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Semester Break Hours and Closings

holly bush with snow 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

The Biomedical Library will open at 7:15 with regular hours on Monday, January 3, 2011. For more information about the hours our hospital libraries will be observing, view the hours exceptions area.

Have a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful 2011!

Extended Hours for Exams

studyingThe 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

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

Autumn leavesThe Biomedical Library will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 and will remain closed through Thursday and Friday. We will return to regular hours, opening at 9am, on Saturday, November 27. Be safe traveling, and have a happy Thanksgiving!
photo credit: Puzzler4879

Exam Master OnLine Flashcards

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.

Figure 1: Flashcard Creation Page (Click to enlarge)

Flashcard creation page

Figure 2: Front of Card (Click to enlarge)

Front of Card

Figure 3: Back of Card (Click to enlarge)

Back of Card

NMLM 2010 Campus Gift Card Giveaway

map with a push pin 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.


Check in at the Biomedical Library with Foursquare on your mobile device.

We'll let the winners know at the end of the month through Facebook or Foursquare.

NCBI's "My Bibliography" Replaces eRA Commons

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.

NCBI My Bibliography Tool

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.

Required actions:

  1. If not already established, PD/PIs must establish a My NCBI account to gain access to My Bibliography.
  2. My NCBI accounts must be linked to eRA Commons accounts.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Statistical Datasets Trial

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

National Medical Librarians Month 2010

National Medical Librarians Month 2010 Poster

USA's Biomedical Library will be celebrating National Medical Librarians Month during the entire month of October with librarian mediated exhibits, resource demonstrations and technology tips at all campus and hospital locations. Come and meet your medical librarians and learn about the resources your Biomedical Library provides.

To get National Medical Librarians Month started, the Baugh Biomedical Library on campus will once again display the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit Harry Potter’s World Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine during library hours Friday, October 1, 2010 through Sunday, October 3, 2010. A Harry Potter trivia contest with door prizes will be held both at the library and on the library’s website.

Throughout the month medical librarians raise awareness about the Library's services by taking the Biomedical Library to its users at the two USA hospitals and to the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health. They plan to demonstrate the Library's databases, electronic journals and books, and new mobile technologies. Librarians will also feature vetted consumer health information accessible through the website which features over 750 health topics and multiple language capabilities.

Schedule for National Medical Librarians Month 2010
Librarians will be at these locations:

  • HAHN Lobby: Mondays, Oct 11, 18 & 25, 1-4pm
  • Baldwin County Campus Room 9: Mondays, Oct 5 & 11, 11am-1:30pm
  • Children's & Women's Cafeteria: Tuesday, Oct 5 & Thursday, Oct 21, 11am-2pm
  • College of Medicine Lobby: Wednesdays, Oct 6, 13, 20 & 27, noon-1pm
  • UMC Cafeteria Lobby: Thursday, Oct 7 & Tuesday, Oct 19, 11am-2pm

The Medical Library Association created the National Medical Librarians Month observance to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Patients and those in the health care community need the specialized services that medical librarians provide now more than ever before. Please contact the Library at or (251) 460-7044 for more information.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, & Medicine

Nicolas FlamelThe University of South Alabama Biomedical Library is pleased to announce that Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, an exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine, is currently on campus and on display in the Charles M Baugh Biomedical Library, 5791 USA Drive, North.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.

We also invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 4 PM in the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Conference Room for a special presentation, “Magic, Alchemy, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World” by Elizabeth Lane Furdell, Ph.D, Professor of History, University of North Florida. Dr. Furdell’s presentation highlights the historical roots for the magic and medicine in the Harry Potter series of books and films which can be found in the English Renaissance.

We will welcome Dr. Furdell with a reception at 3 PM with refreshments courtesy of Einstein Bros and USA Dining Services.  Please plan to attend.

The exhibit will also appear at the following events across Mobile:

  • “How to Create a Harry Potter Garden,” September 17 , 18th @ 2 - 5 PM and 19th @ 1- 5 PM, 2010, exhibit will be located at the Mobile Botanical Gardens.
  • “A Wizard’s Guide to Mobile’s Wild Herbs,” September 29, 2010, at 6:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the West Regional Branch presented by Mobile Press Register Gardening Columnist  Bill Finch. The exhibit will be on display at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library
  • “Nature’s Pharmacy Exhibit,” October 4 - 15, 2010, at the Mobile Medical Museum, 1664 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL, will include some of the very roots and bottled remedies found in the Harry Potter books.

For more information contact the USA Biomedical Library at (251) 460-7044.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore.


Library Closed for Labor Day 9/6/10

Labor Day Balloons

The Biomedical Library will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume when we open on Tuesday morning at 7:15am.

Enjoy the holiday!







photo credit: Beverly & Pack

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