Dana Medical Library: Your Medical and Health Science Information Home

This issue of the Dana Newsletter is coming just in time for the Holidays. Though our hours will be reduced over the extended break period, we will be open several hours most days and on the weekends. If you are like me and want to get some writing or research done over the holidays, the Dana Library will be open for you. Check for specific hours in the article below.

I recently attended the Practice Improvement Conference of the Society of  Teachers of Family Medicine. It focused on the theme of the Medical Home. The Medical Home is a framework of practices which promote teamwork and patient relationship-centered care.  The idea is that everyone who is in touch with the patient is part of the care team: the doctor, the nurse, medical office staff, and the patient herself. What does this have to do with the Library? We at Dana would like to be on your Health Science Information “Care Team.” As library users and information seekers, you approach library-services through so many avenues: in person through study at a library carrel, finding electronic journal articles through the website, requesting a literature search or inter-library loan to name just a few. We hope to make it as seamless and easy to do as possible. Need help? Click on the E-resource Problem button described in the article below or Ask a Librarian.

Best wishes for the holidays and the New Year from the Staff and Faculty at the Dana Medical Library.

marianne-burkemar29072Marianne Burke MLS AHIP

CINAHL Database Changes

Beginning in December 2008, CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) will be available on EBSCOhost rather than OVID.

CINAHL® is the most comprehensive resource for nursing and allied health literature going back to 1982. While considered one of the most important sources for nurses, it is also used by other allied health professions such as physical therapy, dentistry, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, athletic training, audiology, speech therapy and more. CINAHL®  indexes over 2500 journals covering nursing, allied health, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and health sciences librarianship.

CINAHL® subject headings are used to index the literature contained in the database. These subject headings were developed to reflect the terminology used by nursing and allied health professionals. CINAHL® subject headings follow the structure of the Medical Subject Headings, or MeSH, used by the National Library of Medicine.

For years the Dana Medical Library has subscribed to CINAHL® through OVID, and nurses and other patrons have become accustomed to searching the database using these subject headings in ways specific to the OVID platform. Starting December 2008, CINAHL® will be available through a different platform with a different interface. But just because the look and feel has changed, doesn’t mean the database has! You can still search using CINAHL® subject headings, and many searching improvements are included in this new version.

The Dana Medical Library will be offering training in the new interface in January. Stay tuned for dates and times. Meanwhile, you can still access the old version by clicking on OVID on our home page until December 31st, 2008. If you need assistance on the EBSCOhost version of CINAHL, the Ebsco CINAHL Support Center has many helpful guides and FAQs. You can also contact the reference desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu.

Winter Holiday Hours

snow-man-colored2Dana Medical Library hours will be reduced between Friday December 19, 2008 and Sunday January 4, 2009:

Friday December 19 7:30am-7pm
Saturday December 20 9am-7pm

Sunday December 21 9am-10pm
Monday-Tuesday, December 22 and 23 8am-10pm
Wednesday December 24 8am-3pm
Thursday December 25 through Sunday December 28 – CLOSED

Monday – Wednesday December 29-31 noon-5pm
Thursday January 1 through Saturday January 3, 2009 – CLOSED

Sunday January 4, 2009 9am-5pm

Regular hours will resume Monday January 5, 2009

If you need further information about Library Hours, go to http://library.uvm.edu/dana/hours/exceptions.html. You may also call 656-2200 with any questions.


The reference desk will be open regular hours, Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm through Tuesday, December 23rd. The reference desk will be CLOSED Wednesday, December 24th-Sunday, January 4th, reopening at 10 am on Monday, January 5th.


Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan requests will not be filled from Wednesday, December 24th, through Sunday, January 4th.  Service will resume on Monday, January 5th.

Report Problems with Electronic Resources

eresourceHave you noticed the purple button on the Dana Home Page or E-journal list web page?
Click on the button to fill out and submit the form whenever you can’t get to the full text of a journal article or database that you know the Library owns. Library staff will respond at least by the next business day to advise you how to access the article, or will work to resolve the problem. We want to improve your access to full text when and where you need it. We realize that it takes effort to fill out a form when you are having a problem accessing a much needed article, and we appreciate that effort as it means we can improve access to electronic resources for everyone.

Finding the full-text content you require can be tricky. The UVM Libraries strive to make our subscribed e-content as accessible as possible, but technical problems do persist. So, the next time the catalog says we have a journal article online but you can’t get to it, or you can’t connect to a database you think we own, please take the time to Report an E-Resource Problem.