Thursday, January 24, 2008

Upcoming Library Classes

30 minutes with the new OVID SP - Thursday, February 7 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
30 minutes with the new OVID SP - Tuesday, February 12 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Store your citations and write your papers with RefWorks
Monday, February 18 at 2 p.m.

Learn how to make PubMed and OVID work for you by setting up an account
Thursday, February 21at 3 p.m.

All classes will be held in the front lobby of the Rudolph Matas Library.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) - ONLINE VERSION

We now have access direct with publisher of New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This will allow users to download the .pdf version of the article. Choose the "Full text from Highwire Press Massachusetts Medical Society" from the Tulane E-journals list.

You may browse past issues available:

The Library still receives the print version of this journal title as well. The full text version is no longer available to Tulane in Journals at Ovid.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

NOW IN SERVICE: Tulane E-Journals List (SFX)

There was an error when running the December update of the Tulane E-Journals List (SFX). ExLibris, our vendor for this product, is working on the problem.

As a temporary measure, while the updated E-journals list is unavailable, the previous E-Journal List has been available via the library’s homepage.

The URL to the older version of the E-Journals Page is:

All other TULink services are working.

We will return the the new version as soon as this issue is resolved. The Citation Linker is not available in the older version.

Resolved: Jan.15 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Librarian's Lunch Q&A and Instruction: Every Wednesday, Tidewater, 1202

Meet with Matas Librarians, Spring Semester 2008
Tidewater Building, 12th floor
Room 1202
Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


The Group session on special topics will begin at 11:00 am. An open question session will follow on any topic after 12 noon.

  • January 30: MEDLINE – PubMed and OVID SP
  • February 20: Citation Linker and ILLiad [Got PMID?] Tips for finding e-journals
  • March 5: EndNote Web
  • April 9: RefWorks
  • April 16: Open Access Journals (PMC, DOAJ, BMC)
The Rudolph Matas Library, Reference Department will be available to assist with research and provide other information support services every Wednesday at lunchtime in the Tidewater Building on the 12th floor. Other topical sessions may be offered during the semester. Please check back for schedule changes. Contact the Matas Library if you would like to suggest a topic for group discussion and/or demonstration. or 988-5155.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Welcome to Incoming School of Public Health Students, Spring 2008

Philip Walker conducts the Library Orientation for the new School of Public Health Students, Jan 10, 2008.

Come meet the Matas Librarians every Wednesday this semester, 11am-1pm in Tidewater, 12th floor, room 1202. An Open topic session will be held for on our first Wednesday session on January, 16. We welcome any kind of information question, or just come by and register with the Library (barcode your ID). These sessions are open to the entire Tulane community.

Library Instruction classes are scheduled at various times throughout the year and also by request. General, subject specific, or resource specific courses are available. We will come to your classroom, office or arrange to meet small groups in any setting! Custom presentations are available for faculty meetings, brief informational sessions during a class. Topics include how to locate online full-text journals and ebooks, PubMed and Ovid SP MEDLINE, or specific databases like PsycINFO, Web of Science or Global Health. Get a leg up on the organization of your references for your papers this semester with our database manager class on RefWorks.

Contact the Matas Library Reference Department (988-5155 or to schedule library instruction at a time and place convenient and customized for you.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Henry Stewart Talks

The Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection is currently being made available to the entire Tulane community by the Biochemistry Department. The presentations may be of interest to Tulane faculty, students and researchers in biomedicine and the life sciences . The talks are organized into comprehensive series that cover both fundamentals and the latest advances. The narrations may include animated slides.

Topics available in the HST database include: Apoptosis -- Calcium Signaling -- The Design and Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials -- Eukaryotic Gene Regulation -- Evolution and Medicine -- Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress -- Genetic Epidemiology -- Human Population Genetics-- Molecular Chaperones -- Neurodegenerative Diseases -- Obesity -- Retroviruses -- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine -- Using Bioinformatics in the Exploration of Genetic Diversity -- Viruses and Viral Diseases: Emerging Threats to Humans and Animals -- and MORE.

Henry Stewart Talks is available via the Tulane computer network at Thanks to the Department of Biochemistry for their resource support of the entire Tulane Life Science Community.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Library OPAC will be Unavailable, Jan. 10-11

The Library catalog, Voyager OPAC, will be upgraded to version 6.5.3 on January 10 – 11, 2008. The entire Library System will be unavailable during this upgrade (both internal library clients and public OPAC interface on the website).

To assist users with finding materials, there will be a backup version of the catalog available: Please note that this is a copy of the Voyager database which will NOT reflect whether an item is checked out or available. The Library will have temporary local systems available to check out materials.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Getting to Full Text from Hospitals and Clinics

Are you having trouble finding free full-text articles from a computer in hospitals or clinics?

Be sure you authenticate at the Rudolph Matas Library web page before starting your search to access full-text journal articles, online books, and databases. All of the Tulane Hospitals and Clinics are on a different computer network than the University, making it necessary for you to sign in. You must follow the same procedure as if you are off-campus. Sometimes hospitals may have additional security and firewalls that may interfere with this process. Please contact the Library Reference Desk if you have problems, or 988-5155.

If you need something that is not available, you can request it through ILLiad, the library’s free and speedy interlibrary loan service.

Matas Library web page:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Bill Postell Retires as Director of the Rudolph Matas Library

Ben Sachs and Bill Postell announce Bill’s retirement from Tulane as Director of the Rudolph Matas Library, effective 12/31/07.

Bill has been with Tulane for 33 years. He has served Tulane Health Sciences Center under four senior vice presidents, five deans of medicine, and four deans of public health and tropical medicine. Before coming to Tulane, he served as Assistant Director of the Rowland Medical Library of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Bill is a native New Orleanian.

During his tenure, the education and training levels required of the staff were raised in step with AAMC institutions nationwide. He led the effort to replace the card catalog system with a fully automated and integrated library system. In addition to the traditional library services in support medical education, research, and patient care here at Tulane, Bill and his staff assisted authors of numerous historical publications in their research and manuscript preparation.

During his career in academic medical library administration, Bill has frequently served as an officer in the Southern and South Central Chapters of the Medical Library Association. Twice he has been elected Chairman of the Board of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, a non-profit corporation of which he was a founding member.

Bill and his wife, Nancy, look forward to spending more time with their children and grandchildren in Houston. Please join us in thanking Bill for his dedication to our University for his numerous contributions during his long and illustrious career at Tulane. (message from Fri 1/4/2008 8:43 AM)