Woodward Blog

Springer Protocols Trial


UBC Library has a trial of Springer Protocols until April 30, 2009. You can access the protocols through SpringerLink or the Springer Protocols web site.

Springer Protocols is an online collection of almost 18000 protocols in the areas of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cancer research, cell biology, genetics/genomics, imaging/radiology, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular medicine, neuroscience, pharmacology/toxicology, plant sciences, and protein science.

Protocols originate from the following publications:

  • Methods in Biotechnology
  • Methods in Molecular Biology
  • Methods in Molecular Medicine
  • Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Neuromethods

Please tell us what you think using this form, or contact Sally Taylor.

MyCopy from SpringerLink


UBC Library subscribes to hundreds of electronic books from SpringerLink.

Prefer a print copy? Springer now offers a Print on Demand service for UBC faculty, staff and students wanting a personal copy from the library’s collection of Springer ebooks. You can have a black & white softcover copy delivered to your doorstep for $24.95 USD (includes shipping & handling) plus GST & PST.

Browse these collections for ebooks in your discipline

Books that can be delivered in print are indicated by the orange MyCopy logo. Simply click on Add to shopping cart now to begin the ordering process.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact UBC Librarians, Joy Kirchner or Aleteia Greenwood, or the publisher Springer.

Dentistry eBooks

We now have over 40 electronic books with information relevant to dentistry. The books range from key resources in clinical disciplines to historical materials from “Early English Books” Online. You can view selected books at:


Or, try our new ebook search page at:


Suggested sources for Pharmacy 220 term paper

It’s that time of year again. If you’re a first-year pharmacy student working on the Phar 220 term paper, please see the following page for a list of suggested sources you can use:

If you’re still stuck after consulting these sources, please feel free to drop by the Woodward reference or contact Teresa Lee, the pharmacy liaison librarian.

Library Workshops for January & February

Library workshops begin very soon! Courses are offered on campus,
at C & W, and online with Wimba Classroom. Everyone is welcome.

To register for these and other workshops, please see this link:

January 23 – RefWorks for the Sciences
January 28 – Current Awareness Tools in the Sciences
January 28 – Current Awareness Tools in the Health Sciences
January 30 – RefWorks for the Health Sciences
February 11 – RefWorks for the Natural Sciences (Wimba Live Classroom)
February 20 – RefWorks for the Sciences
February 23 – Current Awareness Tools in the Sciences
February 24 – RefWorks for the Health Sciences
February 24 – PubMed, Ovid, MEDLINE: what’s it all about?

Celebrating Darwin

photo by Colin Purrington

It has been 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and 200 years since his birth (February 12). To celebrate, there will be a number of exciting events throughout the year.

Check out the Vancouver Evolution Festival web site for local events, including who’s speaking at the free public lecture series Darwin and You.

If you want to go further afield, the Darwin Day Celebration web site lists events in over 20 countries.

Publishers have also joined in with the following special publications commemorating Darwin.

Happy Birthday Darwin!

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database now available

We’re pleased to announce that UBC Library now has access to Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

This database provides up-to-date clinical data on natural medicines, herbal medicines, and dietary supplements used in the western world. Content is compiled by pharmacists and physicians who are part of the Pharmacist’s Letter and Prescriber’s Letter research and editorial staff.

Information about natural, complementary and alternative therapies is also available through a database called Natural Standard.

We invite you to explore both and contact Teresa Lee with any comments or questions. Happy searching!

BIOSIS now on the Web of Knowledge

As of January 1st 2009, we will be moving BIOSIS Previews from the OVIDSP platform to the Web of Knowledge interface.

You can try it now at: http://toby.library.ubc.ca/resources/infopage.cfm?id=551

You’ll be able to search BIOSIS Previews and Web of Science simultaneously, and there is no limit to the number of people who can access BIOSIS at one time.

Need help? See the Quick Reference Card (PDF) or ask Sally Taylor or Katherine Miller for help.

Happy searching!


Life Sciences Librarians & Staff Lauded by their Colleagues


UBC Life Sciences Librarians and Library Staff Lauded by their colleagues from around the province of British Columbia.

Charlotte Beck for Transition to EBSCO CINAHL: Reprogramming OVID saved searches and Truncation & Wildcard Symbols

Charlotte Beck, Dean Giustini and Teresa Lee, UBC for Evidence-Based Practice Clinical Question / Search Plan Worksheet

Jeremy Buhler, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies; Teresa Lee, UBC; Trina Fyfe, UNBC for UBC OvidSP MEDLINE Tutorial – UBC Library

Jeremy Buhler, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, UBC;Ellen George, UBC; Kimberley Hintz, UBC for The Guided Tour – UBC Library

Dean Giustini, UBC for UBC HealthLib-Wiki – A Knowledge-Base for Health Librarians

Katherine Kalsbeek, Sally Taylor & Suzan Zagar, UBC for Library Research Skills for Biologists

Teresa Lee, UBC for Article Indexes & Databases search worksheet

Much of this excellent work has been donated to the librarian community to use at their institutions by depositing it into ALPS LINK, part of the SOLR, BC Campus’ learning objects repository.

For more information click here

Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum


Woodward Library staff put the finishing touches on the Christmas tree made of green and red journals from the early 1900’s. Which journals did they use?

  • Archiv für Ophthalmologie
  • Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Pathologie
  • Vestnik. Akademiia Meditsinskikh Nauk SSSR

Happy Holidays!