Wednesday, July 27, 2011

STAT!Ref Releases New User Interface

STAT!Ref will launch a new interface on August 1, 2011. The new interface has been optimized to make an easier navigation of the database.

 Improved features include: 
  • More user preference options that enable enhanced customization
  • A powerful search engine that keeps historical track of your research, enabling you to return to your “favorites” for fast retrieval  
  • Enhanced access to bibliographic citations, including Refworks and Endnote
  • Re-designed layout making it easier to locate resources and find relevant, authoritative, and evidence-based information
  • Easily return to nearly anywhere in STAT!Ref by saving a link with a new "Link to page" feature 
  • New aesthetic design – clean, crisp and easily navigable 
  • Enhanced access to tools that make research easier, such as Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and the STAT!Ref medical calculator, MedCalc 3000

For more information on the new STAT!Ref interface, go to the Library website databases list at: Click on “S” and select STAT!Ref, or enter “stat” in the search box.  When you access the database, a message will display asking if you want to try the new interface.

The  STAT!Ref title list  brought to us via a State-wide subscription will change on August 1. Some  new titles will be added, and some will be removed. The following titles will be removed from STAT!Ref. These titles will be available to our users via Access Medicine

Adam’s and Victor’s Principles of Neurology
Basic & Clinical Pharmacology
Current Diagnosis & Treatment (all titles)
DeGowin’s Diagnosis Examination
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
Hurst’s The Heart
Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies
William’s Obstetrics

Some of the new titles added to our Texas State Library program STAT!Ref collection:

AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review
Ballenger’s Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Evidence-Based Emergency Care
Manual of Molecular and Clinical Laboratory Immunology
Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia
Oxford Textbook of Public Health
Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology
Textbook of Gastroenterology
Textbook of Pediatric Care

Library Classes August 10 - 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
1:00PM - 3:00PM

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a system designed to assist First Responders in hazardous material incidents. Developed by the National Library of Medicine, WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression guidance.  While designed for emergency responders, this resource is useful in any situation involving hazardous chemicals.  Attendees will learn about the substance identification and search capabilities of WISER.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713-799-7170

Register Here

Nursing Research Resources
Thursday, August 18, 2011
10:00AM - 12:00PM

A look at resources offered by the library that focus on Nursing and Allied Health. Topics include: finding full-text articles, finding evidence-based care sheets, and point-of-care tools for clinical settings. Primary resources covered include: CINAHL, Nursing and Allied Health Source, and Nursing Reference Center.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713-799-7170

Register Here

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management Web Site

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, and many medical, emergency response, toxicology, and other types of experts.

The goals of this web site are to enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals. Provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

To download CHEMM to your computer, visit:

Other links from CHEMM include:

Types and Categories of Hazardous Chemicals:

Acute Patient Care Guidelines:

CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool:
a prototype decision support tool developed as an aid for identifying the chemical a patient was exposed to in a mass casualty incident.

For more information on CHEMM visit the website at:

PubMed Central Has a New Look

PubMed Central (PMC) the National Library of Medicine (NLM) free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, has a new look. The PMC update provides a more consistent design with PubMed and Bookshelf navigation features.

PMC currently includes 2.2 million archived articles. For a list of journals included in PMC visit:

Improved features include:
  • A revamped homepage, which offers better navigation through the site as well as direct access to resources such as the Users’ Guide and NIH Public Access information
  • Redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages
  • An updated search results format
  • Direct access to images in PMC articles
  • A new organization and updated appearance for PMC’s informational pages, including drop-down menus for navigation links

For more information about the redesign, including screenshots of the various improvements please refer to the NLM Technical Bulletin article.

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