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October is National Medical Librarians Month and we want to give away some prizes: a set of brain specimen coasters and a “fun” print on our 3D printer.*

To enter the random drawing for one of these prizes you must:

  1. If you haven’t already, follow the library, your choice of platform:
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  2. Tell us what the library means to you!

All faculty, staff, and students at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, with the exception of those in the library, are eligible.

Follows and comments must be made between October 12 and 16. Winners will be contacted October 19.

*The 3D print object must be within a reasonable size.

Resource spotlight: IEEE Xplore Digital Library

UNMC now has access to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library due to a licensing agreement with UNL and UNO. IEEE Xplore includes full-text journals, conference proceedings and standards in areas such as Biomedical Engineering, Biometrics, Imaging, Medical Devices and Nanotechnology.

There are 174 IEEE Journals, Transactions, Letters and Magazines with a complete backfile to 1988 and archival content to Volume 1, Issue 1 for many titles. More than 1,400 IEEE Conference Proceedings and more than 2,800 IEEE Standards are also included in IEEE Xplore.

You can browse the journals, conference proceedings or standards or search across all of the IEEE Xplore content using keywords, author name, publication title or citation information.

Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

Cameron Boettcher
Archives Associate I
Special Collections

Tell us about your job in the library. SRV Photo

I work in the Special Collections department of the library, digitizing various bits of UNMC history, such as yearbooks and class photographs, as well as work with various collections, most notably, the work of Wolf Wolfensberger, Ph.D. Currently, I am digitizing portions our UNMC photo archives and also creating new exhibits to display in Wittson Hall.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

You are most likely to encounter me if you find yourself on the eighth floor of Wittson Hall visiting special collections or if you have any interest in the history of the medical center or Dr. Wolfensberger.

What do you like about working in the library?

What I love most about my job at the library are the people I get to meet, work with, and work around. Everyone has such a great attitude and works extremely hard. Being that I am only 24; I have so many great role models to look up to that help me grow as a person and a professional. I also love the fact that I am one of the fortunate history majors who has a job that is in the field of the degree. I have had many great opportunities that have allowed me to travel to learn about best practices for digitization, preservation, and general “archivism.” I have also had the good fortune to be able to present at the 6th International Social Role Valorization Conference in Rhode Island last June. That was quite the experience. Without the library, I would not have had any of these opportunities.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I have many hobbies. I enjoy my playing bass guitar, indoor soccer, computer games, spending time with my friends and family, drinking good craft beer, and watching some Husker football! I am currently in grad school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha so my free time is a little limited, but I manage to make time for the things and people I care about.

Collection cancellations announced

By Alison Bobal

The McGoogan Library of Medicine has finalized this year’s cuts to the Library’s collection. We appreciated all of the comments we received in August about the pending cancellations. Unfortunately, we still have a budget shortfall based on the current inflation rate for databases, journals, and ebooks. The Library is unable to keep most things that were on the potential cancellation list.

The Library is working on solutions so we do not experience as high of a reduction next year. We are identifying new revenue sources and partners in acquiring content. For more information go to

Access to cancelled resources will continue until December 31, 2015.


Two resources that include many ebooks will be cancelled: ClinicalKey and Stat!Ref. Of the 1,140 titles that will be cancelled, the Library has about 26% of the same titles (same edition) in print. A small pool of funds will be set aside to purchase print copies for 82 of the highly used and requested titles from ClinicalKey. Unfortunately we will not be able to purchase these titles in ebook format due to cost. For the titles in ClinicalKey, the average cost of the ebook is about 4.5x the print cost, with some titles nearly 8x the print cost. A list of the cancelled ebook titles can be found here.


678 journal titles will be cancelled. Most of these titles come as part of Health Business Elite (506 titles) and ClinicalKey (161 titles). 11 titles come from individual subscriptions. A few highly used and requested journals from ClinicalKey will be converted to individual subscriptions (i.e. American Journal of Medicine, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Heart Rhythm, Pediatric Clinics of North America). You can order articles from most cancelled journals through McGoogan Docs, the Library’s free document delivery service. A list of the cancelled journal titles can be found here.

Other Cancelled Resources

Retained Collections

This year we will be assessing our collections and will be following up with students and faculty on their specific needs.

Embase vs Medline: which should I use?

By Roxanne Cox

Combined Embase and Medline searches yield more articles than searching either Embase or Medline alone. Searchers who rely on only one database will miss relevant information.

Embase, an Elsevier database has a broad biomedical base with in-depth coverage of drugs and pharmacology as well as medical devices. Embase, which includes Medline, has 30+ million records from 8500 journals including six million record from 2700 journals not covered by Medline. It has over 71, 000 subject headings of which more than 30,000 are drugs and chemicals and it indexes over 300,000 conference abstracts beginning in 2009. Embase has more European journals not covered by PubMed, more non-English journals, and more drug therapy journals.

Embase also has extensive limiting options including routes of drug administration, drug trade names, drug manufactures device trade names as well as study types, age groups, and publication years.

There are also specific search options for drugs, disease, or devices, as well as a basic and advanced search options. You can also take advantage of searching for terms that are next to or near one another, thus taking advantage of the implied relationship between the terms.

PubMed/Medline contains over 25 million records from over 5,600 biomedical journals with Medline, a subset of PubMed. Medline comprises approximately 98% of PubMed. Medline covers areas of medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and veterinary medicine. Medline uses MeSH to index records providing more subject/ subheading combinations than Embase providing more specific search results.

Wilkins, T., Gillies, R. A., & Davies, K. (2005). EMBASE versus MEDLINE for family medicine searches: Can MEDLINE searches find the forest or a tree? Canadian Family Physician Medecin De Famille Canadien, 51, 848-849.