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Natural Standard’s New Recipe Database

Natural Standard recently launched a new Recipe Database, which serves as a resource for both healthcare providers and consumers.

In addition to regular exercise, well-balanced meals and sensible portions are important to overall health. To maintain a healthy weight, an individual’s intake of calories should be about equal to the calories used or burned during the day. If an individual eats more calories than are burned, the body stores the extra calories as fat.

This new database features a wide range of healthy recipes in the following categories:

  • Beans & Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Meat
  • Pasta
  • Poultry
  • Rice & Grains
  • Seafood
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts, Fats & Oils

Each recipe provides details on preparation time, difficulty, diet and nutrition, as well as direct links to Natural Standard evidence-based systematic reviews for studied ingredients.  But alas, no photos of luscious food!

You’ll find the Recipe database in Natural Standard’s Patient Handouts section, on the Tools menu.  

Menu selection
Visit Natural Standard now.

Register Now for RefWorks Training Workshops in June

RefWorks logoNeed to brush up on your RefWorks skills, or just want a quick introduction to the software? Sign up now for a webinar tutorial, conducted by RefWorks trainers. Please note that registration is limited and enrollment is required.

How to teach RefWorks 2.0 in 15 Minutes (taught in 30 minutes)
During this 30-minute session, you’ll rapidly learn: how to create an account; direct export citations from two databases; create a folder; create a bibliography from a list of citations; and create a bibliography using Write N’ Cite. This session is primarily designed for those who will train on RefWorks and to learn how to do so quickly; however, those who are new to RefWorks can learn the basics in this 30-minute session.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
2:00 p.m. EDT
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 Tuesday, June 19, 2012
12:00 p.m. EDT
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RefShare 2.0 (60 minutes)
This session covers how to share your database or a folder of references, how to turn your shared folder or database into an RSS feed, how to view, search, print and export references from a shared folder or database and how to access and view a shared folder or database from a central web page. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of RefWorks functionality.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
2:00 p.m. EDT
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Beyond Direct Export: Five Other Ways to Import Information to RefWorks (40 minutes)
Direct export is but one method for adding references; In this webinar we will review these other methods, which are: Importing from a text file; searching online catalogs or databases from within RefWorks; using a web browser tool called RefGrab-It to capture references from a web page; importing records from RSS feeds; entering references manually.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
2:00 p.m. EDT
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Using RefWorks to Quickly Import Citations and Write a Paper (30 minutes)
In this session, you’ll learn how to directly import citations from two online databases. Then you’ll see how to quickly create a bibliography for a paper two ways: 1) from a list or folder of citations in your RW account and 2) with in-text citations via the one line/cite view method. This session is primarily for undergraduates or beginning RefWorks users.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
2:00 p.m. EDT
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. EDT
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Gather and Organize your Research Sources in RefWorks—Part 1
(30 minutes)
After you’ve mastered the fundamentals of RefWorks, you’ll want to learn other features and functions:

  1. Direct Export from database
  2. OpenURL
  3. Attachments
  4. Last Imported folder; Create and add a citation to folder
  5. Export from library catalog or Summon Discovery Service
  6. RefGrab-It
  7. Quick Search

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
10:00 a.m. EDT
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Gather and Organize your Research Sources in RefWorks – Part 2 (30 minutes)
In part two of Gather and Organize your research, we’ll teach you how to do or use the following tools:

  1. Online catalog search via RefWorks
  2. Manual entry
  3. RSS feeds
  4. Managing Folders
  5. Viewing Exact and Close Duplicates, by database or folder
  6. Advanced Search

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
2:00 p.m. EDT
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If these dates don’t work for you, visit the RefWorks-COS Training Webinars website to view archived programs at your convenience.


Clinical Resources Support

Pat Wynne

AISR’s support for clinical programs has expanded with two new staff in Information Services. Each is available to train clinicians and patient care staff on available information resources, answer information queries, develop and support programs like journal clubs, provide small group support, and more.

Patricia Wynne, BSN, MS, leads the program as Associate University Librarian for Information and Clinical Support Services. Pat obtained her Master’s degree in Library Science following a 14 year career as a Registered Nurse.  She always had a strong interest in libraries which led her to pursue advanced education in this field so that she could combine it with her  medical/nursing knowledge.  This has led to a successful second career in medical librarianship for well over 10 years.

Paul Hunter, DMD, MLIS, assists as Clinical Informatics Librarian. Paul has come to the field more recently, transitioning from a career as a dentist, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania.  He decided to focus on clinical informatics because he enjoys using his background with health science terminology to teach effective techniques for seeking information.

Paul Hunter

The new program has grown out of a planning retreat between members of AISR and TJUH staff.  Together we developed a clinical goal in support of patient care:

  1. Supporting clinical decision making that is evidence based.
  2. Improving access to the knowledge resources of the Scott Library.
  3. Supporting the continuous learning of all clinicians.

Specific activities to support the goal have been undertaken this year:

  • Embedding SML staff members within the clinical environment on a part time basis as a pilot program.
  • Demonstrating the relevance of Scott Library resources to improving quality of patient outcomes.
  • Supporting the TJU Hospital learning environment with AISR tools such as videoconferencing, Blackboard, webcasting, streaming media.
  • Working collaboratively with key hospital units to continue to improve the learning infrastructure of the clinical environment.
  • Supporting a Journal Club for TJUH Nurses.

AISR also works with representatives of TJUH units to review information resources and clinical tools, so that hospital staff has direct input into the selection of journals, books, databases and decision-support tools.  Membership in the Clinical Resources Advisory Group rotates annually, and the group meets regularly to advise AISR staff.

Next Reading for Jefferson Book Club

Get started on your summer reading with a selection for the Jefferson Book Club! Copies are available for sale at the University Bookstore and for loan at the Scott Memorial Library.

Forgotten,  by Nicole Salomone

book coverAll her life, Abigail Jones has been at the pinnacle of colonial American society. But, when her house is maliciously destroyed, she becomes a camp follower of the Continental Army. Ill-prepared or trained for such a life, she finds friends in the medical community. Before long, she is thrust into a world of politics and disease, where loyalty is a rare and precious commodity. Using her wits and personality, she treads the fine line between the intentions of the officers and the suffering of the soldiers, all while trying to fit in.

The Meeting

Join your colleagues for the next Jefferson Book Club discussion on
Thursday, June 7th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in room 200b Scott
All students, faculty, and staff welcome.
Lunch will be provided.
Copies available from Jefferson Bookstore at a 15% discount and at Scott Library.
Please RSVP to

Update on Library Renovations

More furniture arrived recently, completing the 1st floor renovations and finishing this stage of the 2nd and 3rd floors. It’s already popular – students have moved right in!

Front lobby

The new armchair seating on the first floor is bright and comfortable. New study chairs, tables and lamps are much more inviting than the old furniture. The combination of wireless service with adequate lighting and power access allows students full flexibility with their laptops and mobiles. The popular book collection is now displayed to advantage along the wall; new carpet, reconditioning of the grand stairs, and an updated security area in the lobby complete the first floor renovations.

On the 2nd floor, bright new supportive armchairs and reading lamps around the fish tank have replaced the broken down and ragged old chairs and dim lights. It makes a huge difference in the feel of the space (though it may not encourage napping). Also on the 2nd floor, carpet repair has been completed, and the reference book collection has been reduced so that additional space can be opened on the west side of the floor.

2nd floor       1st floor

On the 3rd floor, carpet repairs allowed the computers to move from the elevator area to our newly-cleared space on the west side of the floor. Look for new quiet study carrels to replace the temporary tables in early summer. The north wall is being repurposed as exhibit space for art, medical history, and other forms of the humanities. It is planned tobecome a vibrant visual corridor.

2nd floor 3rd floor

What Lies Ahead?

Over the summer, a new round of construction is planned for the east and west walls of the floor, adding up to 10 group study rooms for student use. For now, though, large monitors at group tables, portable white boards, and large empty spaces with movable chairs are allowing students to show Library staff what kind of flexibility they need in a space. We’ve been experimenting with making various tools and software available, to see what students embrace.  Of course, this will inform future redevelopment of Library spaces.

Your comments are welcome!  You can leave a comment on this post, or send email to

Public Comment Period for National Action Plan to Eliminate Healthcare-Associated Infections

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has posted an updated National Action Plan to eliminate healthcare-associated infections, requesting public comment.

According to HHS, “The update confirms progress in the effort to make healthcare safer and less costly by reducing preventable complications of care, including healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).”  A new state-by-state breakdown by the CDC reports that HAIs in hospitals have been declining since HHS first introduced its National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination in 2009.

Public comments on the revised action plan are invited from now until June 25, 2012.

  • Comments are preferred electronically and may be addressed to
  • Written responses should be addressed to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Healthcare Quality, 200 Independence Ave, S.W., Room 711G, Washington, D.C. 20201, Attention: Draft National HAI AP

View the press release.

View the action plan.

View the Federal Register Notice soliciting written comments.



Questionable Journal Publishing Practices

Most scholarly open-access journals from reputable publishers like BioMed Central, PLoS, Nature Publishing Group and many others return high value to the authors who publish in them.  But the combination of academic pressure to “publish or perish” with the common open-access funding model of author fees has led to predatory practices on the part of some publishers.

Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, has been investigating, writing and speaking out about predatory and unethical publishing practices for some time.  His blog, Scholarly Open Access, critiques a variety of publishers and individual journals, and points out warning signs for would-be authors.

Some journals charge excessive fees, or conceal the fee structure.   In an entry he titles “Bait and Switch,” Beall notes that “one of the tactics that predatory open-access publishers use is to solicit and accept manuscripts from authors, publish the manuscripts, and then invoice the authors for the author fee.”

As a companion to the blog, Beall also maintains a list of publishers and journals to be avoided, applying his own standards of evaluation.  It’s always worth doing your own investigating or checking in with the reference staff at your own Scott Memorial Library before submitting to a journal you’re not familiar with, but Beall’s work is a reminder to do your due diligence before submitting your article.

Visit the blog.

See the list of predatory publishers.

New Feature: Export Records from Jefferson Digital Commons into Bibliographic Management Software

Records found in the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) can now be exported into your favorite bibliographic management software, including EndNote and RefWorks.

Curious?  Watch our 1 minute video on how you can populate your online libraries with assets found in the JDC.

It’s just one more step to make your research process easier!

If you have questions contact the manager of the Commons:   Dan Kipnis,

Visit the Jefferson Digital Commons


Explore the Global Health Data Exchange

Does your research on population health or health policy require statistics and reports from other countries?  Are you curious about the state of health care in a particular part of the world?  Explore the  Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) for the datasets or reports you are seeking.

The GHDx is a catalog of publicly-accessible data and records compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.   The database describes and provides links to the data from government bodies, the World Health Organization, and other sources.  You may search the database by keyword, or browse by geographic area or type of report.

GHDx search screen

The Institute also provides interactive data visualization tools:

  • Preset interactive maps cover topics such as life expectancy, causes of death, diabetes prevalence, maternal mortality and more.
  • A GIS tool allows you to create a custom visualization.

Sample visualization    Sample visualization

You’ll find links to the Global Health Data Exchange on JEFFLINE’s Databases A-Z list and several of our Subject Guides, such as Statistics, and Health Policy and Administration.

Visit the Global Health Data Exchange now.

You Can Help Save PA Research Funding

For more than a decade, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE) has supported a broad range of biomedical research at 39 institutions across Pennsylvania. These funds have led to research advances in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and other health areas and improvements in public health.

In his budget for fiscal year 2013, Governor Corbett proposes defunding the CURE program created by Act 77 in 2001, diverting almost $60 million in research funds from the tobacco settlement into the general budget for other purposes. If the defunding takes place, Jefferson stands to lose $2 to $4 million per year in research funding.

Left intact with sustained funding, the CURE program will advance promising medical discoveries, support the hiring and retention of skilled workers, leverage federal and private research funding, and catalyze the formation of biotechnology companies.

Please voice your support of the CURE program by taking a moment to send a note (see suggested letter HERE) to your PA State representative. You can find your representative on this website. Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center is a member of the Pennsylvania Cancer Alliance.

Contact for questions or further information:

Barbara Henderson
Director, Communications
Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
211 South 9th Street
Suite 300, Walnut Towers
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ph: 215-955-2236
Fx: 215-923-1835

Investing in America’s Health

Investing in America's HealthThe latest report from Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving community health, minces no words.  The introduction of Investing in America’s Health is straightforward:

For too long, the county has focused on treating people after they become sick instead of preventing diseases before they occur.   Investing in disease prevention is the most effective, common-sense way to improve health — helping to spare millions of Americans from developing preventable illnesses, reduce health care costs and improve the productivity of the American workforce — so we can be competitive with the rest of the world.

For eight years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported the Trust for America’s Health in releasing an annual Investing in America’s Health report to examine public health funding and key health facts in states around the country.

Where you live is a strong influence on how healthy you are.  Disease rates vary dramatically from city to city and region to region – and funding for public health and disease prevention programs also vary dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood, community to community, city to city and state to state.

In a related data release (also supported by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), county health rankings for 3,000 counties across the country  were published in early April.  Not surprisingly, Philadelphia didn’t rate very highly.  Read a Philadelphia Business Journal article about local data comparisons, or visit the interactive map to explore.

Link to full report:  Investing in America’s Health (PDF; 2.81 MB)

Link to the publication web page to view individual community profiles

Free Access to 1,000 Genomes Project

The complete 1,000 Genomes Project is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a publicly available data set. This was announced by AWS and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the White House Big Data Summit at the end of March.

This announcement highlights the largest collection of human genetics available to researchers worldwide, completely free of charge. The project is an international research effort coordinated by a consortium of 75 companies and organizations to establish a detailed catalog of human genetic variation.

The project has grown to 200 terabytes of genomic data including DNA sequenced from more than 1,700 individuals that researchers can now access on AWS for use in disease research. The 1,000 Genomes Project aims to include the genomes of more than 2,600 individuals from 26 populations around the world.  The NIH serves as one of the data coordinators for the 1000 Genomes Project, and will continue to add the remaining genome samples to the public data set.

Public Data Sets on AWS provide a centralized repository of public data stored and manipulable on remote servers (i.e., in “the cloud”), eliminating the need for researchers to move the data in-house and then procure enough technology infrastructure to analyze it effectively.  On the other hand, while the data is free, and can be downloaded, AWS computing services for manipulating the data remotely may require fees.

Read the full press release.

Chemistry Image Challenge App

Do you like a good challenge?   The Journal of the American Chemical Society has launched a new mobile app, designed to mix fun with some intellectual stimulation.  It’s the JACS Image Challenge Mobile.

You’ll find the free app at iTunes – it’s available for all Apple iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad).

Now featuring over 180 unique challenges, the app is a mobile extension of the popular JACS Image Challenge, hosted on the JACS website.  The convenient mobile app allows researchers to turn the time spent waiting for an experiment, a purification, or even a bus or train ride into a rewarding learning experience.

Each challenge is a multiple-choice question about the concepts portrayed in an image from an Article or Communication recently published in JACS. After the user submits his/her response, an explanation of the correct answer is displayed.  The app is updated with a new challenge weekly.

The JACS Image Challenge mobile version offers the following features:

  • Track the challenges taken and how many were answered correctly
  • Save favorite challenges
  • View challenges by subject category
  • Download new challenges automatically
Sample challenge image

Sample challenge image

See more about the app at iTunes

Using Android, or no mobile at all?  View the full archive of image challenges using a regular computer and web browser.


Register for LexiComp Training Webinars in April and May

Have you noticed your Lexicomp Online home screen looks different?


More than just a new look!

The new interface will help you save time searching for answers and find more information faster. Take advantage of web-based training workshops and easy-to-use self-help resources to learn all about it.

Upcoming Live Sessions

Click any link to register for the class on that date.

Additional Training Resources

Don’t have time for one of the live workshops?  Self-help resources are there for you:

• View training videos about the new interface
• Read a 2-page Quick Reference Guide (PDF) to get started
• Learn more on the website

Publisher Collaborates with Electronic Laboratory Notebook Software

In a recent press release, publisher BioMed Central and software developer LabArchives announced a partnership to directly link laboratory data with the publishing process.

The sharing of basic data is more and more expected by colleagues and, in some cases, required by funders.    Having access to datasets ensures that the pace of scientific discovery is not unnecessarily hindered by data being kept under lock and key or hidden away in lab drawers (sometimes referred to as “science’s dark data”).

Through this new collaboration, authors submitting articles to selected BioMed Central journals will be provided with complimentary subscriptions to an enhanced version of the popular LabArchives Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software:

  • 100Mb of complimentary storage;
  • optional integrated submission to BioMed Central’s journals;
  • Published datasets can be assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

A DOI serves as a permanent identifier for a dataset, making data more discoverable and citable, helping to enable scientists to get credit for publishing their data and permanently link journal articles to supporting data.

As the open data movement continues to grow in strength, expect additional publishers to announce similar partnerships or alliances.

Read the full press release.

Visit LabArchives.

Visit BioMedCentral.