June Newsletter

In our June Library & Knowledge Services newsletter, we show you how to use ClinicalKey to  create dynamic presentations and how to search our subscription database, Natural Medicines. You’ll also find a highlight of National Jewish Health’s collaborative research efforts on scleroderma, and a look at why information from WebMD should be treated with caution.

Read the June newsletter.

Using Data to Improve Patient Outcomes

March 7th, J105, 9:45am-12:20pm

Library & Knowledge Services is pleased to invite you to a live webinar on the use of data to improve patient outcomes. The forum will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data from the electronic health record to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice.

There will be four 30-min talks; feel free to drop in for one or for the whole session.

 Although designed for health sciences librarians the organizers expect a diverse audience to benefit from the presentations and discussion. The forum has two objectives:

  • Participants will gain increased awareness of the role of data to improve healthcare delivery; and
  • Participants will gain knowledge about emerging uses of clinical data mining to improve evidence-based practice.

More details here.


Mapping the Intersections between Disciplines

Librarians perform scoping searches to highlight the amount and makeup of literature on a given topic. Searches can be visualized in various ways. Below are two samples for a search on connective tissue diseases, interstitial lung diseases and undifferentiated connective tissue diseases.

Figure 1. Visual groups of related keywords and Medical Subject Headings


Figure 2. Mapping content with Venn diagrams using eulerAPE


1 Colquhoun HL, Levac D, O’Brien KK, et al. Scoping reviews: time for clarity in definition, methods, and reporting. J Clin Epidemiol 2014; 67:1291-1294.

2 Micallef L, Rodgers P. eulerAPE: drawing area-proportional 3-Venn diagrams using ellipses. PLoS One 2014; 9:e101717.

3 Fischer A, West SG, Swigris JJ, et al. Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease: a call for clarification. Chest 2010; 138:251-256.

4 Fischer A, Antoniou KM, Brown KK, et al. An official European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society research statement: interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features. Eur Respir J 2015; 46:976-987.