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Welcome New Students!

The Eskind Biomedical Library would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new medical and nursing students entering Vanderbilt for the fall semester. Below are a few of the many helpful resources we provide to get you off to a good start. You can also get helpful updates and resources from us on Facebook and Twitter, get help via live chat, or get help with just about anything else by visiting us in person or making a request online.

Important General Resources:
color image of the library Digital Library – provides access to online resources selected for Vanderbilt’s biomedical community and reviewed by library staff members, including library subscriptions and freely available online tools. These include peer-reviewed journals, citation databases, specialized databases such as those providing information about genetics and molecular biology and other topics, online textbooks, links to government resources and data sources, sources of images for use in presentations, tools for research and education, and many others.

You can use this site not only to access resources you know about (UpToDate, JAMA, etc.), but also use the browse and advanced search features to find resources on your topic of interest. See the help to learn more.

PubMed – containing millions of citations from medical fields, with links to full-text articles provided through the library’s journal subscriptions, this database is the recommended starting point for topics including biomedicine, nursing, health administration, public health, and related topics. We suggest learning how to use the MyNCBI feature to save your work and MeSH for thorough searching.

OMIM – this is a good starting point for some information on genes related to health and diseases. For expert help with other genetics, biochemistry, and structure information and resources, drop in for our Tuesday afternoon office hours.

At the library:
study carrels in the library We have full services hours when staff members are available to help with your research questions, and limited services hours in the morning and evening when the building is open for study and research, staffed by security guards (Vanderbilt ID is required for entry during limited services).

Study rooms are available for group collaboration.

Request training to learn tips & tricks for making better use of resources like OMIM, PubMed, CINAHL, and other genetics and citation/article databases.

Other requests – such as for library orientation, genetics help, consumer health information sources, and document delivery/interlibrary loan – can also be made online.

Online tutorials are listed for help with key resources any time, including when the library is closed.

Our online section of resources for authors, researchers and grant writers of all levels includes information on starting points for finding articles, finding and using images, citation management tools, NIH public access policy compliance, understanding medical evidence, places to look for funding, and more.

For new medical students:
Clinical Key – this site has many popular textbooks as ebooks, patient education materials in English and Spanish, clinical guidelines, and other resources

New England Journal of Medicine – aside from being one of the most respected medical journals, test yourself with the Images Challenge (see a picture, guess the diagnosis) or review how-to videos of common procedures with Videos in Clinical Medicine. The library’s subscription to online issues of the journal go back to 1812!

Need online books or other resources on a specific topic you’re studying? Try the Advanced Search in our Digital Library. There, you can search for every online book we have on anatomy, specific specialties, and other topics.

For new nursing students:
New Students – see this site for important information and updates from the School of Nursing.

CINAHL – the premier resource for nursing and allied health topics, this database is a key resource for literature searches related to clinical care provided by nurses and professional, occupational, and educational issues in nursing

Mosby’s Nursing Skills – how-to guides, checklists, quizzes, and illustrations/video for numerous nursing procedures.

Nursing Consult
– see this site for popular textbooks (in the “Reference” section), synopses of evidence-based nursing practice for many common conditions, patient education materials in English and Spanish, dosage calculators, and other tools.

Palliative Care Info Added to UpToDate

UpToDate has added new information for the palliative care specialty. According to their announcement:

Content includes comprehensive information on clinical and psychosocial issues and evidence-based recommendations for assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms.

UpToDate in Palliative Care includes:

  • 90+ clinical topics — a list of topics for any specialty can be found through the “Contents” link on the top toolbar
  • 40 patient education topics — print or email information to help patients make informed decisions
  • 45 new graphics — created specifically for palliative care topics
  • 100+ contributors — as with all UpToDate content, authors and editors are clearly identified in each topic

The UpToDate subscription provided by the Eskind Biomedical Library can be accessed through the Digital Library.

EBL Closed on July 4th

fireworks exploding


The Eskind Biomedical Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014, for the Independence Day holiday.

The library will resume normal hours on Saturday, July 5.

Online resources such as journals and textbooks will be available through the Digital Library. Online tutorials are available for many resources, and requests for further help can be made through our online forms. When the library is closed, checked out items you are returning can be left in the book drop outside the library.

CME Credits Available from Eskind

The Eskind Biomedical Library offers up to 1.5 hours of CME or attendance credit for each of these areas of library training:

  1. Primary Literature Searching: PubMed
  2. Productivity Tools/Software: Notability, EndNote, Zotero
  3. Genetic Variation Resources
  4. Clinical Genetics and Pharmacogenetics

Course descriptions are provided at http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/diglib/services/training.html and CME/attendance-eligible sessions are marked with: yellow rectangle reading "CME credit" to show what the icon marking the eligible trainings looks like

To register and request CME/attendance credit for these classes, follow the “Click to Request Training” link for the desired topic and complete the training request form.

Important Changes to PLoS Publication Fees

Public Library of Science (PLoS) has changed the model it uses for charging publication fees. PLoS has eliminated its institutional membership program, which offered authors a 20% discount on publication fees. As of June 1st, Vanderbilt authors submitting articles to PLoS need to pay the publication fee without the previous discount.

Updated Code for Lexi-Comp Mobile Access

If you previously activated Lexi-Comp on your mobile device, you will need a new code for continuing access, as the old one has expired.

To install/renew your subscription, please click here for device specific installation instructions: Lexi-Comp mobile access

This code is valid until 5/31/2015.

For more information on mobile access to Lexi-Comp, see this previous post.

New Biosketch Format Coming for NIH Applications

According to the NIH’s Rock Talk blog:

We’re set for a major change in how you portray your body of work when applying for NIH funds. With strong support from NIH leadership, we will be rolling out a new biosketch format. The new NIH biosketch emphasizes your accomplishments instead of just a list of publications, which, as previously discussed, we questioned as the best way to showcase your scientific contributions.

The blog post provides more information and links to resources on the change.

The agency expects to roll out the new biosketch format for all grant applications received for FY 2016 funding and beyond (which generally refers to applications submitted in early 2015).

Memorial Day Hours 2014

The Eskind Biomedical Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26, 2014).

The library will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 27.

Special and holiday hours will always be posted here on the news site, and mentioned on our Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Alert for Users of Geriatrics Review Syllabus App

We receiving the following information from the American Geriatrics Society:

Subject: GeriatricsCareOnline GRS8 offline CME app alert
Dear GRS8 Subscriber:

We wanted to alert you that the GRS8 CME app for iPad is currently unavailable due to a compatibility issue with a required platform upgrade (iOS V7.x). This unexpected conflict caused the loss of previously stored information in the GRS8 CME app for the iPad (only). Please do not use previously downloaded versions of the GRS8 CME app, in order to ensure that you do not lose any progress in your tests. We will follow up as soon as we have further information, and apologize for any inconvenience.

Collector’s Book Sale at Eskind Library – May 12-16, 2014

Eskind Biomedical Library will be conducting its annual Collector’s Book Sale May 12th through May 16th. It will be held in the Historical Collections Room located on the third floor of the Eskind Biomedical Library. Books for sale will include older medical textbooks of all specialties, biographies, history of medicine and science. Prices will be very reasonable with many marked $1.00 to $2.00.

Hours of the sale are 9:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. For more information please contact Jim Thweatt at: james.thweatt@vanderbilt.edu 936-1408, or Chris Ryland: at christopher.ryland@vanderbilt.edu 936-1406.