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PubMed through VPN problematic

February 27th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Due to various updates and issues, PubMed and NCBI are not functioning well via VPN.

Following is a temporary workaround offered by Library Systems.

Click here for a short slideshow

Essentially: go to Pubmed outside the VPN, but go to licensed resources through the VPN…

1. Open browser to the Library’s home page.
2. Use File/New Window to produce 2 windows at the Library’s web page.
3. Bring up PubMed in one window and the VPN in the other
a. L window: Navigate to PubMed using Libraries and Collections tab /HSL menu item. PubMed link appears on the left
b. R window: Click on the VPN button and log in
4. Click the link to PubMed and begin searching.
a. L window: Get to search results and locate relevant article
5. Go to abstract display of relevant article and locate UCe-Links button by clicking on the article’s title hyperlink
a. L window: Place mouse cursor over UC-eLinks button, right click and select Copy Shortcut.
b. R window: Place mouse cursor in the dialog area to the left of the VPN menu Browse button and use CTRL V to paste the Shortcut in.
6. Navigate to the journal article if it is available.
a. L window: Article details on view in PubMed.
b. R window: Click on the VPN Browse button to arrive at article.
7. Continue viewing results in PubMed and return to VPN menu page when done viewing article
a. L window: Return to search results in PubMed by using Browser window’s Back Arrow.
b. R window: Return to VPN menu page by clicking House icon on VPN window.

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2013 AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

February 27th, 2013 by Mary Wood

AVMA@Work announced yesterday the publication of the 2013 edition of the 


The 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals has been published and it, together with an Executive Summary, can be accessed on the AVMA website.   An e-reader-friendly version will be available within a matter of days, and a print-on-demand book is also in the works for release at a later date.

Originally published in 1963, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and updated at least once every ten years, the document is intended for use by members of the veterinary profession who carry out or oversee the euthanasia of animals.   More than three years of intense work and deliberation by more than 60 individuals—including veterinarians, animal scientists, animal behaviorists, physiologists, psychologists and an animal ethicist—resulted in the commentary and recommendations contained in the 2013 edition.

The overriding commitment of these Guidelines is to provide veterinarians guidance in relieving pain and suffering of animals that are to be euthanized.

contributing from UCD SVMJoanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, DACZM, DACAW (Avian)

List of all AVMA Policies

Neuroscience at UC Davis

February 27th, 2013 by Mary Wood

These two diagrams may help to visualize the extensive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary neurology-related research at UC Davis.

“Research on mind and brain at UC Davis is conducted by a rich set of interconnected and collaborative research centers that reflect a long-term commitment by UC Davis to support the Mind & Brain sciences. ” :








Individual centers include

Center for Mind & Brain – Research on the human mind and its implementation in the brain
Center for Neuroscience – Research on all aspects of nervous system function
M.I.N.D. Institute – Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Imaging Research Center – Neuroimaging resources for use by neuroscientists

Policy Memorandum: Expanding Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research

February 22nd, 2013 by Mary Wood

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) commends the Obama Administration for historic action

“Today, the Obama administration issued a historic Policy Memorandum that opens up access to the results of publicly funded research. ARL applauds the Obama administration for this critically important action. The memorandum calls upon federal agencies with annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with free and unlimited online access to the results of that research…”


.Office of Science and Technology Policy ; blog post
..Commentary from Chronicle of Higher Education
.…….from Peter Suber ; from SPARC

UPDATE: NIH Public Access Compliance

February 20th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released two additional Notices that affect all NIH funded researchers:

NOT-OD-12-160: Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance 11/16/12



2/6/13 NOT-OD-13-035:
NIH Requires Use of RPPR for All SNAP and Fellowship Progress Reports, and Expands RPPR Functionality

2/14/13 NOT-OD-13-042:
Changes to Public Access Policy Compliance Efforts Apply to All Awards with Anticipated Start Dates on or after July 1, 2013


As the notices indicate, all NIH grant-related publications need to be deposited into PubMedCentral (PMC) within 3 months of the official publication date, otherwise they will be flagged as non-compliant by NIH.  For details on the various ways to submit articles, visit our NIH Funding Public Access Mandate Guide.  Library staff are available to offer help to researchers and their staff as they manage compliance.

Use a My NCBI account to:

. Link your My NCBI account to your eRA Commons ID and password
. Build a bibliography of grant related publications
. Link publications to grants
. Identify what is and is not in compliance
. Notify NIH when an article is not covered by the policy
. Submit your bibliography for your Research Performance Progress Report
. Share your publications with the PI and even fellow researchers
. Appoint a designate to help keep your citations current and in compliance

Previous related blogs:
NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor
NIH Public Access Policy Webinar for Compliance 1/5/13
NIH Notice Compliance to Impact Funding

Excerpted from and modified : Duke Medical Center Library Newsletter, Emily Mazure, Biomedical Research Liaison Librarian

February 20th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The latest issue of Lab Animal (42(3) 2013) reviews the educational website of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS)

Engaging the public on animal science notes:

“… despite the simple, easily readable format, this site is truly for the general public… although the emphasis of the site is on livestock, it includes companion animals, fish and animal species used in research… one highlighted subheading is ‘Animal welfare,’ leading to a page called ‘Animal welfare defined.’ This page focuses mainly on farm animals but introduces the AWA, the concept of an IACUC and enrichment….

…includes information on diagnosing animal diseases, zoonoses and even ‘Animal enrichment in zoos.’… gives examples of different careers in animal science, including nutritionist (along with an interview with a zoo nutritionist), physiologist, reproductive physiologist, animal behaviorist, geneticist, and animal products scientist….

… more complex information about animal science, ASAS’s Taking Stock website…”

FASTR: Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act

February 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Legislation introduced to US Congress 14 February 2013

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act was introduced in both houses of Congress on February 14 by a bipartisan team of sponsors.

From Scholarly Kitchen‘s Nick Anderson:

FASTR would require federal agencies that fund $100 million or more of extramural research each year to ensure that funded authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts are made publicly available within six months of publication. Furthermore, the articles are to be made available to the public “in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.”


The Association of American Publishers (AAP), predictably enough, characterizes FASTR as a “different name” for the “same boondoggle” (as FRPAA), calling the proposal “unnecessary and a waste of federal resources.” Equally predictable is the response by the Association of College & Research Libraries, whose president expressed his pleasure at the bill’s introduction and emphasized the importance in particular of its provisions for “greater reuse through open licensing.”

The Library Journal InfoDocket (Gary Price) provides access to the ongoing discussion, including comment/analysis from Peter Jerram, PLOS and from Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons

NLM announces new Twitter feed for HIV/AIDS

February 11th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

The National Libraries of Medicine have announced that their Specialized Information Services (SIS) will feature a new Twitter feed aimed at those suffering from HIV/AIDS that are over the age of 50. Found at, this feed will provide a useful information source for victims of the virus:

NLM HIVplus50 ‏@NLM_HIVplus50

Depression is a major condition of those 50 and over affected by #HIV. Info from MedlinePlus: #HIV50

See more at the NLM_HIVplus50 Twitter feed.

A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California, 2013

February 8th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

A new report presenting the latest data on the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population has been made available by The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC); it provides data on population, population growth, and key social and economic data including income, poverty, education and language.

The site requires that you register to download the report, but it is freely available.

Two new veterinary books worth noting

February 6th, 2013 by Mary Wood


Vandevelde, Marc
Manual of veterinary neuropathology essentials of theory and practice
Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
Electronic Resources Internet





Fischer, Martin S.
Dogs in motion
Dortmund : VDH Service GmbH, 2011
Carlson Health Sci Library 2nd copy in process
Carlson Health Sci Reserves SF 432 F535d 2011