The Story Behind the Painting


Every day, many library patrons walk past this oil painting, which hangs in the main library stairwell.  The artist is Lowell Nesbitt.  He was born in Baltimore in 1933 and died in New York City in 1993, and was know primarily for his large floral paintings.  This surrealistic landscape, “Three Impossible Watterfalls” [sic], was painted in 1989 and was part of his impossible series.  Take a close look at the painting the next time you walk by.  Note his use of colors on the rocks between the first and second waterfall.  The painting is on loan from the University of Virginia Art Museum.


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A 30-day trial is now underway for the Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. It is designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process. Above all, it allows you to make the most of the resources that the Library has invested in.  Scopus features will allow you to:

  • Check out what’s hot in a research area by finding the most highly cited articles and authors.
  • Find the right person by distinguishing between authors with the same or similar names.
  • Stay up-to-date by setting up search and citation alerts using RSS feeds.
  • Support grant and tenure applications by tracking citations to articles by year.
  • Click straight to the full-text articles by following links to subscribed library resources.

The free access is available here now through May 13, 2014.  The Library welcomes any comments or feedback you may have about Scopus.  Please e-mail these to

The Library is also hosting a demonstration of Scopus on April 21, 2014.  For more details see this Moore Library News report.


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WEB OF SCIENCE Rep Coming to CMHSL on April 29th

image_03Tom Zamojcin, from Thomson-Reuters, will be here on Tuesday, April 29th to demo and answer questions about the new WEB OF SCIENCE design.  The event will be held on the first floor of the library in Room 1335 from 9am to 10:30am.

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Scopus Demo on April 21st


Sarah Buchala, a rep from Elsevier, will be here on Monday, April 21st from 10am to 11am to demo and answer questions about Scopus, a citation database of peer-reviewed literature.  The demo will be held on the first floor of the library in Room 1335 and should be of interest to anyone needing to track, analyze, or visualize research.

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Space Changes Coming to CMHSL


Over the past three years, CMHSL has made several improvements to its space, including the BioConnector and the following enhancements to the after-hours space: six study rooms, water service, and a Keurig brewer.  Look for these additional changes over the next few months:

  • New carpet (May 12 to June 23)
  • New furniture for the lobby and some of the after-hours study space (Summer)
  • A translucent wall in the center of the large reading room in the after-hours space to provide additional power outlets (Summer)
  • Space for working on video and audio projects (Spring)
  • Presentation practice space (Spring)

To accommodate these changes, all computers in the lobby will be relocated to the 1st floor computing area and the after-hours area.

Questions?  Please contact Dan Wilson, Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services at

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New E-books for April

Higdon_Vitamins_132452The book titles listed below are new to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books.   Click on the linked title below to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text.  A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page.  Do you want to recommend the purchase of a book for the Library’s collection?  You can submit your requests by using our online Purchase Recommendation form.

Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery
Atlas of Endocrine Pathology
Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Biliary Tract and Gallbladder Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach
A Century of Homeopaths: Their Influence on Medicine and Health
Decision Tools for Radiation Oncology: Prognosis, Treatment Response and Toxicity
Defining Prevention Science
Eating Disorders, Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
Essentials In Elbow Surgery
An Evidence Based Approach to Vitamins and Minerals 
Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sucrose and Health
Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Health Care and Translational Science
Fundamentals of Evidence Based Medicine
General Pathology and Internal Medicine for Physical Therapists
Gray’s Anatomy for Students, 3rd edition
Health Impact Assessment in the United States
Kidney Transplantation: Practical Guide to Management
Medicine and Business: A Practitioner’s Guide
Men’s Sexual Health and Fertility: A Clinician’s Guide
The Molecular Basis of Cancer
Neuroimaging of Traumatic Brain Injury
Patch Testing Tips
Pathology of Asbestos-Associated Diseases
Pediatric Endocrinology
Physical Therapy for the Stroke Patient 
Pilates − A Teachers’ Manual
Prostate Cancer Prevention
Psychosomatic Medicine: An International Primer for the Primary Care Setting
Refugee Health Care: An Essential Medical Guide
Small Doses of the Future: A Collection of Medical Science Fiction Stories
Sports Injuries of the Foot: Evolving Diagnosis and Treatment
Syringomyelia: A Disorder of CSF Circulation
Trigger Points and Muscle Chains in Osteopathy 

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Tutorials for Genomics and Bioinformatics







Need guidance on efficiently using genomics and bioinformatics search tools like UCSB Genome Browser, BLAST, and dbSNP?  CMHSL now has access to a collection of tutorials from Open Helix, a leading provider of genomics and bioinformatics instructional resources. Ideal for both professional researchers and students, the collection currently features over 100 different tutorials. Each tutorial includes video instruction, corresponding PowerPoint slides that can be used for classroom instruction, and a series of exercises to test overall knowledge.

CMHSL provides a searchable platform for accessing these tutorials at the BioConnector site ( Questions or feedback should be directed to Jeremy Bartczak, Metadata Librarian, at

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Tablet Journal Browser App Renewed


The Health Sciences Library has renewed the university’s site license to BrowZine, a third-party tablet app designed to optimize the browsing of over 10,000 UVA scholarly journals by subject or title.

The free BrowZine app is available from either the App Store (iPads) or Google Play (Androids).  Once you download the app, select “University of Virginia” from the list of institutions and then authenticate with NetBadge.  Once authenticated, you can browse journals by subject or title, create a personal bookshelf for up to 64 of your favorite journals, save articles for later use, and share articles via email, Facebook, or Twitter.  BrowZine also interfaces with several bibliographic citation managers.

Answers to questions about using BrowZine can be found on their customer support page.  You may also contact Dan Wilson, Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services at or 434-924-0193.

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Librarian Impact on Patient Care Management


Librarians and library resources can have a positive impact on patient care management. According to a 2011 systematic review of clinical library services, 78% percent of studies revealed a significant and positive effect on patient care1. Librarians can also help clinicians manage one of their most limited personal resources…time. Patient care generates two questions for every three patients seen2, and librarian involvement in answering those questions has been shown to reduce time and lower costs3.

Today’s clinical librarian offers more than just literature searching and can be a valued member of your team. A librarian can join you for rounds, assist in preparation for case reports or journal clubs, and create tailored learning sessions for you and your team of clinicians and support staff. To learn more about the ways a librarian can help you, contact

Megan Nunemaker
Clinical Librarian

1. Brettle A, Maden-Jenkins M, Anderson L, et al. Evaluating clinical librarian services: A systematic review. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28(1):3-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00925.x; 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00925.x.
2. Covell DG, Uman GC, Manning PR. Information needs in office practice: Are they being met? Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):596-599.
3. McGowan J, Hogg W, Campbell C, Rowan M. Just-in-time information improved decision-making in primary care: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2008;3(11):e3785. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003785; 10.1371/journal.pone.0003785.

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Making Things Happen: An Exciting New Partnership Between CMHSL and PHS

We are thrilled with our new partnership with the library and hope our collaborative efforts address needs of our colleagues across the health system for more information about basic statistics and introductory research questions.  Research is a team science and our goal is to connect researchers with the expertise they need! – Ruth Gaare Bernheim

Gretchen Arnold, MLS, Director of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library (CMHSL), and Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS), have long recognized that the Library, with its strong service model, visibility, and accessibility, could be a central point in the Health System for finding needed research expertise.  In the fall of 2013 their vision became reality when Gaare Bernheim approached Arnold and generously offered to fund the staffing of a pilot consultation service for one year.  Soon after a PHS/CMHSL working group began meeting to ensure that the partnership would meet shared goals.  According to Arnold, “The Library was thrilled to provide the space and equipment and we were especially delighted to work with statistical consultants who share our service goals.  It’s a perfect team and shows how creative minds can make things happen.”  

The new service is called Public Heath Sciences @ the Library and it is now open for business on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between noon and 4pm on the first floor of the Library.

Aaron Pannone and Xinqun Wang

Aaron Pannone and Xinqun Wang

I sat down recently to discuss the service with Aaron Pannone, PhD, and Xin Qun Wang, M.S., Senior Biostatistician, the two members of PHS who are providing their expertise.

What types of research support do you offer?

Aaron:We are here to answer introductory questions about research, data, and statistics.  Folks come to us with questions such as:

  • What sample size would I need to use?
  • What is a research question?
  • How can I collect and store this data effectively?
  • How design or conduct a chart review?

Who is eligible for the service and how do they contact you?

Aaron:  Medical and Nursing school faculty, residence and fellows, students associated with the Health System, lab personnel, and other Health System staff. They can drop by here on the first floor of the library, Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 4pm, or they can go to the Bioconnector website where there is a link to a form.

How is this service at the library different or the same as what you do back at PHS?

Aaron:  In numerous courses I teach research skills to masters students and undergrads in a classroom setting, and I also mentor masters students who are doing their individual projects, so the library consultation focuses on similar questions, and the same skills, just in a different teaching setting.

Xinqun: I agree.  Not much difference except that we are giving advice rather than formal teaching.  In the library we offer free advice intended to jump-start a research project or connect researchers and students to others who can provide help with their questions.

Any surprises so far?

Aaron: No surprises and it’s all been interesting to meet researchers. We’ve seen students, faculty, house staff, and other staff.  We have a lot of experience in this area so, so far, it’s all been anticipated.

Xinqun: I was a bit surprised at how many students from the SOM have been approaching us. The nature of my job is not student focused, but now I have the opportunity to serve them and I have observed so much excitement about the research process.  It is very satisfying to work with students and others who are beginning research projects and professional careers.

Final thoughts?

Aaron: We are excited to be able to meet people in the library.  It’s been fascinating to get a glimpse of all the great research that is going on in the health system.

Xinqun: I agree.  This has been a very exciting opportunity and we look forward to meeting more Health System colleagues embarking on a research project.

As for future plans, there are a lot of ideas being tossed around.  Everyone agrees that workshops will likely be developed around the types of questions the service generates, and there is talk about developing online “Learning Spots” or tutorials.  Arnold and Gaare Bernheim agree that what you see now is just the beginning of a great partnership.


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