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What's New In Bracken - 2003

December 8, 2003: Loan period changing for Reference Exams

The Circulation staff is currently working on a project to change the loan period for the Reference Exam books from 1 day to 3 days.

December 8, 2003: PDA now available at the Reserve Desk

The Bracken Health Sciences Library has purchased a new Palm PDA and it is available to be signed out for a 3 day loan.

Ask for this at the Circulation / Reserve desk. The overdue fine for this item is $12.00/day.

November 12, 2003: PDA format books have arrived

The Bracken Health Sciences Library has purchased six "plug and play" PDA format textbooks that are in the form of multimedia cards. If your PDA has an MMC expansion slot, simply insert the card; neither internal memory nor downloading of special applications is required. If your PDA doesn't have an MMC expansion slot, you will soon be able to borrow a PDA from the library.

The titles purchased are Physicians Desk Reference, Griffith's 5 Minute Clinical Consult, Harrison's Manual of Medicine, Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, Stedman's Medical Dictionary, and the Merck Manual.

These books are kept behind the Circulation Desk. The loan period for each book is 3 days and the overdue fine is $12.00 day.

October 24 2003: Medical Letter now available online

The Bracken Health Sciences Library has purchased an institutional subscription for online access to The Medical Letter. This is an important resource which provides unbiased, peer-reviewed drug information biweekly. In addition, our subscription includes access to: Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter(monthly), Adverse Drug Interactions Program (updated every 6 months), the Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy (updated biannually), and Drugs of Choice (updated annually).

These titles are available through the Queen's University Library catalogue (QCAT), and through the Health Sciences E-Journals and E-Books list.

September 18, 2003: Bracken Health Sciences Library's 25th Anniversary Celebration

On Friday, October 3, 2003 Bracken Health Sciences Library celebrates its 25th anniversary by hosting an early afternoon event, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., for Queen's University Health Sciences faculty, Queen's University library staff, students and invited guests. For additional event and contest information click here.

September 3, 2003: Queen's University has just purchased an institutional membership to BioMed Central

Queen's University has recently become an institutional member of BioMed Central. For a number of reasons this is great news for all of our life science and medical researchers.

BioMed Central is committed to its policy of providing free, full-text access to all original research papers published in any of its 80+ online journals covering all areas of biology and medicine, and any journals that will be added in the future.

Publishing with BioMed Central has a number of advantages, including free access; the copyright is retained by the authors; rapid peer review and publication; high visibility; and articles are indexed and archived in PubMed.

BioMed Central normally covers the costs of publishing by levying a processing charge of $500 for each article published. Among other benefits, Institutional Membership qualifies all researchers at Queen's University to receive an article processing charge waiver. Under the terms of our membership of BioMed Central, BioMed Central has also created an institutional member's page where titles of any peer-reviewed research papers published in BioMed Central's journals that have originated at Queen's University can be listed on The Queen's University page. As new research is published it will be added to the list.

Authors who choose to publish their research in BioMed Central journals are supporting an open-access model whose aim is to change the way in which scientific research is published and disseminated. We hope that you will take full advantage of our membership of BioMed Central, and will consider publishing your research articles in these journals to show your support of this initiative.

Visit BioMed Central for more information about it's aims and the publishing program.

August 11 2003: Attention all MD Consult users

Bracken Library has been able to offer MD Consult to the Queen's community for the last 3 years thanks to special consortial pricing. This pricing is no longer available and the cost to renew this service has become prohibitive. Access to the networked version of MD Consult at Queen's will terminate August 31, 2003.

The librarians have carefully considered the electronic books and journals available via MD Consult to ensure that we had equivalent coverage among our other resources. Any significant gaps were identified and similar items have been purchased from other publishers at a better price.

MD Consult journals: 35 of the 37 titles are available through alternative sources. Separate access to the "Clinics" series is being investigated.

MD Consult books: Although the titles are not the same we have over 100 e-books in Ovid, and we have purchased a new service called Stat!Ref with 18 titles including a medical dictionary, the DSM-IV, the ICD9 and the USPDI (and an acronyms dictionary). To access this service you will find a new link on the Bracken Library homepage.

MD Consult practice guidelines and patient handouts: Similar items (even Canadian content) can be found in a new service called InfoRetriever (Info poems), a database of "patient-oriented evidence that matters". This tool is aimed at clinicians who want current point of care answers to clinical questions. A new link is also on our homepage. There is no need to register and no password is required.

Bracken Library has also purchased other evidence-based resources. For details please see the July 23 posting below.

We hope that you will enjoy these new electronic resources and we welcome your feedback. Please contact the Reference Desk (533-3176) or email us at bracken.library@queensu.ca.

August 5 2003: Bracken Library announces longer hours

Effective September 2, 2003, Bracken Library's hours will be extended by seven hours per week.

The additional hours will be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings, and on Sunday morning.

Although the library hours have been extended, Reference Librarians are available only during the hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

July 23, 2003: Additional Evidence Based Health resources available including Bandolier, Clinical Evidence, InfoPoems/InfoRetriever, and The Cochrane Library

Bandolier is a print and Internet journal about health care, using evidence-based medicine techniques to provide advice about particular treatments or diseases for healthcare professionals and consumers. The Internet version of Bandolier started in 1995, accessible from a University of Oxford server at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Every issue is available, full text, and free of charge

Clinical Evidence is a monthly, updated directory of evidence on the effects of common clinical interventions, published by the BMJ Publishing Group.

The Cochrane Library is a unique source of reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care.

InfoRetriever is a database of 'patient-oriented evidence that matters', this tool is aimed at clinicians who want current point of care answers to clinical questions.

June 13, 2003: Two new Ovid databases purchased - EMBASE (Excerpta Medica database) and AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)

EMBASE and AMED are two databases that can be accessed through OvidWeb.

The Excerpta Medica database (EMBASE) produced by Elsevier Science, is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals in the following fields: drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation. There is selective coverage for nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, psychology, and alternative medicine.

The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED) is a unique bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. Subject coverage includes: Complementary (Alternative) medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, podiatry, and palliative care.

March 10, 2003: Bracken Library Teaching Centre announces longer hours

Effective immediately, the Bracken Library Teaching Centre will be open the same hours as the rest of Bracken Library.

Although the Teaching Centre hours have been extended, Reference Librarians are available only during the hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

February 19, 2003: Important News re: 2003 Journal Subscriptions

In late December 2002, we learned that one of our major serials vendors was in serious financial difficulty and had neither instructed publishers to renew our subscriptions nor forwarded payment to them.

Approximately 280 subscriptions had been placed through this vendor. We are working hard to shift our subscriptions to other vendors as quickly as possible. However, this is a very late time to be renewing subscriptions with publishers, and we are concerned that we may not receive many issues for the first three months of this year, or that there will be a noticeable time delay.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unexpected crisis.

January 28, 2003: National Licensing Agreement Brings Elsevier E-Journal Access to Queen's

Queen's Library is very pleased to announce the acquisition of online access to all Elsevier-owned electronic journals published since 1998. This purchase, which became effective on 1 January 2003, is the result of a precedent-setting, four-year agreement negotiated by the Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CSNLP) on behalf of 61 academic and research libraries across the country. The Ontario university community has access to the new content through the Ontario Scholars Portal and through Science Direct. Linking through the OVID databases will be available as soon as possible.

January 22, 2003: New Additions list on QCAT

On QCAT, you now have the option of searching for items that have recently been catalogued and added to the library system's collection. Click on the New Additions tab on the main search screen in QCAT and you will be taken to a new search screen where you can make some choices about what "new additions" list you want to see. You can limit the search by library location, time period, keyword, or call number indexes. The results screens allow you to link from the record in the "New Additions" module back to the "real" record in QCAT so that you can check to see whether the item is in the library or signed out.

January 21, 2003: Ovid Medline in 2003

The Medline database in Ovid has a new streamlined look for 2003: only 3 segments in addition to the daily updates. You can search 1996 to present and then go back to 1966-1995, or decide to search the complete database 1966 to present. Premedline is updated daily with quick citations scanned in they system. On a daily basis, citations are completed with the addition of the Medical Subject Headings, and moved to "Medline-Daily Update". Once a week, the new citations are added to Medline.

January 16, 2003: New Content on Books@Ovid

Twenty-four (24) new full-text books have been added to Books@Ovid. These titles are accessible through QCAT and the Health Sciences E-Books web-page, and via the OvidWeb databases.

Last Updated: 06 April 2010