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Locating Studies & Reports Referenced in the Mainstream News

July 28th, 2009 by

After hearing or reading about a study or article in the news, you may want to follow up by locating a copy of the publication. This post will outline three approaches for locating a specific study or article when you don’t have the full citation.
As an example, last week the following article introducing UC Davis researchers and their ground-breaking work was reported on the UC Davis School of Medicine website: “Alzheimer’s-causing amyloid and bacteria trigger same immune response in the brain.”

The article was published in the journal, Cell Host & Microbe. So, let’s use the Library’s databases and licensed resources to locate the article.
If you are interested in quickly jumping to the article, it is available to UC Davis students, staff and faculty in full text. Though, not all journal articles are available in full text.

Tükel C, Wilson RP, Nishimori JH, Pezeshki M, Chromy BA, Bäumler AJ. Responses to Amyloids of Microbial and Host Origin Are Mediated through Toll-like Receptor 2. Cell Host & Microbe. 2009;6(1):45-53.

If you would like to join me in locating the article, then read on.
Note: In order to access the article from off campus, students, staff and faculty should login to the VPN (Virtual Private Network) with their Kerberos username and password. If you are on campus or logged into the VPN, you can access the article via UC-eLinks.

Three Routes to Locating the Article:

We had a few clues from the UCDMC website, including that the study was published this past week in Cell Host & Microbe, along with the names of the authors. Our options include searching for the article in PubMed; searching the catalog to see if UC Davis subscribes to the journal or contacting a librarian for assistance.

To access the PubMed database, use the Pubmed icon link on the Health Sciences Libraries website (upper left side of the page) to reach the licensed version which includes the gold UC-eLinks with the UC Davis options for accessing the print version or the full text of articles when available.


Searching Pubmed using the Advanced Search, we should be able to pull up the article using some combination of the bibliographic details (author, date, journal, article, volume, etc.). Once we locate the article, we’ll use the gold UC-eLinks button to see if the online version of the article is available for UC Davis. Yes, this article is available online. In the case that a journal or volume is not available, students, staff and faculty may request articles using the ordering options on the Library’s home page or from the UC eLinks page to receive the article via interlibrary loan/document delivery.

Using Pubmed's Advanced Search and UC-eLinks

Using Pubmed's Advanced Search and UC-eLinks

View the PubMed abstract. The gold UC-eLinks button will only be present if you access the library’s databases via the Library website or through the VPN & Library website.


Search for the Journal title using the drop-down menu option, Journal/Series Title begins. Once you locate the journal, use the online icon/link to reach the UC-eLinks page with options for getting the article online. Articles may be available in PDF and HTML versions. If we do not subscribe to the journal, students, staff and faculty can order the journal online from the Library’s home page or from the UC-eLinks page to receive the article via interlibrary loan/document delivery.

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When available: use Harvest's 'Online link/icon' to reach the licensed full text version


Contact one of the Librarians at the Blaisdell Medical Library or the Carlson Health Sciences Library.

Are you are logging in from off campus?

Students, staff and faculty, can access the licensed databases and journals using the VPN (Virtual Private Network) and your Kerberos username and password.

Scholar & award winning author, John M. Barry, releases White Paper on Novel H1N1

July 21st, 2009 by

John M. Barry’s ‘White Paper On Novel H1N1: Prepared for the MIT Center for Engineering Systems
‘ [PDF] is now available for download from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division 2009 Working Paper Series.

Author Affiliation: John M. Barry, Distinguished Scholar, Tulane University Center for Bioenvironmental Research Member, Advisory Board, MIT Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals.

Table of Contents:
1. Background on the Influenza Virus
2. The Epidemiological Picture and Cross-Protection as of Late June 2009
3. Antivirals and Vaccines
4. Recent Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions and International Actions
5. Communication
6. The Past as Prologue: Waves and Patterns from Past Pandemics
7. The Future of Novel H1N1

Download PDF from MIT's Engineering Systems Division 2009 Working Paper Series

Download PDF from MIT's Engineering Systems Division 2009 Working Paper Series

About John M. Barry:

Barry’s The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, was awarded the 2005 Keck Award, the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine, from the National Academies of Science.

Find the book & an assortment of Barry’s related work via Next-Generation Melyvl Pilot:

Locate Barry’s book in a variety of formats via the Next-Generation Melvyl Pilot (NGM) catalog. An author search in NGM provides a look at the broad sweep covered by John M. Barry’s research and writing for a variety of audiences.
The book can also be found via the Harvest UC Davis Library Catalog and is located at the Carlson Health Sciences Library on the lower level with the following call number (shelf location): WC 515 B279g 2004.

About the image:
Colorized negative stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicting some of the ultrastructural morphology of the A/CA/4/09 swine flu virus. See PHIL 11212 for a black and white version of this image.

The public domain image was made available through: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Image Library (PHIL) Photographs, Illustrations, Multimedia Files.