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BiblioBlast, January 2014: Home


Welcome to BiblioBlast, the newsletter of the D. Samuel Gottesman Library of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. BiblioBlast will inform you about new Library resources and keep you up to date with our classes, events and other activities. It will also highlight tips to make our online resources easier and faster to use. 

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In this issue: 

Classes in the Library

Web of Science
Wednesday, January 15, 1:00pm

EndNote I: Building Your Library
Thursday, January 16, 9:30am

COFFEE TALK: Citation Management with Mendeley
Tuesday, January 21, 9:00am

EBM: Finding the Evidence
Tuesday, January 21, 1:00pm

Managing PDFs with EndNote
Wednesday, January 22, 4:00pm

EndNote II: Creating Bibliographies with MS Word
Thursday, January 23, 9:30am

From the Director

Winter Storm Hercules hit NYC, bringing frigid temperatures and 6-10 inches of snow on Friday, January 3. Intrepid librarians made it in to open the Library and provide services until 4pm. Students were very appreciative of the opportunity to study for classes and shelf exams. Thanks to help from Security officers, the Library remained open for studying until 8pm.

Save the Date! The Library has arranged with filmmaker Cynthia Wade to screen her Oscar-nominated documentary, “Mondays at Racine” on January 28, 5-7pm, Riklis Auditorium. It is a moving, powerful film that has gotten rave reviews, Click here to see the trailer.  The WellMed program from the Office of Student Affairs and the Dept. of Human Resources are partnering with the Library to support the event. Ms. Wade will introduce the film and conduct what promises to be an engaging and captivating Q&A after the screening.

Best wishes for health, happiness and all good things in 2014!

Racheline G. Habousha,

Civil War Exhibit on View

The library is hosting a new traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.

Read more on the exhibit website.

 The exhibit will be on display in the library until January 31.

Helping To Educate Our Future Physicians

Following a request from Robert Goodman, MD, our reference librarians are regularly traveling to Montefiore Medical Center and Weiler Hospital to train third-year medical students on clerkships how to search the medical literature for clinical evidence. The two-hour sessions are part of what Dr. Goodman, who runs the EPHEM II course and teaches in EPHEM I, calls EPHEM III: Finding the Evidence." The students learn how to search for randomized controlled trials and other types of studies using the PubMed Clinical Queries and Filters, how to access the full-text of the studies, what other EBM resources are available through the Library (including those that can be used on mobile devices at the point of care) and more.

Based on the feedback we received, the students find the sessions invaluable for their training as future physicians.

In addition to this training, librarians are available to provide customized training in other areas, such as bibliographic management, systematic reviews and compliance with the NIH public access policy. For more information, contact the Reference Department at or 718-430-3104.

SciVal for Funding and Collaboration Opportunities

Looking for new funding opportunities? Interested in forming new research collaborations?  Check out SciVal!

SciVal, a suite of tools produced by Elsevier, is comprised of Einstein Research Profiles and SciVal Funding. Identify potential collaborators with Einstein Research Profiles. This resource may be searched by concept, last name, or free text.  You can also browse by department. Profiles include a researcher’s area of interest, recent publications and grants, institutional network, coauthor network, and experts with similar research interests.

SciVal Funding lists funding opportunity recommendations based on the keywords from the publications in your SciVal Experts profile.  If the funding recommendations listed do not meet your current research interests, it is easy to make adjustments. Under Settings, select “My Funding Profile” and follow the on screen instructions. For more information, visit SciVal Funding FAQs.

The easiest way to access both of these resources is to visit

UpToDate Access Changes

Due to new licensing restrictions, UpToDate is now available only to Einstein students and faculty at the medical school. To access UpToDate, log on with your Remote Access UserID. If you do not have a Remote Access account, contact the Library Reference Department, or 718.430.3104. Please note: Your Library record must be up to date. All outstanding fines need to be paid.

Project Tycho™ Public Health Database

Project Tycho,™ funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, aims to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy. Digitization of the entire history of weekly Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) reports for the United States (1888-2013) into a database in computable format) has been completed. A major part of these data has been standardized for online access. The project plans to focus on four areas: acquiring new data, building an innovative data infrastructure, creating innovative analytic approaches and advocacy for better data availability.

Einstein (Breakfast) Book Club

Get started now so you can be ready for the March 12 meeting of the Book Club. We'll be discussing David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. It's fairly long (576 pages), but "[t]here is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development. ... Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail."* The Book Club welcomes members from the entire Einstein community. We meet every other month.

Selected New Print Books in the Library