There are several sources of streaming videos on health-related topics available to you.  Two of these resources available through the UBC Library are the :


Concept Media Streaming Video Collection




Bates: A Visual Guide to Physical Examination, 4th Edition



On Saturday, March 27 at 8:30pm (local time), people all over the world will show their support for the planet by turning off their lights for one hour.

You can participate by simply switching off the light, adding your name to the Supporters’ Map or creating a Virtual Lantern or Light Switch! To learn more, visit the Earth Hour web site at

If that sounds challenging, take a look at the plans for the islands of Tuvalu and the Galapagos and Victoria Falls.

If you’re interested in reading materials, check out the new books at UBC Library on climate change and global warming.

The systematic search process can be pretty daunting, especially if it’s your first time. There are so many different databases, and potentially thousands of article records to gather and assess, never mind documenting it all or looking through lesser known sources, i.e. “grey literature”.

If you’re currently working on searching for a systematic review, or preparing for one, then I invite you to share share your trials and tribulations (or simply unload some of the anxiety!) by joining like-minded colleagues for an online class on how to get started.

This class takes place tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 23 from 11 – 12:30.

Registration is available at:

See you online!

HathiTrust Logo There’s an elephant in the library. This slogan refers to HathiTrust, a shared repository of digitized books. Over 5 million books are in the repository and it is growing everyday.  The books are both scanned and machine transcribed (optical character recognition) so it is possible to search every word in every book – all in one search.  That’s a lot of words.   Say 200 billion.

HawaiianTreesSometimes I find it more useful to search a limited collection of books. This week I created a collection called Trees of Hawaii. First I created a guest account at the University of Michigan. Very easy. Then I started searching the HathiTrust catalog for books of possible interest. As I found them, I put them into my collection. A collection can be either private or public. Finally I searched my collection for the word Reynoldsia. Now I know which of the books in my collection mention Reynoldsia and on which pages. Sometimes the full text of the book is available and I can read all about it online. Sometimes not. But I certainly know which books to pursue. Thanks Elephant!

This book is at
If you would like help creating an account, please contact Lee Ann at 822-3609.

We are pleased to announce trial access to Rehabilitation Reference Center(RRC) an evidence-based full-text database produced by EBSCO.

Designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists and other rehabilitation professionals, RRC aims to provide the best available, most accurate and concise information on conditions seen in rehabilitation practice, allowing rehabilitation specialists to build customized treatment regimens for patients at the point-of-care.

The trial continues through to April 9, 2010.

Please submit your feedback on this form
or directly to Charlotte Beck.


We’re pleased to announce that the Library has subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), a peer-reviewed journal for biological research in a video format. JOVE has more than 500 videos demonstrating laboratory methods in the fields of cellular biology, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, plant biology, medicine, and neuroscience.

A number of UBC researchers have contributed to JOVE. Here is a selection of their video protocols:

Sarah Cohen, Shelly Au, Nelly Panté
Department of Zoology

Elena Zaikova, Alyse Hawley, David A. Walsh, Steven J. Hallam
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

D. Sesath Hewapathirane, Kurt Haas
Brain Research Centre and Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences

Dee Brink, Mary Gilbert, Vanessa Auld
Department of Zoology

Please send feedback about this new resource to

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

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