USA Biomedical Library's blog
The USA Biomedical Library is pleased to introduce readers to the newest rendition of our long-standing newsletter, Biofeedback. In an effort to serve you more timely and efficiently, we can now introduce you to the Library’s latest resources via live links from a new blog format. With just one click you can read about and then access our latest e-books, faculty publications, PubMed tools, interlibrary loan account, and other resources which improve access to biomedical research. Please feel free to leave comments; they will help us to constantly improve our efforts.
The first issue of the blog is available from the link below. Future postings will be on a bi-monthly publication schedule. An archive for the electronic issues for Biofeedback retrospective to Spring 2009, is available from the blog’s sidebar.
In this premiere issue of the Biofeedback blog, you can
- Read about other improvements at the Biomedical Library in the Director’s Notes.
- Find out about the new Healthy People 2020 objectives and how you can become involved.
- Look at the newly redesigned National Library of Medicine homepage.
- Discover how, as of October, 2010, the PubMed abstract display for PubMed Central® articles has been enhanced to include an image strip displaying thumbnails of the article's first several images.
- Read about the many campus entities and colleges that participated in several community health fairs last fall in conjunction with the Library’s Empowering Health Ministry Leaders Project.
- Sign up for an interlibrary loan account after reading about available benefits.
- Evaluate and compare journals in your field using Journal Citations Reports.
- Access one of the recently purchased E-books.
- Read your peers’ latest publication from the list of Faculty Publications: August – December, 2010, often linked directly to the article.
The Biomedical Library will be closed Monday, January 17, 2011 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will reopen on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:15am. Biomedical Library hours and closing can be viewed on the hours page.
It is a wonderful time to honor Rev. Dr. King's legacy by serving others in our community!
The Biomedical Library will be observing reduced semester break hours beginning this weekend. The hours throughout the semester and holiday breaks for the campus library will be as follows:
Sat 12/18 - Sun 12/19: Closed
Mon 12/20 - Wed 12/22: 8:00am-4:45pm
Thur 12/23 - Sun 1/2: Closed
Have a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful 2011!
The Biomedical Library will have extended hours for the next two weekends to aid students studying for their exams.
Extended Hours Fall Semester 2010
Fridays, December 3 & 10 - 7:15am-9:45pm
Saturdays, December 4 & 11 - 9:00am-9:45pm.
Regular hours will continue to be observed on weekdays and Sundays and can be viewed on the hours page. Semester Break hours will begin Saturday, December 18, 2010.
Good luck with your exams!
photo credit: Auntie P
EXAM MASTER OnLine recently added a feature that allows users to make flashcards online. Once created, flashcards may be saved, named, edited, viewed online sequentially, or printed out.
In FIGURE 1, [the main interface page for creating flashcards in EXAM MASTER OnLine], please note that there is a separate box to insert information in the front and back of the flash card. The top border of each box has basic tools to perform common editing tasks, such as changing font size or cutting and pasting. Furthermore, documents may be uploaded from MS Word for easy conversion to flashcard format. Finally, there is no limit to the number of flashcards that may be created. Once a card is saved, both the front and the back become immediately viewable online, in separate screens, connected by a link in the form of an arrow [see Figures 2 & 3 below].
A free registration is required to use EXAM MASTER, and it can be accessed from the Databases List. From the main search page of EXAM MASTER OnLine, the link for “Flashcards” is on the left-hand side bar.
With a user-friendly, intuitive interface, EXAM MASTER OnLine Flashcards should prove to be a very useful pedagogical tool, allowing users to create neat, easy-to-read flashcards in a fraction of the time it would take to create flashcards by hand.
It's National Medical Librarians Month, and the Biomedical Library is celebrating by giving away 30 gift cards for campus dining locations like Einstein's Bros Bagels and to the USA Bookstore between now and October 31.
It's easy to enter to win:
Either like us on Facebook or write on our wall.
We'll let the winners know at the end of the month through Facebook or Foursquare.
Citations entered into the eRA Commons by the PIs of NIH grants will disappear from that system on October 22, 2010. NCBI's My Bibliography tool is replacing eRA Commons. In addition to offering a simple color-coded way to track NIH Open-Access Policy Compliance by populating citation data from PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NIH Manuscript Submission system, My Bibliography allows researchers to manage a list of all of their authored works. Information about the transition and the My Bibliography tool can be found below.
eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI’s personal online tool, My NCBI. My NCBI offers an online portal—“My Bibliography”—for users to maintain and manage a list of all of their authored works, such as journal articles, manuscripts accepted for publication, books, and book chapters.
My NCBI allows users to benefit from My Bibliography’s ability to populate citation data from PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NIH Manuscript Submission system, and to readily maintain accurate, structured and up-to-date bibliographic information. The improved data quality resulting from this integration enhances the ability of the NIH to manage and monitor the results of its research portfolio.
An additional major benefit of this integration is the ability for grantees to easily track compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy using a simple color-coded key in My Bibliography. Commons users can propose, confirm, or reject grant-paper associations; associate their My Bibliography citations with an eSNAP (electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process) progress report in Commons; and designate delegates to maintain their professional bibliographies in My Bibliography.
Users can log in directly to My NCBI using their Commons username and password.
- If not already established, PD/PIs must establish a My NCBI account to gain access to My Bibliography.
- My NCBI accounts must be linked to eRA Commons accounts.
- As of July 23, 2010, Commons will no longer support manual entry of citations. PD/PIs will no longer be able to type or copy and paste citation data into Commons and must enter new citations into their My NCBI accounts.
- As of October 22, Commons will no longer display citations that a PI has manually entered into Commons. All citations previously entered manually into Commons will be removed from the Commons system. Therefore, these citations must be added to My Bibliography so that they will continue to appear in Commons and can be associated with future annual progress reports.
NCBI has published a quick tutorial on how to set up a My NCBI account.
The University Libraries are considering adding a new statistical database as a companion to the LexisNexis Statistical Insight database. DataSets is an interactive resource that allows you to customize data information into your own tables and charts instantly.
In order to get faculty and student input before making the final decision, there will be a training representative from LexisNexis demonstrating the capabilities of this wide-reaching and valuable research tool.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at 2 pm
Where: Mitchell College of Business, Room 265
The demonstration should last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Both faculty and students from all disciplines are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring your current statistical research needs to see what this resource has to offer you.
"LexisNexis Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy access to 15 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets within an easy-to-use interface. With this dynamic new tool, you can scan the contents of the collection, select subjects and variables to interest, and view your data in side-by-side tables and charts."
--From the L-N brochure