New Ovid Books Trial in November

From November 1 to November 30, 2010 the Public Health Library will be trialing several new Ovid electronic books. A few of the many new titles are:

– Chemicals in the Environment
– Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials
– Environmental and Occupational Medicine
– Epidemiologic Principles and Food Safety
– Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health
– Fundamental Toxicology
– Reviewing Research Evidence for Nursing Practice: Systematic Reviews
– Practice Nurse Handbook

To see a browsable A-Z list of titles, please go to:

At the end of November, we will be sending out a short survey to help us assess which books were useful to you.

The Cochrane Library: Finding the Evidence

The Cochrane Library contains several health-related databases, and is best known for its publication of systematic reviews of evidence of the effectiveness of health care interventions, such as drugs or surgery. The systematic reviews contain high-quality, independent evidence, aimed at informing healthcare decision-making. Reviews are prepared by subject-specific Review Groups that are part of the Cochrane Collaboration. Of special note are the plain language summaries contained in every systematic review, aimed at summarizing the reviews in a straightforward style that can be understood by healthcare consumers. The Cochrane Library may be searched, or browsed by topic and review group. Topics of special interest, for example, metastatic breast cancer, are highlighted on The Cochrane Library home page, and many resources on those topics are gathered together in Special Collections. Podcasts containing audio summaries of selected reviews are also available.

Upcoming Instruction Sessions in San Diego!

The UC Berkeley Public Health Library will be holding 4 instruction sessions in November in San Diego. See below for details:

Monday, November 15, 2010
Orientation to Library Services/Accessing Full Text Electronic Journals

Google, Google Scholar, Google Books and WorldCat

Location: San Diego North Conference Room
7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92108

Note: There is a limit of 40 people.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
PubMed Basics Hands on

Pubmed Advanced Hands on

Location: San Diego North Computer Training Room
7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92108

Note: There is a limit of 14 people.

For more details about each class topic, please go to:

If you wish to attend, sign up at:

Please note: All the classes have limited space so make sure to sign up in advance.

November 16th Sacramento Instruction Session: Reference Manager 12 Hands on

RSVP by Friday, November 12, 2010 to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.
Limit of 11 participants.

* Do you have the Reference Manager program but are not sure what it can do for you?
* Are you already using Reference Manager and have some burning questions?
* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can learn and practice using Reference Manager?
* Do you write journal articles or reports where you need to cite literature you’ve read or referenced?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Reference Manager 12 Hands On class! (Users of other versions of Reference Manager are welcome to attend).

Topics covered will include:
1. What is Reference Manager and why it’s useful
2. How to get PubMed and other citations into Reference Manager
3. The Reference Manager database: display, navigation, etc.
4. How to use “Cite While You Write” with Microsoft Word
5. How to get help

Class: Reference Manager 12 Hands On
When: Tuesday November 16, 10:30am-12pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Ave, Computer Training Room 72.169

This class is intended for CDPH staff who may have a basic understanding of the Reference Manager 12 software program but don’t know how to use its features. The Reference Manager 12 software will not be distributed at this class; in order for you to use this software for your work, your CDPH unit must purchase or already own a copy. 

Please note: This class is limited to 11 participants. A waiting list will be created if necessary for an additional class.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Friday November 12th to Judy Bolstad at, or (510) 642-2510.

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

New Herb and Supplement Information on MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus has released 100 new English and Spanish monographs on a broad range of dietary supplements and herbal remedies. The new content is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version (NMCD). Some of the highlights include:

* Descriptions of herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and how they work
* Effectiveness ratings for different indications
* Safety concerns, including special precautions and warnings
* Information on interactions with medications, foods, and other herbs and supplements
* Dosages that have been studied in scientific research
* Extensive lists of references, with links to PubMed
* A “Share” button on each monograph that allows users to easily share the content with friends and family

Access the Drugs, Herbs and Supplements page of MedlinePlus at:

UCB School of Public Health Resources

Video Room

The School of Public Health now has a video room dating back to 2006, where you can watch videos about public    health symposiums and lectures on various public health issues. Check it out at:

School of Public Health News

Check out news about the School of Public Health! Go to our Electronic Newspapers and News Sources web page at:

ACToR (US EPA’s Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource)

This data warehouse includes data from over 500 public sources on over 500,000 chemicals. It provides access to information where available on acute and chronic toxicity, carcinogenicity, food safety, chemical manufacturing and use levels, risk management, exposure data, and more. Access it from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at:

Association of Schools of Public Health Friday Letter

The Friday Letter is a weekly electronic publication of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), an organization representing the deans, faculty, and students of the CEPH-accredited member schools of public health and other programs seeking accreditation as schools of public health in North America.The Friday Letter contains feature stories, information on new research and reports, funding and training opportunities, upcoming events, and much more. Access it from our Electronic Newspapers and News Sources web page at:

Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising in National Magazines, 2001-2008

This report, by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studies youth exposure to alcohol advertising to see if it dropped during the 2001-2008 time period, when leading alcohol companies pledged to reduce the amount of advertising in magazines with significant underage audiences. The complete report is accessible from our Maternal and Child Health Resources web page at:

or from our Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Resources web page at:

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Public health and infectious diseases. By Davidson Hamer, Jeffrey K Griffiths, et al. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2010. Call number: RA643.P77 2010.

2. Infectious diseases: emergence and re-emergence: a geographical analysis. By A.D. Cliff, Matthew Smallman-Raynor, et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Call number: RA643.C62 2009.

3. Emerging infectious diseases and society. By Peter Washer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Call number: RA643.W27 2010.

4. Pandemic influenza preparedness and response: a WHO guidance document. By Keiji Fukuda, et al. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2009. Call number: RA644.I6 P3665 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.

You may also log into your web portal account to request the book(s) at:

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: