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The Pulse: Volume 5, Issue 2 - Fall 2010

In this Issue:


EBM Corner: Finding Systematic Reviews in MEDLINE -- Karen Odato

EBM Pyramid

Systematic Reviews (SRs), when they’re well done and current, are considered the ‘gold standard’ of medical evidence. As you can see from our evidence “pyramid,” which illustrates the varying levels of evidence starting with the least clinically relevant level of evidence at the bottom, SRs are the most clinically relevant at the top. Authors of a systematic review pose a specific clinical question, perform a comprehensive literature search, eliminate the poorly done studies, and attempt to make practice recommendations based on the well-done studies.

Systematic reviews sponsored by the Cochrane Collaboration can be found in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - but they and other independently published SRs can also be found in MEDLINE. "The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,000 so far, published online in The Cochrane Library."

The searching method in PubMed MEDLINE:
From the Biomedical Libraries Web, click on PubMed, under "Resources."
Click on Clinical Queries under "PubMed Tools." Clinical Queries is a subset of PubMed; search filters are added to your search strategy behind the scenes. Note the Systematic Reviews filter (see below) includes "citations for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, and guidelines." This is more than what we want, but will require less weeding than would a regular PubMed search.

 PubMed Search Screen

Type your search query into the search box – then click on “See All” at the bottom of the Systematic Reviews list.

 PubMed Search Screen 2

At this point you can add limits (e.g., age group, publication dates, language) if you wish.

 PubMed Search Screen 3

Systematic Reviews can similarly be searched in Ovid MEDLINE; Clinical Queries can be found on the Limits page.

For more information contact a Biomedical Libraries librarian by email, phone (650-7660), or stop by the Dana Circulation Desk or Matthews-Fuller Library Reference Desk.



New Books in the Biomedical Libraries -- David Sandberg

Methods for Teaching Medicine

Methods for Teaching Medicine
Kelley M. Skeff
Philadelphia, Pa. : ACP Press, American College of Physicians, c2010
Matthews Fuller R735 .M48 2010

This is an essential book for the inspired medical educator looking for inventive working methodologies to engage medical students. This book aids the instructor in how to present information in an innovative way in various teaching settings. The reader gains insights into teaching medical subjects that will enrich the educational experience.



Nonepileptic Seizures

Gates and Rowan's Nonepileptic Seizures
Steven C. Schachter
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
Matthews Fuller RC394.C77 N66 2010

This is the latest edition of this seminal work on non-epileptic seizures. This monograph is a touchstone for medical professionals dealing with patients who present with non-epileptic seizures. The work empowers the healthcare professional with valuable high quality management information on this expansive medical subject.



Native Hawaiian Plants

Amy Greenwell Garden Ethnobotanical Guide to Native Hawaiian Plants & Polynesian-introduced Plants
Noa Kekuewa Lincoln
Honolulu, Hawaii : Bishop Museum Press, c2009
Dana QK473.H4 .A53 2009

Published by the Bishop Museum, this is a superlative guide to the native flora of Hawaii; and also to those plants brought to Hawaii from Bora Bora in Tahiti by the native Hawaiians. With the onslaught of non-native species over the past two centuries, this is an invaluable resource for studying the original plants of Hawaii. The Bishop Museum is the premier museum in the Pacific with vast natural history collections at its campus in Honolulu. This book draws on that encyclopedic wealth of information.


Presenting Science

Presenting Science: A Practical Guide to Giving a Good Talk
Issever, Çigdem
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
Dana Q223 .I87 2010

Presenting Science is an informative and helpful guide to presenting science topics to general audiences.





Four Fish

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
Greenberg, Paul
New York: Penguin Press, c2010
Dana SH167.S17 G74 2010

This book is a provocative look at mercantile fishing. The “four fish” are salmon, cod, tuna and bass. This book among other topics examines the challenges the world faces as it looks to new ways to farm fish, as the world’s obsession for sea food consistently grows at a time when natural stocks of fish are being exhausted.



Cave Biology

Cave Biology : Life in Darkness
Romero Díaz, Aldemaro
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
Dana QH89 .R66 2009

This book is a fascinating examination of biological life as it is found in caves. Far removed from the light of the sun, life in all of its complexity thrives in the subterranean world of caves. This book is a remarkable exploration of life systems that exist in permanent darkness beneath the earth.


New Research Guide – Health Care Delivery Science

Looking for a resource which offers one-stop shopping for a host of health care delivery information? Check out our Health Care Delivery Research Guide.

Our Health Care Delivery Research Guide is organized in the following sections: Statistics & Data Sets; Public Health and Epidemiology; Policy, Reform, and National Systems; Best Practices and Quality Improvement; and Administration, Finance, and Economics. You’ll see where we provide direct links to relevant books and journals, as well as government agencies and foundations, institutes, and much more.

 New Research Guide

Whether you are a hospital administrator, physician, nurse, resident, medical student, researcher, TDI student, or interested health care consumer, you will find useful and relevant information resources described in this research guide. We will continue to add links that we find useful; suggestions and feedback are welcome.

You can access our Health Care Delivery Research Guide by clicking on "Research Guides," under "Guides, Tips, and Help" from the Biomedical Libraries home page.


The Quinn Room - New Location for Dana Library Reference and Research Assistance

Quinn Room

We are pleased to announce that Dana Library’s Research Assistance service has recently relocated to the Quinn Room. Located on Dana’s first floor, the Quinn Room provides an attractive and engaging atmosphere for our librarians to work closely with faculty, students, and staff.

The Quinn Room, originally Dana Library’s Rare Book Room, was named in memory of Robert Quinn, M.D., who died in 1959 in a small plane crash in northern New Hampshire. Dr. Quinn, along with Ralph Miller, M.D., crashed during a snowstorm in the Pemigewasset Wilderness northeast of Lincoln. They had flown north to make medical visits, and disappeared while returning to Lebanon Airport. Dr. Quinn had joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in 1956, as well as both the medical staff at the Hitchcock Clinic and White River Junction VA Medical Center.

We are honored to utilize the Quinn Room in a way that will allow our librarians to better assist faculty, students, and staff with their research and be effective users of our information resources.

For more information about our services, visit Librarians are available on-site in the Quinn Room, Monday through Friday, from 1:00PM–5:00PM. You can also request assistance from our team of librarians via email, phone (650-7660), or chat (from our Biomedical Libraries home page).


Reminder: Chat with a Librarian!


You can now receive real-time research assistance from our librarians by using our new Chat service. It’s simple to use!

From our Biomedical Libraries home page, click on either "Ask/Chat with a Librarian” (under “QuickLinks”) or “Contact Us/Chat” (under “Contact Information”). On the “Ask Us!” page, just start typing your question in the chat window.

Our chat service is generally available Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

For more extensive assistance, we encourage you to email us, visit our reference desks, or request a personal research consultation.


Biomedical Libraries Web Portal for DMS Year 1 & 2 Students

Are you a Dartmouth Medical School Year 1 or 2 student? Or a facilitator or preceptor who works with DMS students? A reminder that we have a web page designed to give you quick access to our resources and services frequently used by first- and second-year students. Some of these digital resources include Harrison’s Online, Atlas of Adult Physical Diagnosis, UpToDate, anatomy resources, Blackboard, and much more!

You can access the Portal from our Biomedical Libraries home page, under “Quick Links,” or by linking directly to the site

DMS Portal


New Dana Library Art Exhibit

Dana Art Exhibit

Dana Library is currently featuring the art of Kathy Detzer. Kathy is an award-winning painter living in Wilder, Vermont, with her husband Mark and two sons.

Kathy studied design at the University of California, Davis, and worked as a graphic designer for many years. In her twenties, while living in Burlington, Vermont, she was introduced to painting with pastels, her first real endeavor into working with color.

While her children were very young and her family lived in Phoenix, she started a mural business and painted children’s scenes in private homes and offices and painted custom furniture.

Kathy and her family moved back to Vermont in 1997, which inspired her to begin painting with pastels once more. Her return to this medium found Kathy painting landscapes and still life. Most recently, she began exploring the use of brighter colors of her earlier interest of children’s illustration.

She is thrilled to live in the Upper Valley community, so supportive of artists and creativity in all forms.

Kathy’s art will be on display in Dana Library’s Quiet Reading Area (first floor) through November.


Meet the Matthews-Fuller Library Access Services Staff -- Cheryl Wheelock

HSL Staff

The Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (MFHSL) Access Services staff is composed of four full-time staff members of the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries. They are responsible for staffing the library’s circulation desk every hour the library is open. Their responsibilities include: checking materials in and out of the library, monitoring incoming email inquiries and document delivery requests, answering and triaging incoming phone calls, and assisting patrons in the library with a variety of questions. In addition to being able to work with a wide variety of individuals, they are also savvy with troubleshooting printing and photocopier problems and giving directions to many different places at DHMC.

Who are they?

Cheryl Wheelock is our Access Services Supervisor at Matthews-Fuller. She started at MFHSL in 2001 as a Library Services Assistant. Cheryl is responsible for overseeing the Access Services functions of Matthews-Fuller and supervises our three Library Services Assistants and our Technical Processing Supervisor. Cheryl also is in charge of the daily operations of the Matthews-Fuller Library. Her personal interest is learning about innovations in technology, and how they impact how we communicate and work. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys boating, reading, and movies (not necessarily in that order).

David Sandberg, Library Services Assistant, has been with the Matthews-Fuller Library since September of 2005. David is responsible for Matthews-Fuller's document delivery service, which means receiving an average of 15–20 requests every day. He is also responsible for course reserves. In addition to his work at Matthews-Fuller, David is the president of the Dartmouth College Library Staff Association and a member of the library's Diversity Committee. In his spare time, David collects museum guidebooks, continues learning Norwegian, and enjoys spending time on Cape Ann.

Jeremy Klockars is the newest member of MFHSL, having joined the Access Services staff in October 2007. As a Library Services Assistant, Jeremy is responsible for the maintenance of the stacks within the library. Jeremy is currently involved with the Dartmouth College Library Staff Development Committee, the Sustainability Committee, and the College's Professional Education & Advance Knowledge (PEAK) Program. When Jeremy is not working at the Circulation Desk, he's milking goats at a dairy farm in Lebanon, or tending to his vegetable garden. He also enjoys traveling around the country visiting national parks and researching his family history throughout New England.

Kerry Lazarus has been working at Dartmouth since 1976 (she leads the Biomedical Libraries staff with the most years of service at Dartmouth!). She is the Technical Services Supervisor for Matthews-Fuller, responsible for serial and monograph processing, bindery preparation, and catalog and database maintenance. Kerry also provides back-up coverage for the circulation desk. Kerry and her husband have three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys camping, NASCAR races, and motorcycle rides. She has been a member of the Canaan NH Fire Department for over 20 years. She loves to read romance and mystery novels, and keeps a special stash of these books in her office--available to anyone who asks!

You can contact the Matthews-Fuller Circulation Desk staff via email, Matthews-Fuller.Library.Circulation@Dartmouth.EDU, or phone (603-650-7660), or stop by the desk during our hours of operation.


UpToDate: Facts, Figures, and Features

In addition to being a valuable resource for looking up clinical information quickly and efficiently, UpToDate has some interesting features that enhance your searching:

  • Includes over 8,300 clinical topics in 16 specialties.
  • Over 6,800 graded treatment recommendations.
  • Medline abstracts for over 385,000 references, including links to full text articles.
  • Drug database and drug interactions database with over 4,600 adult, pediatric, and international and natural drugs. Ability to check for potential dangerous drug interactions.
  • Access to 100+ medical calculators.
  • "What's New" section, which includes Practice Changing Updates, a summary of new findings by specialty since the last release.
  • Patient information for over 470 topics.
  • An email tool for sending topics to your colleagues and patients.
  • Feedback button for submitting questions and comments to UpToDate editors.
  • "Find" tool for searching for a word or synonym within a topic.
  • Ability to access related topics to find additional information.



Staff News

Bill Garrity, Director of Biomedical Libraries, has written an article in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association: "Libraries and electronic health records: focus on "evidence" as part of treatment and care, not on "the library." [Garrity WF. J Med Libr Assoc. 2010 Jul;98(3):210-1]

Pamela Bagley, Research and Education Librarian, revised the chapter "Folate" for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements with Barry Shane (University of California Berkeley). [Bagley, P. and Shane, B. (2010). Folate. In P.M. Coates (Ed.), Encyclopedia of dietary supplements (pp. 288-297)]

Jeremy Klockars, Library Services Assistant at the Matthews-Fuller Library, was invited to serve on the Dartmouth College Administrative Professionals Planning Committee. The committee is charged with planning the PEAK (Professional Education & Advance Knowledge) Program, taking place November 9–11, on the College campus. The program offers professional development workshops for Dartmouth College administrative professionals and support staff.


Consumer Health Corner

Quinn Room

Household Products

While we all strive for making our homes safe places, they are still filled with potentially dangerous substances. These range from oven and drain cleaners to floor polish to paint to pesticides…and much more. We can’t live without a lot of these products, but we can definitely learn more about what is in them, their potential health effects, and how to safely store and handle these substances. Below are some websites to help you learn about what is in your home:

Household Products Database
This database, from the National Library of Medicine, is based on the Consumer Product Information Database, This free database links over 10,000 consumer brands to health effects, and helps you answer questions about the chemical ingredients of household products, their associated health effects, and more.

Tox Town
Also produced by the National Library of Medicine, this free database provides information about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals that may exist where you live, work, and play. Tox Town highlights over sixty locations you might find in a town, city, port or farm, as well as along the US-Mexico border. For example, you can choose a location, like “School,” or an environmental health concern, like “Drinking Water,” to find out more about the chemicals that could be in that location. Also available in Spanish.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This EPA site includes a comprehensive list of questions addressing household product safety, such as “Are all pesticides dangerous?” and “What should I do if I have an accident or I am exposed to pesticides or some household product?” The EPA website also includes useful information about how to read labels on household products.


"Get It" Replaces "Article Linker" -- Peggy Sleeth

Get It Icon

Looking for full text of an article? Look for the new green "Get It" button in library databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and more. This new button replaces the old "Article Linker" button, but functions just the same: it links you to the full text of an article, when the Dartmouth College Library has a subscription, and offers you an opportunity to make a DartDoc request, when no full text option is available.

Here is a citation from Web of Science showing the “Get It” button:

Get It Icon

Click on “Get It” and a new window or tab opens that looks like this:

Get It Icon

Click on the link labeled “Full Text” to go directly to the article. If there is no such link, or you have trouble accessing the full text, click on "Submit a DartDoc Request." After logging in to DartDoc, you’ll see your article request all filled in and you simply need to click on Get It Icon at the end:

Get It Icon

Note: some databases have direct links to some full text articles. Look for these links first before clicking on "Get It" to save some extra steps. Here are some examples:

PubMed – click on "Dartmouth Full Text":
Get It Icon

Web of Science – click on "Full Text":
Get It Icon

EbscoHost CINAHL – click on "PDF Full Text":
Get It Icon

PsycINFO – click on "Full-Text":
Get It Icon

Ovid MEDLINE – click on "Ovid Full Text" or "PDF":
Get It Icon


Holiday Library Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Dana Library:
Wednesday, November 24 -- 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25 - Library CLOSED
Friday, November 26 -- Library CLOSED
Saturday, November 27 -- 9:00AM – Midnight
Sunday, November 28 – 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

Matthews-Fuller Library:
Wednesday, November 24 -- 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25 - Library CLOSED
Friday, November 26 -- Library CLOSED
Saturday, November 27 -- 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, November 28 – 11:00AM – 7:00PM

Winter Holiday Hours

Dana Library:
Monday, December 20 – 7:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday, December 21 -- 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday, December 22 -- 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, December 23 -- Library CLOSED
Friday, December 24 -- Library CLOSED
Saturday, December 25 -- Library CLOSED
Sunday, December 26 -- Library CLOSED
Monday, December 27 -- Library CLOSED
Tuesday, December 28 -- Library CLOSED
Wednesday, December 29 -- Library CLOSED
Thursday, December 30 -- Library CLOSED
Friday, December 31 -- Library CLOSED
Saturday, January 1 -- Library CLOSED
Sunday, January 2 -- 12:00PM - Midnight

Matthews-Fuller Library:
Monday, December 20 – 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Tuesday, December 21 -- 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday, December 22 -- 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday, December 23 -- Library CLOSED
Friday, December 24 -- Library CLOSED
Saturday, December 25 -- Library CLOSED
Sunday, December 26 -- Library CLOSED
Monday, December 27 -- 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday, December 28 -- 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday, December 29 -- 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, December 30 -- 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday, December 31 -- Library CLOSED
Saturday, January 1 -- Library CLOSED
Sunday, January 2 -- 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Last Updated: 4/19/17