McGoogan News

Search tips: Proximity searching in Embase

By Cindy Schmidt

You want to search for articles about chemotherapy-induced diarrhea but are confronted with a plethora of alternative phrasings.  If you find yourself in this situation, give proximity searching in Embase a try. To find articles about  drug- or chemotherapy-induced diarrhea, you could use the Embase search:

(drug OR chemotherapy) NEXT/1 (related OR associated OR induced) NEXT/1 diarrh*

This Embase search will retrieve any Embase or MEDLINE record containing a phrase in which either “drug” or “chemotherapy” is immediately in front of “related” or “associated” OR “induced” and in which one of these words is immediately in front of a word that begins with diarrh (e.g. diarrhea, diarrhoea, diarrheas, diarrheic, etc.).

If you try proximity searching, be sure you enclose your OR’d alternate word sets in parentheses as shown in the example.  Use the asterisk (*) wildcard symbol when you want to retrieve any word that begins with a word trunk.

Perhaps you’re wondering why the search strategy shown above will retrieve the phrase “drug-induced.”  After all, “drug-induced” is a single word.  It is a single word, but in Embase it’s two words.  Embase, unlike most of our literature database search engines, treats hyphens like spaces.

If you want to allow the presence of an additional word between your “drug” and “related” word sets you could use NEXT/2.  NEXT/2  will retrieve any record in which the search terms you’ve specified are within two words of each other and in the order you entered them. If you wanted to allow the presence of up to 5 words between your word sets, use NEXT/6. If you don’t care about word order but just want your words or word sets to be within 6  words of each other use NEAR/6.

From the archives: Hospital has nearly 100 year history

University Hospital, Omaha—opened for patients September 3, 1917.

University Hospital, Omaha—opened for patients September 3, 1917.

By John Schleicher

The first part of the University of Nebraska Hospital, with 130 beds, opened to patients in September 1917, designed by Omaha architects John Latenser and Son. A second wing followed ten years later in 1927. The Great Depression and World War II slowed campus development due to a lack of state funding and the war effort. It was not until 1961 that a third hospital wing was added, which was quickly followed by a fourth wing in 1969. A new clinic wing was added in 1977 (now called the Medical Sciences Building). In 1993 the outpatient care center was completed, later renamed the Durham Outpatient Center in 1999 in honor of Omaha philanthropists Charles and Marge Durham.

Many historical photos of the UNMC campus are available through the UNMC Archives, part of the Special Collections Department of the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

3D printing comes to the library

3D rendering of a skeletal hand.

3D rendering of a skeletal hand.

By Tom Gensichen

3D printing is a rapidly expanding technology area and the McGoogan Library will soon join the growing number of public and academic libraries that have installed 3D printing areas in their facilities. The 3D printer renders a physical object from a digital model by the process of fused filament fabrication.  Plastic filament is fed through a heated nozzle that the computer moves, building layer upon layer from the base of the item upwards.  The McGoogan Makerspace, located on the 6th floor of the library near the main entrance, will open the end of March.  The space will be featured as part of a larger Innovation Open House at the Library on March 31 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

The Makerspace will be the home of a MakerBot Replicator, 5th Generation 3D Printer, a MakerBot Digitizer for scanning objects to be printed on the 3D printer and a workstation for creating 3D objects using 3D imaging software including MeshLab, NetFabb Basic, MakerBot MakerWare and MakerBot Desktop. UNMC students, faculty and staff will be able to submit objects to be printed on the 3D printer either through an online form or by bringing in a flash drive.  Through September 2015 there will be no charge for printing an object.  UNMC students, faculty and staff will be able to schedule time on the 3D workstation to create or refine objects they would like to print.  All 3D printing will be handled by library staff.

For more information including the 3D Printing Policy and FAQ, please visit the 3D Printing@McGoogan Library page.

To submit an object for printing, please use the 3D Printing Request Form.

Reserve the 3D Workstation and Digitizer.

View some of the objects already printed on our 3D printer.