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Library Events

Learn about scientific writing in August

Thinking about turning that interesting case into something publishable? Wanting to report your research results to the world? The Library Lunchtime Learning sessions continue in August with a look at Scientific Writing: The Basics. Come learn about the difference between an impact factor and an altmetric, the structure of scientific writing, considerations for selecting a journal, materials you may need for submission, copyright matters, and much more.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to However, we welcome drop-ins!


Scientific Writing: The Basics

August 5, 12-1 p.m.

Wirth Room (2203), Dental Administration Building


August 19, 12-1 p.m.

Computer Laboratory, 4th floor Library, Resource Center Building

Library Lunchtime Learning, 2014-15

The LSUHSC Libraries are excited to introduce an informational lunch series for faculty, residents, and staff that will be added this year to the existing library training schedule. These Library Lunchtime Learning sessions are designed to help our users become more effective researchers, teachers, and clinicians. The LSUHSC Libraries hope you’re able to take advantage of your mid-day break to learn something new. Dates and times for workshops will be announced via the Libraries web site and calendar and on LSUHSC­ digital signage.

  • August: Scientific Writing Basics
    • August 5: Dental
    • August 19: Downtown
  • September: Evidence-Based Practice
    • September 10: Dental
    • September 16: Downtown
  • October: Open Access and Predatory Publishers
  • November: PubMed Beyond the Basics
  • December: No class scheduled
  • January: Patient Education and Consumer Health
  • February: Abstracts and Citations
  • March: Databases Beyond PubMed
  • April: Keeping Up With the Literature
  • May: No class scheduled
  • June: Systematic Reviews: Conducting Comprehensive Searches

Upcoming Dental sessions will be held in the Wirth Room (2203) in the Administration Building; the Downtown workshops will take place in the Computer Laboratory on the 4th floor of the Isché Library. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to However, we welcome drop-ins!

Library Lunchtime Learning: Writing a Quality Abstract

Whether you’re wrapping up a manuscript developed over the school year or preparing for a summer of research, you may be interested in June 12’s Library Lunchtime Learning session: Writing a Quality Abstract. Join us and learn why the abstract might be the most important part of an article and how to create an effective one that will catch the attention of potential readers.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to; however, drop-ins are welcome!


  • Writing a Quality Abstract
  • June 12, 12-1 p.m.
  • Room 6409, LSUSD

PubMed Beyond the Basics: Library Lunchtime Learning

The Dental Library staff hope you’ll join us on Thursday, March 13, at noon in the Copping Room (2309) as we discuss how to more effectively use PubMed through its more advanced search and citation management features, such as Clinical Queries, Medical Subject Headings, filters, citation matchers, and My NCBI.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP with an email to

Learn More About Scholarly Publishing in 2014

Do your New YearÔÇÖs resolutions for 2014 involve publishing research results, a unique patient case, or your opinion on the latest industry trends? DonÔÇÖt know the difference between peer review and editorial review? The Dental Library hopes to help you learn more about becoming an author on January 7, when Dental Reference Librarian Rita Premo will be presenting ÔÇ£Scholarly Publishing: The BasicsÔÇØ at noon in the Wirth Room (2203) in School of Dentistry Administration Building. Among the topics to be discussed are the structure of scientific articles and the role of each section, the importance of the abstract, the information and materials you may need for submission, how to begin once youÔÇÖre staring at a blank screen, and why you should always get your residentÔÇÖs forwarding address. Even if youÔÇÖre not interested in research publishing, join us and learn why writing skills arenÔÇÖt just for journalism majors.

Upcoming “Introduction to RefWorks” Class

Are you searching for a better way to manage your resources and have no idea where to start? We have the solution for you!

Next Wednesday, October 16th, from noon to 1pm, the Isch?® Library will be offering an introductory Refworks class. Refworks, a web-based bibliography and citation manager supported by the Library, is a useful tool for organizing your online references. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with Refworks before attending the class, please visit :?á
The class will be held in the Library’s computer classroom on the 4th floor of the Resource Center Building on October 16th from noon to 1pm.
Anyone associated with the LSU Health Sciences Center and interested in getting started with RefWorks should definitely plan to attend.
Please contact the instructor, Head Dental Librarian Julie Schiavo, via email at or by phone at 504-941-8162.

Civil War Medicine Exhibit Moves to the Dental Library

The “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” exhibit from the National Library of Medicine has moved to the Dental Library and will be available for viewing ?áuntil October 18.

The Library resources tie-ins are also displayed at the Dental Library. These items include exhibit brochures, circulating books, and excerpts from the Reserve and Reference collections.

Helpful links and educational resources provided by the National Library of Medicine in conjunction with the exhibit include?álesson plans?áfor upper elementary and high school classes, a?áhigher education module?áwith instructor resources,?áonline activities, and a?ábibliography?áof additional readings.

Be sure to stop in and get a taste of history!

Dental Library hours are Sunday: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm,?áMonday through Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and?áFriday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Library is closed on Saturdays.

Resources tie-in with Traveling Exhibit

The LSU Health Sciences Center Library is currently hosting the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibition ÔÇ£Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil War Medicine.ÔÇØ The exhibit will be at the John P. Isch?® Library from September 16-October 4 and at the Dental Library from October 7-18.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Isch?® Library has assembled a collection of resources in our collection that are directly related to the subject of African-American nurses and physicians’ work during the 1860s in the War Between the States, as well as several that address minorities in the health sciences, and general works on Civil War medicine. These are currently on display in the Reference area (near the?áLibrary elevator), on the third?áfloor of the Resource Center Building. These materials include:

Stacks (Circulating) Collection Items:

  1. Bleeding Blue & Gray: Civil War surgery & the evolution of American medicine. E 621 R93b 2005
  2. A Century of Black Surgeons: the U.S.A. experience (2 vols). WZ 112 Or2c 1987
  3. Civil War Medicine. E 621 B79c
  4. Civil War Nursing. WY 11AA1 C49 1984
  5. Doctors in Blue: the medical history of the Union Army in the Civil War. E 621 Ad2d
  6. Doctors in Gray: the Confederate medical service. E 621 C917
  7. Early Black American Leaders in Nursing: architects for integration & equality. WZ 112 D29e 1999
  8. Minority Nurses in the New Century. WY 16 B29 2009
  9. Negroes & Medicine. WZ 80 R27n

Reserves Collection Items Excerpts:

  1. A History of American Nursing: trends & eras. WY 11 J88h 2013
  2. Nursing: the finest art. WY 11 D71nu 2010
  3. Pages from Nursing History: a collection of original articles from the pages of Nursing Outlook, the American Journal of Nursing, & Nursing Research. WY 11 P14 1984

Reference Collection Item Excerpt:

  • Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing. WY 13 Sn5h 1999

Several individuals highlighted in the traveling exhibit are profiled in the supporting display:

  1. Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott: surgeon, Union officer, politician, author (1837-1913)
  2. Dr. Alexander T. Augusta: surgeon, Union officer, activist, professor (1825-1890)
  3. Dr. John Van Surly DeGrasse: military surgeon, activist (1825-1868)
  4. Dr. William P. Powell, Jr: military surgeon (1834-1915)
  5. Jill L. Newmark: exhibit curator from the National Library of Medicine
  6. Ann Bradford Stokes: military nurse, former slave (1830-1903)
  7. Susie King Taylor: military nurse, teacher, author, former slave (1848-1912)
  8. Harriet Tubman: military nurse, Union spy, activist, former slave (c1820-1913)

The website for the exhibit is located here, which has detailed information and links provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Library Hosts Fascinating Exhibit on Civil War Medicine

The LSU Health Sciences Center Library is proud to announce that we will be hosting the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibition “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” The display will be set up in the Library Commons until October 4, after which it will move to the Dental Library until October 18.

While African Americans were generally untrained and untested in the medical field at that time, as many hands as could be found were necessary to accommodate the influx of ailing and wounded on the battlefield and in hospitals. African Americans were “hired” or compelled into the medical field as hospital attendants, nurses, surgeons, and staff members in manufacturing laboratories. Many admirable leaders emerged as a result: Charles Burleigh Purvis, Susie King Taylor, Anderson R. Abbott, Alexander T. Augusta, and Harriet Tubman.

Helpful links and educational resources provided by the National Library of Medicine in conjunction with the exhibit include lesson plans for upper elementary and high school classes, a higher education module with instructor resources, online activities, and a bibliography of additional readings.

Library resources that will complement further study of African American roles in the Civil War for both the Union and the Confederacy are listed below. Reference Librarians (available Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, and Friday 8am to 4pm) will be happy to assist with research as well.

Our supplementary materials cover a number of texts: The Paths We Tread: Blacks in Nursing Worldwide, Louisiana in the Confederacy, Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service, Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War, and The Plain Peoples of the Confederacy. Library patrons may also browse our list of E-Resources, a compilation of links to databases and other online resources like African American Firsts in Science and Technology and African American Soldiers in the Civil War and Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women & African Americans in the Civil War.

The exhibit will be at the John P. Isch?® Library from September 16-October 4 and at the Dental Library from October 7-18, so be sure to stop in!

Dental Library – Carnival Week Hours

During the week of Mardi Gras, the Dental Library will have abbreviated hours:

Sunday 2/10 ?á ?á ?áClosed

Monday 2/11 ?á ?á 8 am – 5 pm

Tuesday 2/12 ?á ?á Closed (Enjoy the parades!)

Wednesday – Friday 2/13-2/15 ?á ?á ?á8 am-5 pm.

Our regular hours will resume on Sunday 2/17

Happy Mardi Gras!

NOPL Hosts U.S. Poet Laureate

This Thursday, December 6th, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will grace us with a reading and book signing at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and native of Mississippi, Trethewey is known for her portrayal of the Gulf South through powerful, natural imagery and historical narrative.?áThe?áLibrarian of Congress James Billington ?álauds, “Her poems dig beneath the surface of historyÔÇöpersonal or communal, from childhood or from a century agoÔÇöto explore the human struggles that we all face.” ?áYou can read examples of?áTrethewey’s work at

The?áreading?á will begin at 7pm and is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!



Cultural Topics Lecture Series

On February 15, Tessie Prevost Williams, administrative assistant in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, presented “Integrating New Orleans Schools: The Civil Rights Movement Through the Eyes of a Child,” the second in a series of lectures sponsored by the School of Dentistry Library. In 1960 Tessie was one of four black children selected to integrate two New Orleans elementary schools. Tessie described her experiences to an audience of faculty, staff, and students. More of her story is available on the School of Dentistry web site.

Classes at the dental library

The dental library will be offering five classes throughout the month of October to celebrate National Medical Libraries Month. All classes will be held in the dental library conference room from noon to 1:00pm. Reserve your space by emailing
Thursday, 10/1/09, Accessing Journal Articles Online
Monday, 10/5/09, Introduction to PubMed
Wednesday, 10/7/09, Introduction to RefWorks
Tuesday, 10/13/09, Health Literacy: More than the Ability to Read
Tuesday, 10/27/09, Introduction to Consumer Health Information


Dental Library to teach two classes this week

Two classes on important library resources will be taught this week:

Thursday, March 26, Finding Electronic Journal Articles (Liz Strother)
Learn how to use library resources for locating free electronic journal articles.

Friday, March 27, PubMed Basics (Julie Schiavo)
Introduction to searching PubMed, the premier database from the National Library of Medicine, for dental/biomedical information. Tips for refining your searches and managing results will also be taught.

Both classes will be held at noon in the Dental Library conference room. Please call 941-8158 or email to reserve a seat.

Last Chance to Dig In – 2 More Classes

The Libraries have offered a blitz of classes in honor of National Medical Librarians Month which ended on Friday. Here are the final two classes associated with our month of events:

  • General Library Systems Class @ Isché Wednesday, November 5th 10 – 11:30 am
  • Keep Current – Tools for Productivity Class @ Isché Friday, November 7th 12 noon -1 pm
  • Register today by calling the Circulation Desk (504-568-5550) or by emailing