine, Genomics & Proteomics, Environment
& Global Health, and Animal
reviews (Natural Standard's Bottom
Line Monographs) on most of the topics above are designed for use by both
patients or health professionals.
Topical Flashcards provide a
quick look-up or patient handout written at an easy reading level for
Natural Standard can be found in VCU Libraries' Databases A-Z under the letter 'N.'
Did you know that Tompkins-McCaw Library has a Book Swap program? Leave an old book and take another for some relaxing leisure reading. The Book Swap shelf is located at the front of the library on the first floor, near the vending machines and microwave. Here you will find a selection of leisure reading materials that you can borrow and return at your convenience. Some authors currently represented on the Book Swap shelf include Micheal Ondaatje, James Patterson, and Stieg Larsson.
- If you take a book,
please leave a book so that all users can continue to enjoy a wide selection.
- We welcome your donations - please, no textbooks, technical
manuals, or proselytizing literature.
- Book Swap operates on the honor system; you don't need to check these books out.
During the month of September, VCU faculty and students can test 3 new full-text educational products from McGraw-Hill:
These resources contain specialty textbooks, drug information, multimedia files, curriculum guides and self-assessment tools.
To gain access, visit the VCU Libraries' Trial Databases page
and follow the link for a particular title. Depending on your location, you may be prompted to enter your VCU eID and password for authentication. The Trial Databases page also has a link for you to conveniently send an email with your impressions. The trial will end on September 30, 2011.
Please help evaluate these potential new resources and send us your feedback.
VCU Libraries, serving the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV
Campus, offers major new collections of e-resources (e-books, streaming
audio, streaming video, and databases).
A comprehensive list of new collections--acquired during 2010-11--and available now is posted. All databases in the A-to-Z Guide. Some notable additions to the health sciences collection include:
- Methods in Enzymology
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Access Medicine
- Access Science
- LWW Nursing Health Assessment Video Series
VCU Libraries has initiated a 30-day trial to several Access specialty packages from McGraw-Hill :
- Access Pharmacy, and
These packages include online textbooks, drug information, curricular tools, videos, self-assessment aids and other features.
To gain access, visit the Libraries' Trial Databases page and click on the link for a title of your choosing. Depending on your location, you may be prompted to enter your VCU eID and password for authentication. The Trial Databases page also has a link for you to conveniently send an email with your impressions. The trial will end on August 30, 2011.
Please help us evaluate these potential new resources and send us your feedback.
VCU Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire Archive for the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Every article from the journal's last two centuries is now available to VCU users. There are more than 150,000 articles, 478,000 pages and over 85,000 images in the Archive which covers the dates of 1812 - 1989. The current subscription for NEJM provides access from 1990 - present. The full-text of every issue can be searched, browsed and downloaded.
During the week of May 16, VCU Libraries users will automatically be re-directed to Micromedex 2.0. Try out the preview version that is currently available from a link on the main Micromedex 1.0 screen.
Micromedex 2.0 has a new user interface and search engine. Designed specifically to support clinicians in making informed clinical decisions, the new search functionality includes multi-term search, predictive text, synonyms, suggestions for alternate spellings, and a single search box on every page.
Sign up for a free webinar. Register for one of the upcoming webinars to learn more about Micromedex 2.0.
VCU Libraries now has Methods in Enzymology available online back to volume 1, 1955. Over 460 volumes of articles covering theory, techniques and preparation in biochemistry can now be easily accessed from either campus or from home. This series is truly an essential publication for researchers in all fields of life sciences, including microbiology, biochemistry, cancer research and genetics -- just to name a few.
As well as being able to browse volumes and search the series with ScienceDirect, you can link to articles with the "Get It @ VCU" link from databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, BIOSIS Previews, and SciFinder Scholar.
If you know a volume title, you can search for it in the VCU Libraries catalog and link to the online volume as well.
The VCU libraries have added a new resource to the collection you may find of interest:
Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins Nursing Health Assessment Video Series
six volume set can be accessed online by VCU students, faculty and staff. There is a hi- and low-res
bandwidth option for each one.
videos are organized to teach students the basics of every health examination
- interviewing, documentation, commonly used equipment,and holistic health history including mental
status, nutrition, vital signs, pain, and domestic
violence - with a focus on holistic nursing assessment.
systems grouped regionally for logical flow with focused assessment case examples that are meant to engage the
student and make coverage relevant.
- Can be found in the Databases A to Z list under N for Nursing Health Assessment Video Series
- These videos run on the flash platform which can be an issue for those using I Pads, IPod Touches or other Apple Products.
VCU patrons can read the digital edition of today's newspaper at Tompkins-McCaw Library. No more torn pages or messy newsprint! Check out a Kindle for two hours and experience the newspaper on an e-reader. Issues from the past two weeks are also available on the Kindle. For more information, visit the Service Desk.
VCU Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of AccessMedicine from McGraw-Hill. This new online resource features over 60 medical book titles, drug information, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment programs, case files, diagnostic tools and the ability to download content to a mobile device.
The Clinical Library includes such well-known and trusted book titles as:
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
Hurst's The Heart
Schwartz's Principles of Surgery
Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
The Lange Educational Library provides access to texts in basic science and clinical medicine, including titles in the Current Diagnosis & Treatment series.
AccessMedicine also includes these other online resources and features:
- Drug Database - Gold Standard's Clinical Pharmacology drug database with full length drug monographs, patient handouts in English and Spanish, and full-color photos of formulations
- Over 35,000 images, downloadable for presentations and educational use
- Q&A for Board Review - USMLE-formatted questions for Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3; self-assessment questions with answers and detailed explanations from Harrison's Online and other leading textbooks.
- Diagnostic Tests and Diagnosaurus - laboratory and imaging tests from Nicoll's Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests and a differential diagnosis tool that links directly into AccessMedicine for more learning.
- Videos & Audio - online Grand Rounds, procedural videos, audio clips and podcasts, and weekly online medical updates.
- Health News - from The Center for Advancing Health, including "What Your Patients are Reading Now" and "Systematic Reviews in the News."
- Practice Guidelines - from the latest edition of Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care.
- Case Files - clinical cases from Toy's best-selling series with discussions, clinical pearls and review questions.
- Patient Education -- over 100 topics from Postgraduate Medicine that can be customized and printed for patients.
- Clerkship Corner - readings for students rotating through Internal Medicine.
- Curriculum Tools - available for program directors to design custom learning modules with resources for clinical rotations.
- MyAccessMedicine - a personal account to access the mobile version of the site, save and download images, email content and bookmark favorite sections.
AccessMedicine is available to VCU faculty, staff and students on campus and remotely but has limits for the number of simultaneous users. Need help getting started? Check out the Quick Guide to AccessMedicine
Anatomy.TV is an interactive 3D model of human anatomy online. Models can be rotated and layers can be peeled away to view medically accurate representations of anatomical structures. Clicking on different sections of an image will pull up labels and descriptive text along with links to videos and radiological images. Check out the handout!
MD Consult provides access to full-text clinical practice guidelines.
* View guideline articles published in the journals on MD Consult.
* Access guidelines from professional and governmental agencies via links to the Web.
* Browse by Topic, Specialty, or Authoring Organization.
VCU Libraries now subscribes to a suite of databases from COS (formerly Community of Science) that will help you locate funding sources, fellow researchers, and upcoming conferences related to your scholarly interests.COS Funding Opportunities
provides current information on over 25,000 grants, fellowships, and other awards offered by a wide variety of domestic and international funding sources, including federal and regional governments, foundations, professional societies, associations and corporations. COS Funding Opportunities is the world's largest source of information about available funding for all types of projects in all disciplines. It is updated daily and can be searched by sponsor, award amount, deadline, eligibility, activity location, funding type and area of interest.COS Workbench
is a personal web-based workspace that allows users to set up a profile, access other COS databases, save searches and receive funding alerts. With the COS Funding Alert service, subscribers receive a weekly email customized with a list of funding opportunities based on previously specified criteria. You must first register to take advantage of the Workbench features.COS Scholar Universe
provides authoritative information on more than 1 million active researchers, along with affiliation and publication information. The database comprises international faculty at 4-year colleges and doctoral universities. Users can discover subject experts, potential collaborators, peers to review articles or proposals, former colleagues and mentors. Each scholar's profile is editorially reviewed and verified for accuracy.Papers Invited
contains calls for papers, presentations, and posters from conferences around the world, plus news about special editions of journals. Email alerts are available for new announcements. Find opportunities to present or publish your research and reach your scholarly goals.
COS research services are designed to help faculty, students and researchers at every level. The tools provide easy and comprehensive ways for all researchers to fund, connect and publish. Tutorials are available online
to learn more about any of these COS databases.
VCU Libraries has added Springer Protocols to its collection of online resources. Protocols are "recipes" that researchers use to recreate experiments in their laboratory. The typical protocol offers step-by-step laboratory instructions, lists of the necessary equipment and ingredients, as well as notes on troubleshooting and safety precautions. Springer Protocols contains more than 20,000 molecular biology and biomedical protocols, many from the classic series Methods in Molecular Biology. Other prestigious titles covered include: Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods.
Users can search by category, series or volume and save searches for favorite protocols. These reproducible protocols can be printed or downloaded for later use. Personalization features include alerts, RSS feeds, bookmarks and the ability to export citations. Registered users can also comment on published protocols and upload their own protocols for sharing publicly.
Springer Protocols can be accessed from the Libraries list of Databases A-Z. A video tour and user's guide are available for an introduction to this comprehensive, peer-reviewed collection of life sciences protocols. For a preview when you are on-campus, try a simple search in the box below.
Responding to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Library of Medicine has developed a page of resources entitled "Crude Oil Spills and Human Health." The page includes links to information on exposure hazards, seafood safety, wildlife issues, and government response. General overview and social media sites are also included.
VCU Libraries now subscribes to Natural Standard, a database of high quality, evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine. The database consists of comprehensive monographs on thousands of herbs, supplements, foods and treatment regimens. Monographs are developed from published scientific data and undergo blinded editorial and peer review by research experts. Validated rating scales accompany each monograph and reflect the quality of available evidence. References include links to PubMed abstracts where available. Comparative efficacy charts indicate which therapies have scientific support for treating or preventing specific medical conditions.
Monographs are available in different reading levels for healthcare professionals and consumers. Special features include an interactions checker, medical calculators, podcasts and a news blog. To learn more about Natural Standard, consult the User's Guide or view the demo.
The entrance of neurasthenia into medical knowledge, coined by Dr. George Miller Beard in the late 19th century, spawned a pandemic throughout Europe and North America affecting the middle class, especially women. Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, a physician deeply interested in psychological ailments after working with Civil War soldiers experiencing "phantom limb syndrome," became the leading expert in treating neurasthenia with his rest cure. Denying the patient any movement, thought, or extraneous effort for a long period of time was thought to relieve their symptoms and cure them of their ailments. Dr. Mitchell received a letter from Charlotte Perkins Gilman imploring his help. He diagnosed her with neurasthenia and prescribed his rest cure method. In a few weeks Ms. Gilman became thoroughly depressed and alarmed that her mind was deteriorating. She abandoned the treatment. She wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper" as a reactionary tale towards Dr. Mitchell and others like him who advocated that women shun intellectual advancement for fear of it being a detriment to their health. The short story was disturbing to many at the time and later brought back into the public eye by feminists in the mid-20th century. Ms. Gilman's work revealed the deep division between the sexes during the early 20th century and how detrimental prevailing thought on "modern" medicine was to women. Neurasthenia was eventually removed as a legitimate disease from medical journals, however, the disease and its cure are fascinating topics still today.
For more information on Neurasthenia and the Rest Cure:
Beard, George Miller. American Nervousness: Its Causes and Consequences, a supplement to nervous exhaustion (neurasthenia). 1881, Putnam: New York. [Tompkins-McCaw Library: RC552.N5 B368A 1881]
Mitchell, S. Weir. Fat and Blood: and how to make them. 1877, J.P. Lippincott & Co.: Philadelphia. [Tompkins-McCaw Library: RC343.M6 1878]
Mitchell, S. Weir. Lectures on the Diseases of the Nerves, Especially in Women. 1885, Lea Brothers & Co.: Philadelphia. [Tompkins-McCaw Library: RC340.M682 1885]
For more information on Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Feminist Theory:
Golden, Catherine; Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Captive Imagination: A casebook on The Yellow Wallpaper. 1992, Feminist Press at the City University of New York: New York. [Cabell Library: PS1744.G57 Y453 1992]
Bassuk, Ellen L. The Rest Cure: Repetition or Resolution of Victorian Women's Conflicts? Poetics Today, 1985, 245-257
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Herland, The Yellow Wallpaper and selected writings. 1999, Penguin Books: New York. [Cabell Library: PS1744.G57 A6 1999a]
For more information online, go to:
Reflections on Health in Society and Culture. University of Virginia, Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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Compiled by Paxton Schunter
Special Collections & Archives
Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
Browse screenshots of PubMed on Flickr and scroll over highlighted features to learn more!
Go to the entire PubMed Flickr set.
After a false start, it looks like the redesigned PubMed is up and running. Tompkins-McCaw Library is offering classes to show you where things have moved, but if you can't make it to a class, there are some online tools from other sources that will help.
There are a couple of articles in the NLM Technical Bulletin explaining the changes:
PubMed Now Using the Redesigned Interface
Also from NLM
The PubMed Basics trifold brochure (pdf link)
All the tutorials have been updated on the PubMed Online Training page
University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries created a comparison chart
There is a 3 minute YouTube video (except use the VCU Libraries page to get to PubMed)
As always, we will be happy to answer questions and arrange for large and small training sessions.
Call us 804-828-0636
Or email your question using the 'Ask a Librarian' online form
VCU Libraries has compiled a page of resources on H1N1 Influenza from a variety of sources. You will find links to government and other official web sites around the world, as well medical journals, news sources and articles, maps, and reputable medical blogs. Professional and consumer resources are included.
VCU Libraries is participating in trials of three online products from Springer. These trials are an opportunity to test and evaluate resources under consideration for addition to our online collections. Members of the VCU community are invited to explore these resources and help inform future decisions about purchases. Trial products are only available from computers on the campus network. Trials end on October 30, 2009. Please send comments and feedback to Lynne Turman.
- Springer Protocols contains more than 18,000 molecular biology and biomedical protocols, many from the classic series Methods in Molecular Biology.
- Springer Images includes more than 1.5 million photos, tables, graphs, and histograms from Springer publications and images.MD. Images can be saved and downloaded as PDFs or Powerpoint.
- Springer Ebooks includes access to all English/International language book content from 2005-2009, as well as book series dating back to 1997. This constitutes close to 19,000 titles.
Pediatric Care Online, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), provides quick access to many different pediatric resources from your desktop or mobile device. A keyword search will show results from the integrated reference library, practice guidelines, patient handouts and other clinical tools. Content includes:
Pediatric Care Online
- Point-of-Care Quick Reference - Over 240 select topics taken from the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care outlined for quick retrieval of information
- The new AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care - Over 3000 pages of detailed information and recommendations
- Bright Futures - Comprehensive health supervision guidelines to help make the most of well-child visits
- Red Book Content- Detailed information from the AAP Red Book on over 200 childhood infectious diseases
- Interactive Periodicity Schedule - Interactive chart providing preventive screening and recommended actions for each well-child visit
- Signs & Symptoms Search - Quickly suggests diagnoses based on selected signs and symptoms
- Patient Handouts - Hundreds of patient handouts with easy to read explanations for many conditions and procedures
- Forms & Tools - Resources to help screen, track, and record clinical information
is available to VCU affiliates from the VCU Libraries list of Databases A-Z
. For off-campus access, login with your VCU eID and password. In addition to access via the web, select content can be downloaded to handheld devices and smartphones such as iPhone, Blackberry, Palm and Windows Mobile devices. This resource is provided by the VCU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in partnership with the VCU Libraries.
The Psychiatry Legacy Collection is the journal backfile project of American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. This collection covers more than a century of psychiatry through six respected, peer-reviewed journals. The collection dates back to 1844 and includes The American Journal of Psychiatry, the oldest continuously published medical specialty journal in the United States. VCU students, faculty and staff can access the individual titles through the VCU Libraries Catalog or the Journal Finder.
Titles in the Psychiatry Legacy Collection, along with dates of coverage, include:
VCU Libraries now provides access to the online Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems from IGI Global. This online work provides an extensive compilation of international research on the use, adoption, design and diffusion of information communication technologies in healthcare. Topics covered include computerized medical records, patient safety, economic implications, medical information security, physician-patient communication, telehealth, and much more. There are over 170 chapters written by leading experts from around the world. Each entry includes an overview, highlights of recent trends and advancements, tables, figures, references, and a list of key terms. Bibliographic information at the chapter level can be imported into RefWorks. Basic and advanced searching is available, as is a keyword index.
Consult the Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems for comprehensive, authoritative coverage and information pertinent to healthcare information systems.
Established by the American College of Physicians, the Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the most prestigious journals in medicine. VCU Libraries now offers the Annals Back Files collection, encompassing the full text of articles from 1927 to 1992. Combined with the Libraries' current subscription, this gives you electronic access to the entire content of every issue of the journal from its inception to the current month. You can find the online version of the Annals of Internal Medicine through the Journal Finder on the VCU Libraries Website.
VCU Libraries Staff has collected a page of Internet resources to help you find reliable information about the current outbreak of swine flu: http://www.library.vcu.edu/tml/bibs/swineflu.html
This page includes links to :
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other national agencies
• World Health Organization (WHO) and other international sites
• Virginia Department of Health
• News sites
• RSS feeds
• Twitter feeds
TML Librarians have set up folders in RefShare, the shared area of RefWorks. These folders allow you to search and link to materials listed in some Resource Guides provided by VCU Libraries. You can export citations of interest to your RefWorks account. These guides will link you to VCU Libraries books, journals, and databases, as well as useful web sites on your topic.
The following Guides are now available in RefShare:
Cultural Competence/Health Disparities
Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship
Other PubMed Search Engines
Look at the references in 'Full View' to find out more about each resource. Please let us know if you find these useful, or if you have something to add. If you have an idea for another RefShare guide, we'd love to hear it.
You can create your own RefShare account for a course or work group. All you need to do is choose Share Folders from the Folders pull down menu. Then click the Share Folder button next to the folder you want to share. The Shared Folder Optionspage allows you to email the URL to a few people (email button next to long link at the top) or put your folder in the VCU shared area (check the box in the Reference Sharing Options section at the bottom).
If you want to learn more, ask at the TML desk for a consultation or contact your Library Liaison to set up a class or lab group session on RefWorks and RefShare.
Learn tips to help make your research efforts more effective and efficient. Attendees will be shown how to customize library services, store searches and find the most current research using PubMed and Web of Science (WOS), NCHS data sources and CRISP. Register at http://www.library.vcu.edu/events/detail.html?ID=42316
When: Thursday, February 14, 2008
Where: Sanger Hall, Room B1-020
VCU Libraries has partnered with the publishers of New England Journal of Medicine to offer a free trial of Journal Watch for authorized VCU users. Journal Watch is an online review of the newest medical research and literature that is summarized by Physician Editorial Boards and organized into medical specialty areas. Users can also register for free daily news and e-mail alerts on topics that interest them the most. The free trial will be in effect for VCU through the end of the calendar year.
Now available from VCU Libraries, images.MD is a compilation of over 50,000 high-quality images from more than 90 collections that span all areas of internal medicine. The collection includes photos, radiographs, slides, graphs, tables and original artwork derived from Current Medicine's series of illustrated atlases. Each image is accompanied by detailed and informative text written by contributing experts. The VCU Libraries subscription allows for use in presentations, handouts and other educational purposes.
To fully utilize the tools within images.MD, a short registration form must be completed. Once a personalized account has been set up, save images to a slideset using My Slides, and add text or personal notes to the images or create a PowerPoint presentation. Sets of up to 20 images can be sent to any email address.
To learn more, click on the iMDTour located on the images.MD homepage. Access to this exciting new resource is available from the VCU Libraries Databases A-Z list.
Don't just settle for Google images - try images.MD!!
AMED is a unique bibliographic database on alternative medicine produced by the British Library Health Care Information Service. It provides citations and abstracts to articles on complementary medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, palliative care, rehabilitation and podiatry. Relevant articles from over 500 journals, mainly European and many not indexed by other sources, are included from 1985 to present. AMED is an invaluable resource for health care professionals seeking information on topics such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, hospice care, herbalism, holistic treatments, spiritual therapies, hypnosis and many other subjects.
Each record includes subject terms from the AMED Thesaurus based on MeSH, the medical subject headings used in MEDLINE. Keyword searches map to a display of the most relevant subject terms. You can limit your search by publication type, language, years, medical concepts or therapies. Links to full-text articles and other services from VCU Libraries can be found through the Get It @ VCU menu. AMED is restricted to 2 simultaneous users from VCU.
Access AMED through the Databases A to Z list on the VCU Libraries homepage. For additional information, consult the online help guide located in the upper right of every screen in AMED or contact VCU Libraries through Ask a Librarian.
VCU Libraries now provides online access to Current Protocols in Molecular Biology and Current Protocols in Bioinformatics.
Current Protocols in Molecular Biology allows you to search and print over 1,000 protocols ranging from basic methods like cell culture or DNA preparation and screening to more advanced areas like microrarray analysis or chromatin assembly. Protocols are added and updated every three months and cover emerging areas like mouse phenotyping. Appendices include basic measurement information, instructions to mix common reagents, common techniques, suppliers and vectors.
Current Protocols in Bioinformatics provides instructions for research biologists who might not be familiar with all the databases and software available for sequence analysis or experienced researchers who want to learn new programs. CPBI covers the basics, from selecting the right software parameters to analyzing data and interpreting the results. Topics include recognizing functional domains, similarity searching, homologies, models, conservation and evolution of proteins, and intermolecular interactions, with new and updated protocols added every three months. Information on acquiring programs is included.
In both collections you can browse the contents or search by a specific subject. Protocols can be viewed online, where you can link to preparatory protocols, or they can be printed out in pdf format. Cited literature is listed with links to PubMed and links to internet resources are included when used. Both Current Protocols are available through the VCU Libraries' Databases A-Z list.
Learn tips to help make your research efforts more effective and efficient. Attendees will be shown how to customize library services, store searches and find the most current research using PubMed and Web of Science (WOS), NCHS data sources, CRISP, and an introduction to searching for funding. Tompkins-McCaw Library - LIMERC, Rm. 2-012, MCV Campus.
* Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Noon - 1:30 pm
* Monday, February 19, 2007 Noon - 1:30 pm
* Thursday, March 8, 2007 Noon - 1:30 pm (Hunton Hall)
* Monday, April 16, 2007 Noon - 1:30 pm
Registration Today at: http://www.library.vcu.edu/events/index.html
RefWorks is an extremely useful tool for VCU students, faculty, and staff. RefWorks is an online citation database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from online databases. You can then directly import citations into your term paper, grant proposal, research article, or other publication, and automatically generate a formatted bibliography.
RefWorks allows you to:
* Easily generate a bibliography and format it in any major bibliographic style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc). RefWorks also has a library of citation styles from publishers, making it easy to format your bibliography for Nature, Science, or other journal titles.
* Access RefWorks from any location. RefWorks is a web-accessible tool available through the VCU Libraries Web site for both on campus and off-campus users.
* Share your personal RefWorks database with others. RefWorks is a great tool for researchers working on grant proposals and other collaborative projects.
Access to RefWorks is available through a number of VCU Libraries links including the QuickLinks menu, A-Z list, library catalog, and the RefWorks guide.
To learn more about using RefWorks, visit the online RefWorks Guide. This helpful resource guide includes step-by-step instructions, useful pointers for new users, and information about upcoming Refworks classes.