Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer library workshop series

The Pumerantz Library is offering a summer workshop series through Western University's CAPE department. The classes offered are:

July 13, 2010 - Noon to 1pm - Teaching Lab Rm. 211

Web of Science & Journal Citation Reports

July 15, 2010 - Noon to 1pm - Teaching Lab Rm. 211

Citation Tracking & Alerts

July 20, 2010 - Noon to 1pm - 4th floor library conference room

Web 2.0 tools & Handheld Applications

July 22, 2010 - Noon to 1pm - 4th floor library conference room

July 27, 2010 - Noon to 1pm - 4th floor library conference room

Lunch will be served at all workshops. For more details and to register please visit the CAPE website.

Pumerantz Library is an now IACLE resource center

Working in conjunction with faculty from the College of Optometry, the Pumerantz Library was recently designated as an IACLE Resource Center. The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) materials have been provided free of charge to the library. The major resource available from the IACLE is the:

Contact Lens Course - a comprehensive program providing the educator with the necessary materials needed in order to teach a high quality contact lens course.

All IACLE resources may be checked out by currently enrolled students and faculty of Western University and may be used in-house by card carrying members of the IACLE.

Library SMS/text and chat service

The Pumerantz Library has long offered chat service to the WesternU Community. Now we are expanding and enhancing this service with SMS/text service.

Send your SMS/text question to 909-764-8156. Please allow 2-3 minutes for a librarian response.

The Pumerantz Library does not charge for this service. However, cell phone providers generally charge customers for sending and/or receiving text messages. Check with your cell phone provider for more information on text messaging charges.

PubMed Clinical Queries Redesign Preview

The PubMed Clinical Queries page will soon be redesigned to filter one search by three clinical research areas: Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics.

The Clinical Queries page has been reconfigured with columns to preview the first five citations of the results for the three research areas. The radio buttons for Clinical Study Categories and the checkboxes for Medical Genetics have been replaced with pull-down menus. While previewing results, you may make alternate menu selections for the Clinical Study Categories and Medical Genetics to modify those results of your search. Citations display in "Recently Added" order and link to the Abstract format in PubMed. "See all" links to the complete results.

Descriptions of the research areas appear under each column.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


The Pumerantz Library now has a subscription to the differential diagnosis generator VisualDx. Description from the VisualDx Website:

"VisualDx is a diagnostic decision support system designed by clinicians to aid medical professionals in the diagnosis of visually identifiable diseases. It provides instant access to specialist knowledge at the point of care, merging medical images with concise clinical text. As the clinician enters actual patient findings, VisualDx creates a visual differential diagnosis. The software includes more than 18,000 images representing over 1,000 visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions, and infections. VisualDx is a multi-use tool designed for day-to-day clinical diagnosis, emergency preparedness, and medical education."

Along with the database subscription the WesternU Community has access to the VisualDx iPhone/iTouch application. You may request the application by clicking on the "Get VisualDx free for your iPhone" link located on the database homepage.

Independence Day Closure

The Pumerantz Library will be closed from July 3 through July 5 in observance of Independence Day. The Library will reopen July 6 at our regular summer hours of 7 am to 9 pm.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Library Server Maintenance

The library server will be unavailable on Tuesday, June 22nd from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for maintenance. During this time you will not be able to access the library's Online Catalog available at

If you need to renew your books during the time the server is unavailable, please call (909) 469-5323.

Access to the library's Electronic Resources will not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the library at (909) 469-5323 if you have any questions.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New nursing limiter in CINAHL

EBSCO announced today the release of a "Written by a Nurse" Limiter.

The written by a nurse limiter applies to records from 2009 and forward. Credentials include RN, BSN, MSN, or appropriate degree. As this limiter pertains to non-U.S. journals, the credentials include licensed nurse or appropriate nursing degree in the particular country.

There are two limiters of this variety:

First Author is Nurse – If this limiter is applied, then you will only retrieve records where it is confirmed that the first author of an article is a nurse, according to credentials noted in the article.

Any Author is Nurse – If this limiter is applied, then you will only retrieve records where at least one author is a nurse, according to the credentials noted in the article.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Library Inventory begins June 7th

The Library will be conducting its annual inventory beginning Monday, June 7th through Friday, June 11th. We will be open our normal summer hours. During this time there may be an increase in the noise levels on the 2nd and 3rd floors. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pumerantz Library Retreat

The Library will be closed Friday, June 4th at noon for a half-day retreat for the library staff. Please email any requests or questions to and they will be answered by Monday, June 7. Books may be renewed online through the online catalog -