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News from the Medical Librarian

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,
This Library Update includes the following topics:
1. Additional Information about Access to the Brown Network from Off-Campus
2. Back Volumes Accessible Online
3. Darwin Exhibit at the John Hay Library
1. Additional Information about Access to the Brown Network from Off-Campus
In general, to access medical library resources and services, go to Medical Connections at: Then click on “Off Campus Access Service”.
For assistance with off-campus access issues, please contact
There are now three methods of off-campus access:
The new Brown University Clientless WebVPN service allows members of the Brown community to securely access campus-based web services such as Library eresources without the need of a software-based VPN client. By opening a web browser and authenticating through, you will be directed through Brown’s network, to give you the same access as a campus-based user.
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) client makes your network traffic appear to originate from on campus. This is the most reliable method for remote authentication and is your best choice if you have a broadband Internet connection, via a cable modem or direct subscriber line (DSL). If you use the Lifespan or other VPN client you will not be able to use the Brown VPN; use WebVPN instead.
Download VPN for Windows / Download VPN for MAC OSX
For assistance with the VPN client, contact the CIS Help Desk: or 863-HELP (863-4357).
EZProxy allows authorized users to access licensed resources without installing additional software. Use this service if you are unable to obtain off-campus access with the other methods listed above. With EZProxy, unlike the VPN client, each time you open a new browser session you will need to re-authenticate.
For the off-campus medical community, the Library recommends choosing WebVPN since it requires no download to your computer and it is compatible with hospital web services. Also, unlike EZProxy, WebVPN is compatible with PubMed’s MyNCBI. When using PubMed, remember to first log on to the Brown network in order to see the links to full text articles from the abstracts.
When you select WebVPN you are not returned to the Medical Connections homepage. Therefore, to proceed select “Continue,” then “Library Eresources” which will take you to the Library home page. From here click on “Medical School” under “For You” to take you back to Medical Connections.
Please keep in mind that there is no off-campus access service that works for everything. Some access issues are browser-related, system software related while others are products of publisher preferences. We recommend first trying the WebVPN. If that does not work, try the VPN client. You can have the VPN client installed on your computer and still use WebVPN; just don’t open the VPN client connection and then try to use the WebVPN. Use EZProxy if you are unable to access via the other two methods.
2. Back Volumes Accessible Online
Two core journals are now completely available online: Science and Annals of Internal Medicine.
From the Science record in Josiah, click on “Science Classic 1880 – 1996”, to access the back volumes. Note also the added features listed on the left side bar: Email alerts, RSS feeds, Articles by topic, Online Extras, etc.
For Annals of Internal Medicine, Brown now has free perpetual online access back to volume 1, 1927. From the Josiah record click on “American College of Physicians, 1927 – present”.
You might like to know that when you look at the online content, you are looking at material obtained from the Sciences Library shelves which enabled the American College of Physicians to provide the Annals in electronic form.
3. Darwin Exhibit at the John Hay Library
The Darwin’s exhibit “The Origin of the Theory: Tracing Darwin’s Evolutionary Thought” will be on display through September 20, 2009, at the John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street. To check Library hours click on:
The exhibit uses the Library’s extensive holdings in the history of science to place Darwin and his colleagues within the broader context of Victorian scientific endeavor. The exhibition includes books, prints and original correspondence. For more information about the history of sciences and medicine collections at Brown, go to:
For more information about Darwin check out this website: Note that under “Evolution at Brown” there is a link to the online Spring 2009 issue of Brown Medicine.
If you have questions or need further information about library resources and services, please be in touch. – Tovah
Tovah Reis
Head, Medical and Sciences Information Services
Brown University Library
Tel: 401-863-3334

News from the Medical Librarian

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Dear Medical Faculty, Students and Staff,

This Library Update includes the following topics:

  1. NIH Open Access Policy Information
  2. Dietary Supplements Labels Database
  3. Additional OldMedline Content
  4. MedEdPortal – Peer Reviewed  Teaching Resource
  5. Can’t Get into an E-Resource?
  6. Resources with PDA Access
  7. New MD Consult Interface
  8. Papers of Molecular Biologist Sol Spiegelman
  9. One-on-One Assistance

Remember – from off-campus you need first to log onto Brown using the Off-Campus Access Service from the top bar of Medical Connections;

1. NIH Open Access Policy Information
For general information about this policy and a set of user-friendly tutorials, check out the information on Medical Connections, under News:

2. Dietary Supplements Labels Database
The National Library of Medicine has launched a new resource focused on dietary supplements: The database presents information from the labels of more than 2,000 selected brands of supplements, and is intended to help health care providers and the public find information about ingredients, suggested does, label claims warnings, and percentage of daily value.

3. Addional OldMedline Content
The National Library of Medicine, is continuing to added citations to OldMedline.  In December 2007 – 55,557 citations from 1949 were added to the database.  For more information check:

4. MedEdPORTAL – Peer Reviewed Teaching Resources
MedEdPORTAL is a free online publication service provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that offers peer reviewed dissemination of high quality medical education teaching resources, while also providing a valuable venue for medical educators and faculty to publish educational resources which have undergone the rigors of a scholarly peer-review. Examples of MedEdPORTAL publications include tutorials, virtual patients, cases, lab manuals, assessment instruments, faculty development materials, etc.  MedEdPORTAL published resources are available for free to educators, administrators, students, and the general public around the globe.

MedEdPORTAL is being utilized by all 143 US and Canadian AAMC member medical schools and over 1,000 teaching hospitals, international schools, and other health education institutions in over 30 different countries.  MedEdPORTAL is receiving on average 2 new submissions per day and has received over 1,300 submissions thus far.  For more information  and a link to MedEdPORTAL , go to Medical Connections  click on Tools for Study and Teaching

If you have questions or need further information please contact Michael Saleh , Project Manager  at or call 202-828-0449.

5. Can’t Get into an E-Resource?
If you are having a problem accessing an e-resource, chances are others are having the same problem, and the Library has not been notified. Please send an email to:   or contact one of the librarians listed on Medical Connections:

6. Resources with PDA Access
For a list of e-resources that are accessible with a PDA for Brown users, click on Medical Connections:  and scroll down the left side of the screen.

7. Have you tried out the new MD Consult Interface?
The new interface has better searching capabilities, 200 medical conditions which are pre-searched and updated regularly, and you can sign up for their RSS feed and email newsletter.  From Medical Connections  click on Online Medical Textbooks, and scroll down to MDC.

8. Papers of Molecular Biologist Sol Spiegelman added to NLM’s Profiles in Science Website
Papers of Sol Spiegelman (1914-1983), a pioneering molecular biologist whose discoveries helped reveal the mechanisms of gene action and laid the foundations of recombinant DNA technology, have been added to the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Sciences Website:

9. One-on-One Assistance
A reminder that subject librarians and are available for one-on-one assistance.  You can contact them to set up an appointment in their office or to make arrangements for them to come to your office/department.  You can also see them on Wednesdays from 10:30 am -noon on one of the floors at Ship Street or on Fridays from 11:30 am -1:00 pm, at the BioMed Center, outside the computer cluster on level 2.

If you need additional information or have questions about library resources and services – be in touch.  – Tovah

Tovah Reis

Medical School Librarian

Brown University


Tel: 401-863-3334

Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2007)

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

This Library Update includes the following topics:
1. New resources
2. Office Delivery of Books for Faculty
3. Profiles in Sciences from NLM
4. Collection of International AIDS Posters
5. Reminder: PubMed and SFX
6. Friedman Center is Open

To access Medical Connections click on: or from the new Library homepage , under “For You” click on “Medical School” Remember from off-campus to log on to the “Off Campus Access Service” .

1. New Resources
Under the Online Medical Textbook heading on Medical Connections, you will find two new resources:
This is a portal from American Psychiatric Publishing.   Browse or search each resource independently or search them all concurrently and find relevant records among guidlelines, books, journals and the DSM Library. PsychiatryOnline includes:
DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis by MB First, et al.
Cases From DSM-IV-TR® Casebook and Its Treatment Companion by R.L. Spitzer, et al.
American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry by Hales & Yudofsky
Essentials of Clinical Psychopharmacology by Schatzberg & Nemeroff
APA Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications (patient handouts)
and the journals, Psychiatric Services. American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Academic Psychiatry and Psychiatric News .
While the Library is still negotiating with McGraw-Hill,  and the individual titles are not yet in Josiah, you can already begin to use AccessMedicine. It p rovides online access to medical textbooks, such as Harrison ‘s Online;   Hurst ‘s The Heart; Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics; Schwartz, Principles of Surgery Online etc.  You can also access the Lange Educational Library, and the Lange Self-Assessment Tool for National Boards review.  The textbooks are updated daily and may be searched by disease, test or drug for results in print, audio or video formats.  AccessMedicine can be accessed using a PDA, iPod and MP3.
2. Office Delivery of Books for Faculty
The library is pleased to offer a new service for faculty, including hospital-based faculty. Now library books can be delivered directly to your University mail address at Box G. We will deliver requested items from our own collection as well as books you request from other libraries through borrowing services. For more information about borrowing options, click on “When Brown Doesn’t Own” on Medical Connections. The procedure for ordering is simple.  After searching Josiah, Brown’s online catalog, click on the “Request it”.  You will be notified by email when the requested title is in hand and you will be asked if you wish to have it delivered. Just say “yes” and send your reply.
3. Profiles in Science from NLM
The National Library of Medicine, announced the release of an extensive selection from the papers of Dr. Harold Varmus on its Profiles in Science Web site. With his collaborator, J. Michael Bishop, Dr. Varmus developed a new theory of the origin of cancer, which holds that the disease is not inflicted by external agents, but arises from mutations in certain of our own genes. The online exhibit features correspondence, laboratory and lecture notes, research proposals, published articles and photographs from the Harold Varmus papers at the University of California, San Francisco.
4. Collection of International AIDS Posters
The UCLA Library launched an online collection of more than 600 AIDS posters from countries around the world. “The collection provides a fascinating insight into the many approaches that have been used to try to modify risk behaviors,” said Roger Detels, MD, MS, UCLA professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases. “The posters range from terrifying to amusing and reflect the many cultures from which they have been drawn, which include national cultures and risk group cultures. The collection should be of interest to anyone interested in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and attempts to control it.” The physical collection is held in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections. For more information, please contact Katharine Donahue (310.825.6940).
5. Reminder: PubMed and SFX
If you log on to PubMed via the Brown network, from the abstracts you will be able to link to full-text of the articles by clicking on one of the icons SFX@Brown or “Find It @Brown”.  If Brown does not subscribe to the e-journal, you will be able to find out if we have the print or request the article from another library.
6. Freidman Center is Open
Opened on 1/25/07, the Freidman Center in the Sciences Library is a 24/5 student study space featuring 27,000 square feet of study and social space, staffed by library and technology experts, with wireless, a café, seminar rooms, and multimedia terminals.  The medical textbooks and review books for the National Boards are on Level A.  When coming down the stairs, walk straight ahead, then take a right.
Tovah Reis, Medical School Librarian, Brown University, Tel: 401-863-3334

Newsletter Fall 2006

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Dear Medical Faculty,
Topics in this update from the Library :
1 .Databases and trials
2. Back volumes of journals online
3. Online videos from NEJM
4. Holiday cards from the Friends of the Library
Remember: From off-campus, first log onto the Brown network before linking to the resources mentioned below.
Paths to Medical Connections: From the Brown University homepage ( click on Libraries, then on the A-Z icon in the upper right corner, then on M, and finally on Medical Connections. From the Brown Medical School homepage (, click on Resources, then on Libraries.
1. Databases and Trials

    Two new databases have been added to the library’s collection:
    Clinical Pharmacology provides up-to-date, peer-reviewed, clinically-relevant information on U.S. prescription drugs, as well as off-label uses and dosage, herbal supplements, nutritional and over-the-counter products, and new and investigational drugs. It is accessible from Medical Connections, under Drug Information.
    DynaMed is an evidence-based resource designed for use at the point-of-care. Updated daily, it includes more than 2,000 topics and monitors the content of more than 500 medical journals. From Medical Connections, click on Databases or on Evidence-based Health Care.
    The Library currently has a trial to Access Medicine and Access Surgery until December 25, 2006.  This includes Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, the Lange Educational Library and the Lange Self-Assessment Tool.  To access this resource, first log onto the Brown network, then from the e-resources@brown  page, click on Database Trails, enter again your AuthID and password, and click on Access Medicine. We are very interested in your feedback about this product.
    The Library provides access to History of Science, Technology and Medicine, which indexes journals, proceedings, books, book reviews and dissertations. Navigate there directly from Medical Connections click on Databases, then on Specialized Resources.

2. Back Volumes of Journals Online

    As back volumes become accessible online and funding is available, the library is purchasing this content. The following are several packages and journal titles added to our online collection: Cell Press backfiles, which includes Cell , Neuron , and Cancer Cell ;  Wiley Neurology backfiles;   Titles in the Health and General Sciences Collection of JSTOR: American Journal of Nursing, Environmental Health Perspectives , and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London . In addition, Cancer is now available online back to vol. 1, 1948 and Nature back to 1950. As the library adds backfiles the records in Josiah (the online catalog) are updated.

3. Online Videos from New England Journal of Medicine

    NEJM has begun providing a new type of peer-reviewed articles: Videos in Clinical Medicine. The series is intended to help students and young physicians learn procedural techniques. The videos are displayed as streaming video and will be available both in a downloadable file and in a version compatible with handheld digital devices.  They are indexed in Medline.
    As Brown has a site license for NEJM, the videos are accessible at no extra charge. You can link to the videos website from Medical Connections by clicking on Medical Images.  In addition, there is a link from the NEJM home page, which you can access from Josiah.

4. Holiday Cards from the Friends of the Library

    It is not too early to begin ordering holiday cards and gifts from the Friends of the Library.  Many of the cards feature images from rare books and prints found in the Library’s Special Collections. Items for sale can be viewed at You can order by calling Jane Cabral at 401-863-2163, sending a fax to 401-863-3383, or mailing your order to: Friends of the Library, Box A, Brown University , Providence , RI 02912 .  E-mail inquiries should be sent to Proceeds from these sales support the activities of the Friends and the Brown University Library.

With questions about library resources or services please contact:
Tovah Reis
Medical School Librarian
Brown University
Tel: 401-863-3334

Newsletter Summer 2006

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Dear Medical Faculty,

Topics in this update from the Library:

  1. New E-Journals Accessible from Brown
  2. Course Reserves
  3. Journal Citation Reports Online
  4. New E-Databases Acquired; Old Databases Going
  5. Sciences Library Renovation

1. New E-Journals Accessible from Brown

Three new online journals to bring to your attention.

  1. PLoS Clinical Trials – a new open-access, online journal from Public Library of Science, which is peer-reviewed and will publish the results of randomized trials from all medical and public health disciplines.
  2. PLoS Pathogenes – a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal, also from Public Library of Science, covering all aspects of pathogen research, from molecules to physiology, with a broad, deep and international focus.
  3. Simulation in Healthcare; journal of the Society of Medical Simulation – a new peer-reviewed journal, meeting the challenges of improving healthcare education and patient safety.

These journals are available online from Josiah, Brown’s online catalog, from lists of e-journals, and from links in the databases via “Find it @ Brown”. Remember, from off campus, to always log on first to the Brown Network:


2. Course Reserves

It is not too early to submit your lists for Course Reserves for Fall ’06 semester.

The lists can be submitted online from:

Use this site to request both physical and e-reserves. Links to reserves will be added to your WebCT site.

Faculty can have a deputy input the information.

For questions or assistance in using this site contact


3. Journal Citation Reports Online

From the Brown network, there is access to the 2005 edition of Journal Citation Reports Online, a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals, from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It includes all areas of science, technology, and social sciences.

Journal Citation Reports can show you the: Most frequently cited journals in a field; highest impact journals in a field; largest number of journals in a field.

To access Journal Citation Reports Online from Medical Connections click on Tools for Writing, Citing and Publishing.

For additional information contact Frank Kellerman, 863-6324,


4. New E-Databases Acquired; Old Databases Going

In order to fill requests for new resources recommended by faculty and students, to abide by license restrictions, and to provide resources that benefit most of our users, we have ordered  DynMed, TRIP and Clinical Pharmacology, and cancelled UpToDate and OVID Medline.

While UpToDate was only available on-campus,  DynMed would be accessible to the whole Medical School.  DynMed is a searchable database of clinical topic summaries, designed for use at point of care, created by physicians for physicians, and provides best available evidence rated on a scale of 1-to-3.  Their staff search the medical literature daily and update each entry as needed. 

TRIP – Turning Research Into Practice, allows health professionals to easily find the highest quality material available on the web, simultaneously searching multiple evidence-based web resources such as systematic reviews and guidelines.  It is international in scope, and is a useful adjunct to PubMed and the Cochrane Library.

Both DynMed and TRIP are accessible from Medical Connections:   under “Databases” and “Evidence-Based Medicine”.

With over 50% of Medline searches at Brown being done through PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free interface to Medline, we have decided to cancel OVID Medline at the end of July.  The library’s policy is not to duplicate resources,  and with PubMed improvements and added value, we thought it was time to join other medical school libraries that are supporting access to PubMed and canceling other versions of Medline.  If you access PubMed from Brown’s Medical Connections or from Josiah you will be able to link to the full text.

We are still in the process of setting up the online subscription to Clinical Pharmacology.  Additional information will be posted when the resource is accessible from the Brown network.


5. Sciences Library Renovation

Due to construction of the Friedman Study Center in the Sciences Library, the staff and the service desk have been re-located. The service desk is on the Mezzanine.

Medical textbooks, current print journals, newspapers, new books, and copiers are on Level 3.

The librarians Janet Crager, Frank Kellerman and Tovah Reis are in their new offices on level 7.

Consult with staff or call x3-3333 if you have any questions. See Friedman Center press release for further information.

A revised guide to the Sciences Library stacks is now available at:


Tovah Reis
Medical School Librarian
Brown University
Tel: 401-863-3334

Newsletter April 2006

Monday, April 24th, 2006

We hope you like the new Medical Connections and welcome your comments and suggestions.
This message includes the following topics:
1. Evaluating PsychiatryOnline
2. Links to full-text from PubMed
3. New feature in Josiah, Brown’s online catalog
4. American Hospital Directory

  1. PsychiatryOnline Trial – Ends May 1, 2006
    The Library will be evaluating PsychiatryOnline during a trial period that will end on May 1, 2006. Please try it and email your comments to We’d like to know if you think it would be a useful addition to the Brown Library’s online medical resources.
    PsychiatryOnline is an information package from the American Psychiatric Association that includes the following:

    • DSM-IV-TR®
    • DSM-IV-TR® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
    • DSM-IV-TR® Casebook and its Treatment Companion
    • The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines in both comprehensive and quick reference formats
    • The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, Fourth Edition
    • The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Academic Psychiatry, the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Psychosomatics, and Psychiatric News
    • Plus a unified index to search all of these resources simultaneously.

    From the Library’s E-resources page, click on Database Trials. After you authenticate, choose PsychiatryOnline from the list provided. The trial period ends May 1, 2006.

  2. Links to Full-Text from PubMed
    In order to be able to access the full text articles from the abstract in PubMed, you need to first link to PubMed through the Brown network. After putting in your Brown AuthID and password, you can get to PubMed from:

  3. New Feature in Josiah, Brown’s Online Catalog
    Now patrons can login to view personal circulation information and renew books using their Brown AuthID and password.
  4. American Hospital Directory
    The American Hospital Directory provides data for over 6,000 hospitals and covers hospital cost reports, hospital profiles, department statistics, IP and Op data, quality measures and other public use files.
    For now we have access only to the 2004 data from the Rockefeller Library Cluster Computers on the first floor. For assistance you may contact at the Rock.

If you have questions about library resources or services — please be in touch.
Tovah Reis
Medical School Librarian