From the Dean of Libraries

Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz opened their book Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability (2015) with the following statement, “No library stands alone. Library cooperation goes back to the 1880s and is a long-standing tenet of the profession. Collaboration is strongly rooted in most of our current activities. Even Harvard University has stated that no library is big enough or rich enough to go it alone anymore” (p. 1).

“No library stands alone.” The Wegner Health Science Information Center is a testimony to that assertion. The Wegner Center, as it embarks on 2016, is thriving because of the collaboration upon which it was founded. The center continues to build upon the services and resources that it delivers to healthcare professionals, faculty and students. Because of the partner groups’ investment, governance and engagement, the Wegner Center stands ready to deliver the health science information that you need in 2016.

In this January 2016 issue of the Wegner Health Science Information Center’s newsletter, you will find tips and ideas for searching ClinicalKey, recent additions to our book collections, and news about our continuous efforts to improve the Wegner Center.

Best wishes for 2016!

Daniel Daily

Dean of Libraries


Wegner Study Room Enhancements

Touch screen computers, flat panel wall-mounted monitors and webcams for Skype and web based learning are some of the improvements made to increase student ease and efficiency when using second floor study rooms at the Wegner Center. Other renovations include new technology ready tables to increase table space for users and, as suggested by students, table speakers are also installed. Finally, new carpeting, wall paint, and comfortable chairs create an enjoyable environment for team-based learning, an effective strategy for academic success.

Reserve study rooms by stopping by the Circulation Desk, calling by phone 605.357.1400 or emailing  The Wegner Center hopes the newly remodeled study rooms will enhance and improve the user’s success.

Amundsons Donate Artifacts for Display in the Wegner Center

DSC_6573Dr. Loren and Mrs. Mavis Amundson donated, for display in the Wegner Center, two artifacts that are rich in history.  In 1954, the University of South Dakota School of Medicine awarded the inaugural Price Scholarship Award in Anatomy to Loren Amundson.  With the award came two book ends representing Louis Pasteur and Hippocrates.  Dr. and Mrs. Amundson have now donated the award to the Wegner Center.

The Amundsons also thought it fitting to donate a nineteenth-century basin that sat alongside the Price Award in their home.  Dr. Amundson’s great grandmother, Anna Johnson Benson, brought the basin from Eldsberga, Sweden to the United States.

The Wegner Center Board of Directors and staff deeply appreciate Dr. and Mrs. Amundson’s gift and their ongoing interest in the Wegner Center and its work.

Gifts to the Wegner Center

Many thanks to Dr. Loren and Mrs. Mavis Amundson, Dr. David and Mrs. Cathy Brechtelsbauer, and Dr. Kenneth Kirton for making generous financial donations to the Wegner Center. These donations aid the Wegner Center in providing high-quality resources and services to support teaching, learning, research and clinical care.

Clinical Key Search Tips

Clinical Key Search Tips, by Anna Geischen

  • Type S-L-O-W-L-Y
  • Clinical key works best when the query used matches a phrase used by the system. Once you begin to type your search topic, related phrases will auto-fill. Try using one of those.

For example, “transcranial” auto-fills with: transcranial magnetic simulation, ultrasound brain scan, etc. Click on the one that best suits your needs and continue.

  • Abbreviations may work. For “transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression,” try: rtms for depression, rtms for major depressive disorder, etc.
  • Experiment with synonymous phrases.
  • Traditional searching using AND’s, OR’s and quoted phrases used PubMed or CINAHL or even Google searches are really not an option within Clinical Key.

Please contact the Wegner Center with any puzzles you encounter. A world of learning awaits you!

Find more info including how-to videos in this research guide: