Global Health database (EBSCO)

Does your research require that you find material from or about other countries?


Global Health contains information from over 3500 journals, plus reports, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, patents, theses and electronic only publications from more than 150 countries going back to 1973. Global Health contains over 1.2 million scientific records, and more than 90,000 records are added each year. Over 95% of these records include an abstract.

A significant proportion of this material is unique to Global Health, meaning that you will not find it in PubMed and other databases. Global Health coverage includes the following subjects: International health, biomedical life sciences, communicable and non-communicable diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, occupational health, toxicology, health services, and maternal/child health. This database offers global coverage with items in over 50 languages translated into English.

July Instruction Session: My NCBI Hands-On

Note: Please indicate which location (Richmond or
Sacramento) you wish to attend to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

See below for details about each date/time/location.

* Do you want to save your PubMed searches and receive
e-mail updates when new citations relevant to your
search are added to PubMed?

* Want to learn about a place to permanently store
citations you find from a PubMed search?

* Are you interested in customizing the PubMed display
such that searches are “filtered” into categories of
your choice?

* Are you interested in keeping track of searches run
and citations viewed during the previous 6 months?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then
please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s
My NCBI Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:
1. How to register for a My NCBI account
2. How to save searches and have PubMed periodically
re-run the search and automatically e-mail you new citations
3. How to permanently save citations in My NCBI
4. How to set up search filters in PubMed, so search results
are sorted into your desired categories (e.g., age group
of subject, articles that link to records in other databases, etc.)
5. Other features of My NCBI

Note: this class will be held in both Richmond and
Sacramento locations. See below for the date/time
for each location.


Class: My NCBI Hands-On
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:30-12 pm
Where: Richmond Campus, Building P, Computer
Training Room P-1246

RSVP by Monday, July 19 to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 16 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.


Class: PubMed Advanced Hands-On
When: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 10:30-12 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento Campus, 1500 Capitol Ave,
Computer Training Room 72.169.

RSVP by Monday, July 26 to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 12 participants.
A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an
additional class.


This class is intended for CDPH staff who are already
using PubMed and wish to learn about some of its
customizable features.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend
if appropriate.

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

Radiation Emergency Medical Management

The National Library of Medicine Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is now available as a free iPhone/iPod touch App. Please see:

You can download it from iTunes, or search for “radiation emergency” at the iTunes Store:

Mobile REMM can also be downloaded to other mobile platforms (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, & Palm):

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many US and international consultants.

REMM provides:

* Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
* Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
* Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. For more information, see:

Memories of 2151 Berkeley Way: Demolition in Progress

The old DHS building at 2151 Berkeley Way is being demolished to make room for a Community Health Campus, including a new building for the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. A Helios Energy Research facility will also be built on the site.

The UCB School of Public Health’s Facebook page has links to photos and a video of the demolition in progress. Take a look – maybe you will see your old office falling to the ground!




In May, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) launched the inaugural issue of mBio(tm), a new open access online journal designed to make microbiology research broadly accessible. The focus of the journal is on rapid publication of cutting-edge research spanning the entire spectrum of microbiology and related fields.

ASM has adopted an “author pays” open access model to cover the costs of publishing mBio(tm). In lieu of traditional page and color charges, authors (or their funding agencies or institutions) will pay a flat publication fee for each article published. The 2010 mBio(tm) publication fee for Research Articles (maximum of 8 journal pages) will be $2,000 for ASM members ($3,000 for nonmembers) and will include immediate open access and unlimited color figures. The fee for publishing the short Observations and Opinions and Hypotheses will be $1,000 for ASM members ($1,500 for nonmembers). ASM will consider requests for waivers from authors of accepted manuscripts who lack funding for publication fees.

Copyright of all material published in mBio(tm) remains with the authors. The authors grant the American Society for Microbiology a non-exclusive license to publish their work if it is accepted. Upon publication, the work becomes available to the public to copy, distribute, or display under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Please contact the corresponding author to obtain permission for noncommercial reuse of mBio(tm) content.

For more information about the journal, go to:

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. A community guide to environmental health. By Jeff Conant, et al. Berkeley, CA: Hesperian Foundation, 2008. Call number: RA566.C666 2008.

2. Expert forecast on emerging chemical risks related to occupational safety and health. By Emmanuelle Brun, et al. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009. Call number: HD7694.5 .E98 2009.

3. Uncertainty modeling in dose response: bench testing environmental toxicity. By Roger M. Cooke. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2009. Call number: RA1226 .U53 2009.

4. Construction research at NIOSH: reviews of research programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. By National Research Council (U.S.), Committee to Review the NIOSH Construction Research Program. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2009. Call number: HD9715.U52 C587 2009.

5. Clinical toxicological analysis: procedures, results, interpretation. By W-R Kulpmann. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2009. Call number: RA1199 .C59 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:

Toxicity Reference Database

The ToxRefDb, by the National Center for Computational Toxicology of the EPA, contains toxicity testing results from over 30 years for hundreds of chemicals. You can find public hazard, exposure, pesticide registration toxicity, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related to cancer, reproductive, and developmental toxicity. The ToxRefDb currently includes chronic, cancer, sub-chronic, developmental, and reproductive studies on hundreds of chemicals, many of which are pesticide active ingredients. You can access it from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at:

Chemical Exposure Health Data

This database goes back to 1984 and is made up of industrial hygiene samples taken during worksite inspections conducted by U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers. These results are comprised of personal, area, and bulk samples. You can view the full dataset all in one, or view each year individually. You can access it from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at:

More Online Tutorials from the Public Health Library

Two brief tutorials have just been added to our web site:

– Importing Ovid records to EndNote X3
– Importing Ovid records to Reference Manager 12

These are in addition to the PubMed and TOXLINE tutorials we posted last month. All may be found on our Training web page:

and, as appropriate, on our PubMed Help page,,

and our EndNote, Reference Manager Help page,

Comments are always welcome!