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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Health Sciences Library provides resources and services to staff, students and faculties of California Pacific Medical Center and the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

    Q: I need some information on a topic, what’s the best way to start?

    Answer: Try UpToDateOpens new window for current summaries on the topic.

    Use Medline to find references on the topic – use PubMedOpens new window's, Medline or Ovid MedlineOpens new window.

    If the topic is on a malignancy, try the Nat’l Cancer Institute at new window

    Take a look at our reference databases that cover a variety of topics.

    Answer: Ask the Reference Staff at the Library to do a literature search for you. You can call us at 600-3240 or email or contact the individual reference staff members (Anne Shew, Tilly Roche, Kathy Kimber) directly.

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    Q: How can I get a copy of an article, preferably in electronic form?

    Answer:Go to PubMedOpens new window, select "Single Citation Matcher" from PubMed’s homepage (bottom of page), put in as much information as you know and find the citation. Click on the author and the screen will expand to show you additional information including a "CPMC/UoP Full Text" icon if we have an online subscription to the title, clicking on the icon will take you to the full text article online. You may need to enter an Ovid or MdConsult id/pw if you are off campus. If you have any trouble accessing any of our electronic journals, please call us for assistance at 600-3240. We can also copy and mail you the article, or if we do not own the journal, we can obtain a copy from another library.

    Answer: If you have the citation of the article, you can also go to Our Journals, put in the name of the Journal in the Keyword search box, and find the journal. You will be able to tell whether the Library has the journal title and whether we have an electronic version of the title. You can use the link to the journal without an id/password if you are on the hospital network. If you are off campus, you can use your Ovid or MDConsult id/pw to obtain full text articles supplied by those vendors.

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    Q: How can I tell whether the Library has the journal or book I need?

    Answer: Go to Our Journals, put in the name of the Journal in the KeyWord search field to see if we have the journal. You will be able to tell whether the Library has a print subscription and/or an electronic version of what you are looking for. If there is an electronic version, there will be a clickable link to the online journal.

    Our Books Online now access over 100 electronic fulltexts.

    If you are on campus, you will not need any vendor id/pw to access to the full text online journals/books. Attending physicians needing offsite access can contact the library for id/password to access journals/books supplied via Ovid and/or MdConsult. To obtain articles supplied by other vendors, call us and we can email to you.

    Our book catalog listing the books we have on our shelves is now online! Go to Book Catalog from the side bar, and search our print collection of thousands of book titles.

    Our Interlibrary Loan service can obtain items not in our collection for you. Just call us at 600-3240.

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    Q: How can I get access to UpToDate, Ovid, or MDConsult from my office or home?

    Answer: UpToDate is only available per our license from within our campus network. Attending physicians can ask the Library for an id/pw to access Ovid and MDConsult from home/office. Call us at 600-3240 or email us at

    UpToDate contains detailed summaries, frequently updated on many medical/surgical topics.
    Ovid contains over 200 full text journals and over 50 full text books linked from the Ovid search engine, PubMed, as well as the Library’s own database Our Journals and Books Online.
    MDConsult is a family of electronic resources that includes online books and journals linked from the MDConsult search engine, PubMed, and the Library’s own journal and book database.

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    Q. How do I import literature search results into EndNote and/or RefWorks?



    Some databases can directly export citations to RefWorks; in other databases, search citations need to be first saved as text, then be imported from RefWorks. See online RefWorks tutorialOpens new window for more information.



    1. Access PubMed Opens new windowand execute your search.

    2. Place a check next to relevant records and then select "Clipboard" from the pull-down menu next to the "Send to" button.

    3. Click on the "Clipboard" tab to display marked citations. Next, select "MEDLINE" in the dropdown menu next to the "Display" button.

    4. Choose "File" from the "Send to" drop-down list, and then click on "Send to".
      Select "Save" on the following screen. In the next screen you will be able to change the file name -saved with a *.txt extension.

    5. In EndNote, open the library where you would like these references saved.

    6. Select "Import" from the "File" menu. Next to "Import Data File", click "Choose File" and find your saved text file. Select from the pull down menu of "Import Option" "PubMed (NLM)".

    7. Click the Import button.

    Ovid databases (CINAHL, Medline, etc.) can direct export citations to EndNote.

    1. Search an Ovid database as usual. At the bottom of the citation display pages you will see the Citation Manager.

    2. Under "Citation Format" choose "Direct Export" and select the Save button.

    3. EndNote will open and prompt you to open a library. The records will be automatically imported into the EndNote library you select.
      Note: You may need to download this filter before the Direct Export function will work.

    EBSCO databases can export citations directly into Endnote with EBSCO's Save Manager.

    1. Perform a search, and mark your desired references by checking "Add to Folder".

    2. Click on "Folder has items".

    3. When viewing the Results List, click on the "Save to Disk" icon.

    4. In the Save Manager, select "Bibliographic Manager" tab -- choose the "Citations in Direct Export format" option and click on "save".

    5. EndNote will open and prompt you to open a library. The records will be automatically imported into the EndNote library you select.

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    Can I get CME Category 1 Credit using Library Resources?

    MD Consult has CME credit for self-directed, online learning. MDConsult, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Find out more about CME for self-directed online learning.
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