New Resources: PsycExtra, JoVE Neuroscience, Electronic Journal Backfiles

Journal of Visualized Experiments PsycEXTRA

The library has acquired new resources for the biomedical sciences.  These resources are accessible from the library’s eJournals and Databases pages, or by clicking the links below.

  • PsycExtra: Database of of bibliographic records, and some full text, for psychology grey literature, including conference proceedings, legal documents, research reports, policy statements, standards and white papers.
  • JoVE Neuroscience:  The library recently added the Neuroscience section of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) to our subscription.  Brown University affiliates now have access to all Biology and Neuroscience content.
  • Electronic backfiles for more than 60 journals, including Health Education & Behavior, Annals of Human Genetics and Biological Reviews, from two major publishers, Sage and Wiley, have also recently been purchased.  This content is reflected on the library’s eJournals page.

For questions regarding these resources, please contact the Health Sciences Librarian, Erika Sevetson (


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Kanopy Video Streaming Available to Brown

The library is pleased to announce the availability of the Kanopy Video Streaming Service to faculty, staff, and students.  Kanopy offers over 8500 films, documentaries, and training videos at:

Kanopy’s award winning collection includes titles from PBS, the BBC, Criterion Collection, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and hundreds of leading producers. Titles include the “Unnatural Causes” (PBS) series. Other Biomedical titles can be viewed at

In addition to being able to browse the Kanopy website, records for individual films will soon be in Josiah and the library discovery tool.

Faculty can either link directly to selected films in OCRA, or embed them directly into Canvas courses.

Kanopy Streaming Available to Brown | Brown University Library News.

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New: Nature Complete, Lancet HIV, Current Protocols in Neuroscience, and Henry Stewart Talks

We are pleased to announce the availability of several new resources for the biomedical sciences. These resources will be available directly from several resource guides as well as from the library’s eJournals and Databases pages.

Current and past issues of the following journals are now accessible from eJournals A-Z.

  • Complete: The library has subscribed to 67 additional journals from the Nature Publishing Group, including several Nature Reviews titles plus Molecular Psychiatry, Cell Research, Mucosal Immunology, and BoneKEy Reports.
  • Lancet HIV: New online journal from The Lancet that publishes original research, commentary and correspondence that advocates change in, or illuminates, HIV clinical practice.

For questions regarding these new resources, please contact Laura Pavlech (, Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian, or Erika Sevetson (, Health Sciences Librarian.

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ClinicalKey generating security warnings with EZProxy – April 23, 2014

The Library is experiencing problems with the new ClinicalKey database and EZProxy. When logging in, you will see an “insecure connection” warning message.

  • If you are on-campus, just start a new session and go directly to
  • If you are off-campus and attempting to access the database via EZProxy you will see the untrusted connection warning. It is OK to go ahead and click-through to the database.
  • You may also avoid the issue by using the VPN client and going directly to

The publisher and EZProxy are both aware of the problem, and we are doing all we can to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Goodbye MDConsult, Hello ClinicalKey


Some of you may know that Elsevier is ending the popular resource MDConsult as of December 2014, and replacing it with a far more comprehensive product called ClinicalKey. Brown made the decision to add ClinicalKey to our suite of databases and resources, and it’s now available for all to use.

ClinicalKey can be accessed through the Core Health Sciences databases page (aka Medical Connections), the Clinical Resources guide, or our A-Z database list.

ClinicalKey’s offerings include:

  • over 500 journals
  • over 1000 textbooks
  • “First Consult” point-of-care clinical consults
  • Procedures Consult
  • drug monographs from Clinical Pharmacology
  • over 13,000 medical and surgical videos
  • millions of images that may be added to presentations
  • over 2,000 practice guidelines


If you are interested in helpful tutorials, videos, and guides for navigating ClinicalKey, please visit:

UNC Health Sciences Library’s Clinical Key Guide
Clinical Key User Guide
Clinical Key Resources

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Meet Brown’s new Scientific Data Specialist!

The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Creamer as the Library’s new Science Data Specialist.

Creamer is coming to the Library from University of Massachusetts Medical School and National Network of Libraries of Medicine. In this role he taught research data management to librarians of the region.

From 2012-2013 he coordinated and contributed to the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) and is currently coordinating the piloting and evaluation of this curriculum at fourteen universities in North America.

I look forward to working with Andrew as he acquaints himself with the data management needs of the BioMed community.

More at: The Library Welcomes Andrew Creamer.

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Using the Find Full Text feature in EndNote

One of the most popularity features in EndNote is the ability to find the full text PDFs of many of the references you’ve just imported at a keystroke.

If you are at Brown, using the Brown Secure Wireless, or you are using the VPN, you don’t need to do anything to enable this feature. But if you are using EndNote from off campus and are not using the VPN, please follow the below instructions to enable this feature.

To find full text for Brown’s journals:

  • Highlight the references you want to find full text for
  • From the menu at the top select References > Find Full Text > Find Fulltextfull text
  • OR use the full text icon, shown at right. (On the Mac, the icon looks like a piece of paper with the letters LO over it, and is the 2nd icon from the left)
  • If you have entered the above codes, you will need to authenticate with your Brown ID and password when asked.
  • On the left-hand panel, you will see the Find Full Text search results, and paper clips will show up in the records of the items where full text was found.

This method is not 100% accurate. Occasionally EndNote will not be able to locate articles that Brown does have online. For instances where the full text does not come through, check the reference against the library’s eJournals listbefore making an ILL request.

Learn more about EndNote’s tools for importing, annotating, and managing PDFs at



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More improvements to EndNote access

Brown’s EndNote subscription is now available to all faculty, regardless of “Clinical” status, and to all residents.

  • EndNote may be installed onto Brown-owned or personally-owned workstations only. It may not be installed on workstations owned by Lifespan, CNE, or any other business.
  • The subscription covers full-time faculty, staff, and graduate students. (Undergraduates are not eligible for access, but may purchase EndNote at a reduced rate at
  • VPN and Key Access are no longer required when off-campus. This means that hospital-based faculty should be able to download the program to their workstations without the issues of VPN and Key Access that we have faced in the past.
  • There are no simultaneous user limitations with the new subscription. (The former subscription was limited to 25 users at one-time.)

EndNote X7 is available for both Mac and Windows, and can be downloaded from the Software Catalog:

If you need training and assistance with EndNote or any other citation manager, please contact me. I am happy to visit faculty in offices or at the hospitals to answer questions and provide consultation, and I am also available to provide workshops and resource overviews for departments, research groups, residents, and more.

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Project Tycho™: Data for health

This week, on my listserv for Public Health librarians, I was notified of a new resource called Project Tycho™, created at University of Pittsburgh. Project Tycho™ provides open access to newly digitized and integrated data from the entire 125-year history of  Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) reports for the United States (1888-2013).  Read all about it at

The goal of Project Tycho™ is to aid scientists and public health officials in the eradication of deadly and devastating diseases. A recent NEJM article documents how the Project Tycho team digitized and made public all weekly surveillance reports of nationally notifiable diseases for U.S. cities and states published between 1888 and 2011. The project derived a quantitative history of disease reduction in the United States over the past century, focusing particularly on the effect of vaccination programs.


van Panhuis WG, Grefenstette J, Jung SY, Chok NS, Cross A, Eng H, et al. Contagious diseases in the United States from 1888 to the present.N.Engl.J.Med. 2013 Nov 28;369(22):2152-2158.

About Project Tycho

In the United States, cases of contagious diseases have been reported at weekly intervals to health authorities for more than a century, but these data have not been publicly available in a computable format, so their use and value have been limited. The University of Pittsburgh has released a collection of surveillance reports about diseases in the United States going back 125 years. “The researchers obtained all weekly notifiable disease surveillance tables published between 1888 and 2013 – approximately 6,500 tables – in various historical reports, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. These tables were available only in paper format or as PDF scans in online repositories that could not be read by computers and had to be hand-entered. With an estimated 200 million keystrokes, the data – including death counts, reporting locations, time periods and diseases – were digitized. A total of 56 diseases were reported for at least some period of time during the 125-year time span, with no single disease reported continuously.”

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Global Health resource guide now live

A recent class  provided me with the impetus to create a Global Health resource/research guide (which had been on my to-do list since arriving at Brown in spring 2012).

Please feel free to evaluate the new guide and let me know what you think. If there are any resources or topic areas that you’d like to see added, just send me a note. You may also link to it from Canvas, or from departmental/institute sites, as you see fit.



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