OpenHelix Trial through May 15, 2013!


The University of Michigan currently has a full access 30-day trial to the OpenHelix tutorial suites, providing over 100 tutorials on powerful and popular bioinformatics and genomics databases and tools.  Each suite includes an online tutorial that teaches the basics of how to use a particular resource, in addition to other training materials.

OpenHelix has “over 100 of the most powerful and popular genomics resources.  Each tutorial suite includes a self run narrated tutorial that will teach you the features and functions so you can use the resource effectively and efficiently.  In addition to the tutorial, you can download PowerPoint slides with suggested scriptslide handouts, and exercises to use as a reference or to build classroom content.” (from the company newsletter)

You can access the trial by going to from any computer with a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor IP address.

OpenHelix also has a really useful blog that has quick weekly tips on a variety of its resources – a couple snippets are included below:

Lately I noticed a number of searches to our blog about viewing restriction enzymes in the UCSC Genome Browser. So I decided it was time to illustrate that…

…an integrated application for viewing and analyzing sequence data. With Genome Workbench, you can view data in publically available sequence databases at NCBI, and mix this data with your own private data.

If you have questions or comments about OpenHelix, please contact our wonderful bioinformationist, Marci Brandenburg at


Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Database Reopening


AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Database will soon be reopening for submission and reporting of Hospital SOPS data. The database was specifically made to gather the “AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture into a central repository.”

Beginning in October 2013, data from Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety can be submitted.

AHRQ’s projected timeline for submission and reporting of SOPS Data is as follows:

Survey Submission Dates
Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture June 1 – June 15, 2013
Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture October 1 – October 15, 2013
Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Spring 2014
NEW: Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture Fall 2014

Submission specifications and other documents (including a Data Use Agreement) will be available soon.

“The SOPS database team can be reached with questions at 1-888-324-9790 or by email at

For all other questions, please contact the general SOPS helpline at 1-888-324-9749 or email at

Trial of ClinicalKey


What is ClinicalKey? 
Taubman Health Sciences Library and UMHS are conducting a trial of ClinicalKey, Elsevier’s new single search product for the clinical health sciences.ClinicalKey is intended to be a replacement for MDConsult  but it contains greater content including:
  • 2000+ e-books (including 440+ ExpertConsult titles and 800 e-books from First Consult)
  • 500 journals
  • 12,000 videos (including 350+ videos from Procedures Consult)
  • 1.8 million images
  • and much more
How do I use ClinicalKey


How do I access ClinicalKey?

During this trial period, access is only available on the Ann Arbor campus; there is no remote access.


Do I have to create a personalized login?

No. Most of the content is viewable in HTML format. However, if you want to view, print, or download PDFs, you will need to create a login.


When does the trial end?

17 April 2013


Where do I send comments or questions?

Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

  • Open Education “…is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.” —The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • “Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available for use, remixing and redistribution.” –Wikipedia



A great writeup by Open.Michigan about our collaboration!

THL [Taubman Health Sciences Library] is the first library at the University of Michigan to contribute staff-created content to Open.Michigan’s collection of resources.This partnership enables the material produced by THL to be used faster and better by its constituents and fosters the creation of stronger, more effective materials by encouraging collaboration and innovation around teaching materials on a global scale. By partnering with Open.Michigan, THL is able to share and promote its content to a wider audience of collaborators, educators, and self-learners for legal use and reuse worldwide; streamline submission of library-produced content into Deep Blue, the University’s institutional repository; and position themselves as an advocate at the University and in the broader library community for improved information sharing through better understanding and use of openly licensed content.

In the first year of this partnership, we laid a strong foundation for continuing to work with the THL team to build open content together. You can see the resources we published last year online at

One highlight of our contributions is the section on systematic reviews. THL partners with members of the University of Michigan health sciences community to provide extensive literature search support for systematic review and clinical practice guideline projects. To view our presentation materials visit:

THL partnership will also provide presentation and teaching materials focusing on global health to students, scholars and researchers around the world.  View global health presentation materials at and continue to check back as additional items are added.

Having trouble accessing AMA titles?

Today AMA online journals changed their host site to Silverchair.  All AMA journals have new URLs at a new IP address.  

We’ve heard that there are still some problems with access.

  • Using an old URL in your browser “redirects” to the new URL for the site, i.e., entering will take you to .
  • PubMed linkouts take you to the home screen of the journal’s new site instead of taking you to the specific article.

Pleae be patient, but call us if you can’t access the articles you need.

PubMed and Computed Author Sorted Display

Reposted from the NLM Technical Bulletin:
Full citation: Canese K. PubMed and Computed Author Sorted Display NLM Tech Bull. 2012 May-Jun;(386):e2.

PubMed and Computed Author Sorted Display

The PubMed Abstract display will soon be modified to display results using a ranking algorithm when users click the author search link. Because an author may share the same name with other authors, the objective is to display more relevant results by disambiguating common author names.

When users click the author name link on the abstract display, an author search is executed in PubMed.

If an author name is computationally similar to an author name for additional PubMed citations, the results will display those citations first, in ranked order, followed by the non-similar citations. The results sort notation will display as “Sorted by Computed Author”.

Read the full story here.


PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page

Reposted from the NLM Technical Bulletin:
Full citation: Canese K. PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 May-Jun;(386):e3.

PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page

In order to provide users with a more visible and accessible way to narrow PubMed results, the Limits page will be replaced by a results filter sidebar. The filter sidebar options will work the same way as the limit selections; that is, once a filter is selected it will be activated for subsequent searches until the selection is cleared.

Click a filter to narrow your search results, e.g., you may filter your search results for cystic fibrosis to Clinical Trial and articles published in the last 10 years. A “Filters activated” message will display on the result page.

Read the full story here.

Finding Funding for Medical Research Workshops

The Finding Funding for Medical Research workshop will serve as an introduction to digital and other informational resources for faculty researchers seeking funding for their medical/health sciences work. The session will cover how to formulate a search strategy and will introduce several key internet tools including the University Library, Office for Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and Foundation Center websites, the Community of Science, SPIN and Foundation Directory Online funding databases, and other ORSP and Library resources.

Intended Audience: Faculty and research administrators in the health sciences who are interested in learning what resources are available for sponsored project funding and learning how to access and search funding databases.

Session Dates: (these are repeat sessions; register only for one)

  • Tuesday, April 17, 9am to 11am
  • Tuesday, May 15, 9am to 11am
  • Friday, May 18, 9am to 11am
  • Wednesday, June 6, 1:30pm to 3:300pm
  • Thursday, June 21, 9am to 11am

Register: Click on “All Sessions” and scroll to the individual session you wish to in enroll in or do a search on the workshop name.

Online Journals Link Change

On Monday, March 26, the University Library will consolidate the two versions of its online journal finder into the existing Search Tools interface. For those of you who use the “Online Journals List” (currently linked from the library web site’s Quick Links section, in the site footer), this will mean a slight change to the look of the journal finder. Although you will notice a few minor design changes in the new Search Tools version, the content and functionality in the Search Tools version are identical.

After the consolidation, links to the old online journal tool will redirect to the new one. The link will stay in thesite’s Quick Links, as well.

If you haven’t used the Search Tools journal finder since it launched last summer, you can take a look now at:

If you have any questions about this change, please let us know through the “feedback” link in the footer of the library web site or by following this link:

PubMed now supports versioned citations

From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

Revisions, scientific updates, and updates of reviews are examples of content that could be versioned. Versions are not intended for correcting specific errors in an article, for which published errata notices should continue to be used.

Version information is noted on the Summary, Summary (text), Abstract, and Abstract (text), displays. On the Summary display, the version number is located before the journal title abbreviation. The article’s original publication date is retained, and the version publication date is enclosed in square brackets.