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Veterinary Education – Global Animal & Public Health

February 26th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The August issue of Revue Scientifique et Technique (v.28, no.2, 2009) recently arrived here at the Carlson Health Sciences Library (call number W1 RE980w).  The entire issue is focused on Veterinary Education for Global Animal and Public Health: 47 articles in three languages in six sections, including


click for v.28 no.2 listing in PubMed



Environment for change

Essential global veterinary education for all veterinary graduates

Changing student perspectives on the importance of global veterinary education

Global perspectives on the integration of veterinary public health into the veterinary curriculum

Modern approaches to meeting the need for enhanced global veterinary education

Future direction



Published in Paris by the OIE (International Office of Epizootics), it is indexed in multiple databases including CAB, PubMed, and Biosis.  Articles may be photocopied in the library or, for our HSL faculty, students and staff, electronically “Requested” via UCe-Links.  Please contact us with any questions.


Show statistical information with maps:

February 23rd, 2010 by

GAPMINDER – Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.

This website is worth exploring, in my opinion. There are many options for presenting data from time series short and long. This resource uses a variety of global statistical resources. The address to this resources is: 

At the site look for  video examples such as one linked to below.

See: “200 years that changed the world” which relates health to income.

Library Offers Scopus Database Trial

February 19th, 2010 by Keir Reavie

The University of California Libraries has trial access to the Scopus database through December 31, 2010. The library would like to get your feedback on using Scopus, to evaluate the need for this type of resource by faculty, students, and staff.

Scopus provides tools that enable researchers to track citations and follow research trends, and view information on people and institutions doing research related to their own, both here at Davis and around the world. Scopus can be used to develop profiles of research output at universities, institutions, colleges, schools, and departments, for specific years and over time.

Scopus indexes abstracts and provides citation analysis for over 16,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers. It also indexes 350 book series, over 3 million conference papers, 23 million patents issued worldwide, 600 trade publications, and millions of selected web pages. Scopus covers all disciplines.

Please take some time to search Scopus and let us know what you think about it. We are very interested in your feedback, particularly if you also search Web of Science to track citations and follow research trends.

After using Scopus, please provide us with feedback using the library’s online survey.

If you have any questions or would like additional help using Scopus, please contact the Carlson Health Sciences Library (530-752‑7042) or the Blaisdell Medical Library (916-734‑3529).

Study Space

February 18th, 2010 by Mary Wood

Even back when I was a student oh-so-many years ago, the Carlson Health Sciences Library (CHSL) as a place to study was a well-kept secret.  The graduate students and faculty in veterinary and human medicine, of course, frequented the library, but only a relatively few, unusually stalwart undergraduates made use of the facility that was, and remains, open to all.

CHSL is on the west side of campus, over by the Equestrian Center, Aggie Stadium, and Schaal Aquatic Center.  Nestled amidst newer and much taller buidlings, the library is a blue-roofed structure near the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Valley Hall, Tupper Hall, and the new Genome and Medical Sciences Facility.

The library hosts several computers to access UC Davis catalogs, databases, and collections, and study tables and desks are available on both floors of the building.  Perhaps most popular, but least well known, are the 24 study rooms that are available for four-hour checkout with your library card (no reservation necessary).  The rooms vary in size, accommodating individual quiet study as well as group study.

Ride your bike over (there is a bike tunnel by Tercero) next time you’re looking for a quiet place to study.

CHSL at pink star

CHSL at pink star

CHSL hours
Librarian assistance Monday–Friday 10am-5pm
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Evidence-Based Toxicology

February 16th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The National Research Council of the National Academies’ 2007 publication, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: a vision and a strategy, recognizes the “revolutions in biology and biotechnology” and the “advances in toxicogenomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, epigenetics, and computational toxicology” that will substantially transform toxicity testing.  In response to scientific advances, the NRC published this title as a long-range vision for toxicity testing and a strategic plan for implementing the vision.  There is also available the Executive Summary, as well as commentary in the published literature (e.g. Reprod Toxicol. 2008 Jan;25(1):136-8).

Related, and particularly interesting, is the notion of “evidence-based toxicology”.  A search in PubMed indicates the term was first used in 2005 and continues into 2009, both before and after the NRC’s landmark report.   Arguing for a scientifically reasoned approach to toxicity testing, “EBT” clearly supports the vision of “Tox 21c” .  Discussion on EBT is readily found in the journal  Altex, with many articles freely available from the Johns Hopkins CAAT site.

My NCBI : PubMed, My Bibliography, Managing Public Access Compliance…

February 9th, 2010 by Mary Wood

While PubMed seems to be changing appearance daily, the content and indexing of this premier NLM database remains extraordinary.  Among its many tools and resources is My NCBI.  Registering for My NCBI is free and provides access to bells and whistles that you soon find you can’t live without.  One “Collections” option in My NCBI is “My Bibliography“,  in which you can  save your publications (journal articles, books, patents, presentations and meetings)  – and, now, manage publication compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.


My NCBI: Managing Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy

The “Other Citations” Collections option in My NCBI is a place to store items you did not directly author, but may have contributed support in other ways (e.g. grant support).  Citations in My Bibliography and Other Citations can also be downloaded into Endnote and viewed in PubMed for easy access to full-text.


February 4th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

Ovid MEDLINE is now available to UC Davis users from this URL:
or by going to the electronic databases link on the  Health Sciences Libraries’ webpage and searching Ovid MEDLINE.

Off-campus or wireless access is available by logging into the Library’s VPN and searching for Ovid MEDLINE on the electronic databases link on the Health Sciences Libraries’ webpage.

We are providing access to Ovid MEDLINE primarily for our residents and faculty who are already familiar with Ovid and prefer to use it rather than PubMed. We wish to thank Ovid Technologies for making it available to our users.

Endnote – selecting what you want in your library/database

February 4th, 2010 by

If you choose to search Pubmed or other databases directly from Endnote you may get search retrievals of large/unknown size. Is there a way to easily select from the massive search results while working in Endnote? Yes.

I would recommend selecting specific citations from the search results using one of these three methods. This way, you won’t be burdened with keeping and wading through the massive set of results in your working Endnote library or libraries. The three methods I’ll describe are: (1)grab, drag & drop; (2)cut & paste; or (3)two libraries.

I have listed them in order I prefer.

METHOD ONE– Grab, drag, and drop

Open your Working library/database
Open a library/database you might call: SEARCH
Adjust the size of the two library/databases so you can see both on the screen
IF you use Groups and want to add to specific groups in your working library/database click one of your groups to see records from only that group (this step is necessary for putting new citations in ANY Group you have)
Go into the database called: SEARCH
In the SEARCH library/database do your search and retrieval of records
Click on any of the records in the SEARCH library/database you want to move to your Working library/database and
Drag the record(s) to the Group Name in the column on the left where they are listed. (NOTE – when you drop the records onto the Group you will see the number of items in that Group increase immediately. The All References number will increase later. Do not worry.)
Repeat as necessary

METHOD TWO – cut and paste

Open your Working library/database
Open a library/database you might call: SEARCH
Adjust the size of the two library/databases so you can see both on the screen
Go into the library/database called: SEARCH
In the SEARCH library/database do your search and retrieval of records
Click on any of the records in the SEARCH library/database you want to move to your Working library/database
copy (right click or use pull-down menu) the record
Click on the Working library/database
click on the Group (or All References) in the Working library/database into which you want to add the records
paste into the group (or All References) of the Working library/database
Repeat as necessary


Use two libraries/databases. While the methods above also use two libraries/databases this method uses them a bit separately and distinctly.
Think of one library/database as a temporary holding library/database.
In this first library/database use the GROUPS function with a group you might call: GOODGROUP.
Do your searches and put into GOODGROUP the citations you want.
In other words use GOODGROUP as if it is the permanent library/database save area that you may have moved things to in the older versions of Endnote.
THEN – copy all records from GOODGROUP in a second library/database\
The second library/database will be your real, permanent working library/database (you may have several “real” library/databases).
Finally, empty the first library/database or at least GOODGROUP so you can use it again and again as the conduit to the second real permanent working library/database

–Kenneth L. Firestein, Librarian, (530)752-1678; fax (530)752-4718
Univ. of CA, Davis, Carlson Health Sciences Library

Generation M2 spends 7.38 hours per day using media/digital media

February 1st, 2010 by

This statistics on media/digital media usage by Generation M2 caught my eye, making me put down my coffee cup this morning:

“The use of print media fell from an average of 43 minutes per day in 2004 to 38 minutes in 2009.” 

Pierleoni, Allen.  “Between the Lines.” Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2010: D3. Print.


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released the third in a series of reports on the use of media in the lives of 8-18 year olds, dubbed “Generation M2”.  The study is one of the largest and most comprehensive publicly available sources of media use by 8-18 year olds,  with surveys taken in 1999, 2004 and 2008. Total media use increased  between 2004 and 2009,  from an average of  6.21 hours per day in 2004 to 7.38 hours per day in 2009.  Total media use is the actual number of hours out of the day that are spent using media, taking multitasking into account.  These averages are broken down into three broad categories of video games, print, movies.  The video game category included console players, handheld players and cell phones; print included books, magazines and newspapers; movies included all movies watched on any platform/device.

Read the full report [PDF, 2.7 MB, 85 pages]
Publications from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation are available in PDF format through the Program for the Study of Media and Health:

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s related statistical resources are available at: