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Research Letter: Privacy threats when seeking online health information

July 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Some health websites share user search terms: study
2013-07-08  (Reuters Health)
Abstract by Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some health media websites share users’ search terms with outside companies that track consumers and target advertising, a new study reveals.

Dr. Marco Huesch, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, used interception software and found seven out of 20 popular health sites passed search information to third parties.

… U.S. government sites including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration web pages did not share search information, nor did four out of five sites directed toward doctors, Dr. Huesch found.

But other popular consumer websites, such as Men’s Health and, did share search terms with third parties, according to findings published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Viswanath said people searching for medical information online should not assume they are anonymous and take privacy for granted. They can be extra careful, he said, by sticking to U.S. government sites for health-related searches, for example.  …

Huesch MD
Privacy Threats When Seeking Online Health Information
JAMA Intern Med. 2013

Spring classes at the Carlson Health Sciences Library

March 21st, 2011 by Mary Wood


Endnote for the Health Sciences

Thursday,March 31,4-5pm
Tuesday,April 12,11-12noon
Friday,April 22,2-3pm
Wednes,May 4,1:30-2:30pm
Friday,May 20,12-1pm


Advanced EndNote

Wednesday,April 27,4-5pm


Accessing Health Literature

Monday,April 4,3-4pm
Thursday,April 28,12-1pm
Tuesday,May 10,4-5pm


All sessions will be offered in the CHSL Conference Room.  Bring your wireless capable laptop to get the most out of the session.

You are also welcome to bring your lunch, snacks and covered drinks.  If this schedule does not work for you, please contact Deanna Johnson, or 530 752 3271 to arrange for a more convenient time.

To register for one of these classes or one of the many others offered at Shields Library, visit Library Instruction Description of Classes page.  Of course, you are always welcome whether you register or not.


Affiliation Search in Scopus – UCD Health System

September 7th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The following is a list of the 20 most recent publications from the UC Davis Health System faculty as found through SCOPUS, a large abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. This list is generated through a SCOPUS affiliation search query.

SCOPUS also offers journal analytics and author citation analytics.logo_Scopus

For information about constructing a custom listing generated by SCOPUS, please contact us: or

Endnote, Locating literature, Using the library – Fall 2010 classes at CHSL

August 31st, 2010 by Mary Wood

All sessions will be offered in the CHSL Conference Room, Rm 128.
If possible, please bring your wireless-capable laptop.
You are also welcome to bring your lunch, snacks and covered drinks.
If these class times prove inconvenient, please contact Deanna Johnson,, 530-752-3271 to make other arrangements.

EndNote for the Health Sciences
Learn to collect, store, organize, and retrieve articles, and how to cite them in your posters or publications. Discover how to export citations from your favorite sources into EndNote, to attach and access the fulltext.endnote

Wednesday,  September 22,  12-1pm
Friday,  October 1,  2-3pm
Tuesday,  October 19,  4-5pm
Thursday,  October 28,  12-1pm
Monday,  November 15,  11am-12pm

Library on the Go
Learn about the VPN, which allows access to licensed resources when you travel; about UC-eLinks that links you from the article citation to the fulltext of the article or lets you Request a copy when the fulltext isn’t available electronically; and about EndNote Web that can be used from any computer that has internet access, wherever you are.

Monday,  September 27,  3-4pm
Thursday,  October 21,  11am-12pm

    Finding Health Literature
    Learn the ins & outs of using PubMed, CAB Abstracts, or other life science databases; set up alerting services in the databases to help keep up with your interests; use UC-eLinks to access the full article.vpn_computer_fish_blog270x170

    Tuesday,  October 5,  12pm-1pm
    Friday,  November 5,  3-4pm

      To register for one of these classes or one of the many others offered at Shields Library, visit Library Instruction’s Description of Classes page.  Of course, registered or not, you are always welcome.

      NIH RePORTER replaces CRISP

      June 30th, 2010 by Deanna Johnson

      NIH has replaced the CRISP database with the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Expenditures and Results (RePORTER). RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of both intramural and extramural NIH-funded research projects from the past 25 years, and access publications (since 1985) and patents resulting from NIH funding. In addition to NIH-funded research, the system provides access to research supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).RePORTER1b

      RePORTER retains all of the features of CRISP while providing additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results).  It also provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Full Text and Image Database for more information on research results.

      RePORTER2bThe query form allows the user to generate queries by entering terms or making selections from drop down menus. In the Principal Investigator, Project Number, RFA/PA, and Organization fields, the % wildcard can be used at the beginning and/or end of a search string when only part of the information is known. Use of the % wildcard increases efficiency and flexibility of the search query. Additionally, in the Term Search field users can search for projects that contain one or more specific terms in the project title, abstract, public health relevance statement, or the scientific terms assigned to each project. When “And” is selected (the default), only those projects that contain all the search terms entered will be found. When “Or” is selected, the query will result in a much larger list of projects, as RePORTER will find all projects containing at least one of the search terms entered. Finally, quotes can be used to find a specific phrase. Of the three types of term search, the phrase search will produce the most narrow list of projects.

      RePORTER3bThe results of the query are returned in a project listing that includes the project number, subproject identifier (if applicable), project title, contact principal investigator, performing organization, fiscal year of funding, NIH administering and funding Institutes and Centers (IC), and the fiscal year total costs provided by each funding IC. The project number, subproject id, and the project title are clickable and linked to more detailed information on several Project Information tabs, including Description, Details, Results, and Subprojects (for multi-project grants only).

      For additional information about using the RePORTER query tool, read the RePORTER Manual.

      If you have any questions, or would like to make a suggestion for new features, there is a Help button at the bottom of each page that opens the RePORTER FAQs page, on which there is a ‘Click here to contact us’ link.

      Psychiatric Service Dogs and PTSD

      April 14th, 2010 by Mary Wood

      A recent New York Times article by Janie Lorber describes how psychiatric service dogs are being used to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Due to the success stories, there is legislation proposing a pilot program that would provide service dogs to veterans with PTSD, and research is being federally funded to determine if scientific studies support the anecdotal reports.

      While not all related to the military, there have been scientific studies published on animal-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD.  The following databases and resources may be useful in a search:megtrees1.png



      ..DTIC Department of Defense funded and related research  (search  PTSD and dogs)

      ..PsycINFO (search KW=(ptsd) and KW=(animal-assisted or pets)psychiatric AND dogs)

      ..US Dept Veteran Affairs (search dogs)

      ..Googlescholar   (search “animal assisted” OR “service dogs” “ptsd”veterans psychiatric service dogs)


      An interesting aside is that the puppies described in this article are raised and trained by prisoners through Puppies Behind Bars, a program based in New York state.  At least in this scenario, a single dog is providing therapy for two people with very different needs.

      Humans and animals

      November 13th, 2009 by Mary Wood

      Searching for the intersection of two very different subjects, the crossover where the topics meet, requires looking for the information in a variety of sources.  The subject of animal alternatives is truly multi-disciplinary and requires multiple sources to answer a range of questions.  A research topic may demand, for example, searching in: the PubMed database for the most recent and authoritative literature published in human medical research and education; the CAB database for the latest veterinary and animal science related articles; PsycInfo in order to consider potential stresses related to the study; and, depending on the question be asked, cancer-specific resources like NCI, mouse-specific resources like JAX, or a teaching alternatives database like NORINA.  Essentially, the source, or the database, is determined by the question being asked.

      The relationship between animals and humans is complex; the ethics of animal use in research is widely discussed, opinion and belief influenced by any number of factors, including culture and religion.

      UCDavis Center for Animal Alternatives Information

      Searching for “religion AND animal experimentation” in PubMed will look for that topic in the medical literature; other possibilities include “ethics AND animal experimentation” and “vaccine AND religion”.  Adding or using more specific search terms will narrow the results.

      CAB indexes international agricultural research publications; searching for “animal welfare AND religion” and “animals AND religion AND ethics” will identify articles on this topic in journals not indexed in the human clinical database PubMed.

      The Religious Studies subject guide lists many possible databases, resources that index research in different publications and from an entirely different perspective.  For example, searching for “animal experimentation” in ATLA Religion database, or “vaccination OR vaccine” identify focused sets of relevant citations.  In Philosopher’s Index, using “ethics” and “experimentation” and “animal” as search terms retrieves a select list of citations.

      Other databases may be relevant (like PsycInfo, “animals” and “religion”), depending on the question.  As always, please do not hesitate to come to the libraries or to contact a librarian for reference help.

      Mary Wood,

      Comparing Veterinary Databases: Beyond PubMed

      October 28th, 2009 by Mary Wood

      Working on a website for a presentation to VMD400B acted as a reminder of how too few of us in veterinary medicine and animal science make use of valuable and effective databases beyond PubMed. The following chart compares six potentially useful databases on just a few points, but emphasizes the wealth of information to be found in CAB and BIOSIS. There are more than just these six databases to consider: list of Health Sciences databases; lists of databases by subject.

      vet med database comparisonMany databases are proprietary, made available to UC Davis affiliates by UC Davis Library subscription. Free resources that will remain available even after graduation include Agricola and GoogleScholar. (Clicking on the graph will link to a larger image).

      About the image:
      The original graph was edited using the Picnik editor that is embedded into the free Flickr photo hosting site.

      7th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences

      September 23rd, 2009 by Mary Wood

      The congress, held in August in Rome, was given the motto “Calling on Science” in order to emphasize that scientific progress today goes hand in hand with progress towards the reduction, refinement and replacement of experimental animals (the 3Rs).

      The program was developed around specific day themes:
      Day 1:  Innovative technologies, concepts, and approaches
      Day 2:  Areas of animal use
      Day 3:  Progress in life science domains

      2009 7th World Congress on Alternatives

      2009 7th World Congress on Alternatives

      Of particular interest was the Databases Progress Report session on Day 1.  The overview was given by Mary Wood, who was invited to speak on the “Wealth and diversity of the 3Rs online”.
      The program [pdf 10mb] and abstracts are available online.

      Animal Alternatives: Conducting a Literature Review?

      June 30th, 2009 by

      If you are beginning or in the midst of a literature review for a grant application, help is here. Contact Librarian/Animal Alternatives Specialist, Mary Wood, for assistance identifying appropriate databases and resources for conducting a comprehensive search in your specific subject area.
      Mary Wood, MLIS tel: 530-754-9122 email: mwwood @

      UC Davis Animal Alternatives website

      UC Davis Animal Alternatives website

      Current Programs

      • Developing resources to enable access to the literature of alternatives to animals.
      • Presenting at conferences and workshops on topics relevant to the Center and to alternatives.
      • Developing and maintaining contacts on the University of California campuses and laboratories with the animal care community.
      • Disseminating information to UC campus and California academic libraries and offices for news, science, administration, and animal care.
      • Providing guidance in efficient use of existing information resources, in both print and electronic formats.

      Visit the UCD Center for Animal Alternatives Information : Carlson Health Sciences Library / Blaisdell Medical Library.