PubMed Central / NCBI Images

NCBI Images

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what are millions of images worth? NCBI Images allows you to search about 3 million images from articles in the biomedical literature database PubMed Central, including charts, graphics, and photographs. Searchable fields for the images include caption title and text, author, journal name, and PubMed ID. Search results include thumbnails of the images, a truncated caption, a citation for the source article, and a link to the full text. Mousing over a thumbnail generates a preview of the image; clicking on a thumbnail takes you to a larger version of the image plus its full caption. You can save images temporarily to the clipboard, or permanently as a My NCBI collection. Of course, use of images may be governed by copyright; consult the NCBI Copyright and Disclaimers page for more information.

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database (ESPM)

ESPM (CSA Illumina) is a multidisciplinary database which provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Thousands of abstracts and citations are included from scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications dating from 1967 to the present. Areas of coverage include:

* Agricultural biotechnology
* Air quality
* Aquatic pollution
* Bacteriology
* Ecology
* Energy resources
* Environmental biotechnology
* Environmental engineering
* Environmental impact statements (U.S.)
* Hazardous waste
* Industrial hygiene
* Microbiology related to industrial & environmental issues
* Pollution: land, air, water, noise, solid waste, radioactive
* Risk assessment
* Safety science
* Toxicology & toxic emissions
* Water pollution
* Waste management
* Water resource issues

January 26th Sacramento Instruction Session: Public Health Informatics

Note: This is a brand new class!

RSVP by Monday, January 24 to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Do you want to know:

* How to add a tool to your browser that searches PubMed for CDPH, Google Scholar, and more?
* How to take geocoded notes on your Blackberry?
* About free medical and health mobile applications?
* What “participatory epidemiology” is?
* How to easily collaborate with colleagues, including file sharing?
* How information technology is being used in public health settings?

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

Topics covered will include:
1. Tools that help link disparate resources
2. Tools for decision-making and data collection
3. Tools for collaboration
4. Examples of public health applications of information technology

Class: Public Health Informatics
When: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Avenue, Training Room 72.167 (“Hearing Room”)

This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to learn about and use technology to help solve public health problems and situations.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend, if appropriate.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, January 24 to: Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

Farewell, Tom Alexander

Tom passed away in his sleep Monday, December 27th. The former head of the Public Health Library from 1979-1997, he was the driving force for library contract services with the DHS.  His dedication to the Library and the library contracts was only part of what made him unique.  The humor, enthusiasm, and infectious laughter he brought to the workplace made us better people.

He will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to his family.  His memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 25th.

Debbie Jan
Head, Public Health Library

New Public Health Library Staff

The Public Health Library is very pleased to announce that Sarah Ngo has been permanently hired as our new Document Delivery Coordinator. She will be managing the flow of document delivery requests in the unit and overseeing the current awareness service for contract clientele. She can be reached at or (510) 642-2510.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Health promotion and prevention programmes in practice: how patients’ health practices are rationalized, reconceptualised and reorganised. By Yvonne J.F.M. Jansen and Thomas Mathar. Piscataway, NJ: Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, 2010. Call number: RA427.8.H4358 2010.

2. A reader in promoting public health: challenge and controversy. By Jenny Douglas, et al. U.K.: Open University, 2010. Call number: RA427.8.R43 2010.

3. The paradigm shift in health: towards a quantum understanding of the role of consciousness in health promotion and education. By R.S. Laura, et al. Lanham: University Press of America, 2009. Call number: RA427.8.L38 2009.

4. Evaluating clinical and public health interventions: a practical guide to study design and statistics. By Mitchell H. Katz. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Call number: RA399.A1 K385 2010.

5. Secondhand smoke exposure and cardiovascular effects: making sense of the evidence Institute of Medicine (U.S.). By the Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events. Washington,D.C.: National Academies Press, 2010. Call number: RA645.H4 S43 2010.

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 and we will mail the book(s) to you.

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

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.

Health Matters in San Francisco

Building a Healthier San Francisco has put together data on the state of health, education, public safety, transportation, economy, and the natural and social environments of San Francisco. This web site also has links to many promising practices, organized by those that are evidence-based, an effective practice or a good idea. Check out this resource, which is linked from our California Agencies Resources web page and our Statistical/Data Resources web page.