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Getting the Most from PubMed?

Our Searching with PubMed workshop introduces participants to PubMed's advanced searching features. Learn how to formulate and execute effective searches, and discover tools that help you save searches and results, set up email alerts, and customize the PubMed interface.

Director's Blog

On-going perspectives from the Director, Isaac S. Kohane.


Harvard Catalyst

The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, Harvard Catalyst, is a pan-Harvard University enterprise dedicated to improving human health. It is a shared enterprise of Harvard University, its ten schools and its eighteen Academic Healthcare Centers (AHC), as well as the Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and numerous community partners. Harvard Catalyst was founded in May 2008 with a five year, $117.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (Clinical and Translational Science Center, CTSC) and $75 million dollars from the Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. The resources of the Harvard Catalyst are available to all faculties at Harvard regardless of their institutional affiliation or academic degree.

Link the PMID to Full Text

The LibX Toolbar (found here - gives easy access to Harvard electronic resources by providing:
  • a Toolbar: LibX is a browser toolbar add-on that allows you to quickly search the HOLLIS Catalog, E-Journal List, E- Resource List, Citation Linker, and Google Scholar, and links to other search tools and library resources.
  • a Right-click menu: LibX allows you to select text on a web page and right-click for a menu of search options.
  • Embedded cues: LibX embeds a Harvard shield on search results in Amazon, New York Times Book Reviews, Yahoo! and more that leads you to Harvard's print and licensed e-resources.
  • AutoLinks: LibX automatically links ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs to Harvard's print and licensed e-resources.

Scan & Deliver - To Your Desktop

Get book chapters (and articles from some libraries) delivered directly to your e-mail. Look for the Scan & Deliver icon next to eligible materials in the Hollis catalog. Click the icon, fill out the form and receive a PDF of the material within 4 days.

Going Mobile?

Are you using a mobile device for clinical services? Check out our web page of the various mobile applications that are available for your use at (Page developed by Julie Whelan, Countway Reference and Education Services Librarian.)

Now at Harvard: Borrow Direct

Harvard's Borrow Direct program enables current faculty, staff, and students to borrow circulating materials that are not available at Harvard from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. See the Borrow Direct "Get It" page for more information.

Countway on Twitter - see the latest

The Countway's twitter page is a Web 2.0 extension of the library's outreach to patrons, increasing ambient awareness of the Countway's resources and collections, and opening dialogue with members of the HMS, HSPH, and HSDH communities and the larger national and international medical field. See what we have to offer.

Elements of Grant Writing

Offered by the Harvard Catalyst the Elements of Grant Writing guide is a compilation of tools, timelines, and templates from a variety of grant-writing experts and funders designed to aid investigators in successfully applying for grants from federal, foundation, and corporate sources. Harvard or eCommons ID and PIN required.

Open Access Explained

Open Access to Your Science
Ph.D. Comics and Right to Research have produced a short video explaining the open access movement and why it is important. Take a look.

NIH Mandate now has teeth!

Improving Public Access to Research Results of spring 2013 we will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the public access policy. Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward. For more details, see NIH Guide notice NOT-OD-12-160.

HSPH Open Access Policy

The Harvard School of Public Health adopted an open access policy at its November 26 faculty meeting. Read more about it here.

New Evidence-based Point of Care Tool

ACP PIER and AHFS DI Essential

PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource) is a collection of over 400 evidence summaries published by the American College of Physicians. Each module provides authoritative guidance to improve the quality of care.

AHFS DI Essentials is designed to offer health professionals easy access to knowledge that is critical at the point of care. Essential monographs draw on the meticulously evidence-based guidelines in the full AHFS DI-database, distilling for the health professional the essential information on prescription and key over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in an easy-to-use, highly structured outline format.


Declaration on Reseach Assessment

It's not about Impact Factor anymore. A quote from the declaration - "The Journal Impact Factor is frequently used as the primary parameter with which to compare the scientific output of individuals and institutions. The Journal Impact Factor, as calculated by Thomson Reuters, was originally created as a tool to help librarians identify journals to purchase, not as a measure of the scientific quality of research in an article." Read the rest of the declaration.

ID Images: Infectious Disease Cases

Partners ID Images is a free, image-based collection of cases studies and atlas entries developed in support of medical education at all levels. Browse, search and explore over 450 individual cases, 1600 images, and 80 organism descriptions. Free registration required.

VAST+ Structure Search

VAST+ is a tool designed to identify macromolecules that have similar 3-dimensional structures, with an emphasis on finding those with similar biological assemblies ("biological units" or "biounits"). The similarities are calculated using purely geometric criteria, and therefore can identify distant homologs that cannot be recognized by sequence comparison.

Find Research Resources

Find valuable biomedical research resources and tools from more than 26 institutions across the country, including Harvard. Search more than 90,000 resources, accelerate your research, and see how eagle-i makes open science happen, one resource at a time.

RSS Feeds available in My DL

Now you can see the current Table of Contents and the full text of papers from your favorite journals through an RSS Feed built in to My DL. Instructions for use are available. We are currently in the process of adding RSS Feeds. Let us know if you do not see an RSS feed for your favorite journal by going to the Ask A Librarian page and choosing either "Research Inquiry" or "Comments on this website" and we will move the addition of your RSS Feed up in the queue. We currently cannot provide RSS Feeds for many journals from Elsevier.

Countway's New Acquisitions

The latest materials that have been cataloged and added to Countway's collections are now viewable on our New Acquisitions page. See what Countway has added recently in your area of interest. Click on the book title to see availability information.

Dentistry Database

Looking for online dental and oral sciences journals? This database from EBSCO provides index and search capabilities for 160 journals and dozens of monographs and includes access to full text articles from more than 130 of them.

Follow Countway on Facebook

We are on Facebook. Find the most recent updates and information about useful resources, new books and the latest events and classes.
Let us know what you would like to see there and what you would like added to our collections and services.

Check Out What HMS Is Returning

You can see what Harvard Medical School is reading by looking at the materials that are being returned to the Countway Library. Become a follower of our tweets - HMSreturns or @HMSCountway. Check us out on Facebook as well Countway Facebook.

New NCBI Blog

NCBI is publishing a new blog with insights into how to more effectively use NCBI resources, e.g. a new tool to make full text from PubMed Central available. Read more about this here.

McGraw-Hill's USMLE Easy!

Harvard students now have access to McGraw-Hill's USMLE Easy! Featuring 10,000+ USMLE-format questions and over 1,100 general knowledge questions to help you prepare for the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. Includes powerful customization features and reporting tools that allow users to focus on the topics they need to master and bypass what already know.

Strong Medicine

An initiative to capture and share stories, images, and communications from the Boston medical community's experience of the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15, 2013 and its aftermath

Archives and Records Management

Allow Countway's Archives and Records Management service to assist you in determining what documents are important to keep, for how long and where and how to store them. "We can help you ensure that your records are retrievable, reliable, secure, and trustworthy. Managed records are an asset - unmanaged records are a liability."

The Archives for Women in Medicine

The Archives for Women in Medicine is a project of the Joint Committee on the Status of Women and the Countway Library. The AWM's goal is to recognize outstanding medical leaders, and to document the social phenomena that brought large numbers of women to the forefront of medicine. The AWM's objective is to actively acquire, process, preserve, provide access to, and publicize the papers of women physicians, researchers, and medical administrators.

Adopt a Book

Play a role in preserving one of the world's finest history of medicine collections. The Center for the History of Medicine holds more than 250,000 volumes of rare books and special collections in diverse medical subject areas spanning more than 800 years. This outstanding collection, built over more than 200 years through the efforts of hundreds of donors, curators, and librarians, needs your help now. Click here for more information.

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL)

The MHL promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. The goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen understanding of the world in which we live. The image is derived from Dr. Mott on Aneurysms in New Elements of Operative Surgery (1856).