Holiday closure and intersession hours

All of the libraries will be closed for the winter holidays from December 23 – January 6. In addition, most of the libraries, including Doe, Moffitt, and the Gardner (Main) Stacks, will be closed January 7-10. To check the schedule, go to the Library Hours page. Select a date, or click on the “Calendar” link next to a particular library to display its hours.

During the closure period, the Library’s web site, catalogs, and research databases will still be available. Regular hours and operations will resume on January 11, 2010.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. At the point of production: the social analysis of occupational and environmental health. By Charles Levenstein. Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood Pub., 2009. Call number: T59.77 .A85 2009

2. Making data talk: communicating public health data to the public, policy makers, and the press. By David E. Nelson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Call number: RA423.2 .N45 2009

3. Environmental engineering. Prevention and response to water-, food-, soil-, and air-borne disease and illness. By Nelson Leonard Nemerow, et al. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2009. Call number: RA643 .E58 2009

4. Urban health: readings in the social, built, and physical environments of U.S. cities. H. Patricia Hynes, et al. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009. Call number: RA566.3 .U73 2009

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form below and we will mail the book(s) to you.

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you. The application form is at:

Recent EndNote Filters and X3 Update

The following EndNote filters have been recently updated as of September 2009:

Agricola (from NAL)

If you plan to export citations from any of these databases, please make sure to download the most recent filters.

To search for filters, go to and click “support and services” at the top. On the green left-hand side menu click “import filter”. Scroll down the page and click on the “Accept” button at the bottom to get to a list of filters. Then, search for your filter. If you need help, please contact the Public Health Library at (510) 642-2510 and we will guide you through the process.

The EndNote X3.0.1 update for Windows is also now available. It includes enhancements and fixes for EndNote X3. You can download the update and find instructions on how to install it at:

New Current Awareness Service Title

We have added “Cancer Prevention Research” to our list of available journal titles you can choose from to receive tables of contents for. If you are interested in receiving the tables of contents for this title, please let us know.

For those who are unfamiliar with our Current Awareness Service, you can find out more information at:

PubMed Interface Change

The National Library of Medicine has redesigned the PubMed interface. To access PubMed, go to the home page for services to OEHHA at:

Scroll down to “Key Resources” and click on PubMed. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to try out the redesigned interface.

The Public Health Library’s PubMed Help web page for OEHHA at:, has been recently revised to reflect changes in the PubMed interface. Near the bottom of the page, there are links to “PubMed: The New Interface.” This handout details how to perform common PubMed tasks in the new interface, such as applying Limits, viewing MeSH terms, using Clipboard, and more.

My NCBI Enhancements

Recent My NCBI enhancements include the capability to create custom filters and to share a collection or bibliography. In addition, My NCBI now includes a feature to send an e-mail to users who have forgotten their passwords. For those of you who are not familiar with My NCBI, it is a feature in PubMed that allows you to save searches and search results. Searches can be automatically updated and e-mailed to you.  To sign up for a My NCBI account, go to PubMed and click on “Sign in” in the upper right-hand corner, and then “Register for an account” on the right-hand side of the next page.

Services for OEHHA During the Holidays

Although the Public Health Library will be closed to the public from December 23 – January 8, we are open for OEHHA services December 23, December 28-30 and January 4-8, from 8AM to 5PM. If you wish to visit the library on these dates, please let us know beforehand so we can make sure to open the door for you and make sure that a librarian will be here to assist you. Please also plan ahead and anticipate your project needs, especially if you will be using our Document Delivery service.

Thank you for continuing to use our valuable library services. We encourage you to let your new and existing colleagues know about our services and resources, if they do not already use them.

Happy Holidays to you from all of us at the Public Health Library!

Note: The Occupational and Environmental Health Library (OEHL) will be open from 9AM-5PM on December 23, December 28-30, and January 4-8.

California Research Bureau Reports

“The California Research Bureau (CRB) provides non-partisan research services to the Governor and his staff, to both houses of the legislature, and to other state elected officials. These services include preparation of reports and memoranda on current policy issues, which might cover topics such as the history of the issue, experiences and proposals in other states, case studies and examples, data analysis, and development of legislative proposals.” The CRB reports that are publicly available can be searched and viewed from our Electronic Books web page at:

California Breast Cancer Research Program

The CBCRP is responsible for administering funding for breast cancer research in the State of California. The Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project, one of its projects, is a collaboration between the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The project’s expert panel is charged with recommending the chemical screening criteria relevant to breast cancer and identifying the communication strategies that will help businesses, consumers and policy makers reduce chemical hazards. To access this resource, please go to our Cancer Resources web page at:

January 27th Richmond Instruction Session: PubMed Basics, The New Interface Hands on

RSVP by Monday, January 25th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510. Limit of 15 participants.

* Do you need to find health/medical journal literature?
* Are you having trouble accessing full text articles from your desktop?
* Do you get too many or too few search results when searching PubMed?
* Are you already using PubMed and have some burning questions?
* Do you want help exploring PubMed’s new interface?
* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can learn and practice using PubMed?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s PubMed Basics, The New Interface Hands on class! 

Topics covered will include:
1. Introduction to PubMed
2. Retrieving Full Text Using the CDPH PubMed URL
3. Effective Keyword Searching Using Boolean Logic
4. The New Interface: What’s Changed
5. Using Advanced Search
6. Finding and Using Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Terms
7. Other PubMed Features

Class: PubMed Basics, The New Interface Hands On
When: Wednesday, January 27th, 10:30am-12 pm
Where: CDPH Richmond Campus, Building P, Room 1246 (Computer Training Room)

This class is intended for CDPH staff new to PubMed, those who may have some basic understanding of PubMed but don’t know how to use its features, and for those wanting to explore the new PubMed interface.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, January 25th to Judy Bolstad at: or (510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 15 participants.  A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an additional class.

NON-BUILDING P OCCUPANTS: Please make sure to register so your name will be on the class participant list given to the Building P Security Desk for entry into Building P.

These Hands On training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.