New Library Features

Welcome all students to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!!  For the start of the new school year, the library has new resources to help you in your studies.  

First and foremost, for all you Apple fans, we would like to announce that we now have 10 new iMacs located on the back wall where the study carrels used to be.  These computers have all of the same software as our PC’s in the lab.  Please let us know what you think about them and if you run into any problems while using them.

Second, we now have Bone Boxes available for your Anatomy class.  We have 5 sets of bones, many of which are ACTUAL HUMAN BONES, in our Reserve section.  Just let us know what bone/bones you need and we will gladly get them for you.  The bones will function like any other Reserve material and can only be used in the library.  

Finally, all students can now access the most recent versions of the Bates’ Visual Guide videos online.  To connect to the site, visit the HSC Libraries homepage at library.temple.edu/hsl.  Then under the Database tab, just search for Bates and click on the link.  No more having to truck your way up Ginsburg in rain and cold!!

We at the library are always trying to find new and better ways of providing you the most recent and comprehensive tools and resources to make your academic life much easier.  As always, please let us know if you have any suggests or run into any problems!  

Good luck to all of you this year!!!

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Software List For Our Computers

Our Senior Systems and Technology Librarian has compiled a list of all the software programs that will be available on all of our computers as of Fall 2014.  Here is the list:

Acrobat X Pro – The professional version of Adobe Acrobat. This software allows users to create PDF documents and make PDF documents accessible through a process called OCR or Optical Character Recognition. For a PDF that includes text, this OCR processing makes that text readable by a screen reader.

Adobe Creative Suite – This suite of software products contains things such as Dreamweaver for the website design, Illustrator for graphic design and creating brochures, posters, etc and Photoshop editing photographs.

The Adobe professional suites are very expensive when purchased individually and beyond the reach of most of our patrons. However, we are able provide the software in conjunction with the TECH Center on Main Campus.

Google Apps – public computers all provide the Chrome operating system as well as the Google Earth app.

Gross Anatomy Laboratory Assistant is also provided by an instructor and includes a Cross Section Navigator and Diagnostic Image Collection. This software was actually designed and built by TUSM faculty.

Web Browsers – In addition to Google Chrome, we provide the Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

Microsoft Office Professional - This standard software package includes Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word.  With the image coming up in August, we will be upgrading Microsoft Office to version 2013 for all of the Dell computers.

Music and Media Utilities – The public computers have a number of software products that either come with the computer or are freely downloaded that play music and video including iTunes, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player and others.

Write n’ Cite – A plugin to Microsoft Word provided by RefWorks Citation Management software

Kurzweil 1000 – A patron can scan a physical book or document with either a scanner or camera and the software will read out loud to them the contents of the scan. – New for 2014

Read and Write Gold – a suite of tools that makes reading, writing and research easier for those who may have trouble with these tasks a result of dyslexia. – Updated for 2014

Jaws – screen-reading software that allows visually impaired students interact with a computer in much the same way as someone with full sight.

Zoomtext – magnifying software also for patrons with vision impairment – New for 2014

Dragon Speech Recognition Software – Allows patrons to interact with the computer by speaking commands and text instead of typing. – New for 2014

SPSS Statistical Software – Predictive analytics software used to compute statistics and make predictions about the future based on based trends. This software is used by a lot of researchers who collect large amounts of quantitative data.  – New for 2014

 

We would also like to share that by the end of August, we will have 10 new iMac’s up and running on the back wall where the old-style study carols used to be.

Changes In Periodical Holdings

As of July 1st, the Health Sciences Libraries will no longer subscribe to Access Emergency Medicine or JAMA Evidence.  The statistics on usage do not justify the libraries to keep access to these journals.  However, some of the resources available through these periodicals is available through other means offered by the libraries.  Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, the most popular title in Access Emergency Medicine,  is available on the Access Medicine platform.  Regarding JAMA Evidence, patrons seeking User’s Guide to the Medical Literature can find it electronically on the JAMA website as individual guides.  This title is also available in print at the Ginsburg Library.

Should you have any suggestions for additions to our collections, including electronic resources or periodicals, please let us know.  We want to make your education and research as fulfilling as possible!!!

 

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Here Come The Boards!

To all of our Second Year students…CONGRATULATIONS!  You made it another year!  Now comes time for that rite of passage on your professional journey…the BOARDS!

The mere mention of that word can make the heartiest individuals tremble.  But you are not alone in your quest.  The library stocks many useful resources to help you prepare for the first assessment milestone in your professional career.  Within our circulating and reserve collections, we have many resources that offer insight into study preparation, strategies for taking the exams, and practice/commonly asked questions from throughout the years.  We have books prepared by popular test preparation companies such as First Aid, Kaplan, Platinum Notes, Lange, and NMS.  We also have a unique study tool put together by the REA (Research and Education Association) that resembles Flash Cards accompanied by a CD.

There is now a table dedicated to these USMLE STEP 1 resources within the library.  Feel free to ask for assistance with these materials or you can search HSC Library catalog for USMLE Step 1 for a complete listing of all of our resources.  For extra and FREE online resources, check out this compilation put together by Rutgers University: http://libraries.rbhs.rutgers.edu/newarklib/Study_Aids/USMLE_TQBs.html
Good Luck To You All!!

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MERCK INDEX AVAILABLE ONLINE

We now have a trial for Merck Index Online through 4/21/14.

For over 120 years The Merck Index has been regarded as the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals. Now this trusted resource is available online from RSC Publishing. The Merck Index Online offers the same highly authoritative information as the print edition in a convenient and easily searchable full text database. It contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition. The Merck Index Online will be updated regularly with accurate information curated by experts.

Please let us know what you think about this new resource!!

 

National Shoe Fitting Week 2014

National Shoe Fitting Week starts Saturday April 12.  Created by The Society of Shoe Fitters last year and endorsed by many international groups and academic institutions, including The College of Podiatry, the British Footwear Association, and the Children’s Foot Health Register, NSFW serves to create awareness about the how ill-properly fitted shoes can have a long-term impact on someone’s feet.  Two themes for this year’s awareness campaign are how poorly fitting shoes in childhood can lead to rheumatism and arthritis in the joints around our foot and ankle later in life and how different types of shoes and different shoe materials affect the size of a shoe for a person.  For more information about NSFW including tips and resources, check out The Society of Shoe Fitters’ website at http://www.shoefitters-uk.org/national_shoe_fitting_week.htm.

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New Books 2014

Come check out the new books for 2014!  Of particular interest are the new books on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examinations!

Here is a listing of the books we received over the last couple months:

Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review by O’Connell et al. – available in our reserve section.

USMLE Step 2 Secrets, 4th Edition by O’Connell – available in our reserve section.

USMLE Step 2 CS Core Cases, 3rd Edition by Brottman – available in our reserve section.

Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 10th Edition by Martini et al. – available in our reserve section.

Women’s Sports Injuries by Templeton – available in our circulating collection.

New Books