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Introduction to Health Sciences databases on EbscoHost: Cinahl and PsycInfo

TODAY: Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 4:30PM – 5:30PM

This ONLINE live workshop will cover subject and keyword searching, applying limits, getting the full-text, and saving searches and creating alerts when using CINAHL, a database of nursing and allied health literature, and PsycInfo, a database for psychosocial aspects of health.

This session is offered online. Please see: How to Prepare for an Online Class

Click on the following link to join the class: h ttp://

Instructor: Charlotte Beck

Learn @ the Library

UBC Library teaches over 1,400 classes and workshops to over 30,000 students and faculty each year as part of its instructional program. In addition to our extensive in-class and computer lab classes, we will be offering on online workshop series in mid-September to get you ready for research.

Upcoming online workshops include:

  • Introduction to the Web of Science (Mon Sep 13 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Introduction to Health Sciences databases on EbscoHost: CINAHL and PsycINFO (Tue Sep 14 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Introduction to PubMed (Wed Sep 15 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Getting Started at UBC Library (Thu Sep 16 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Google & Google Scholar (Fri Sep 17 4:30-5:30 PM)

To register for any or all of these workshops go to:  http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/series/38

For more information on how to prepare for an online class, see: http://toby.library.ubc.ca/webpage/webpage.cfm?id=810

Check out the Library’s full workshop calendar at: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/calendar/

New OvidSP and RefWorks: Problems when using EZproxy

Recent changes to the OvidSP interface have been causing problems when users export records into Refworks while connected on EZProxy. My colleague in eResources posted this succinct summary of what’s currently happening, and it’s worth sharing here as well. For now, if you’re connecting through EZProxy, it’s easier and more reliable to transfer records into Refworks from another database platform, for e.g. PubMed.

OvidSP’s new look

It never fails. Just when you think you’ve got the hang of searching a database, the vendor decides it’s time for a facelift! As you probably know, OvidSP is a search platform that UBC health information seekers rely on regularly, if not daily. And as of August 2nd, there’s a new look:

Many of the changes are cosmetic rather than functional, but there are some nice new features as well, such as the option to export your search history and citations as a Word file, or to organize your projects, saved searches, and eTOCs using MyWorkspace. And for those who were irked by the screen real estate taken up by the “Search Tips” box of the previous OvidSP version, rest assured that it’s now a thing of the past. We’re also waiting for Ovid tech support to implement some tweaks in the display that we hope will make your search experience more intuitive.

For more information about the new look, see the New OvidSP Features and Functionality: Side by Side Screen Comparison handout in OvidSP’s Resource Center.  Watch for instructional sessions in the fall, which will be posted on the library’s Instruction Centre. And of course, if you have detailed questions in the meantime about doing research in OvidSP databases, please contact your subject librarian. We’re always interested in your thoughts on this platform and other library resources.

New, simple authentication option for health sciences users

UBC Library is beginning the transition to EZproxy as the primary method for authentication to library resources from off campus. Our electronic resource knowledge base is now accessible remotely via a single simple authentication step; there is no need to install software or configure your browser.  Because users connecting from health authorities often experience  significant challenges in authenticating owing to network/workstation security settings, EZproxy access to health sciences resources is available in advance of the full EZproxy implementation, which is expected to take place later this spring.

We have created a temporary access page, which we hope includes EZproxy links to most of the resources of particular interest to hospital-based users. From this page, click the EZproxy link beside the resource of your choice, and use either your Campus-Wide Login (CWL) or UBC library card barcode/PIN to authenticate. You should need to enter your credentials only once. Instructions for reporting problems are at the right of the web page. If you have questions about this service, or if you would like another resource added to this list, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We expect the EZproxy service to be available to all UBC Library users by May 31, 2010. At that time EZproxy will be fully integrated with all library systems and this temporary access page and list will no longer be necessary. Our old library proxy service will also be decommissioned at this time, so we do recommend hospital-based researchers make the transition to EZproxy soon.

Streaming Videos on Health Related Topics

There are several sources of streaming videos on health-related topics available to you.  Two of these resources available through the UBC Library are the :


Concept Media Streaming Video Collection





Bates: A Visual Guide to Physical Examination, 4th Edition



Turn off the lights for Earth Hour


On Saturday, March 27 at 8:30pm (local time), people all over the world will show their support for the planet by turning off their lights for one hour.

You can participate by simply switching off the light, adding your name to the Supporters’ Map or creating a Virtual Lantern or Light Switch! To learn more, visit the Earth Hour web site at http://www.earthhour.org

If that sounds challenging, take a look at the plans for the islands of Tuvalu and the Galapagos and Victoria Falls.

If you’re interested in reading materials, check out the new books at UBC Library on climate change and global warming.

How do you know you’ve found everything? A guide to systematic review searching

The systematic search process can be pretty daunting, especially if it’s your first time. There are so many different databases, and potentially thousands of article records to gather and assess, never mind documenting it all or looking through lesser known sources, i.e. “grey literature”.

If you’re currently working on searching for a systematic review, or preparing for one, then I invite you to share share your trials and tribulations (or simply unload some of the anxiety!) by joining like-minded colleagues for an online class on how to get started.

This class takes place tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 23 from 11 – 12:30.

Registration is available at:

See you online!

There’s an elephant in the library

HathiTrust Logo There’s an elephant in the library. This slogan refers to HathiTrust, a shared repository of digitized books. Over 5 million books are in the repository and it is growing everyday.  The books are both scanned and machine transcribed (optical character recognition) so it is possible to search every word in every book – all in one search.  That’s a lot of words.   Say 200 billion.

HawaiianTreesSometimes I find it more useful to search a limited collection of books. This week I created a collection called Trees of Hawaii. First I created a guest account at the University of Michigan. Very easy. Then I started searching the HathiTrust catalog for books of possible interest. As I found them, I put them into my collection. A collection can be either private or public. Finally I searched my collection for the word Reynoldsia. Now I know which of the books in my collection mention Reynoldsia and on which pages. Sometimes the full text of the book is available and I can read all about it online. Sometimes not. But I certainly know which books to pursue. Thanks Elephant!

This book is at http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015048991361
If you would like help creating an account, please contact Lee Ann at 822-3609.