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New Public Health E-Books: Oxford Scholarship Online

We have recently acquired access to the Public Health and Epidemiology collections of Oxford Scholarship Online: dozens of full-text electronic books covering many subjects within Public Health and Epidemiology

Selected titles include:

  • Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis - Modeling Change and Event Occurrence
    Judith D. Singer, John B. Willett, 2003
  • Epidemiological Methods in Life Course Research
    Andrew Pickles (Editor), Barbara Maughan (Editor), Michael Wadsworth (Editor), 2007
  • Evaluating Health Promotion - Practice and Methods
    Margaret Thorogood (Editor), Yolande Coombes (Editor), Second Edition, 2004
  • A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Diana Kuh (Editor), Yoav Ben Shlomo (Editor), Susser Ezra (Editor), Second Edition, 2004
  • Making Sense of Data - A Self-Instruction Manual on the Interpretation of Epidemiological Data
    J. H. Abramson, Z. H. Abramson, Third Edition, 2001
  • Measuring Health - A guide to rating scales and questionnaires
    Ian McDowell, Third Edition, 2006
  • Neighborhoods and Health
    Ichiro Kawachi (Editor), Lisa F. Berkman (Editor), 2003
  • Spatial Epidemiology - Methods and Applications
    Paul Elliott (Editor), Jon Wakefield (Editor), Nicola Best (Editor), David Briggs (Editor), 2001
  • Social Marketing and Public Health - Theory and practice
    Jeff French (Editor), Clive Blair-Stevens (Editor), Dominic McVey (Editor), Rowena Merritt (Editor), 2009

OS LogoOxford Scholarship Online is a cross-searchable library containing the full text of over 750 books in the areas of Law, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion/Theology, Public Health and Epidemiology, and Physics. At least 200 new and recently-published books added each year.

Oxford Scholarship Online, and many other e-book collections, may be found on the Public Health Library's Electronic Books web page.

Nov 15, 2010 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

Happy 50th Birthday to MeSH!

November 2010 marks the 50th birthday of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus, consisting of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. PubMed searchers use MeSH for a more relevant retrieval of citations from the nearly 5,500 journals indexed by NLM.

In celebration of this event, the first edition of MeSH was scanned and is available online. From the Preface, "We conceive of subject headings ... as pointers, which say, in effect, "There it is, right there." The intersect of two or more such pointers will define a very specific subject; in many cases the natural language, rich as it is, is not rich enough to provide a single word or phrase adequate for the purpose."

A web page, Celebrating MeSH: 50 years of Medical Subject Headings, was created in observation of this milestone. It includes history of MeSH and more. More information on the MeSH's 50th anniversary may be found in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Nov 15, 2010 | Categories: News | msholinb

Ghostwriting in the medical literature

PLoS Medicine published an article recently that sheds light on the ghostwriting practices of the pharmaceutical industry that the journal has helped uncover.

Adriane Fugh Berman of Georgetown University examined the Wyeth Ghostwriting Archive ? a collection of documents uncovered during recent litigation brought against Wyeth (now owned by Pfizer) by thousands of women who developed breast cancer while taking hormones manufactured by the company. PLoS Medicine and The New York Times intervened in this litigation, which resulted in 1500 documents being unsealed and thus available for scrutiny by the public, journalists, and academics.

This is the first academic analysis of the documents. Dr Fugh Berman found that Wyeth worked with a medical communication company called DesignWrite to produce ghostwritten reviews and commentaries that were then placed in medical journals and journal supplements to over-promote the benefits and downplay the harms of their menopausal hormone therapy.

On a related note, UCSF now houses the Drug Industry Document Archive, which contains thousands of documents and resources about pharmaceutical industry clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education. Most of these previously secret internal documents were made public as a result of lawsuits against a number of pharmaceutical companies including: Merck & Co., Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert, Wyeth, and Pfizer.

This post originally appeared on the PLoS Blog and has been slightly modified here. Used by permission of the author.

Nov 10, 2010 | Categories: News, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

"My ILL Requests" now online

UC Berkeley users of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can now view a list of their interlibrary borrowing requests online. Those who have successfully made an ILL request, either online or in person, can see:

  • A list of items they have requested, which can be sorted by due date, author, or title.
  • The status of each request (pending, received, returned, etc.)
  • The due date by which they must return the item.

There are options to cancel a request, as well as request a renewal (which we cannot guarantee, since that decision is up to the lending institution). "My ILL Requests" may be accessed via the Interlibrary Loan link on the library homepage, or a button on the Interlibrary Borrowing Service web page. Off-campus users of our proxy server may be prompted for a CalNet ID; all users will need to log in with their UC Berkeley ID card number and Library PIN.

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Originally posted on the What's New in the Library blog

Nov 10, 2010 | Categories: News, Tips and Updates | msholinb

GIS Day at UCB: Nov. 17

"GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society."

"GIS Day 2010 will be held, once again, at UC Berkeley's Mulford Hall. This year's event will be co-hosted by the Bay Area Automated Mapping Association and UCB's Geospatial Innovation Facility, with support from the Northern California Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing."

The GIF has posted an agenda; activities take place from 3pm to 830pm and include hands-on instruction, a GIF open house, presentations and poster sessions. The keynote presentation by Brady Forrest at 730pm.

Nov 10, 2010 | Categories: News, Events and Workshops | msholinb

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