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ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Finance and Mathematics

As tax time approaches, thoughts turn to the complexities of finance and mathematics. Or maybe not. At any rate, this week will focus on two related categories of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection.

The Finance group of ebooks contains a selection of books relating to funding for research in pharmaceuticals and health services. If you are considering expanding your horizons in 2018, you might want to take a look at Global Mobility of Research Scientists: The Economics of Who Goes Where and Why.

And – heads up biostatistics people! – the Mathematics category may be of particular interest to you. There are several tomes on statistics and data mining, as well as texts relating to mathematical applications in simulation modeling.

So give these categories some of your attention. This special collection is available until the end of June. After that, only the most viewed books will be added to our permanent ebook collection. Your participation is critical to our selection process.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Engineering and Materials Science

This week we are highlighting two categories from the ScienceDirect EBS Collection. Engineering and Materials Science are related categories encompassing the biomedical and chemical fields.

Amongst the tomes on asphalt, aircraft, and bridge construction in the Engineering group, you will find such ebooks as Healthcare Technology Management Systems, Mechanical Circulatory & Respiratory Support, and Mechanical Testing of Orthopaedic Implants.  You might also want to check out the multi-dimensional selections such as 3D Bioprinting & Nanotechnology in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

Nanomedicine, nanotechnology, and tissue engineering are also on display in the Materials Science category.  There are several texts relating to chemical engineering developments and you might want to review Antimicrobial Nanoarchitectonics: From Synthesis to Applications, which brings together research in antimicrobial nanoparticles, especially in reducing the side effects of antibiotics, decreasing their pharmacological effect, and improving the solubility and stability of antimicrobials.

So please take some time to explore the offerings in these two groups.  Your participation is important as most of the ebooks in this package will be disappearing at the end of June 2018.  Only the books with the most usage will be added to our permanent electronic collection.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Specialty Surgery

EBS blog spec surgThough small in stature, the force is strong with this week’s spotlighted group. You might even say that Specialty Surgery is the Yoda of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection. Or not.

This category primarily covers cosmetic and orthopedic surgery.  All twelve of the ebooks in this group were published this year and, you will excuse the pun, are cutting edge.  Sorry.

We will have access to this collection through June of 2018.  After that, we will only be retaining the texts that are most viewed.  So please take a moment to explore this and any other category of the collection.

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ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Veterinary Medicine

EBS blog vet medThis week’s examination of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection is focused on the Veterinary Medicine category so I thought I’d let my cat, Katana Lee, draw your attention to some of the exciting titles available for your review.

There seems to be a great many titles devoted to equine medicine, but there are also some gems. If you have decided to raise llamas or alpacas post medical career, you might want to read Llama and Alpaca Care by Chris Cebra, et al. If herding cats is more your speed, there are a variety of books on feline care and diseases.  You could study the books on canine care over the Christmas break to prepare for health issues with your furry best friend or in anticipation of a second career in wolf rehabilitation and management.  Or perhaps the lure of the Old West is calling you to buy a ranch and raise cattle or horses.  Then this is the category for you.

Whatever your reason, please take a moment to explore selection.  This special collection of ebooks will only be available until the end of June 2018.  After that most will disappear and only those that receive the most use will be added to our permanent ScienceDirect database.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Social Sciences and Forensics, Security, and Criminal Justice

EBS blog Social ForensicsThis week we want to explore two categories of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection. Many of the ebooks in these categories relate to the impact technology has had and continues to have on our society.

The Social Sciences category includes the topics of Higher Education, Library Science, and Research.  If you’re interested in how academic libraries have been impacted and have evolved in the digital age, there is a wealth of information in this category.  You can also read about digital applications for research and higher education.

In Forensics, Security, and Criminal Justice you will uncover some interesting texts. If you are thinking about penning a medical thriller, you might want to examine the offerings of this category.  Here you will discover everything from the psychology of criminal behavior to crime scene analysis.  Investigate the advances of technology on the field of law enforcement and hospital and healthcare security.  There’s even a book on polygraph fundamentals.

Please take some time to examine these categories. And remember, we will only have access to all of these titles until the end of June 2018. Then many of them will disappear and only the most used will remain.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Agricultural, Biological and Food Sciences

EBS blog Agri Bio FoodAs we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, what better time to invite you to explore the Agricultural, Biological and Food Sciences category of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection. This category covers a broad spectrum of texts related to the health and production of our food supply.

Before you dive into your Mimi’s oyster dressing, you might want to read Biology of Oysters.  In fact, there are several ebooks about marine life in this category  as well as advances in animal welfare and meat production.  You might want to feast on a selection of topics to prepare for the conversational aspects of any social commitments.  A good sampling might include: Advances in Cattle Welfare, Advances in Pig Welfare, Advances in Poultry Welfare, and Advances in Sheep Welfare.  And after all that, you will probably want to switch to a vegetarian diet and just stick to the sides on the big day. Dig in to Vegetarian and Plant-Based Diets in Health and Disease Prevention.  

When dealing with the leftovers, you can find answers to the question of food safety in this category.  For those of you experiencing the joys of big family gatherings, there are several selections on wine production and wine tasting.  And if you feel you have overindulged there are even a few books about exercise to help you get motivated.

So if family togetherness starts to wear thin and you’re just not into football or dog shows, settle in and gobble up the mouth-watering offerings of ScienceDirect EBS Collection. You may find just what you need to make it through the holidays or the semester. Happy Thanksgiving!

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Health Professions

EBS blog Health ProfThis week our exploration of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection takes us to the Health Professions category. In this category you will find a variety of ebooks covering the disciplines of Dentistry, Maxillofacial Surgery, and Physical Therapy.  You will find the latest edition of Sedation by Stanley F. Malamed and the 4th edition of Assisted Technologies by Albert Cook and Janice Polgar.  There are several new books on oral surgery and drug therapy.  If Physical Therapy is your thing, check out several selections on rehabilitation found in this group.

As with all of the categories in this collection, the publication dates range from 2013 to the present.  New books have been added to the 2017 list as they were published and as may any others which are published before the end of the year.  The complete collection will be available until the end of June 2018.  At that time, we will be adding the most used items to our permanent ebook collection.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

EBS blog Chem - Chem EngHave you had an opportunity to check out the ScienceDirect EBS Collection yet? This varied collection of over 5000 ebooks will only be available until the end of June 2018. And there is so much to explore!

This week we are highlighting two related categories from the collection: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

In the Chemistry category you will find full text ebooks relating to – surprise! – Chemistry.  Check out the advances in mathematical chemistry and asymmetric autocatalysis.  You can explore NMR spectroscopy, liquid chromatography, and natural products chemistry.

In addition to a series of ebooks about current developments in biotechnology and bioengineering, the Chemical Engineering category covers chemical hazards, biopharmaceutical processing, and polyurethane polymers.  There are texts on cosmetics and data analysis in chemical engineering.

So, if you haven’t explored this collection yet, please take a moment to check it out.  Your participation is important to us.  We will have access to all of these ebooks until the end of June.  After that, only the most used ebooks will be added to our permanent electronic collection.  So let us know what’s important to you by checking out the categories and clicking open some books.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science

EBS blog pharmaThis week we are highlighting the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science category of the new ScienceDirect electronic books collection. With all of the recent news about the new, more effective Shingles vaccine and the opioid epidemic, this group of books seems especially relevant.

Under this subject you will find a variety of titles dealing with drug research in the fields of cancer, holistic medicine, and aging. There are texts relating to the advances in nanotechnology and the biotech industry. This category also offers information on drug interactions and research on the adverse effects of toxic materials in our environment.

Please take some time to review this addictive collection. These ebooks will only be available until the end of June 2018. After that, we will only be keeping the most used texts so your participation is important. Let us know what you think is relevant by checking them out.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Biochemistry, Genetics, and Molecular Biology

EBS blog biochem genetics molec biolIn this week’s exploration of the new ScienceDirect EBS Collection, we are spotlighting a category that should be of great interest to the LSUHSC community. Biochemistry, Genetics, and Molecular Biology is an offering of ebooks that contains topics some might consider essential to our mission. There are books on stem cells, tissue engineering, nutrition, and infectious diseases. There are several texts about epigenetics and its various applications, including cancer therapy and behavioral research. If you’re looking for something new on animal models and the care of laboratory animals, it’s in here. There are also books on professional development in this field you might want to explore.

The ScienceDirect EBS Collection provides full-text access to hundreds of books across a wide spectrum of disciplines. We are excited about this opportunity to review new and relevant books, some of which aren’t even available in print, with the possibility of adding them to our permanent electronic book collection. For the next seven months, you can browse and review books in your field of interest that you might not be able to explore elsewhere. And, at the end of the review period, we will be adding those books which receive the most hits. So please take some time to delve into this collection.  Maybe you will find the perfect book – or books! – for your research needs.

 

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Earth & Planetary Sciences and Physics and Astronomy

EBS blog Earth - PhysicsLast week the announcement was made for the Nobel Prize in Physics and the winners had ties to LSU. With this exciting news, what better time to highlight the two categories relating to this field.
The Earth & Planetary Sciences category covers a wide range of topics, from volcanoes and sea levels to satellites and the universe before earth. There are books on public health issues in natural disasters, something we thankfully don’t have to focus on this week. And there are texts relating to environmental issues in oil and gas exploration.
In the Physics and Astronomy category you can find books on cybernetics and thermophysics, time and space and, of course the current hot topic from last week’s announcement, relativity and string theory.
Please take a moment to browse through the various categories in this collection from ScienceDirect. We will have access to these books until the end of June 2018. After then, we will retain only the books which have received the most use.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Biomedical Science and Medicine

EBS blog biomed revisedAs we kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month, we decided to highlight the Biomedical Science and Medicine category of the ScienceDirect EBS Collection. But if you review this category yourself, you will see there is just so much more. In addition to books on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, there are texts covering research and treatment of a wide variety of cancers and other diseases.

There are texts on better health through nutrition and the consequences of poor nutrition, such as obesity and disease. Ebooks relating to drug research and sports medicine are available alongside texts covering biostatistics and data analysis.

If you are interested in the evolution of healthcare education, there are several relevant and timely texts here you might find interesting.  Books like The Transformation of Academic Health Centers: The Institutional Challenge to Improve Health and Well-Being in Healthcare’s Changing Landscape review the evolution of teaching hospitals and the changes necessary for us to stay successful and relevant.

Please take some time to peruse this collection.  No matter what your discipline, you are sure to find something to peak your interest.

And keep in mind that these ebooks will only be available until the end of June 2018.  Then we will be retaining access only to those texts which have received the most hits.  And this category has quite a few books that are relevant to our needs here at LSUHSC.  So dive in and explore!

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Environmental Science

EBS blog Environmental ScienceThis week marks the 55th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. A revolutionary book of its time, Silent Spring was one of the first works to examine in depth the damage pesticides were doing to the environment.  And, by sparking awareness of the dangers, virtually gave birth to the environmental movement, consequently leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.
What better time to spotlight the Environmental Science group of texts provided by the ScienceDirect EBS Collection available now. In this group you will find ebooks from 2013 to the present covering biodiversity and public health, radiation risk management, and one called Microbial Ecology and Health, which looks at infectious diseases from an holistic angle.
Please take some time to peruse the various categories of this collection. These ebooks are only available through June of 2018. After that, only the most-used selections will be added to our collection.

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Computer Science

EBS blog Computer ScienceAmong the varied categories of ebooks in the new ScienceDirect EBS Collection are a few that might not seem too relevant to our mission here at the medical school. Take the Computer Science category for example. Yes, there are some pretty IT-specific books that may not mesh with your particular specialty, but there are some real pearls in there as well. And, since September 18th is National IT Professionals Day, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spotlight this category.

In this category you can find books on computational biology and computer applications for research data.  If you are interested in cyber security, there are books on protecting patient information and accessing legacy data.  And then there’s the Cloud.

So please take a moment to explore this category and see what’s there.  And if you can, thank an IT professional for keeping us rocking and rolling!

ScienceDirect EBS Collection: Psychology

EBS blog psychHave you had a chance yet to review our new collection of ebooks from ScienceDirect? There are over 5000 titles, published between 2013 and 2017, across a wide range of disciplines. Every week we will be highlighting a different category in the Library blog.

Since this week coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week (September 10th – 16th), we have decided to focus on the Psychology category.  In addition to books about  suicide awareness, there are texts on addiction, psychopharmacology, and PTSD.  You will also find a wealth of information ranging from animal-assisted therapy to computer-based applications to caregiver support.  There are educational applications to learning, behavior modification, autism, and stress management.

These ebooks may only be available for the next year.  After that, the best loved, most used titles will be added to our virtual collection.  Please take a few moments to check out what’s available and maybe find the perfect text for you research needs.