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Library News August 2003

Attention all MD Consult users

Posted: August 11th, 2003

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 webmed@library.queensu.ca.

Bracken Library announces longer hours

Posted: August 5th, 2003

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.


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