TODAY: Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 4:30PM – 5:30PM

This ONLINE live workshop will cover subject and keyword searching, applying limits, getting the full-text, and saving searches and creating alerts when using CINAHL, a database of nursing and allied health literature, and PsycInfo, a database for psychosocial aspects of health.

This session is offered online. Please see: How to Prepare for an Online Class

Click on the following link to join the class: h ttp://

Instructor: Charlotte Beck

Recent changes to the OvidSP interface have been causing problems when users export records into Refworks while connected on EZProxy. My colleague in eResources posted this succinct summary of what’s currently happening, and it’s worth sharing here as well. For now, if you’re connecting through EZProxy, it’s easier and more reliable to transfer records into Refworks from another database platform, for e.g. PubMed.

It never fails. Just when you think you’ve got the hang of searching a database, the vendor decides it’s time for a facelift! As you probably know, OvidSP is a search platform that UBC health information seekers rely on regularly, if not daily. And as of August 2nd, there’s a new look:

Many of the changes are cosmetic rather than functional, but there are some nice new features as well, such as the option to export your search history and citations as a Word file, or to organize your projects, saved searches, and eTOCs using MyWorkspace. And for those who were irked by the screen real estate taken up by the “Search Tips” box of the previous OvidSP version, rest assured that it’s now a thing of the past. We’re also waiting for Ovid tech support to implement some tweaks in the display that we hope will make your search experience more intuitive.

For more information about the new look, see the New OvidSP Features and Functionality: Side by Side Screen Comparison handout in OvidSP’s Resource Center.  Watch for instructional sessions in the fall, which will be posted on the library’s Instruction Centre. And of course, if you have detailed questions in the meantime about doing research in OvidSP databases, please contact your subject librarian. We’re always interested in your thoughts on this platform and other library resources.

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!

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.


Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database that indexes over 10000 journals and offers powerful search options, including:

  • refining results by subject, author, source, year or country
  • tracking how often an article has been cited and the articles that have cited it
  • creating search alerts via email or RSS

Its companion tool, Journal Citation Reports can be used to find the impact factor of a journal to identify highly cited journals in a discipline.

This session is offered online. Please see: How to Prepare for an Online Class

1) Please register here:

2) Click on the following link to join the class:

If you need help once the class has started, please phone 604.822.4440

Over 1600 digital images from Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas are now available.

To find the images,  click on Artstor ,  then next to “enter Artstor digital library”, click on go.  Under Browse, choose “collections” and select “Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas: Natural History Museum, London”. This will show all 1647 images.

Just let us know if you’d like more help searching this collection!

Woodward Library Renovation Survey

Help us plan your space – Tell us what is important to you!

Click here to access  the short survey.

Not coming out to Point Grey Campus during the Mid-term Break?  Consider attending online library workshops put on by the Life Sciences Librarians between Feb 16-26.

CINAHL, the new Pubmed, Web of Science, Current Awareness tools, Finding Theses, Refworks and more are being offered.


For more details and to register go to:

The latest changes to PubMed® involve a reconfigured Advanced Search page, the addition (or re-addition) of a Limits page with more flexible date options, and Limits and Clipboard links being added to the PubMed homepage.

For a summary of the changes, see:

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