Monday, November 29, 2010

Historical T-Waves and Jambalayas are online!

Historical Tulane yearbooks have been scanned for online access. These past yearbooks are available in the Internet Archive. This digital collection contains the complete run of the Jambalaya yearbook (1896-2008), as well as issues of the T-Wave, the yearbook of the Tulane University School of Medicine which began publication in 1982.

Thanks go to the University Archives for the planning and implementation of this scanning project. University Archives is a department within Tulane University's Special Collections Division of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library which preserves the official records of Tulane University.

Search T-Wave to find the School of Medicine yearbooks since 1982. Search within the volumes for your kin that graduated in years past.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 has conference abstracts! - MEDLINE alone is not enough to find abstracts and posters.

Keep up to date with the latest biomedical research with the conferences coverage provided in the Embase database licensed by the Matas Library. Embase now covers more than 800 conferences with over 270,000 conference abstracts. Embase has over 7,500 peer-reviewed journal titles with over 60 topic area, 30 core clinical and pharmacology topics that represent 70% of Embase content. Embase has over 24 million records with PubMed having 20 million citations. A quarter of the Embase content is unique.

With conference coverage in over 30 drug, clinical and device-related topics, Embase is a resource that must be included in your literature searches.
View the list of conferences covered.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

THANK YOU for your support of the Matas Library Heart Walk Team!

Thank you for covering the Matas Library glass wall with hearts!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NIH Roadmap initiative has a focus on health economics

Applications for exploratory and developmental research projects that will lead to increased efficiency in the production of health and delivery of health care are bein solocited. Specifically, research sought under this announcement should inform 1) the identification of specific, modifiable causes of high and increasing health care costs related to the structure, organization, and production of health care; and 2) the development and refinement of interventions, practices, or policies that can address these causes while maintaining or enhancing outcomes.

This initiative is part of the Health Economics Common Fund Program

Please see

Letters of intent are due September 26, applications due October 26.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Salmonella Infections in the News

Be a good egg and learn how to protect yourself and your family from salmonella infections. Read all about it at MedlinePlus:

Read more about Salmonella from the Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (a licensed Tulane Resource).
1.Multiple-Serotype Salmonella Gastroenteritis Outbreak After a Reception — Connecticut, 2009
2.Use of a Self-Assessment Questionnaire for Food Safety Education in the Home Kitchen — Los Angeles County, California, 2006–2008 ...

Friday, August 13, 2010

MacBaby Embryology Resource: Technology update

MacBaby is an older program that was written for 32 bit computers. It will not work on any Apple or Windows 7 (64 bit computers). It is installed on the Matas Library computers running Windows XP, which are all the computers in the back room of the 24/7 area, and all computers on the mezzanine. There is a link to additional anatomy resources on the Learning Portal.

Our Technology Department is seeking a solution for the newer computers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Welcome our new Educational Services Librarian, Elaine Hicks.

Elaine Hicks will be the Educational Services Librarian at the Matas Library of the Health Sciences.

Elaine received her B.S. from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Southern Illinois University; her Master of Public Health—Community Health Sciences—from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM); and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Most of her career has been spent in the Cook County (Chicago) Department of Public Health as Emergency Preparedness Education Coordinator and prior to that Director of Community and School Health Education. Her library and information science work experience has taken place in the University of Illinois-Chicago Health Sciences Library; the National Library of Medicine; the Medical Library of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, and the Health Learning Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Since 2004 she has served on the Tulane University SPHTM Alumni Board; she is President-Elect of that body

Disaster Information Specialist Meeting - Thursday, July 15 at 12:30 CT

On Thursday, July 15 at 12:30 CT, the National Library of Medicine’s regularly scheduled Disaster Information Specialist Meeting will include a guest speaker from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) who will discuss the ongoing oil spill.

The guest speaker, Joseph “Chip” Hughes, MPH has been deployed since April to the Gulf region where he has been working with Coast Guard and BP officials as well as local and state officials, academic institutions and other federal agencies to provide worker safety training. He will share his insights on the ongoing situation and talk about the information needs related to the oil spill.

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meetings are open to everyone and may be attended in person or by conference call. If you only want to listen in to hear the guest speaker, just sign off the call after that portion of the meeting.

To join by phone, please call 1-888-813-8477 and enter passcode 394248.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Independence Day Weekend! - Matas Library will Close for the Holiday

The Matas Library will Close for the July 4th weekend. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, July 6th at 8 am.

Reserve Books may be checked out on Friday, July 2nd between 3pm and 5pm. Reserve books will then be due on July 6th by 9am. Hourly fines will be charged for late reserve returns.

Have a Happy July 4th!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NLM Announces Health Hotlines App for the iPhone

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Health Hotlines is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch ( Health Hotlines is also compatible with the iPad.

Health Hotlines is a compilation of organizations with toll-free telephone numbers to assist the public in locating health-related information. It is derived from DIRLINE, NLM’s Directory of Information Resources Online, which contains descriptions of almost 9,000 health and biomedical organizations and resources. Some of the subject areas included in Health Hotlines are AIDS, cancer, diseases and disorders, maternal and child health, aging, substance abuse, disabilities and mental health.

Health Hotlines is also available on the NLM’s website.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flashcards: A new feature in Exam Master Online

Current users of Exam Master Online will find a new Flashcards feature available once you log in to your personal account.
Select "Flashcards" in the list of buttons on the left and you will find the ability to create individual flashcards and also file them into flashcard groups. You have the ability to create, edit, and view your flashcards. There is a help file to guide new users through the process. You may also convert any of your study notes into a flashcards. You will see a new option at the bottom of your study note to "Make this note a flashcard".

The Matas Library hopes that you will find Exam Master Online useful!
  • Medical Students – USMLE Review – All three steps!
  • Residents – USMLE Review, Medical Specialty Board Review
  • Physicians – Medical Specialty Board Review, perfect for certification or recertification

Not familiar with this resource? Create an account and check out the question banks for study. Users must be on the Tulane network to register (create an account). Log-in to the proxy if off-campus authenticate from the Library website.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Disaster Management Guide Updated

There is an update of the Oil Spill on the Matas Subject Guide for Disater Mangement. There are tabs for information concerning the Gulf Oil disaster and the health impacts of oil spills.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to Our Incoming Residents

Welcome to Tulane and New Orleans!

We would like to welcome new residents and fellows to the Tulane community. To discover the best study spaces, computer availability, and how to use library resources and services. Please stop by and meet our staff when you are at orientation. We welcome phone inquiries (504.988-5155) and email contacts (

Feel free to stop by the library if you have questions or need directions. Please forgive the state of the physical library as we are undergoing renovation at the moment.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library and helping you with your information needs.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Upcoming Changes for NIH Public Access Policy: My NCBI’s “My Bibliography”

As of July 23, 2010, Project Directors and Principal Investigators (PD/PIs) will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies. In the interest of easing investigators’ bibliography management, improving data quality, and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI’s personal online tool, “My NCBI,” to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal—“My Bibliography” for users to maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations and books. [See entire press release ]

• For more information on how investigators should handle the upcoming changes, see NOT-OD-10-103

• For a step-by-step guide on how to set up a “My NCBI” account and access “My Bibliography” see

• You can also see the National Library of Medicine tutorial “Using My Bibliography to Manage Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy” for more details.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

World Blood Donor Day - June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010 has been chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the day to recognize those that donate blood. The annual event focuses on motivating people to become donors. The focus of World Blood Donor Day 2010 is on young donors with the slogan: "New blood for the World." For more information, visit the WHO Web site.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Matas Library SUMMER HOURS begin after Memorial Day Weekend

MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SATURDAY 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Memorial Day

  • May 28, Friday -- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Memorial Day Weekend (Sat. May 29- Sun. May 30) CLOSED
  • Memorial Day, Monday May 31st -- CLOSED

    Summer Hours begin on June 1, Tuesday

    Independence Day:
  • July 2, Friday -- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Independence Day Weekend -- CLOSED
    (Sat. July 3- Sun. July 4)
  • July 5, Monday -- CLOSED

    NOTE: Memorial Day (May 31) and Independence Day (July 5) are university holidays. Classes will not meet on those days.

    August 2, Monday Fall schedule begins

    24/7 Matas Library –
    AFTER HOURS ACCESS IS AVAILABLE with Tulane ID card access for computers and study.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Try Free Biomedical Search Engine:

BioMedSearch is a biomedical search engine that contains NIH/PubMed documents, plus a large collection of theses, dissertations, and other publications not found anywhere else for free.

Account features are available that allow saved searches, alerts, saving documents to portfolios, commenting on documents and portfolios, and sharing documents with other registered users.

Free Registration is required.

Note: Tulane users will need to use the Library E-Journals link to locate full text as the TULink is not available in this free search engine.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Special issue in Science on Tuberculosis & Malaria

Special Issue: Tuberculosis & Malaria
14 May 2010Vol 328, Issue 5980, Pages 777-936

Mosquito nets have saved many lives in the fight against malaria but are often in limited supply. A special section highlights research into malaria and tuberculosis, infectious diseases with high mortality and morbidity, particularly in the developing world. See page 841 . Photo: Adam Nadel ( ) for Malaria Consortium,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Health Education Awareness for May

May is:

ECRI Newsletter: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

A page of links to information on "Crude Oil Spills and Human Health" is now available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

The links under "Featured Sites" focus on the latest updates about the recent spill and subsequent controlled burning of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico. This spill followed the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit oil platform 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 20, 2010. This page also provides links to information on:

• Exposure Hazards Related to Oil Spills and Burning Crude Oil
• Seafood and Fisheries Contamination
• Response and Recovery
• Gulf State Agencies Involved in Prevention, Response, and Recovery
• Oil Spills and Wildlife

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)

Guidance on diagnosis and treatment for health care providers is available at the National Library of Medicine website "Radiation Emergency Medical Management":
  • Provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies
  • Provides just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
  • Provides web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible

The name of this website recently changed from REMM to "Radiation Emergency Medical Management".

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Toxicology Learning Tool Released: An update from NLM

Module I (“Introduction to Toxicology and Dose-Response”) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ToxLearn was recently released. ToxLearn is a free, multi-module learning tool that provides an introduction to fundamental toxicological principles and concepts. It is a joint project of the National Library of Medicine and the Society of Toxicology .

Select terms in this resource are linked to a peer-reviewed glossary and quizzes are included. ToxLearn can be useful for users of NLM’s toxicology databases, undergraduates studying toxicology or related disciplines, and others seeking a basic understanding of the field.

ToxLearn is an update of NLM ToxTutor , which was designed to provide a basic understanding of toxicology as an aide for users of toxicology literature contained in the National Library of Medicine’s toxicological and chemical databases. ToxLearn will update and expand on that effort.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor are now free, open, and easy to access at ... The open data announcement coincides with the launch of the World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, the Bank’s popular statistical resource. Apart from giving open access to the WDI, with nearly 1000 indicators, the initiative also opens up the Global Development Finance (GDF), Africa Development Indicators (ADI), Global Economic Monitor (GEM), and indicators from the Doing Business report.

The Matas Libary has a standing order to the print version of World Development Indicators which we plan to contine. We no longer purchase the CD ROM version of the annual data. Link to the location information in the Library Catalog.

See WDI Online in the Database List.

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 2010, Matas Library LUNCHTIME WORKSHOPS - All classes start at 12 noon.

  • April 13th, Tuesday-- EndNote Web - Learn how to import citations, create bibliographies, and cite papers Tidewater - TDW1202
  • April 20th, Tuesday-- Life After Tulane - Freely available research & productivity resources: Tidewater - TDW1202
  • April 29th, Thrusday-- Life After Tulane - Freely available research & productivity resources: Matas Library - Mezz. Lab

For more information on workshop topics or to schedule a workshop for your class or department, contact the Matas Library Reference Department at 504.988.5155 or .

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A study of povery, politics, public health, and the public interest

The Tulane Office of Medical Education held an event on April 6th regarding the history of the Charity Hospital System in Louisiana. The speakers were the co-authors of a new book on the topic, Dr. Jonathan Roberts and Dr. Thomas J. Durant, Jr. A limited number of signed editions of the book, A History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A study of Poverty, Politics, Public health, and the Public Interest are available for sale in the Tulane University Health Sciences Center Bookstore.

A table of contents for the book is available on the publisher's website, Mellen Press.

The Rudolph Matas Library had a display of Charity Hospital images and items from
the historical collection.

A copy of the book is available in the Rudolph Matas Library. It is currently located on General Reserve for use within the Library - WZ 24 R6431 2010

Image of
Dr. Jonathan Roberts (center front) and Dr. Thomas J. Durant, Jr. signing books after the book presentation event on April 6, 2010.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF)

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) is a free, web-based, portal to a wide variety of neuroscience-relevant resources, funded by the National Institutes of Health. NIF has an extensive registry of over 2500 resources along with a custom web index and literature archive. The NIF Data Federation provides a direct query of over 40 databases, with new ones being added regularly.

NIF provides simultaneous search across two literature indices: PubMed and the Textpresso for Neuroscience literature corpus. Textpresso for Neuroscience is assembled from indexing a core set of neuroscience journals and articles culled from keyword searches of PubMed for neuroscience-related terms. Additionally, it is able to search the full text of research papers. This may help to identify information within articles that may not be available to PubMed. Search results may be viewed in PubMed or within the Textpresso for Neuroscience interface. Through the Textpresso interface the user may further refine searches through the use of categories (e.g. brain region) and filters. See NIF Literature for more information on using Textpresso for Neuroscience.

NIF's dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources includes data, materials, and tools. NIF advances neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment. The NIF project is designed to serve the biomedical research community and is actively looking for resource providers to make their resources accessible through the NIF and offer a variety of methods for registering and making resources searchable through the NIF.

This resource is linked through the Matas Subject Guide: Neurology and Neurosciences

For more information or to arrange a seminar or training session please contact the Matas Library,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Global Health & Medically Underserved Week, February 22nd-26th

Lectures will be held in the main auditorium of the 1430 Tulane Avenue Building from 12 noon to 1 pm. Foundations credit for attending lectures. Lunch will be provided.
  • Monday - BodyTalk: U.S. Immigration Law the the Power of a Good Medical Exam
  • Tuesday - International Research: A student perspective
  • Wednesday - International Humanitarian Experiences
  • Thursday - Issues in Migrant Health
  • Friday - The People's Institute and Racism in Medicine
Brought to you by AMSA, Doctors for Global Health and Foundations in Medicine.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Carnival!

Mardi Gras Hours

  • February 12th, 2010 - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • February 13th, 2010 - Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • February 14th - February 16th, 2010 CLOSED

Reopen on Ash Wednesday with regular hours.

Monday, February 8, 2010

WHO DAT - The Matas Library will close at 1:00 p.m. on February 9, 2010

Tulane University (uptown, downtown and primate center) will close tomorrow, February 9, 2010 at 1 p.m. in honor of the Saints Super Bowl Victory! Read Scott Cowan's Tulane Talk, The Moment and the Future 02/08/2010.

The Matas Library will close at 1:00 p.m. on February 9, 2010

Enjoy the Saints Super Bowl Victory Parade to Begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at LaSalle and Poydras.

Friday, February 5, 2010

PubMed® Advanced Search, Limits, and Homepage Revised

Recent changes implemented in PubMed include a new Limits page with additional limits for dates and search field tags.

For more information about the changes to PubMed see PubMed Changes by Re Mishra. Blogadillo: News from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.

[Changes were implemented in PubMed on February 2, 2010.]

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Due to the humanitarian disaster in Haiti, GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network), an Infectious Diseases database, has launched a free E-book for health professionals interested in Haiti. You may read about the background here: THE INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF HAITI.

The Infectious Diseases of Haiti by GIDEON (321 pages, 2.75MB)

GIDEON, a point-of-care clinical decision support system provides a current, evidence-based resource for the diagnosis, treatment and teaching in the fields of Tropical & Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Microbiology in all countries. It is available by license to the Tulane communnity. The database helps clinicians overcome information overload and save time by providing quick diagnosis and access to a vast source of high-quality medical content.

A Subject Guide on Disaster Management includes other links to information on for health professionals.

Donations to the Tulane University Center for Public Service campaign in support of "Stand with Haiti" are being accepted at the Matas Library Desk. "Stand with Haiti" is the official donation campaign of Partners in Health (PIH).

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Matas Check-out periods, Recalls and Holds for Books

LOOK FOR THE "Make a Request"
when a book you need is checked-out.

The Matas Library's has a new check-out policy for BOOKS that extends the loan period to 28 days or one month. The previous period was 3 weeks. In addition, a new feature in the online catalog is available for requesting Recalls and Holds for items that are checked out.

Recalls may be placed after a user has had an item for at least two weeks. The loan period is shortened and a notice is sent to the patron notifying them of the new due date. The user will have ten days to return the item to the library. After ten days the library charges $1.00 a day in overdue fines. Any patron with an outstanding recall will be blocked from library privileges until the item has been returned. Fines accrue to a maximum of $20. (So check your Tulane email and be sure the library has your correct address.)

The returned item will be held for the patron who has initiated the recall for five days. If the patron does not pick up the material in that period, it will be sent back to the stacks.

Items that are on reserve cannot be recalled or held for pick-up. Journals continue to have a two day check-out. Holds can be placed on items that are soon to fall due, or are overdue. When a hold is placed it will block other patrons from checking the item out or renewing their loan. A Hold does not change the original due date, but further renewals are not allowed.

With the new longer checkout period, no users will have a shorter loan period than three weeks. Users may also renew their library materials online. From the Library Catalog sign in to the "My Account" with your Library Barcode.

You may still call the desk to ask for assistance. Let the Library Staff know of problems or questions regarding online renewals, holds and recalls!