Holiday Hours

Although the Public Health Library will be closed to the public from
December 19 – Jan 2, we are open for OEHHA services on December 19-21 and the 26th-28th, from 9AM to 5PM. If you wish to visit the library on any of these days, please let us know beforehand so we can open the door for you and make sure that a librarian will be here to assist you.

Note: Charleen will be off on December 26, 27, and 28, but if you need services during this time please contact the Public Health Library by logging in to the web portal or calling (510) 642-2510. We will be available between 9am and 5pm on these days.

Please 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!

What would you miss if you only searched PubMed?

Do you do your own searching for information? Have you considered using
databases other than PubMed for your research? There are a number of
free online literature databases that are worth checking out. Here’s
a sampling:

Citations on environmental sciences: ecology, environmental health,
environmental planning, environmental chemistry, environmental law,
technology, and related disciplines. Includes some free online full text
» What’s not in PubMed?
Leaching, air pollution – mathematical models, trace analysis …

Citations from the toxicology and pharmacology literature.
» What’s not in PubMed?
Includes technical reports, Federal Research in Progress,
literature from ILO …

Energy Citations Database
Reports, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and
patents on energy, materials, environmental science, chemistry, and more.
» What’s not in PubMed?
Non-journal literature, scientific and technical reports …

Citations relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and
» What’s not in PubMed?
International literature on all aspects of “accidents”

Regardless of the database(s) that you use, remember that you can request a copy of the materials that you need through our Document Delivery Service. We can find almost anything for you. See how to place a request here.

2013 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Now Available to View

Every year, the National Library of Medicine evaluates its Medical Subject Headings to see if any changes are needed. MeSH is the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus. MeSH terms are used to index the literature that NLM receives from 5,400 journals on medical subjects. There are 26,853 descriptors in the 2013 MeSH to help you narrow your research to your topic.

New MeSH terms to be added in 2013 include air filters, health impact assessment, organophosphate poisoning, ozone depletion, public health surveillance, and return to work, among many others.

See lists of the changes to MeSH terms for 2013 and to read more about MeSH terms in general.

Education and Training for Health Professionals (National Cancer Institute)

The NCI has drawn together the cancer education and
training tools
and offerings from NCI and NIH for health professionals into one website. Look here for cancer education and training tools available in a variety of formats, such as online study, webinars, and tutorials. The tools here include a lesson on how to use evidence-based programs to plan a health education program, webinars on research to practice, and tutorials on using State Cancer Profiles and NHANES, among many others.

The courses here are appropriate for health care providers, public health program planners, researchers, and cancer registrars.

You may also find the link to this and other resources that may be of interest on our Cancer Resources web page.

Health Effects Institute (HEI)

The Health Effects Institute is an independent, nonprofit corporation that studies the health effects of pollutants from sources in the environment including motor vehicles. Supported jointly by the EPA and industry, HEI has produced reports on the health effects of a variety of pollutants, including carbon monoxide, fuels and fuel additives, nitrogen oxides, diesel exhaust, ozone, and particulate air pollution.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Environmental toxicology: biological and health effects of pollutants. By Ming-Ho Yu, Humio Tsunoda, and Masashi Tsunoda. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012. Call number: RA1226 .Y79 2011.

2. Environmental chemistry and toxicology of mercury. By Guangliang Liu, Yong Cai, and Nelson J O’Driscoll. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012. Call number: RA1231.M5 E585 2012.

3. WHO human health risk assessment toolkit: chemical hazards. By World Health Organization; International Program on Chemical Safety; and Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2010. Call number: T55.3.H3 W56 2010. Also available online.

4. Hazardous wastes, industrial disasters, and environmental health risks: local and global environmental struggles. By Francis O Adeola. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Call number: TD1030 .A326 2011.

5. Antimicrobial resistance in the environment. By Patricia L Keen and Mark H.M.M. Montfort. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012. Call number: TD196.D78 A58 2012.

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 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.