Monday, August 1, 2016

HTTPS at NCBI: Guidance for NCBI Web API Users

HTTPS at NCBI: Guidance for NCBI Web API Users. NLM Tech Bull. 2016 Jul-Aug;(411):b5.

2016 July 28 [posted]

On September 30, 2016, NCBI will move all Web services to the HTTPS protocol to meet the Federal HTTPS-Only Standard directive for Federal Web sites and services. While this move will improve security and privacy, it may also disrupt any processes that currently access NCBI APIs using the HTTP protocol.

Please see, HTTPS at NCBI: Guidance for users of NCBI Web APIs, on the Develop action page for a complete discussion of this move and what you need to do, along with some new test servers to help you confirm whether your code will function after the change to HTTPS.

For more on the US Federal government HTTPS-only initiative, see

For questions, comments, or problems, contact the NCBI service desk at

Monday, July 25, 2016

Matas Library 24/7 operation extends to the Mezzanine

Effective August 1, 2016, the Matas Library of the Health Sciences will add full 24/7 operation to its Mezzanine level and 2nd floor Commons.  Although the library’s service desk will continue to close at 9:00 PM, the entire library space – except staff areas and the main stacks – will now be open for users to access more study spaces in the Commons and Mezzanine. 

This change in library operation allows for access to the computers in the Commons area and computer lab, plus additional seats in the commons, the three study rooms, and all the carrels in the mezzanine. A total of 27 computers and 95 additional seats will now be available to users of those spaces.

The glass doors from the Quiet Study area to the commons and mezzanine will now be open after the desk closes. The 24/7 entrance and exit remains the same, and our book drop will move to this entrance as well.

The Main entrance closes at 9pm and is not an exit after the desk operations shut down. This space will be under camera surveillance.

Matas Library is pleased to offer this increased access, something for which we have many student requests.  We are thankful for the cooperation and collaboration of the health sciences associate deans, the dean of libraries, all staff, our student workers, facilities services, and TUPD downtown. The security officers will provide additional patrols in the mezzanine and the library, and will have remote access to the security camera feeds throughout the library and mezzanine. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Resource Roundup - 1 Oldie & 3 Goodies

ICYMI We've rolled out 3 new resources in the past couple of weeks. Click the blog posts below for more information. You can also access these tools from the RESOURCES link on the upper left side of our homepage.

New! Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination - videos of physical exams & procedures 

New! Natural Medicines Database - dietary supplements, natural medicines, and integrative therapies

New! LWW Health Library eBook collection - ebooks, videos and clinical skill assessments

And don't forget a perennial favorite for 3500+ online medical text books - Clinical Key. Create a personal CK login to download PDFs of book chapters. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Welcome new students and residents

Welcome new students, medical residents, and fellows!

The Matas Library is here to help. We have mobile apps, online books, comfy couches, and leisure reading available.

  • Your TU ID card provides access to the 24/7 quiet study area at any time of the day. 2 study rooms, 2 banks of computers, a scanner, color/b&w printer, study carrels, bathrooms, chairs and desks are available.
  • The wireless network is EduRoam. Log in with your Tulane email address and password
  • Printing charges: B&W printing is $0.10/page, color printing is $0.50/page. Card payment only. Money can be added to your TU ID card through the VTS machine in the 24/7 area of the library.
  • Meditech is available from the Help tab on the library homepage.
  • Install free smartphone apps, including Dynamed (clinical reference tool), Browzine (current journal publications) and VisualDx (dermatology differential diagnosis). More apps on our mobile guide.
  • UptoDate is available in select buildings on-campus only.
  • ClinicalKey provides access to 3500+ full text medical books plus the Clinics of North America and other journals. 
  • Check out the Clinical Portal and Public Health Portal for more resources.
  • Use the Public Health Cross Search to begin your public health investigation.
  • Upcoming help sessions can be found here.
  • Leisure reading is located in the library lobby. Daily issues of the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as a number of leisure magazines are available. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

New! Natural Medicines Database

Great News! You now have access to Natural Medicines…the most comprehensive and authoritative resource available on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and integrative therapies.

Access on and off campus: 

natural medicines database features

Search for natural ingredients, alternative therapies, product ratings, and interactions. CE/CME credit is also available (register for a personal CE account under the 'CE/CME' menu).

For more information and features, checkout the Natural Medicines Quick Start Guide (PDF)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to find Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is part of the database Web of Science. JCR has the impact factors for journals in your discipline, and is a great place to determine where to publish your research for the highest impact. Sure, you can google a journal name + the term impact factor to find impact factors quickly, but to get the correct and up to date impact factor, going to the source is best.

Here's how to find JCR & Web of Science on the Matas homepage.

1. Select RESOURCES (top middle-right of screen)

Matas homepage

2. Select WEB OF SCIENCE (center middle of screen)

2. Select WEB OF SCIENCE (center middle of screen)

3. Select JOURNAL CITATION REPORTS (upper left corner of screen)

3. Select JOURNAL CITATION REPORTS (upper left corner of screen)

4. Search by journal name or browse by discipline

4. Search by journal name or browse by discipline

More info on using Journal Citation Reports here: 

Or contact - Ask Us We Can Help!

Medicine Grand Rounds now available: Pancreas Cancer

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for June 8, 2016: "Pancreas Cancer" by Margit McGowan, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Tulane University, are now available:

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend Medicine Grand Rounds. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal.