Shiffman Medical Library closed for unscheduled maintenance July 31 – August 2

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Archive for July, 2008

Free Trial of Lexi-Comp Online

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

The Shiffman Medical Library has arranged a free trial of Lexi-Comp Online, a comprehensive resource of drug information, for health sciences students and faculty. The institution-wide trial will run through September 30, 2008.

Lexi-Comp provides access to pharmacological information, drug interactions, formulary services, information on natural products, poisoning and toxicology, nuclear, biological and chemical agent exposures, infectious diseases, lab tests, diagnostic procedures and more. You can search or browse databases to obtain clinical decision support information at the point of care. Lexi-Comp content can also be downloaded to your PDA.

Help us evaluate this new resource by filling out the form below. We’d like to have your comments by September 30, 2008.

Connect to the Lexi-Comp Online at:

Click here to view a brochure [PDF,615 KB] on how to search and navigate through Lexi-Comp Online.

Sandra Martin
Interim Director of Shiffman Medical Library


Interested in Learning to Write Grants? Save the Date for this Informative Workshop

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Are you looking for sources for grant funding for your school, lab or community organization? Trying to write a grant to fund a special project? Or supporting administrators or researchers who are applying for federal or foundation funding? Plan to attend “Grant Writing Basics For All” on Saturday, August 23rd at Wayne State’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

The Wayne State University Library System is pleased to sponsor “Grant Writing Basics For All” – a one-day workshop to provide participants with the skills to identify funding sources and write good grants. The programming includes:
• A keynote lecture on the grant-writing process
• Hands-on workshops to locate grant resources
• A lecture on grant-writing techniques
• Break out sessions on grant-writing for community organizations, researchers and K-12 educators
• An open lab for assistance with grants in progress or general questions

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, in the heart of Wayne State’s Detroit campus. The cost is $45 or $20 for students.

Click Here to register

*If you have difficulty with the link, please post this address into your browser:

For more information, contact Lothar Spang at 313-577-3367 or by e-mail at

R2 Digital Library Online Trial

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The Shiffman Medical Library has arranged a free trial of R2 Digital Library, the web-based e-book collection for medicine, nursing, and allied health from Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc . The institution-wide trial will run through December 5, 2008.

R2 Digital Library provides access to electronic content from multiple publishers and offers more than 700 electronic health science resources in a topic-based searchable database. Full text access is available for all titles.

Some important features of the R2 library include integration with Blackboard and Endnote, linkout to CINAHL, PubMed, and AccessMedicine, the capability to support multimedia and to use tables, graphs, charts, illustrations and photographs.

You can customize the R2 Library by adding a personal login so that you are able to save images, searches, references, and other files.

Help us evaluate this new resource by filling out the form below. We’d like to have your comments by November 30, 2008.

Connect to the R2 Digital Library Trial Page at:

Click here to view a brochure [PDF, 1.15MB] on how to search and navigate through R2 Digital Library electronic books on health sciences.

Sandra Martin
Interim Director of Shiffman Medical Library



Libraries Closed on July 4

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

The Wayne State University Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, July 5.

Wayne State University Announces HASTAC Scholar

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

The Technology Resource Center of the Wayne State University Library System recently announced the selection of Ian Chapp as its 2008-2009 Wayne State University Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar. The HASTAC Scholars fellowship recognizes students who are engaged in innovative work with technologies. They will bring the work on their campuses to national attention and participate with other Scholars in an online forum on the HASTAC 2.0 Web site.

Chapp is a graduate student in the Wayne State Library and Information Science Program and was selected last fall as one of sixteen recipients of an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant that allows students to earn master’s degrees in library and information science while receiving practical training though local partners that include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theater and the Wayne State University Libraries.

Chapp is also involved in the LUNA Art History project, a digital asset management system that incorporates images and faculty contributions with department specific holdings for classroom use. He is working to develop a Web interfaced archive/ library at the Michigan Opera Theater with access to images and audio and is also assisting Art and Art History faculty with planning and establishing NUMINOUS, an online research forum. In the fall he will collaborate with the Wayne State Photography department on “Woodward Avenue Rephotographic Project Online: Motorcity Metropolis Matrix.”