Want smarter, faster clinical answers? Check out ClinicalKey!

May 29, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that we now subscribe to ClinicalKey® (the former MD Consult database) but now with much more content.

ClinicalKey® includes:

♦ Elsevier medical and surgical textbooks (over 1,100) including:

◊ Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics

◊ Mandell’s Principles & Practice of Infectious Diseases

◊ Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics

◊ Principles & Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

♦ Medical and surgical clinics of North America

♦ Elsevier First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs

♦ Elsevier Procedures Consult content and associated videos

♦ Medical and surgical videos (over 9,000)

♦ Clinical Pharmacology drug monographs

♦ Practice Guidelines

♦ Patient Education information

♦ Over 600 Elsevier medical and surgical journals

You can access ClinicalKey® from our website under the Quick Links.

When you open ClinicalKey® you’ll see “Login” and “Register” in the upper-right corner of the screen. You don’t need to do either…Login or Register…unless you want to use some of ClinicalKey’s special features, like downloading a pdf or saving a search.

We think using ClinicalKey® is pretty intuitive, but here’s a short (2:45) “Clinical Key Overview” on YouTube to get you started.

Try it out and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Traveling this summer? Take a look at these 5 free translation apps

May 14, 2015

What’s one of your biggest worries when traveling in a foreign country? Being able to communicate, right?

I mean, you get off the plane and…

– Where can I get a taxi?

– Where’s the bathroom?

– Is that snake poisonous?

One of my fave technology writers, Brien Posey, recently wrote a feature for TechRepublic that helped put my mind to rest. In “Overcome the language barrier with these five free translation apps,” Brien highlights:

1. Google Translate

2. iTranslate

3. Translate Me

4. Ask Ziggy

5. Online-translator.com

In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t have a smartphone; so I couldn’t personally put all these apps through their paces. But I trust Brien, and I do have access to an iPad. Two of the five are available on iOS, in addition to Android and Windows Phone.

I found iTranslate to be intuitive and easy to use, offering “80+ languages at your finger tips.” Many of the languages offer an audio option, as well as text.

So far I’ve had fun virtually traveling to dozens of countries, including Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Italy, and Greece, asking everyone my favorite question, “Where is the closest library?”

Wikipedia tells me that determining the origin of language in the human species is considered by some to be “the hardest problem in science.” Using iTranslate and these other apps? Pretty easy!

Posted by Susan Andersen

May 2015 Classes by Miner Library

May 6, 2015

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

Cancer at the Systems Level
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Blackboard Advanced Features: Discussion Boards, Wikis and Blogs
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
EndNote Basics
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.

TOXinvaders: Game (and learning) about environmental health

April 1, 2015

News from the National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS): There’s a new learning game in town!

TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, is now available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8). It’s free.

(OK…so, full disclosure. TOXinvaders is rated for middle school learners. If you’re not in that demographic, though, there’s no need to be embarrassed about downloading and playing this game. We’ll never tell!)

From their description: “The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing ‘good chemicals.’ To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about its chemicals in order to unlock the next one. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology, either from the game’s chemical information sheet, or from NLTOXinvadersM Web sites.”

Pairs nicely with other learning tools from SIS:

♦ Tox Town – Helping students learn about chemicals in their environment.

♦ TOXMAP –  Use mapping to explore the data from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory and The Superfund Program.

♦ Environmental Health Student Portal – an entire portal for helping middle schoolers learn about environmental health.

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Preserving Nature’s Bounty – Join us Wed., May 27 at Noon

March 27, 2015

Do you love shopping at a local farmers’ markets, but then don’t know what to do with all that beautiful food?  Have you joined a CSA or food co-op, but receive more food than your family can eat in a week?  We have a solution for you!

Join our own Helene McMurray (Head, Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service) for a discussion of the basics of home food preservation, including canning, freezing, drying, and pickling fresh foods to extend their shelf life or convert them into something new and delicious.  The session will include some tips on safely preserving food — especially what not to do.  We will also have examples of the kinds of equipment that are used for this hobby, such as canning equipment, vacuum sealing gear and a food dehydrator. We will also highlight books, magazines, and websites with useful information on preserving.  And, for a special treat, we will include a few samples from Helene’s own kitchen!

Join us at noon on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the History of Medicine room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399.

Have you tried BrowZine to stay current?

March 26, 2015

BrowZine is a free tablet application that lets you browse, read, and stay current with top scholarly journals subscribed to by the URMC and River Campus Libraries. The app is for iPads and Android tablets.

With BrowZine, you can:

♦ Read and follow your favorite scholarly journals.

♦ Create a personal bookshelf and get notifications when new articles are published.

♦ Save articles for off-line reading or export to RefWorks, EndNote, Papers, Mendeley, and other services.

Dr. Robert G. Holloway, Department of Neurology, uses BrowZine on his iPad and calls it  “a game changer in the way I use and process information.”

To learn more, listen to this informal discussion with Dr. Holloway and Valorie Hallinan, Liaison Librarian, Edward G. Miner Library, at this link:


Scene from Browzine video


Getting started with BrowZine couldn’t be easier.

From your tablet, go to http://thirdiron.com/download/and select the appropriate icon, or go directly to the Apple App, Google Play, or Amazon App store and download it for free.

The first time you launch BrowZine, select University of Rochester from the dropdown list, log in with your credentials, and start exploring!

Come on! Get happy with Strong PETS – Wednesday, 5/13/15 @ 3:15

March 7, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, May 13, for a visit from a very special team of dedicated care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

dog kisses
Pet therapy is a powerful stress reliever. Let us help you have a paws-itive attitude from @ 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, and enjoy the company of friendly therapy dogs.


Ann Lacey and Taylor

Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.


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