Instant Help Instant Messaging @ Bailey Library

Want to chat with a librarian?   Need a quick answer for your homework? Overwhelmed with all the information available to you?  Then IM a reference librarian with Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, or MSN Messenger!  That’s right, starting November 1, 2006, you can IM a librarian for reference assistance.  The service is free, the help is free, so send us an IM question.   Our user name for all three services is WCClibrarian. 

We are offering IM service on the following dates and times:  Monday thru Wednesday from Noon-4pm; Thursday from Noon-4pm and 6pm-9pm; Friday from 10am-3pm; Saturday from 10:30am-2:30pm; and Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm. 

Additional information can be found at Ask a Librarian

There are now five (5) ways to get reference assistance from a librarian:
* One on one assistance in-person during library business hours
* By phone during library business hours 734-973-3431
* By e-mail “Ask a Librarian”
* By Live Chat “Research Help Now”
* By IM with Yahoo, AOL, and MSN Messenger services

Drug Information @ the Bailey Library

Are you taking medication?  Want to find out more about herbal medicine?  Are you taking multiple prescriptions and need to know about drug interactions?  Find out the latest information about prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and Herbal Medicine at the Bailey Library.  

Reference books to consult include:
AHFS Drug Information 2006  RS 125 .A56 2006

Physicians’ Desk Reference  RS 75 .P5 2006

The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs: Everything you need to know for safe drug use.  RS 51 .E85 2006

PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs  RM 671 .A1 P48 2006

Drug Facts and Comparisons RM 300 .F33 2006

PDR Guide to Drug Interactions, Side Effects, and Indications  RS 75 .P3 2006

Drug Interaction Facts  RM 302 .D76 2004

PDR for Herbal Medicines RS 75 .P554 2000

The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies v.1-2 RM 666 .H33 H363 2004

Medicinal Plants of the World RS 164 .V295 2004

Research Databases with Prescription Drug information and Herbal Medicine:

Go to Research Databases:

“Health and Wellness Resource Center” – includes searching for Drug and Herb Finder. The Drug and Herb finder link searches the PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs, PDR Family Guide to Over-the-Counter Drugs, USP DI-Volume II, Advice for the Patient: Drug Information in Lay Language and, for Alternative Health Module subscribers, the PDR Family Guide to Natural Medicines and Healing Therapies for your search term.

“Micromedex” – is a database with reliable clinical reference and support tool for clinicians. Micromedex includes a section on Drug information.  The Drug information tab allows the user to compare drug summaries, access to trade/generic drug lists, drug identification, specific database search, specific topic search, and therapeutic class drug list. 

What’s on the web?
RxList at  for drug information provided by WebMD’s licensors. The site provides description, clinical pharmacology, indications and dosages, side effects and drug interactions, warnings and precautions, drug over dosage, and patient information.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research provides information on prescription and nonprescription drug information, clinical trials, drug safety, reports and much more.

Michigan State University joins Research Help Now

Michigan State University Library has joined the Michigan Virtual Reference Collaborative that premiered Spring 2005. Originally a collaborative effort between 17 Michigan community college libraries, the success and opportunity offered by Research Help Now has drawn in all types of new library members, such as the Library of Michigan (November 2005) and now MSU Library. This free virtual reference service for Michigan college students and residents provides a wealth of information on using libraries and the Internet for research assignments. Students find help in searching the world wide web, using each of the libraries’ online catalogs and databases and more. This exciting collaboration of community college libraries, the state library, and a 4-year institution throws open the door to an even wider wealth of shared resources and expertise for our students. 

Clicking on Research Help Now will connect you in real time to a professional Michigan Librarian. Students ask questions using live chat, view web pages and online articles together, and learn how to do library research one-on-one with the help of an expert!

What type of help can you get from Research Help Now librarians?
·        How to search the libraries’ online catalogs for relevant books
·        How to look up the full text of magazines, newspapers, books, and other online resources in research databases
·        How to find a useful, authoritative web site
·        How to find and evaluate information
·        How to search the statewide MeLCat book catalog
·        How to find and use specialty search sites.
·        From wherever you are, home or work.  

Research Help Now is designed to be the starting point for all student research needs and is available free of charge. Next time you’re doing research, get the expert, personalized service that librarians provide. Visit Research Help Now at or look for Research Help Now on your library website.
A collaborative of Michigan libraries is working together to provide a convenient, cost-effective service: Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Monroe County Community College, Mott Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Oakland Community College, St. Clair Community College , Schoolcraft College, Washtenaw Community College, and Wayne County Community College District; Michigan State University Library, and the Library of Michigan.

Contact: Sandy McCarthy, Washtenaw Community College (; Ann Walaskay, Oakland Community College (