McGoogan News

NLM Spotlight: Health Services Research Information Central

Health Services Research Information Central home page

The Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) is an online portal for publications and websites for those involved in research related to healthcare quality, access, and cost. Resources include:

  • Links to data & statistics, funding, guidelines, legislation, news stories, and other general resources.
  • Sixteen topic pages of resources on specific health issues such as aging populations, health disparities, and rural health.
  • Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj): a database of ongoing research projects related to health services and public health.
  • Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR): a database of data sets and research instruments used for research in health services, public health, and behavioral and social sciences.
  • PubMed Queries: links to specialized PubMed searches on comparative effectiveness and health services research.

If you would like to learn more about some of the HSRIC databases, watch the webinar recording: “Health Services Research: NLM Resources on Health Quality, Cost, and Access”


HSRIC is maintained by the National Library of Medicine’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology. The goal of this center is to improve access to data and information needed for health services research, and to make the research results readily available.

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

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 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.