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NIH introduces Images, a database of images in biomedical literature

October 30th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

This is from the NIH press announcement (10/28/2010):

More than 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals are now available through Images, a new resource for finding images in biomedical literature. The database was developed and will be maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health. Images is available at Currently access is available only from:

Images is expected to have a wide range of uses for a variety of user groups. These include the clinician looking for the visual representation of a disease or condition, the researcher searching for studies with certain types of analyses, the student seeking diagrams that elucidate complex processes such as DNA replication, the professional or educator looking for an image for a presentation, and the patient wanting to better understand his disease.

The initial content of Images reflects images and figures contained in NCBI’s PubMed Central full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, located at Images content may be expanded in the future to include other NCBI full-text resources, such as NCBI’s Bookshelf database of biomedical books and reports, at

New Books: View the most recent titles added to CHSL & BML

October 25th, 2010 by Mary Wood

For a list of the newest acquisitions at the Carlson Health Sciences and Blaisdell Medical Libraries, simply click on the following links.
Bookmark the sites, if you would like to check back periodically for the latest updates.chorea


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Blaisdell Medical Library


Carlson Health Sciences Library


Please let us know if you have any questions:


Refining food and fluid control in behavioral neuroscience research

October 18th, 2010 by Mary Wood

In their most recent NC3Rs News, the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research announced a working group report in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods in press



..Refining food and fluid control with macaques:
Guidance published in Journal of Neuroscience Methods



The citation and abstract for the report appears as follows in PubMed:

J Neurosci Methods. 2010 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print]
Refinement of the use of food and fluid control as motivational tools for macaques used in behavioural neuroscience research: Report of a Working Group of the NC3Rs.
Prescott MJ, Brown VJ, Flecknell PA, Gaffan D, Garrod K, Lemon RN, Parker AJ, Ryder K, Schultz W, Scott L, Watson J, Whitfield L.
National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), 20 Park Crescent, London W1B 1AL, UK.

This report provides practical guidance on refinement of the use of food and fluid control as motivational tools for macaques used in behavioural neuroscience research. The guidance is based on consideration of the scientific literature and, where data are lacking, expert opinion and professional experience, including that of the members of a Working Group convened by the United Kingdom National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). The report should be useful to researchers, veterinarians and animal care staff responsible for the welfare of macaques used in food and fluid control protocols, as well as those involved with designing, performing and analysing studies that use these protocols. It should also assist regulatory authorities and members of local ethical review processes or institutional animal care and use committees concerned with evaluating such protocols. The report provides a framework for refinement that can be tailored to meet local requirements. It also identifies data gaps and areas for future research and sets out the Working Group’s recommendations on contemporary best practice.  PMID: 20868708


ScienceDirect Link to Full-Text
The 174 References represent an excellent bibliography of authoritative scientific literature on an elusive topic.   Each entry is linked to the record in Scopus ScienceDirect, when possible.

Dengue Virus Research

October 14th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The National Institutes of Health NIH News included an announcement yesterday that NIH researchers have discovered a key step in how the dengue virus infects a cell, and that the discovery may one day lead to new drugs to prevent or treat the infection: NIH Scientists Discover How Dengue Virus Infects Cells.nr_dengue_figure75

Their research was published online in PLoS Pathogens, a peer-reviewed open-access journal.
The article is available here.

Information about dengue may be found on the CDC site, and discussion on the impact of the disease is available at the WHO site.

Researchers at UCDavis are also actively involved in dengue and other vector-borne disease research; many publish in open-access journals, as well, like PLoS Negl Trop Dis, BMC Evol Biol, PLoS Medicine, and Malaria Journal.

Click here for citations to current dengue-related publications by UCDavis scientists, as identified by searches in Scopus and in PubMed.

Bed Bug Information

October 8th, 2010 by Mary Wood

With the requisite graphic images, the bed bug website created by the EPA provides essential Bed Bug Information as well as strategies for controlling infestation.  The resource includes a Bed Bug Pesticide Alert, and covers such topics as Bed Bug Biology.

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Useful links to outside resources include a new Bed Bug Product Search tool and the Top Ten Bed Bugs Tips.


The CDC has issued a joint statement with the EPA, and hosts a website with additional information.


….Photo courtesy of Dr. Harold Harlan, Armed Forces Pest Management Board Image Library

University of California resources
UC Integrated Pest Management Program
: Bed Bugs and Bed Bugs Quick Tips
UC Agricultural and Natural Resources : Bed Bugs Pest Notes

Open Access Week 2010 Speaker Series at UC Davis

October 6th, 2010 by Deanna Johnson

Open Access Week ( (October 18-22) is an international event promoting open access: the idea that scholarly research should be freely and openly available to all. For Open Access Week 2010, the UC Davis Libraries are sponsoring a speaker series featuring renowned experts in open access issues. Please join us for these free lectures about the future of scholarly communication. See for further talk descriptions. Questions? Please contact Phoebe Ayers, or 530-752-9948.

OA week 2010 speakers

Catherine Mitchell and Patricia Cruse (California Digital Library)

“CDL Scholarly Publishing and Data Curation Services: Tools to Help You Manage Your Research at UC Davis”

  • Monday, October 18, 10am-12pm
  • Location: Shields Library, 2nd floor Library Instruction Room

Looking to expand the visibility of your work? Interested in reaching new communities with your research? Wondering how you are going to meet NSF’s new data management requirement? Come learn about exciting initiatives coming out of the California Digital Library that can help you achieve all these goals and more. See: and

Dr. Jonathan Eisen (PLoS Biology, UCD Genomics)

“What is ‘Open Access’ Publishing in Scientific Research?”

  • Thursday, October 21, 10am-11am
  • Location: Shields Library, 1st floor Library Instruction Lab

Dr. Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist and genomics researcher at UC Davis, focused on microorganisms. Dr. Eisen is also an active blogger ( and also the Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, one of the most pre-eminent open access journals. He will speak about PLoS and the importance of open access in scientific publication. See:

Marta Brunner (Open Humanities Press, UCLA Libraries)

“The Open Humanities Press and the Development of New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities”

  • Thursday, October 21, 1pm-3pm
  • Location: 126 Voorhies

Marta Brunner shares her experience on the Steering Group at the Open Humanities Press (OHP), an international publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. Brunner, who is also a UCLA librarian, will discuss the opportunities and challenges Open Access models bring to humanities scholars in the context of the broader crisis in humanities publishing. See

John Wilbanks (Science Commons)

“The Unreasonable Impact of Open Access”

  • Friday, October 22, 11am-12pm
  • Location: Kemper Hall 1065

John Wilbanks is the head of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons, which aims to lower the barriers to research and sharing data and to develop tools to make open, web-based science easier. Wilbanks will talk about how free sharing of data and research helps improve scientific research, how open systems can improve quality measurement, and the impact of moving away from journal articles as the core form of knowledge transmission. See: