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Library adds The Joanna Briggs Institute’s (JBI) Evidence Based Practice database of systematic reviews

May 31st, 2016 by Bruce Abbott

The JBI database is available from the following URL:

The Joanna Briggs Institute’s Evidence Based Practice database of systematic reviews complements those found in the Cochrane Library. The Joanna Briggs Institute, an international not-for-profit research and development organization, “develops evidence in various formats for nursing, allied health and medical professionals as well as support information for consumers.” It was established in Adelaide, South Australia in 1996, and collaborates internationally with over 70 entities world-wide.What is included in the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database:

The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database is a comprehensive range of resources including over 3,000 records across seven publication types:

  • Evidence Summaries — Literature reviews that summarize existing international literature on common healthcare interventions and activities
  • Evidence-Based Recommended Practices — Database of procedures that describe and/or recommend practice on various clinical topics
  • Best Practice Information Sheets — Series of information guideline sheets produced specifically for practicing health professionals
  • Systematic Reviews — Comprehensive systematic reviews of international research literature completed by trained JBI reviewers
  • Consumer Information Sheets — Standardized summaries designed just for consumers of healthcare (patients, clients, and care providers)
  • Systematic Review Protocols — Developed by the Collaborating Centers of JBI, which are made up of international experts from over 40 countries from a range of health disciplines
  • Technical Reports — Documentation of all aspects of the development of Best Practice Information Sheets

Oxford Medicine Online – a collection of over 800 books

August 25th, 2015 by Bruce Abbott

The Library has begun a year long trial of Oxford Medicine Online.

Link to OMO:

Link to OMO through the VPN:,,SSO=U+

Oxford Medicine Online is home to Oxford University Press’ prestigious medical publishing, bringing together authoritative texts by world-renowned authors. With over 800 titles currently available, these highly-regarded titles include the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and works from the Mayo Clinic Scientific Press, available online for the first time, plus a question and answer toolkit to help you prepare for the Board Exams.

Changes to Google Chrome — Problems with Scopus and Ovid

April 24th, 2015 by Bruce Abbott

Google Chrome Version 42 recently instituted a change that turned the Java web plugin off by default. This leads to problems with how Google Chrome interacts with some of the Library’s databases, including Scopus and Ovid.

Elsevier has added these easy to follow directions to the Scopus web pages on how you can re-enable the Java web plugin.

Ebola Outbreak Resources

September 22nd, 2014 by Bruce Abbott

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a web page,

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources

NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa.

Emergency Access Initiative:
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak.

GIDEON coverage of Ebola:  GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)  is used for diagnosis and reference in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy. Gideon is a licensed resource:  access through the VPN:,,SSO=U+?disease=10700&country=G100&view=Distribution

The Centers for Disease Control Ebola outbreak page:  In addition, the CDC has a general topic page on Ebola:

The World Health Organization has a web page on the outbreak: as well as a general topic page on Ebola This is the link to the WHO response page:

Update October 28, 2014:  Here is a resource guide from the University of Iowa:


IOM Report released: Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs

July 29th, 2014 by Bruce Abbott




The Institute of Medicine has issued its long awaited report on Graduate Medical Education and it calls for major changes to the mechanisms for funding for residency positions.

Report at a Glance

  • Figure- Estimated sources of $15 billion in public funding for GME (HTML)
  • Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

May 15th, 2014 by Bruce Abbott

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). NLM Tech Bull. 2014 May-Jun;(398):b3.
2014 May 15 [posted]

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued a new Clinical Alert on May 15, 2014:

Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) NHLBI has suspended enrollment for the clinical study BMT CTN 0901 conducted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) after preliminary data appeared to show benefit for one approach to the intensity of conditioning for allogeneic stem cell transplantations in patients eligible for the study.

VPN app for Android Phones and iPhones or iPad

September 26th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

Junos Pulse is a VPN app for iPhones or iPads and Android devices. Use Junos Pulse to log into the UC Davis network using either wifi or your telecommunication provider’s services. You will have network access to resources such as online journals and books, and other licensed resources, including UpToDate.

Junos Pulse is free. You may have network charges from your telecommunication provider, depending on your service plan. It may be downloaded from ITunes or from Android app providers.

How to install and use the client on Android (4.3)
How to install and use the client on iPhone (iOS 7)

Trial for PolicyMap until November 30, 2013

September 24th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

The library is offering a trial to PolicyMap–a mapping and data tool until November 30, 2013. Please evaluate it and compare it to our existing subscription to Social Explorer.

Access it directly here:

Here’s a bit of info on Policy Map:

PolicyMap is an online (no software installation needed) US national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with varied applications for college students and faculty. It is used in undergraduate and graduate curriculums and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. In the academic environment, PolicyMap enables students to concentrate on their subject matter rather than having to spend time learning a GIS tool. PolicyMap is web-based and geared toward users who may not be GIS experts but want to be able to analyze large amounts of data quickly and produce maps, tables, charts and reports with a minimal learning curve for the application itself.

Please send any comments to

JoVE – Journal of Visualized Experiments

April 22nd, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

The Library has subscribed to all the parts of JoVE, so all content is now available. The URL for JoVE is:

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.