More EndNote Enhancements

EndNote has just released an update for their X2 product that significantly enhances full text retrieval – when this librarian tried the upgraded "Find Full Text" feature, full text PDFs were retrieved for about twice as many citations as previously. It still can't find everything that we have access to, but it's much closer. That's a lot less time you need to spend tracking down the full text (though we do try to make it as easy as possible with our FIND IT service and our E-journals database!).

To download the update, go to the EndNote Support Site. Or if you are using Windows, close all programs and turn off any background software, open EndNote, go to the Help Menu, choose "EndNote Program Updates…" and follow the on-screen prompts. And, let us know what you think!

Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging

Air pollution, pesticides, nutrition, exercise…these and other factors of our environments and lifestyles interact to influence our health and affect the progression of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Extensive research has been done on these issues, and can be found scattered across the literature in journals and books big and small. To help piece together all of the research and offer suggestions to reduce environmental threats and improve the odds for all of us as we age, members of the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Science and Environmental Health Network have issued the report Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging online at Take a look at the report for information and suggestions for you, your family and your patients at all ages and life stages.

First Phase of Library Renovation Starting November 3rd

We are pleased to announce that the Levy Library will embark on a major physical renovation starting Monday, November 3. Phase 1 of the renovation will include the construction of two new classrooms, the removal of bookstacks on the north side of the 11th floor, and the re-painting of all remaining bookstacks. To minimize disruptions, we will be building a temporary barricade behind which all construction will take place. There will be brief times during demolition when areas of the library will not be available for use. Work will be restricted to 7:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday, and is expected to be completed during the next few months. The library will continue to be open during normal hours throughout the renovation.

For the details of the renovation plans and to view additional architectural renderings of the design, see our Renovation web page.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we build a better library to serve you!
Keep checking in with the blog as the renovation progresses. We will be posting pictures and updates here, including how construction may impact your use of the library. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by emailing us at
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Archives of Internal Medicine online back to 1908

Archives Issues of the Archives of Internal Medicine are now available online all the way back to Volume 1, Issue 1 of January 1908. That goes even further back than our print collection of that journal, which begins in 1915 with Volume 15.

So what’s in that very first issue? Page one opens with "The Nervous Affections of the Heart", a lecture delivered by Friedrich Müller to the Harvey Society. His talk of "forming a connecting link between the scientific research work of the laboratories and medical practice" is a reminder that our current emphasis on translational research has deep roots.

To access the journal, you can search for it in the Levy Library’s E-journal database or, if you’re on campus, go directly to the Archives of Internal Medicine site. No need to come to the library anymore for those classic articles. But, come by Annenberg 11 anyways; we’re always happy to see you!

More Textbooks Online

Book We just purchased quite a few new, updated ebooks from our supplier Books@Ovid. They are mostly textbooks and include some classics like Clinical Epidemiology: How to Do Clinical Practice Research, Lewis’ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Schiff’s Diseases of the Liver. Each of them allows you to search the full-text of the book, or browse to the particular chapter or section you need. High quality images are included, and you can also search across all the books at once. Look for these and other ebooks on our Electronic Books page, or browse the new titles by going to Ovid (link only works on campus) and selecting Browse Books.

Obama and McCain on Science

Uncle_sam_sd08vote Tonight is the final presidential debate of the year, and while we’ll probably hear something about medicine (or at least about the health care system) we very rarely hear the candidates directly discuss basic science. Of course, the stance a president takes on science issues affects not only those of us who do scientific research, but also those wide-ranging and hot-button issues of the health care system, energy sources and the economy. This year a large group of individuals and organizations including AAAS, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association and many more came together to ask the candidates fourteen key questions about science in America. Read their answers, add your comments and learn more about the project at

Happy Open Access Day!

Oa Brought to you by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for Free Culture and PLoS (the Public Library of Science), today is Open Access Day! These organizations work to promote Open Access, the idea that research, especially publicly-funded research, should be made free to all online, immediately after publication. The idea is quickly gaining ground worldwide, especially as major funders like the NIH take steps to encourage open access to research. You can learn more about Open Access at the Open Access Day blog, and by watching today’s webcast presentations by Sir Richard Roberts (who won a 1993 Nobel Prize for his discovery of introns and RNA splicing) and Philip E. Bourne (Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology). Then, find some Open Access journals at DOAJ, or read some freely available articles at PubMed Central and think about how much more visible your next paper will be if it is published in a journal that is freely available to everyone, not just to those researchers who are lucky enough to have a subscription to the Journal of XYZ.

Watch your BMJ citations!

Bmjc BMJ, the British Medical Journal, has made a significant change in their publishing model. If you only read BMJ online, or don’t tend to cite articles from it, the change may not be obvious. But readers of the print edition or anyone trying to cite a recent article may notice something odd. Here’s a recent citation to BMJ, as seen in PubMed:

Alakeson V. America’s Health Choices. BMJ. 2008 Sep 23;337:a1563.

But there is no September 23 issue, or page a1563. BMJ has shifted from being print based (publishing many articles at the same time, in a single issue) to being web based (continuously publishing articles on the web as they are ready). Once it is posted to the website, an article is considered "published", rather than "prepublished" or "published ahead of print" as in the past. There’s no need to wait for an article to appear in a print issue to get an "official" citation; instead of waiting for issues to be formatted and assigned page numbers, articles can be referred to by year, volume and "e-locator" – a unique identifier like the "a1563" in the citation above. You can read more about the change, and the reasons for it, in this BMJ editorial (link works on campus only).

This change will probably cause confusion if you try to look up a recent citation in the print edition of the journal. Both PubMed and journal articles will use the new citation format, and will not tell you which print issue or page number to look at. The solution: use the online journal (look it up in the Levy Library’s e-journals database, or go straight to if you’re on campus) or browse tables of contents in the print issues closest to the date of your citation. And as always, when in doubt, ask a librarian!

Virologists Win 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine

Nobel This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to three virologists, for discoveries made over 20 years ago that continue to have enormous impacts today.

In 1983, after over 10 years of searching, Harald zur Hausen’s research team linked human papillomavirus to cervical cancer by finding viral DNA in tumours. One of the major articles published from this project is free online at the PNAS website – look for more by doing a PubMed search like zur hausen h[au] or zur hausen h[au] AND papillomavirus. Zur Hausen receives half of the 2008 Nobel Prize.

The other half goes to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier for the discovery of HIV. In 1983, Barré-Sinoussi and Montagnier cultured lymphocytes from patients with early signs of AIDS, including lymphadenopathy. They isolated a virus they called lymphadenopathy associated virus or LAV (if you’re on campus you can access the Science paper online), later called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Current research into HPV and HIV is happening all over the world and can be read about in sources from medical journals to newspapers to blogs. Try PubMed or Web of Science to find scientific and medical articles, or LexisNexis to search print, television and online news sources. More information about the three newest Nobel laureates is also available at the Nobel Prize website.

National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Heart Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, and in an effort to raise awareness Congress has declared October "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month". The Levy Library can help you find all kinds of information about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, from research articles to books about patient care to newspaper articles about CPR and defibrillator initiatives. A good place to start is with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which provides lots of information and news on its website,

And on a completely unrelated note, don’t forget it’s also National Pizza Month!