Over the past year, the Health Sciences Library has been developing a new look to our website. We’ve conducted several usability tests to make sure everything you need is easier to find and our website is more user friendly.
New features include:
- Search box optimized to find articles, ebooks and databases
- Updated look and feel
- Enhanced alert systems
Update: The new website, previously scheduled to go live on Monday, June 1st, is now going live Wednesday, June 3rd. During that time, the site will be down for about an hour for the transition.
If you need assistance, please email email@example.com
Starting June 1, Engineering Library staff will be on-site Monday and Wednesday mornings.
While we will still be closed to patrons, having access to our print collection a few mornings a week will allow us to scan items for you in a much more timely fashion! More information on how the University Libraries are expanding services
Need an article from our print collection? Make a request through FindIt@MU or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a book chapter for your students? Email us at email@example.com
Ways to contact us:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 573-882-2379 (we are checking voicemail regularly)
- Set up a Zoom meeting with Noël
How to access our online resources:
- Use the links on the Engineering Library home page or from any Libraries page. These links have all been “proxied,” so when you hit a subscribed resource, you’ll be asked to log-in with your SSO.
- Use the Journal Finder to get to specific journal titles. The Journal Finder will let you know which years are available electronically.
- Set your Google Scholar settings to show the FindIt@MU link for easy off-campus access to journal articles
- Use VPN — but use it sparingly. Because of the heavy load to VPN across campus, it’s often quicker to use the links on our home page and proxy in to the library resources.
- More information on Off-campus Access to Library Resources
- Note: many libraries around the country are still closed or have very limited access to their print collections. You may experience delays with requests from other libraries.
Temporary access to more electronic journals and books:
- Many publishers and vendors are lowering their paywalls during the outbreak and/or providing MU with additional electronic access due to our existing relationships with them. See our guide to temporary and expanded access.
Have something checked out from the Libraries?
- If you have books checked out, please hang on to your books for later return.
- The Libraries are suspending any billing and fines for overdue materials.
Libraries have a long tradition of providing faculty, students, and staff a welcoming space in which to gather, study, and think. With the unprecedented need to physically distance ourselves from one another while also remaining a connected community, it is difficult for us to close our doors to you. Fortunately, the Libraries also have decades of experience providing online and remote services, and we’re confident that we’ll get through this together.
Please keep in mind that Noël, Michelle, and Mara will be working remotely and that we, like you, are doing our best to take care of ourselves and our families in these strange times.
Erin Go Bragh – Rah for the Engineers
As part of our phased-in plan to increase library services, the book drop at the west entrance of Ellis Library (near Speaker’s Circle) is open. You may return or renew library books. Because we have limited staff in the building, there will be a delay in staff checking in your items, and returned items may not be removed immediately from your account.
Currently, we cannot accept donated materials that have not already been approved.
Starting June 1, we will resume our scan and deliver service. The Libraries will retrieve and scan periodical articles, book chapters, proceedings, technical reports, government documents and any part of other printed publications held in the Mizzou Libraries.
The Libraries plan to offer pre-arranged check out of books, with curbside pickup, on July 1.
Even though the buildings will remain closed for awhile, the Libraries will continue reference chat, remote consultations and instructional support throughout the summer.
Plans are being made for how to safely open Ellis Library and the specialized libraries for the fall semester.
This month you should notice a new look to Pubmed.
Highlights of new Pubmed include:
- Ability to cite references quickly in your preferred citation style format (AMA, APA, NLM, or MLA)
- Best Match sorting algorithm that brings the most relevant results to the top of your search results
- Better searching capabilities on your mobile device with a consistent look throughout all devices
- Better at finding synonyms and accounting for British/American spelling differences.
The new PubMed still includes the features you rely on for searching, as well as saving and sharing your results:
- Save your search results to a file, email your results to yourself or a colleague, or send your results to a clipboard, collection, or your NCBI My Bibliography
- Advanced search page to search for terms in a specific field, see the search details, review your search history and combine searches to create complex search strings
- Save your search and create an email alert. Any saved searches and settings you previously created should be transferred automatically.
The National Library of Medicine has created a page with links to PubMed tutorials and handouts.
Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields as well as a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.
This month’s featured article:
“Canagliflozin inhibits vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration: Role of heme oxygenase-1” was co-authored by Dr. William Durante of the Department of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology. The article was published in Redox Biology (impact factor of 7.793 in 2018), and is an open access article.
See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: http://library.muhealth.org/mainsearch/faculty_pub/faculty_publications.php?Month=April&Year=2020
*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.
Did we miss something? Email email@example.com and we will add your publication to the list.
You made it and we couldn’t be prouder. To help get you through the finals week finish line, we have some virtual study breaks for you to try.
Color our Collections– for the past few years, Special Collections participated in a week long, social media coloring fest. You can print out and color items from our special collections and archives. And to get you in the Mizzou spirit, there’s a homecoming edition featuring drawings, cartoons, and images from the Savitar, the yearbook of the University of Missouri, published from 1894 to 2004.
Library Ambiance– miss the sounds of the library while studying? One of our favorite things to do is pull up some videos on youtube that mimic the sounds of the library, coffee shops, or our house common room. We’ve curated a list of our favorites to share with you.
Virtual Puzzles– If puzzles are your thing, virtual puzzles can be a nice break from studying. You can even work on the Ellis Library Grand Reading Room.
Animal Cams at the St. Louis Zoo– Animal therapy is backed by science and instantly makes you feel better.
Stop, Breathe, Think– This website and app help us get into the right frame of mine and we hope it helps you as well.
Working on your promotion and tenure packet? Perhaps your third year review? Contact your librarian to save you time.
Your subject librarian can gather the relevant metrics to show the impact and quality of your work. These metrics can include traditional metrics like impact factor and acceptances rates, and non-traditional metrics like almetrics. (Not all journals will have impact factors, so non-traditional metrics are a good alternative to consider when establishing the quality and impact of your work.)
To get the process started, contact your subject librarian for a consultation to discuss what metrics you need for your P&T materials, as well as other services available to you.
At the University Libraries, we’re committed to making access to research more sustainable, affordable and open. And we need your help!
In traditional publishing models, scholars surrender their copyright to commercial publishers in order to disseminate their research findings in scholarly journals. Publishers then sell or rent that same content back to the institution through journal subscriptions—at ever increasing prices. This unsustainable practice costs institutions millions of dollars every year and creates barriers to access for many. Open Access publishing encourages scholars to retain their rights and make their work freely available online, increasing the availability and impact of research.
What You Can Do:
Retain Your Rights: No matter where you publish, the single most important thing you can do to make scholarly publishing more sustainable and equitable is Retain Your Rights. It’s your copyright – don’t just sign it away! Contracts are often negotiable. And read those agreements: you may have more rights to share your research than you realize.
Know Your Options: Choose the right venue for your research and know your Open Access options. If you’re an editor or manuscript reviewer, ask about the journal’s OA options.
Share Your Work: Deposit your research in MOspace, MU’s Digital Institutional Repository. Submitting your work to MOspace is easy. Just log in with your SSO and complete the Creative Commons license.
Learn More: Talk with your Subject Specialist about Open Access in your area or request a Zoom workshop for your department, team or lab.
The Health Sciences Library delivered request number 1,000,000 in the University Libraries ILLiad interlibrary loan system.
The article, Partridge T. (1991) “Animal models of muscular dystrophy–what can they teach us?” Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology Oct;17(5):353-63, was received from Indiana University and sent to a faculty member.
Remember that even though the physical library is closed at this time, you can still request articles and ebooks with Interlibrary Loan.
Here’s to the next million requests!
The State Historical Society is documenting how Missourians are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider submitting your story, journal, poetry, artwork, photos, and video to SHSMO’s online portal so future historians, students, and other researchers will better understand this historic moment. How has the pandemic affected your life? Your job? Your school and community?
The Documenting COVID-19 in Missouri Collection will relate the experiences and observations of Missourians who are in self-isolation, working essential jobs, working from home or may have lost their job because of the pandemic. SHSMO would like to hear from those who are willing to share their personal medical experiences during this time. SHSMO wants to include stories on how families are dealing with homeschooling or teaching online and how Missourians are coping with the loss of many important and everyday activities in their lives.
Digital materials can be submitted online in a variety of formats. Writing prompts are available on the website if you need ideas on how your story can contribute to the collection. A physical mailing address is also listed for those with items they prefer to mail rather than send through the online portal. Contributors to the COVID-19 collection may remain anonymous or include their name with the material donated. They may request that their donated material be restricted from public access until a later date. Both adults and children (with parent or guardian consent) are encouraged to submit their story.
Submit to COVID-19 collection here.