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Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)

The CDC just released the updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)

This is an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Please choose California and Kern County for the local data.


Evaluating Health Information Online

Health information has the potential to affect healthcare decisions. Evaluating the health information one consults is therefore important.
Two wonderful resources on this topic you should consult are
MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 
Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.

PubMed Rediscovered: Hidden Treasures in Searching

Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place: UCLA Biomedical Library, RML Classroom, 12th stack level

Cost: Free!  


Be in the forefront of searchers who understand how to get the best pearls from the PubMed database. Discover what has changed and what has remained the same! This class will cover an overview of recent changes to PubMed, hidden treasures and strategies for searching in PubMed. Learn how to combine your knowledge and experience of PubMed with the new changes to make your searching even more powerful. Mobile options and promoting PubMed in your institution will also be covered. Class will include demos, discussion, hands-on practice and guided exercises. The class is geared for intermediate and advanced PubMed searchers.

Instructor: Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, NN/LM PSR

This class is approved for 4 Medical Library Association Continuing Education Units.

To register, go here:


Workshops at the Research Corner

Attend a 30-min workshop at the Research Corner located in WSL 107!

Mon, March 5th     Finding Books 12:15pm; Finding Articles and Citing Them 3:00pm

Tue, March 6th       Finding Books 10:15am; Finding Articles 11:30am

Wed, March 7th      Finding Books 11:30am; Finding Articles 2:00pm

Thur, March 8th       Finding Books 2:00pm

Fri, March 9th          Finding Books Noon

Mon, March 12nd          Finding Books 11:30am; Evaluating Websites 2:30pm

Tue, March 13rd            Finding Articles and Citing Them 11am; Finding Books Noon

Wed, March 14th          Evaluating Websites Noon; Finding Articles 2:30pm

Thur, March 15th          Finding Articles 12:30pm; Citing Sources 3:15pm

Fri, March 16th             Finding Government Documents 10:00am; Evaluating Websites 10:30am; Finding Books 12:30pm

Library Workshops This Week

Attend a 30-min workshop to enhance your research skills!

Location: Research Corner in the 1st floor of Library 

Mon, Oct 17th
How to Find Books 11 am

Tue, Oct 18th
Evaluating Web Sites: 10 am
Government Resources: 4 pm

Wed, Oct 19th
Legal Research: noon
Scholarly Articles: 3:30 pm
How to Find Books: 5pm

Thur, Oct 20th
How to Find Articls: 1 pm
Research for Com 108: 3 pm

Fri, Oct 21st
Finding Resources in the Library: 9:05 am

50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

On November 18th, NLM marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH with a talk by Robert Braude, PhD. The talk entitled MeSH at 50 – 50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings will be videocast with captioning at The event is scheduled from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. (Eastern Time)

MeSH was first published in 1960; in 2010 we observe 50 years of this subject control authority. The seeds of MeSH were planted in December 1947. The Army Medical Library, the NLM predecessor, sponsored a Symposium on Medical Subject Headings in 1947. Participants, who included Seymour Taine, Thelma Charen, and Eugene Garfield, considered the challenges of the bibliographical control of publications. It was noted that the increasing complexity of scientific literature necessitated increasingly sophisticated approaches to organization and access. The participants recognized that the issue of a subject authority was not an academic exercise. Rather, subject cataloging and the subject indexing of journal articles were acknowledged as the essence of bibliographic control. The needs of the user of scientific information was to be always at the forefront in creating a set of medical subject headings that were made equally for subject description of books and for indexing of journal articles.

That first edition of MeSH  represented a departure from the then usual library practice. MeSH contained 4300 descriptors, and it was designed to be used for both indexing and cataloging. It is likely the first vocabulary engineered for use in an automated environment for production and retrieval.  MeSH continues to evolve and grow. The 2011 edition contains more than 26,000 subject headings in an eleven-level hierarchy and 83 subheadings. Annual revision and updating are ongoing to assure that MeSH remains useful as a way to categorize medical knowledge and knowledge in allied and related disciplines for retrieval of key information. MeSH is 50 years old and new each year.

The speaker: Robert M. Braude received his Masters of Library Science in 1964 from UCLA. In 1965, he attended MEDLARS training at the National Library of Medicine and his talk reflects on his 45 years of life with MeSH.   In 1987 he received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska and he was Director of the Mid-Continental RML. His career included positions as director of three academic health science libraries and he has served on many NLM Committees and Panels such as IAMS Review Committees, the Planning Panels on Medical Informatics and NLM Outreach Programs, and the Biomedical Library Review Committee. He is a past  Janet Doe Lecturer, a Fellow of the Medical Library Association and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Division of the History of Medicine and the Medical Subject Headings Section, NLM

Library Hours – FALL QUARTER 2010


Reference Desk
Computer Lab
Monday 9:00 AM -10:00 PM 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 7:30 AM -10:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM -10:00 PM 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 7:30 AM -10:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM -10:00 PM 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 7:30 AM -10:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM -10:00 PM 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM 7:30 AM -10:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed Closed Closed
Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Closed
November 11, Thursday Veterans Day – CLOSED
November 20, Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
November 24, Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
November 25-26, Thursday & Friday Thanksgiving – CLOSED
  Library Reference Desk Computer Lab
Monday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM TBA TBA
Tuesday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM TBA TBA
Wednesday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM TBA TBA
Thursday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM TBA TBA
Friday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM TBA TBA
Saturday Closed Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed Closed
December 24- January 2 CLOSED

Paul Ambrose Scholars Program

Paul Ambrose Scholars Program

 Request for Applications


 The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) would like to inform you of a valuable scholarship opportunity for students of the health professions.

APTR is now accepting applications for the 2010 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP).  PASP is the leadership program that stimulates interest in disease prevention, health promotion, and interprofessional collaboration among students of the health professions. This unique program provides scholarships for 40 to 50 students to attend a 3-day symposium in Washington, DC and conduct a funded community-based health education project in their community or at their institution. 

Please visit our website at to learn more about the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program and to access the online application.  For additional program information or questions regarding the application process, please contact Amy Doggett (202.463.0550, ext 123) or Emily Springer ( 202.463.0550, ext . 137). PASP Eligibility:Applicants must be a current student* in one of the following areas of graduate study within the US:

Dentistry (entering years 2-4 in fall 2010)

·  Allopathic Medicine (entering years 2-4 in fall 2010)

 ·  Osteopathic Medicine (entering years 2-4 in fall 2010)

 ·  Graduate Physician Assistant

  ·  Graduate Nursing 

 ·  Pharmacy (entering years 5 or 6 in a PharmD program in fall 2010)

 * Note: Students currently enrolled in public health programs or with graduate degrees in public health are NOT eligible. Applicants graduating in the spring/summer 2010 are NOT eligible.*Application Deadline — *February 8, 2010

 Applicant Notification — April 1, 2010 2010 Paul Ambrose Scholars Symposium — June 25-27, 2010

APTR-ODPHP Health Policy Fellowship Program

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), offers Health Policy Fellowships to eligible individuals in the public health field.

Selected Fellows will have training in health promotion, prevention, and health communication policy at the national level while contributing to ODPHP’s activities.

Applicant must have completed a graduate degree in communication, marketing, or public health.

For more information, please go to

Research Corner Hours

Have you been to the Research Corner yet?

Stop by WSL 107 for one-on-one assistance from a librarian.

Monday: 3:30-5:30pm

Tuesday: 11:30 am-1:30pm

Wednesday: 12:30-2:30pm

Thursday: 11:30am-1:30 and 2:30-4:30pm

Friday: 11:00am-12:30pm

See you there!