Thursday, 27 February 2014

Demystifying course reserves and finding a quiet individual place to study!

***Please note: This information is accurate at the time it was written. Fines and information found within this post are subject to change.

We hope you all had a great Reading Week and are well rested for the rest of the academic year!  To get you started off on the right foot, the Dentistry Library would just like to highlight two important library resources available to students, staff and faculty:

Need a quiet spot to sit and wrap your head around some difficult concepts in a course or research?
Did you know that the Dentistry Library has individual study carrels in a quiet room in the back of the library?  The back room has 11 study carrels each individually partitioned so that each desk is separated to provide the optimal quiet and tranquil environment for your studies. Please note that is a quiet study area only - no talking or cell phones may be used in this room. Keys to individual study carrels can be signed out at the Service Desk at the front of the library on a first-come, first-serve basis during library opening hours.  Keys must be returned if you leave the carrel for more than 30 minutes, but can be resigned out when you return.

What are course reserves?

Short-term loans (STLs) or 'Course Reserves' are items that professors request to be placed in restricted loan period because they are required readings for a course.

How do course reserves work?

At the Dentistry Library, Course Reserves can be checked out at 12:30 p.m. or later, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Items borrowed must be returned by 9:30 a.m. the next day (or, if they are borrowed on a Friday, they are due back by 9:30 a.m. the following Monday).

If you want to read a course reserve but will not be here the next day to return it by 9:30 a.m. you can read the course reserve in the library.  To do this, simply come to the Service Desk and ask for the item.  Staff at the Service Desk will ask you to fill out a green slip for the book.  When you are finished with the item, bring it back to the Service Desk.  However, after 12:30 p.m., priority is given to library users *at* the Service Desk requesting to check out the course reserve.  If there is no library user requesting to sign out the course reserve you are welcome to continue reading it in the library.

Signed out course reserves are due by 9:30 a.m. the next business day.  The fine for an overdue reserve item is 50 cents per hour. Those fines really start to add up, so please make sure you return course reserves on time!

Course Reserves cannot be renewed or returned at other U of T libraries.

If you are an instructor who would like a textbook to be placed on Course Reserve (or removed from reserve), please visit us at the Service Desk or contact us!

 For a list of titles in course reserves by year of study go here.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Major Resources at the Dentistry Library

The Major Resources box is located in the middle of the left hand side of the Dentistry Library website. This box contains some of the more popular and more used resources at U of T in dental research and studies.  These resources are available online and can be accessed on off-campus by signing in with your UTORid and password.

Below we describe each of the major resources in more detail.  If you would like a quick guided tour of the Major Resources box please have a look at our Major Resources Tutorial (1:57).  (Please note that more recently Primal Pictures has been replaced by a link to TRIP - although Primal Pictures is still available through the U of T catalogue).

  • Medline and Embase are some of the ‘go to’ databases for searching the medical literature. Using the OVID interface you can search for medical articles in Medline, Embase or AMED (a British medical database).  These databases can be searched using keywords or controlled terminology (ontology) that allows you to find articles that are indexed using particular terms found within database specific thesaurus. Medline uses MeSH (medical subject headings) and Embase uses emtree.  Using controlled terminology can be a very powerful tool to help you find articles that you may not otherwise be able to locate.  This link also allows you to access Pyschinfo a popular psychology database.  Not sure how to use the OVID interface? Come talk to us at the library and we’d be happy to give you a demo!

  • PubMed@UofT uses the PubMed interface to search Medline. PubMed is a medical database created by the National Library of Medicine. PubMed can be searched using keywords and MeSH terminology. We recommend that U of T staff and students use the PubMed@UofT version instead of the public version of PubMed as many of the articles found in Medline are part of the U of T collection and have hyperlinks to the content within PubMed@UofT. Need a primer on how to use MeSH terminology when using PubMed, come to the library and ask!

  • Scopus is an HUGE interdisciplinary article database.  Although, this database cannot be searched using controlled terminology from a thesaurus it can be a good database for finding review articles, grey literature or for research about topics that span more than one discipline – such as ethics in dentistry.  Scopus can also be used to estimate an author’s H-index.

  • Web of Science is another interdisciplinary database.  Similarly to Scopus, it does not contain a thesaurus but is a great starting point for research, finding grey literature or doing research on topics that span beyond medicine in scope.  Web of Science can be used to determine Impact Factors, Eigenfactors and estimate H-indexes.

  • Cochrane Library is a resource that can be used in evidence-based dentistry.  The library contains six databases of articles that contain evidence that can be used in medical decision making. Cochrane Library is also a known source for the Cochrane database of systemic reviews.

  • Dissertations and Theses – the Proquest theses and dissertations database can be used to search for abstracts or full text theses written by students at U of T and other institutions all over the world. You can use the search options to limit your search to specific author names or institutions.

  • TRIP is a free resource than many people use in evidence-based dentistry to find information about a vareity of conditions. One of the neat features of TRIP that it allows you to search the database directly using PICO!

  • UpToDate can be used in evidence-based dentistry for clinical decision support.  You can search UpToDate for information about particular medical or health problems. Evidence about these topics is synthesised into a comprehensive report that provides recommendations.  Evidence found within the reports is graded based on strength and quality. Please note that only U of T students can access the content of UpToDate.

  • Goggle Scholar is a search engine that can be used to find articles from the Internet. Similar to Scopus and Web of Science, it is interdisciplinary and therefore does not use controlled vocabulary.  Goggle Scholar can be used to help find grey literature.

  • e-CPS/LexiComp:  e-CPS is the electronic version of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties.  It can be used to search drug monographs by brand name, generic name, therapeutic use or manufacturer. Some e-CPS tutorials can be found here.  LexiComp is online drug information system.  It contains information about drug overviews, drug interaction screening, LexiComp clinical dental references and dental pharmacology.

  • EndNote Web is a citation database manager.  EndNote Web can be used to gather, store, organize or share references for articles that are found in article databases.  There are over 5,000 different options for output style when making bibliographies with EndNote. For more information on how to use EndNote check out the EndNote research guide.

  • RefWorks is another popular citation database manager.  RefWorks allows you to collect, store, share and organize references that you export from article databases.  RefWorks can be used to create bibliographies in many different citation styles.  When signing up for a RefWorks account you must be on campus but after the initial sign-up you can access RefWorks from off-campus. Please note to sign in from off-campus you will need a RefWorks group code.   Scholar’s Portal has created a guide that will answer many of your RefWorks questions.

Monday, 3 February 2014

New Books - February 2014


Dental Education in Video

"All of the videos in Dental Education in Video are produced by ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) providers and demonstrate current procedures, techniques, and skills. These partners include the Global Institute for Dental Education (gIDE), the premiere provider of dental education courses in more than 100 countries, and HDiQ Dental (HDiQ), the first dental education company to deliver high definition content on the Web". Read more


Cone beam computed tomography [electronic resource] : oral and maxillofacial diagnosis and applications / by D. Sarment
John Wiley & Sons, 2014

"Written for the clinician, Cone Bean Computed Tomography helps the reader understand how CBCT machines operate, perform advanced diagnosis using CT data, have a working knowledge of CBCT-related treatment planning for specific clinical tasks, and integrate these new technologies in daily practice." - Taken from publisher summary.

Handbook of orthognathic treatment [electronic resource] : a team approach / by A. Ayoub, B. Khambay, P. Benington, L. Green, K. Moos, and F. Walker
John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

"Although there has been little change in the fundamentals of orthodontics, maxillofacial technology and orthognathic surgery over the past few decades, some important advances have occurred which have had a profound impact on our clinical practice....In this book we aim to update the reader in these important areas of progress, in addition to covering the basic aspects of orthognathic treatment..." - Taken from preface

Endodontics, 4th edition [electronic resource] / by K. Gulabivala and Y.L. Ng
Elsevier, 2014.

"This latest book will continue the tradition established in previous editions. It updates and enhances its evidence-based and rationalized clinical approach, whilst upholding the richly illustrated perspective, to serve the visually-dependent learning framework of many aspiring endodontists." - Taken from preface


Dental law in Canada, 2nd edition  / by J. Downie, K. McEwen, M. Hadskis, and W. MacInnis
LexisNexis, 2010

"This book is a comprehensive survey of dental-legal issues. It provides a solid grounding in the legal and healthcare systems, delves into the fundamentals of dental law and then explores the most critical matters facing Canadian dental professionals today. The new edition has been fully updated to cover the latest legal and practice developments, including a substantially revised chapter on the Regulation of Dental Research and a brand new chapter on Business Law and Dentistry" - Taken from back cover

Mandibular suction-effective denture and BPS: a complete guide / by J. Abe, K. Korubo, and K. Sato
Quintessence Publishing, 2012.

"Dr. Abe's new approach to impression taking in removable denture prosthetics deserves particular mention. This further development of the impression taking technique makes a small but decisive difference. The new method developed by Dr. Abe represents an exiting new option in a field that usually merely focuses on technical/mechanical issues, as it allows the specific anatomical features of both the dental soft tissue and the underlying bony structures to be reliably recorded." - Taken from foreword

Orofacial pain: guidelines for assessment, diagnosis, and management, fifth edition / by R. de Leeuw, G. D. Klasser, and The American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Quintessence Books, 2013.

"When available, evidence-based literature has been included to provide the reader with scientifically sound and effective diagnostic procedures and treatment is meant to provide insight into and assist the reader with the procedures of evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and management of orofacial pain conditions, based on the latest scientific knowledge." - Taken from preface

Layers: an atlas of composite resin stratification : powered by StyleItaliano Shade Guides / by J. Manauta and A. Salat
Quintessenza Edizioni, 2012.

"Layers: An Atlas of Composite Resin Stratification is a graphic reference book, using hundreds of images to show step-by-step solutions for enhancing the basic stratification technique and developing advanced dental characteristics in restorations. All of these techniques are applicable to a wide range of esthetic materials. Working with layers not only creates natural-looking beauty in composite resin restorations, but imitates the bioarchitecture of teeth, offering functional and esthetic results." - Taken from back cover

Bugs and drugs: an antimicrobial / infectious disease reference / by E. Blondel-Hill and S. Fryters 
Alberta Health Services, 2012.

"Antimicrobial resistance has become a major threat to the successful treatment of many infectious diseases. This book represents an antimicrobial stewardship tool to limit the development of resistance through the judicious use of antibiotics." - Taken from preface

Toothpastes / by C. van Loveren
Karger, 2013.

"Dentists are often asked about which toothpastes are the best or about the benefits of specific ingredients. Furthermore, dentists want to advise their patients on the best way to use toothpaste. After reading this book the dentist, and more generally all those who want to advise on the use of toothpaste, will be able to do so in an evidence-based manner." - Taken from preface

Dental materials at a glance, second edition / by J.A. von Fraunhofer
Wiley Blackwell, 2013.

"Dental Materials at a Glance, Section Edition is the new title in the highly popular At a Glance series. It provides a concise and accessible introduction and revision aid....Dental Materials at a Glance, Section Edition, covers:
- Each major class of dental material and biomaterial
- Basic chemical and physical properties
- Clinical handling and application
- Complications and adverse effects of materials" - Taken from back cover

Palmeri Publishing Inc., 2013.

"All-in-all, there will be six Basic Rules of Facially Generated Treatment Planning. A Basic Rules of Facially Generated Treatment Planning Check List will summarize the overall concepts of this book and will serve to be a quick clinical reference." - Taken from preface
Elsevier Mosby, 2014

"This eleventh edition of Mosby's Dental Drug Reference continues Mosby/Elsevier's tradition of providing comprehensive and current information on prescription drugs and recommendations for the care of the dental patients who take them. As in past editions, new individual drugs, as well as new drug classes, are included in this concise reference book, which is designed to address the need of oral health care practitioners and educators for readily accessible and up-to-date drug information and guidance for the dental management of medically compromise patients." - Taken from preface