Cochrane Library releases new Web Site

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Wiley Publishing has released a new and improved Cochrane Library web site.

Along with an updated look and feel, the new site offers the following features and enhancements:
Improved navigation: Browse the site with ease and learn more about the Cochrane Library thanks to a clean menu interface

  • Mobile optimization: Read and navigate the Cochrane Library effortlessly on tablet or mobile phone screens
  • Better browsing: Browse Cochrane Reviews by topic or by Review Group
  • Integrated access to Anywhere Systematic Review: Instantly access the enhanced “Anywhere Systematic Review” format, which can be used on any device, at any time

About the Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups. At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of primary research in human health care and health policy.

Nursing Reference Center: Database Trial Renewed from Ebsco Publishers

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Ebsco has provided UMass Lowell with a 6-week free trial to their Nursing Reference Center database. The trial is available until 31 March 2011.

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) is intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. It delivers the most recent clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases via a nursing-specific graphical interface.Included are over 3,500 evidence-based lessons on procedures, diseases and conditions, legal cases and drugs. These consist of over 2,700 Care Sheets and Lessons, more than 700 Legal Cases, over 300 Research Instruments, plus over 500 Continuing Education Full Text Documents. In addition, more than 4,000 Health Library documents are available in both English and Spanish.

Patient care planning and access to detailed drug information is simplified via embedded HTML copies of F.A. Davis’s Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, F.A. Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses and Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Ovid Online Database Releases New Enhancements

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On January 19, 2012, the Ovid database web site will go live with an updated release of several new features, such as the ability to export citations to Excel. Also included will be several user interface enhancements including:

  • An enlarged Ovid Resource Box
  • Simpler way to change Ovid Resource selections
  • Access to Print/Email/Export/Add to My Projects quick-click buttons at the bottom of the search results screen
  • New Advanced Search entry tips to promptly search by Keyword, Author, Title and Journal
  • More prominent navigation within Journals A-Z

Ovid offers full-text access to over 70 journals covering fields of nursing, medicine, healthcare, psychology and the biological sciences.

Informa Healthcare Extends Trial to all Online Journals

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Informa Healthcare has extended its free trial for access to all of their 170 online journals through the month of March, 2011.  Access is available at

The Informa Healthcare journal portfolio offers more than 170 journals in the pharmaceutical science, allied health, clinical medicine, and life science areas. Informa Healthcare has gathered more than 2.8 million pages of historical journal content and made them available for researchers and clinicians.

For more information about this trial as well as Informa Healthcare’s new website enhancements, please refer to this previous blog post.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text: Database Trial from Ebsco

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Ebsco has provided UMass Lowell with a 30-day free trial to their CINAHL Plus with Full Text database. The trial is available until 31 March 2011.

Unlike the university’s current subscription to CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), the Plus with full-text edition offers complete full-text coverage to more than 770 journals (with current issue access included) along with over 275 full-text books.

CINAHL Plus provides indexing for more than 4,500 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with coverage dating as far back as 1937. It offers complete coverage of English language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, covering subjects of nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as Evidence-Based Care Sheets are also provided.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Cochrane Library added to database subscriptions

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The Cochrane Library, published and hosted by Wiley InterScience, is a collection of six databases in medicine and other healthcare specialities that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.

A seventh database in the Cochrane Library provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,000 so far, published online in the Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Reviews are unique because they are both produced by, and are relevant to, everyone interested in the effects of health care.  Contributors are a mix of volunteers and paid staff who are affiliated to the organisation through Cochrane:  healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic Networks – called ‘fields’ – groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centers. Many are world leaders in their field of medicine, health policy, research methodology or consumer advocacy, and our entities are situated in some of the world’s best academic and medical institutions.

The Cochrane Library consists of the following databases:

  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Reviews)
  • The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
  • The Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews (Methodology Reviews)
  • The Cochrane Methodology Register (Methodology Register)
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)

Free Ovid Webcast: Improving Nursing with Technology

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Ovid Technologies is offering a free online Webcast titled “Improving Nursing Practice with Information and Technology”  on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 12:00 – 1:00 EST.

Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid will discuss how and where nurses are using information in practice today and what uses are on the horizon for tomorrow.

How do nurses access and use information in practice today? In educational settings? As part of their professional development? And how does that setting…
  • An acute care institution
  • Primary care facilities
  • An educational or research environment

…determine what information is needed and how it will be used?

To help address these topics, Anne will be joined by Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CEN, the Vice President of Emergency, Trauma and Aeromedical Services at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, and editor-in-chief Nursing2010, who will talk about the real-world trends in information and technology in nursing practice at a hospital that is both highly-committed to technology and has achieved Magnet status in nursing.

This webcast will also summarize the main takeaways from a new in-depth white paper prepared by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid that analyzes their own research findings into how nurses in North American access and use information in practice, education, and professional development environments.

Discussing the implications of the research with Anne will be Mark Barragry, Director of Strategic Growth Markets at Ovid and Nick Scheponik, Manager of Market Research, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid.

Plus, Webcast attendees will receive the full white paper during the webcast via email, one week before it will be generally available.


Ovid Technologies is a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy.  Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts & Comparisons; and electronic information providers, such as Journals@ Ovid and UpToDate.

Trial for the UpToDate Clinical database

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UML Libraries is offering a free 60-day trial to the UpToDate  clinical information online database. Access to the trial is available from the library’s Trial Page.

UpToDate is an electronic information resource that provides detailed answers to  clinical questions. UpToDate covers more than 7,700 topics in 14 medical specialties and includes more than 80,000 pages of text, graphics, links to Medline abstracts, more than 260,000 references, and a drug database. 

ore than 4,000 physician editors and authors write topic reviews that cover all the major aspects of a particular condition, including symptoms, tests and diagnosis, and treatment options. All topics are also subjected peer review. An updated version of UpToDate is released every four months.