Finals Survival Guide

It's that time in the semester again: FINALS.

Never fear! From research help to stress relieving activities, Mizzou Libraries have your back! Check out our Finals Survival Guide with details on all the end of semester resources that we have to offer.

And remember, when in doubt, Ask a Librarian!


Staff Picks Book Display

It’s Friday and you may be looking for a way to relax and unwind this weekend. Head on over to the Health Sciences Library and check out a book from our Staff Picks display! On a variety of topics, all health related of course :), our books on display have all been previewed and recommended by your helpful library staff. Enjoy!

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear: What Doctors Say, What Patients Hear

Calculating Risks: How to Know when Numbers Deceive You

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Fever Season: the Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City

The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Bread: A Memoir of Hunger

Almost Perfect

Still Alice: A Novel

Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information, and Knowledge Transfer

Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery

Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

House of God





Featured Article from Medicine and Related Fields: April 2017

Each month we feature one recent article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

This month’s article, entitled SENP1 regulates PTEN stability to dictate prostate cancer development , was co-authored in part by Dr. Feng-Ming Yang, Dr. Joan Ritho, and Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh of the Department of Internal Medicine. The article was published in Oncotarget (impact factor 5.008 in 2015).

For the list of University of Missouri publications in medicine and related fields published this month, view results here (in Firefox or Chrome). 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: April 2017

See below for University of Missouri authored articles added to Scopus in the last 30 days from medicine and related fields. Click here for an explanation on how these searches are run monthly to identify articles and how the lists are compiled. 

View the rest of the list in Scopus, or view recent MU authored articles from other disciplines (in Firefox or Chrome). 

Recent University of Missouri Publications- Medicine and Related Fields:

  1. Hawks, Z., Shimony, J., Rutlin, J., Grange, D.K., Christ, S.E., White, D.A. Pretreatment cognitive and neural differences between sapropterin dihydrochloride responders and non-responders with phenylketonuria
  2. Tran, T.M., Hampton, C.S., Brossard, T.W., Harmata, M., Robertson, J.D., Jurisson, S.S., Braun, D.M. In vivo transport of three radioactive [18F]-fluorinated deoxysucrose analogs by the maize sucrose transporter ZmSUT1
  3. Conn, V.S., Ruppar, T.M. Medication adherence outcomes of 771 intervention trials: Systematic review and meta-analysis 
  4. Fung, C.K., Moore, M.M., Karcher, N.R., Kerns, J.G., Martin, E.A. Emotional word usage in groups at risk for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: An objective investigation of attention to emotion
  5. Mastren, T., Radchenko, V., Bach, H.T., Balkin, E.R., Birnbaum, E.R., Brugh, M., Engle, J.W., Gott, M.D., Guthrie, J., Hennkens, H.M., John, K.D., Ketring, A.R., Kuchuk, M., Maassen, J.R., Naranjo, C.M., Nortier, F.M., Phelps, T.E., Jurisson, S.S., Wilbur, D.S., Fassbender, M.E. Bulk production and evaluation of high specific activity 186gRe for cancer therapy using enriched 186WO3 targets in a proton beam
  6. O'Daniels, S.T., Kesler, D.C., Mihail, J.D., Webb, E.B., Werner, S.J. Functional visual sensitivity to ultraviolet wavelengths in the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), and its influence on foraging substrate selection
  7. Gamal-Eldeen, A.M., Moustafa, D., El-Daly, S.M., Abo-Zeid, M.A.M., Saleh, S., Khoobchandani, M., Katti, K., Shukla, R., Katti, K.V. Gum Arabic-encapsulated gold nanoparticles for a non-invasive photothermal ablation of lung tumor in mice
  8. Khalilpour, S., Latifi, S., Behnammanesh, G., Majid, A.M.S.A., Majid, A.S.A., Tamayol, A. Ischemic optic neuropathy as a model of neurodegenerative disorder: A review of pathogenic mechanism of axonal degeneration and the role of neuroprotection
  9. Li, Y., Allen, J., Casillas, A. Relating psychological and social factors to academic performance: A longitudinal investigation of high-poverty middle school students
  10. Hossain, M.S., Kawakatsu, T., Kim, K.D., Zhang, N., Nguyen, C.T., Khan, S.M., Batek, J.M., Joshi, T., Schmutz, J., Grimwood, J., Schmitz, R.J., Xu, D., Jackson, S.A., Ecker, J.R., Stacey, G. Divergent cytosine DNA methylation patterns in single-cell, soybean root hairs
  11. Maxfield, M., Pyszczynski, T., Greenberg, J., Bultmann, M.N. Age Differences in the Effects of Mortality Salience on the Correspondence Bias
  12. Su, H., Liu, Y., Dong, Q., Feng, C., Zhang, J., Liu, Y., Birchler, J.A., Han, F. Dynamic location changes of Bub1-phosphorylated-H2AThr133 with CENH3 nucleosome in maize centromeric regions
  13. Liu, S., Kandoth, P.K., Lakhssassi, N., Kang, J., Colantonio, V., Heinz, R., Yeckel, G., Zhou, Z., Bekal, S., Dapprich, J., Rotter, B., Cianzio, S., Mitchum, M.G., Meksem, K. The soybean GmSNAP18 gene underlies two types of resistance to soybean cyst nematode
  14. Franklin, C.L., Ericsson, A.C. Microbiota and reproducibility of rodent models
  15. Walters, E.M., Wells, K.D., Bryda, E.C., Schommer, S., Prather, R.S. Swine models, genomic tools and services to enhance our understanding of human health and diseases
  16. Jaffey, J.A., Williams, K.J., Masseau, I., Krueger, M., Reinero, C. Vasoproliferative process resembling pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis in a cat
  17. Jing, L., Guo, D., Hu, W., Niu, X. The prediction of a pathogenesis-related secretome of Puccinia helianthi through high-Throughput transcriptome analysis
  18. Hiestand, M., Abdel Jalil, A., Castell, D.O. Manometric Subtypes of Ineffective Esophageal Motility
  19. Huang, P., Lee, M.W., Jr., Sadrerafi, K., Heruth, D.P., Zhang, L.Q., Maulik, D., Ye, S.Q. MC-PPEA as a new and more potent inhibitor of CLP-induced sepsis and pulmonary inflammation than FK866
  20. Kuhlmann, P.K., DeLay, K.J., Anaissie, J., Hellstrom, W.J.G., Yafi, F.A. Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum in the treatment of peyronie’s disease: Patient selection and perspectives

View the rest of the list in Scopus, or view recent MU authored articles from other disciplines (in Firefox or Chrome).


Top Ten Journals by Impact Factor

Journal Title

Impact Factor

Journal Of The American Chemical Society


Nature Communications


New Phytologist


Plos Pathogens


Human Molecular Genetics




Human Reproduction


Journal Of Lipid Research


Frontiers In Microbiology


Genome Biology And Evolution


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Deb Ward featured in MCR Voices

Our very own Deb Ward was interviewed for MCR Voices. MCR voices is a short podcast designed to inform and educate members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the general library community, on excellent practices.

In this interview, Deb discusses what she envisions for the future of the libraries as the Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri. Deb mentions the new HSL advisory council, how she encourages HSL staff to help with the mission of the library, and how, even with a budget reduction, the libraries will still present a coherent picture of who we are, and what are our value is to our users in order to be successful. 


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Need an Article? Use #MizzouPDF

Need an article, but aren't sure how to get it? Want an easy way to ask while on your phone? Request your article via Twitter using #MizzouPDF. Be sure to use an identifier like a DOI, PMID, article title, or any information you have. Including your MU pawprint in your tweet will make the process faster, but we can private message you back if you don't want to include your pawprint  in your tweet. We will send the article your way through email. 

This service is open to current MU faculty, students, and staff.

Remember, you can still request articles while in databases like PubMed, Scopus, or Ovid MEDLINE by clicking on  the FindIt@MU button and selecting "Request a copy".


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Dr. Loboa: Enhanced cellular infiltration of human adipose-derived stem cells in allograft menisci using a needle-punch method (Open Access Article)

This week's open access article features Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, Dean of the College of Engineering, and professor of bioengineering. Her research and techincal focuses are tissue engineering & biomaterials, regenerative medicine and wound healing, and stem cells. Take a look at Dr. Loboa's faculty profile to learn more about her role as the dean, as well as her research. 

Dr. Loboa, with her research team, published in the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Research (JOSR) back in October. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of clinical and basic research studies related to musculoskeletal issues. JOSR encourages the publication of multidisciplinary research with collaboration amongst clinicians and scientists from different disciplines, which will be the trend in the coming decades. This is why her article is also featured. Dr. Loboa's article is an interdiscplinary collaboration with medicine and engineering. 

Her research in Enhanced cellular infiltration of human adipose-derived stem cells in allograft menisci using a needle-punch method, looked to provide a new method for enhanced cellular infiltration in meniscal allografts. The memiscus is crucial in knee joint function in terms of join stability, and allowing shock absorption, and stress distribution. Their new approach was found to better help better remodel post-surgery, and improve long-term efficacy of meniscal transplantation. 


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Sharing Days Poster Help

Do you have a project that has shown significant process in the past year? If so, why not share your poster during the 5th Annual Sharing Days May 2-4, 2017. 

The library has prepared a wonderful guide for you to refer to. Powerpoint for Posters provides resources for design tips, templates, MU Logos and Colors, infographics, and much more. Of course, there are other ways to create posters, by powerpoint is commonly used. Of course, apart from the layout of your poster, it is important to consider the information that goes on your poster. Does your poster provide enough information? Does it have too much? Be sure to pay special attention to the Evaluating Your Poster tab, which provides a poster evaluation checklist, along with evaluation surverys and rubrics to help you determine if your poster has a focus.  You do want your poster to be visually appealing, but you also want your poster to be informative.

When you have the finished product, the Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ) will print your poster for free on non-laminated paper. Be sure to check that option when you submit the poster in the QI Tracker. Remember, the deadline to submit your poster is April 16th, either through the QI Tracker or through SharePoint

If you would like some one-on-one assistance, Taira Meadowcroft, one of our librarians, is more than happy to schedule a consultation or answer any questions you may have. To contact Taira, you can email her at or call at 573-884-3575.

The library information desk is also open from 8-5 everyday, as well as our chat service. We are here to help!

*On Friday March 17th at 1pm, MU Libraries will be hosting a workshop entitled Creating a Research Poster, both in person or online. This workshop will provide tools you will need in order to effectively communicate your work with your poster. 

To view last year’s posters, please visit

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

History of Women in STEM

Throughout history, women have been passionate about working hard to create a better future. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project (NWHP), Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women's History Month. Today, the NWHP is known nationally as the only clearinghouse providing information and training in multicultural women’s history for educators, community organizations, and parents-for anyone wanting to expand their understanding of women contributions to U. S. This month, the Health Sciences Library is commemorating the notable women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Earlier this month we featured several items from our catalog in this month's book display: History of Women and Medicine. All are fantastic examples of the impact women have had on the history of medicine. All items in the display are still available for check out. 


Coninciding with the book display, we created a series of tweets highlighting these extraordinary women. All tweets were inspired by Women in Science- 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky. The book is full of wonderful information, and beautiful illustrations.  Below,  is an excerpt from the book about Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell.

She advocated for better hygiene standards in hospitals and homes, and went on to found the Women's Medical College of of the New York Infirmary in 1868 and the London School of Medicine for Women around 1874. While we don't have this book in our library catalog, we do have some other wonderful items you can check out

Final impact on the Health Sciences Library of the 1.2 million dollar collections cut

As previously announced, as part of the University Libraries $1.2 million collections cut currently underway, the “big deal” journal packages from Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, and Sage were evaluated and renegotiated. 

That work is now complete, achieving an additional  savings of about $588,000 to count toward the collections cut.   This is the latest is a series of cuts affecting the Health Sciences Library collections


What do these cuts mean for the health sciences? 

Delayed access for articles in over 200 journals

As a result of these cuts, instant article access will not be available for over $300,000 in health sciences journals from Wiley, Springer and Sage.  While we will retain online access to back issues for the cancelled titles, articles from 2017 forward will need to be requested via Interlibrary loan.  Most articles arrive within two business days.


 Pay more, keep less

Instant access will be maintained to all of the Elsevier titles.  However,  in order to balance the budget, 90 titles  are being converted from purchase to rental access.  Seven of these  titles are health sciences journals.

Despite the loss of permanent archival access to articles in these 90 journals from 2017 forward, the total cost of the Elsevier package  is still over $1 million dollars a year, and will continue to increase by $50,000+ per  year for each of the next 3 years under the terms of the new contract.

 Alternate online access

Despite being removed from their respective packages, we will maintain complete online access to current issues for the following titles through alternate routes:

Clinical Rehabilitation (Sage) 

The Neurohospitalist (Sage)  

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (Wiley)


What can you do?

Hang on to your author rights when you publish. YOU could be our organization’s best defense against a publishing model in which university faculty give away their work over free, or even pay to have it published, and the libraries must then purchase it back from them at ever-increasing prices.