Monday, April 14, 2014

Finding the Right Doctor Using ABMS Directory

Many callers to Reference ask about a physician's background.  ABMS Directory provides a comprehensive way to find and compare doctors using this helpful database.  Looking for a plastic surgeon to repair a damaged hand who is located near the Headquarters of St. Louis County Library?  Proceed to the library's home page, then click on the Research tab.  On the left hand side of the web page, pick Databases A-Z, then A and select ABMS Directory.  In the search boxes, insert zip code 63131 and select plastic surgery as the board specialty.  31 doctors show up on the list.  Some show subspecialties for hand surgery.  Selecting two for comparison (using the Compare Specialists button), Richard Crandall and Edmond Cabbabe, we find that they are not subcertified for hand surgery.  Returning to the list, we find that Dr. David German is subcertified for hand surgery by the American Board for Plastic Surgery.

In some cases, the site has information on where the specialist trained and went to school.  For a truly comprehensive search, users should check Missouri, the Missouri Courts website, which allows users to check court cases, such as malpractice suits, involving the doctor.  With all information, the user can make an informed decision.

In conclusion, the ABMS Directory is handy for doctor evaluation.

--Harry C., Reference

Monday, April 7, 2014

eCourses change

Starting on April 21, you may notice a minor change to our eCourses. Learn4Life has been rebranded and will be known as Gale Courses. Everything else will remain the same.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Videos and Tutorials

Are you a visual learner? Do you like to see how things are done before trying them out yourself? If you answered yes then you're in luck, in December 2013, Reference launched a Videos and Tutorials page on our website. If you're a regular reader of the blog, you may have seen these videos. In each video we show you the step-by-step process of accessing the database from our homepage, along with the basics of the database.

To access our Videos and Tutorial page from our homepage ( click on Research, then click on the link to Videos and Tutorials on the left-hand side of the screen.

We like to showcase commonly used databases along with favorites. Some of our most viewed are “Getting started with Consumer Reports” and “Learn a New Language with Mango.” Keep checking back; more videos are in the process of being created!

--Tiffany D., Reference

Monday, March 24, 2014

EBSCOhost Network Upgrades

On Friday, March 28, 2014,  EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while network upgrades are performed. The service window is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM. You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 10:00 PM.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Are You Ready?

The other day something scary happened…someone I loved faced an emergency. Gram called complaining about headaches and a gas smell permeating from the house. Thanks to some quick thinking and advanced planning, we avoided the type of situation that often results in tragedy. It’s never too late to get started. Taking a few minutes to gather supplies and drafting a plan can mean the difference between life and death. Check out our links to Emergency Preparedness on the St. Louis County Library site.

The American Red Cross – This site contains information about preparing for situations, no matter where and what they are. Use the Red Cross Ready tool to help you plan your emergency plan and kit.

Disaster – Your direct link to news and resources for the U. S. government about getting connected to help in disaster situations.

Humane Society of Missouri – Protect your animal companions by following this site’s to do list. – The U. S. government’s guide to disaster preparedness with everyday tips on taking precautions to live safely.

Food – Find out how to keep food safe during and after an emergency, such as a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power.

A little planning could save your life and the lives of those you love. It’s never too late to get started.

--Anna H., Jamestown Bluffs Branch

Monday, March 3, 2014

eCourses update!

Our eCourses provider, Learn4Life, has removed the 5 classes per calendar year limit, effective immediately. You can register for new courses using your St. Louis County Library card number at our eCourses site