OEHHA Newsletter is Now a Blog!

The Public Health Library’s quarterly OEHHA newsletter is now a blog. If you were already subscribed to receive the newsletter via email, you will still receive it. However, some of the links in the email may now guide you to postings that are in the blog. For more information, visit the blog at:


New Toxnet and Beyond Guide Available!

Our lives are filled with chemical exposures. How do we discover more about these chemicals for ourselves and our organization? The National Library of Medicine’s Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal provides access to numerous databases that can help you explore environmental chemicals and risks. NLM just produced a new guide, TOXNET and beyond: Using NLM’s Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal. This guide conveys the fundamentals of searching the NLM’s TOXNET system of databases in
chemistry, toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. In addition to TOXNET, it highlights various resources available through the Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal.

Resources covered include:

    * ChemIDplus
    * Hazardous Substances Data Bank
    * Toxicology Literature Online (TOXLINE)
    * Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System
    * Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database
    * Genetic Toxicology Data Bank
    * Integrated Risk Information System
    * International Toxicity Estimates for Risk
    * LactMed
    * Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and TOXMAP
    * Haz-Map
    * Household Products Database

and more! And, all these resources are free! Access the guide at:


PubMed and Other National Library of Medicine (NLM) Tutorials

Do you need some help with searching PubMed or learning how to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)? If so, there are several tutorials available on the NLM web site you should consider looking at! In addition to these topics, there are tutorials on how to use My NCBI, and much more. You can access these freely by going to:


From Exposure to Illness: Community Health Studies and Environmental Contamination

The Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health has created an online guide for those who want to study the link between environmental exposure to chemicals and the health effects experienced by a community by conducting a health study. The information gives the basics about health studies, discusses when a health study is appropriate, and offers examples and alternatives to health studies. Check out this guide, which is linked from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources page at:


Agricultural Health Study

This study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the EPA, is being conducted to investigate the effects of environmental, occupational, dietary and genetic factors on pesticide applicators and their spouses. It began in 1994 and involves over 89,000 subjects. Check out this guide, which is linked from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources page at:


New Books!

The Public Health Library now has the following new books available:

1. Inhalation studies: foundations and techniques. By Robert F. Phalen. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2009. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA1270.A34; P46 2009

2. Organic pollutants: an ecotoxicological perspective. By C.H. Walker. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2009. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA1235; .W35 2009

3. Killer commodities: public health and the corporate production of harm. Edited by Merrill Singer and Hans Baer. Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2009. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA427.3.K45 2009

4. Health impact assessment for sustainable water management. Edited by Lorna Fewtrell and David Kay. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2008. UCB Public Health Library call number: TC401.H43 2008

5. Toxicological risk assessment of chemicals: a practical guide. Elsa Nielsen. New York : Informa Healthcare, 2008. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA1190.N54 2008

6. Risk assessment for chemicals in drinking water. Edited by Robert A. Howd, Anna M. Fan. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Interscience, 2008. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA591.R57 2008

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is available. If you are interested in checking out any books, please submit a request using our online form at:


Do You Have the Most Recent EndNote Filters?

The most recent PubMed filter came out on 10/27/2008, and the most recent TOXLINE filter came out on 9/26/2008. If you have not already downloaded these new filters, you will want to do so immediately, so that the citations from these databases will be imported correctly into your EndNote library.

To download these filters, go to the EndNote web site at: http://endnote.com, click on "Support & Services" in the top red menu bar, and then click on "Import Filter" on the left-hand side green menu. You will then need to search for the name of the database in the alphabetical list of databases provided.

If you need help with locating or downloading these filters, please contact us at (510) 642-2510 and ask for assistance.  

Logo design contest

We named it.  Now it’s your turn.

Design a logo for the University Library’s new catalog, OskiCat . . . coming in May. 

Winner’s artwork will be featured in the Library’s new catalog & on OskiCat publicity.

What do I win?

A lasting campus legacy & a chance to be part of Cal’s history!


All UC Berkeley students are eligible to participate.


  • Must feature the name “OskiCat” & the text “UCB Library Catalog”.
  • Trademarked UC logos may be used in combination with words.
  • Should incorporate two or more of the following colors: blue, gold, black, white, gray.
  • PREFERRED WEB formatting: 50H X 275W in pixels; .gif file with transparent or #668cb3 blue background; original file in .png or .eps (encapsulated PostScript).
  • PREFERRED PRINT formatting: Artwork from vector art programs (Illustrator or Freehand); text/font converted to outlines; save as .eps file; photographic, placed, or embedded images (.jpeg, .tiff, .gif, .psd) are not suitable.

Submission deadline

Friday, 17 April 2009

Submit designs as email attachments to: oskicat[at]library.berkeley.edu

Other campus logos

For examples, visit OskiCat on Facebook.

Winning submission becomes the property of the Regents of the University of California. Color scheme may be adapted for promotional materials. Multiple designs may be submitted.