McGoogan News

Services spotlight: literature alerts

Are you conducting long-term research and would like to know when a new article has been written on your topic? The library’s literature alerts service can help. Alerts are searches which run automatically, usually on a weekly basis. The search results are emailed directly to the requestor and are available in Refworks format. Alerts may be set up for the following databases: PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Scopus, or Cochrane. For additional information or to request a literature alert, please contact Cindy Schmidt at 559-7077 or by email at cmschmidt@unmc.edu.

Library training room now available

The McGoogan Library of Medicine has a new room available for use by faculty, staff and students.  The new Wilson Training Room (WH 8011) is available for meetings including videoconferences, training sessions, webinars and other use as needed. Technology includes a pc computer, network IMG_1197connection, large screen projection, two 50” small-group monitors enabled with Mersive Solstice POD Unlimited which allows user connectivity from any personal device and interaction with the large screen projection, microphone system, and Echo 360 Pro for recording of presentations.  The Wilson Training Room can accommodate up to 33 occupants (this includes the speaker) and has a flexible seating arrangement.    To reserve the Wilson Training Room, contact Danielle Drummond by email at danielle.drummond@unmc.edu or by phone at 402-559-6839.  Availability can be seen on the Outlook calendar entitled “Wilson Training Room”.

 

Embase adds PICO search feature

By Roxanne Cox

A new PICO search feature enables a more evidence-based approach to literature searching by clearly separating a clinical question into the 4 elements of a PICO search (Patient, Intervention, Comparison/Control and Outcome). The new PICO search form will automatically combine search terms within each element and between each element using the correct Boolean operators (OR and AND, respectively).

The PICO search form also lets you browse the Emtree thesaurus without leaving the page—see where terms fit within the Emtree hierarchy and read information, such as Dorland’s definitions, without needing to toggle back and forth to ‘Browse Emtree’. Once the Emtree term is added to the search query, you can quickly select the synonyms to add to the search query in a single step, significantly speeding up the process of building comprehensive searches.

Access Embase from the library’s homepage under Literature Databases.

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From the archives: ancient Roman baby bottle

By John Schleicher

The Alberts collection contains over 130 rare and historic infant feeding devices, baby bottles, and other associated items.  The infant feeders date from an ancient Persian clay feeding pot circa 100-200 B.C., to mid-to-late twentieth century glass and plastic baby bottles.  The collection includes various types of feeders, such as nursing flasks, pap boats and bubby pots.

The collection was assembled by M. E. Alberts, M.D. (born 1923), during his career as a pediatrician in Des Moines, Iowa.  Dr. Alberts is originally from Hastings, Nebraska, and is a 1948 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Many of the artifacts in the library’s special collections were gifts from UNMC alumni.

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Roman Infant Feeder, 500 A.D.

One of the oldest and most interesting items in the collection is a Roman era baby bottle, made of pale translucent green blown glass.  The bottle is 3½ inches tall with an open flare top and a spout starting near the base.  The artifact was obtained from archeological excavations in Germany, probably from Nidda, a 5th century Roman settlement (near Frankfurt), and is dated circa 500 C.E.

To see more artifacts from the Alberts collection, as well as archival materials and historic photos of the UNMC campus, visit the special collections page at DigitalCommons@UNMC.