Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
More about changes to Ovid
Laikas posting is here (in English and ook in Nederlands) and is gratefully acknowledged. She talks about other things besides, so please read her posting for more!
I also discover that you can customise the limit tick boxes that appear on the main search screen. But those choices seem to disappear in any new session. I have not investigated whether it remembers the choices if you are logged into your personal account.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
PubMed's Drug Sensor
This is a separate thing from what you see when looking at an individual item from a list of results, when there may be a link to more information about the drug in MedlinePlus, which will appear under a heading "Patient Drug Information".
More about Drug Sensor
Citation mapping in Web of Science
Simboli BD. Web of Science's "Citation Mapping" Tool. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 2008; 54. http://www.istl.org/08-summer/electronic-1.html [Accessed 26 August 2008]
Changes to Ovid
The results manager is now above and below the search history and search box - overkill, perhaps? I have to say I quite liked it where it was, at the side, but I am sure I will get used to this new position.
There is a multifield search - allowing you to combine author and title, or journal and date, for example. I can't remember if the "search fields" option was there before. Our Ovid still defaults (at our request) to Advanced Ovid Search
The search box has moved so it is under the search history.
Currently there seem to be problems with logging into personal accounts. My existing password was declared invalid when I tried to use it. On advice of colleagues, who have been through all this already, I requested a new password. I logged in with it, and tried to change it. There are no rules given, but when I tried to change it back to the old password I discovered that a password needs to be between 6 and 8 characters. (My old one was 10). I chose a new one, and that was declared invalid, as was the next one. Again, on advice of colleagues, I tried logging in with the first of those new ones, and it worked. We are following this up with Ovid, but meanwhile, the advice needs to be: request a new password, login with it, change it to another one but ignore the warning that the new one is invalid. Try it out before deciding it is.
(Note: you only need a personal account to save searches or search alerts, not to use Ovid).
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Pests in hospitals, and the reporting of medical science
Of course, rats in the maternity ward is no joke, but the way things like this are portrayed is very interesting.
Channel 4 has an interesting deconstruction of this issue, which raises some other interesting things about the figures - the fact that hospital's estates includes outdoors as well as buildings, and therefore that foxes, dead pigeons, and so on will occur and need to be dealt with, and the mismatch between these figures and the ratings of the Healthcare Commission, for two.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Microbes on Mars
Dixon suggests that the question had been raised before of whether microbes from Earth could hitch a lift into space, and that there are protocols to try and prevent them doing so. But if Archaea can survive in clean rooms, should instruments and so on on spacecraft bound for Mars be screened for them? If microbes are found on Mars, how will we know that they didn't come originally from Earth?
The Lancet Infectious Diseases article is:
Dixon B. Spacebugs. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2008; 8(8): 466. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(08)70165-8
I've been following the Mars Phoenix Lander via Twitter - http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix