Need a book from Brown’s collections?

May 21st, 2010

You are always welcome to take the BrownMed/DownCity Express shuttle to the Brown Sciences Library on the corner of Thayer and Waterman Streets to check out books from the Sciences Library shelves. But if you are Brown faculty, you also can request books from any of the Brown Libraries and have them sent to your departmental office.
When you find the book you want on JOSIAH, click on the book’s title. At the top of the new screen is a button titled “Request This.” Click on it and complete the statement “If the item you want is” by choosing the relevant option, for example “available at Rock, Sciences or Orwig.” Next click on “Request Retrieval,” then enter your Brown username and ID. When the book has been pulled from the stacks and placed at the Library Service Desk, you will get an email letting you know it is ready for you. The email will also ask if you would prefer to have the book mailed.
Here’s a link to a page describing other services for Brown faculty

Volcanic Ash and Health

May 7th, 2010

if you’ve been wondering about the health effects of volcanic ash you may be interested in reviewing what’s been learned from previous eruptions. Here are a few articles on the topic from PubMed.

Crude Oil Spills and Health

May 7th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine “has links to information on how the United States responds to oil spills, state agencies in the Gulf region that respond to spills, occupational hazards for professionals and volunteers assisting with clean-up, seafood safety and more.”

Science Center in Sciences Library

April 30th, 2010

Located on the third floor of the Sciences Library, the new Science Center brings students and faculty together across the science disciplines.

E-delivery of journal articles to your desktop

April 28th, 2010

No need to come to the Sciences Library to photocopy an article from a print journal. Just complete an article request form on ILLiad and receive a scanned copy of the article within two days.
This service is for Faculty only. For other Faculty services see the
Information for Faculty Library page.

House Healtcare Reform Bill

March 19th, 2010

Read the House healthcare reform bill, HR 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

Health Resources for Haiti

February 2nd, 2010

Health Resources for Haiti is a response to the Haitian disaster prepared by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center. The portal organizes links to a variety of useful information provided by government agencies, NGOs and publishers who have generously made their sites public to aid in this emergency. Topics include management of injuries, infectious diseases, sanitation, environmental health, cultural background and even toxicity of wild plants.

See Steps Below to Use MD Consult Mobile

January 6th, 2010

We now have access to MD Consult Mobile, which is a browser based version of the full MD Consult with an interface that is optimized for the small screen.
The new product will give you access to the books, journals and guidelines through web-enabled smartphones like the iPhone/ iTouch, Blackberry, Treo and others.
You will need a personal account on MD Consult to access MDC Mobile. If you don’t already have a personal account, follow the steps below to get started:
1. From Medical Connections , after logging on to the Brown network, click on “Online Medical Textbooks”
2. Scroll down and click on “MD Consult”
3. Click on “Create an Account” on the top right
4. Complete the registration form, create your username and password, click “Submit” and log out.
5. Log into MD Consult by going to from your mobile browser. Note that you must log out of MDC on the workstation before logging into your handheld device.
In order to have access to MDC Mobile, Brown has signed a 6-month site license with Elsevier. In the spring, we will evaluate this service and make a decision on whether to continue it. Your feedback and input would be most appreciated.
As part of the site license, you now also can browse the journals table-of-content, where as in the past you could only access the journals by doing a search.
If you have any questions or problems, please be in touch with us:,,

PubMed Redesign

October 26th, 2009

PubMed is trying out a redesigned website. If you log on and find an unfamiliar page, be assured everything you’re used to doing on PubMed can be done in the new version.
Until you have a chance to view the webcast or updated tutorials at or to read the article at, click on “Advanced search” (just above and to the right of the search box) to link to a more familiar-looking page.
As always, your calls and emails will be welcomed by Brown University librarians, Frank Kellerman (863-6324) and Janet Crager (863-1532).

Brown-Related Influenza A H1N1 Communications

September 3rd, 2009

Keep up to date with Brown’s preparations for the upcoming flu season. This website also includes links to major public health information resources.