“Got Impact” class – Road show version available!

In January we launched a new class on finding who has cited your work using Web of Science’s author citation reports and other tools. The session also covers journal impacts and the “h” index, a relatively new measure of impact of an individual’s work. Would your (UCSD) department be interested in having a session for your research group? We can host it here in our lab for hands-on access or we can bring a laptop to your department. If you have a computer lab, even better!

The session is designed to run just about an hour but we can be flexible.  Because most of the tools in this class are subscription-based, we’ll only be doing these sessions for UCSD groups or departments. Interested? Please let us know! Contact Karen Heskett for more info or to schedule a session.

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Need to Find Literature in the Life Sciences?

If so, then try searching BIOSIS Previews, a premiere database that includes articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters in the life sciences. Recently, the database has been improved to facilitate searching. If you would like to learn more, sign up for an upcoming workshop. You can also request to meet with a librarian at a time that is convenient for you, using our consultation service.

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Hot New EndNote Tip

Do you have a long list of citation to put in to your EndNote library? Wish there was a shortcut to getting them there? Well, there is. HubMed – an alternative interface to PubMed offers a citation finder that can take a list of citations copied from a Word document or a PDF. At first, it may not find all of the citations, but with a couple of tweaks, it may find more.

For example, go to HubMed’s Citation Finder and paste in the list of citations below. It will not find all of the citations from this list but try changing the authors on the one it missed to just the first author, et al (i.e., Haynes RB, et al).

Once you have the list, scroll down to the bottom to select all and export using the RIS format. It will save the file as hubmed_ris.ris and you can then import it into EndNote using the Reference Manger RIS format.

List of Citations to Try:

Peters, A., Rubsamen, M., Jacob, U., Look, D., & Scriba, P. (1991). Clinical
evaluation of decision support system for insulin-dose adjustment in
IDDM. Diabetes Care, 14, 875–880.
Piercy, G., Deber, R., Trachtenberg, J., Ramsey, E., Norman, R., Goldenberg,
S., Nickel, J., Elhilali, M., Perrault, J., Kraetschmer, N., & Sharpe,
N. (1999). Impact of a shared decision-making program on patients with
benign prostatic hyperplasia. Urology, 53, 913–920.
Ream, E., & Richardson, A. (1999). From theory to practice: Designing
interventions to reduce fatigue in patients with cancer. Oncology Nursing
Forum, 26, 1295–1303.
2. Lowe HJ, Barnett GO. Understanding and Using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Vocabulary to Perform Literature Searches. JAMA 1994;271(14):1103-1108.
3. Coletti MH, Bleich HL. Medical Subject Headings Used to Search the Biomedical Literature. JAMIA 2001;8(4):317-323.
4. Sood A, Erwin PJ, Ebbert JO. Using Advanced Search Tools on PubMed for Citation Retrieval. Mayo Clin Proc 2004;79(10):1295-1300.
5. PubMed Tutorial. [National Library of Medicine web site]. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/viewlet/mesh/searching/mesh1.swf. Accessed August, 15, 2005.
6. Jenuwine ES, Floyd JA. Comparison of Medical Subject Heading and text-word searches in MEDLINE to retrieve studies on sleep in healthy individuals. J Med Libr Assoc 2004;92(3):349-353.
7. Haynes RB, Wilcynski N, McKibbon KA, Walker JC, Sinclair JC. Developing optimal search strategies for detecting clinically sound studies in MEDLINE. JAMIA 1994;1(6):447-58.

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Biomed LInC Orientations

Be all that you can be by signing up for one of the UCSD Biomedical Library Information Commons (LInC) orientation sessions!  This session will show you the wide range of software available on LInC computers, how to get advice and support, and ways you can use the LInC to collaborate with others.  LInC service consultants will also be on hand to give you a technical perspective.  The classes will be held on:

  • Oct. 15, 10:30-11:30 in the BML laptop classroom
  • Oct. 17, 2:30-3:30, BML computer classroom
  • Oct. 19, 12:30-1:30, BML laptop classroom

This will be an hour well-spent.  In addition, all attendees will receive their very own copy of the 24-page Information Commons Student Handbook.  Sign up for one of these sessions at http://biomed.ucsd.edu/services/instruc.htm

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Fall class schedule up for Biomedical Library

We’ve got a record-breaking roster of classes available this quarter. You’ll find our old favorites like PubMed, Google, and EndNote, as well as a new series of classes focusing on the many tools available in our Library Information Commons, including PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat. We’ll also be hosting some special classes from the National Library of Medicine on ToxNet and the ClinicalTrials.gov service. Take a look at our Classes web page and sign up!

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PowerPoint classes: new addition!

We will be holding a lunchtime demonstration class on using PowerPoint to create posters for presentation at conference poster sessions. There are many software choices for creating these posters, and PowerPoint is one of the easiest and most available. Come and learn how to make a professional-looking poster using software you have on your desktop. Feel free to bring your lunch (discreetly please!).

Date: Thursday, May 10
Time: 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Location: Biomedical Library, Events Room
Details and registration contacts: http://biomed.ucsd.edu/Poster_Class_Leaf.pdf (PDF)

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New class series in May: PowerPoint

Unleash the Power of PowerPoint with our new series of classes offered Wednesdays in May. These are designed as independent sessions so you can take one or all depending on your experience and needs. We’ll be using PowerPoint 2003 for Windows.

May 2, 10-11:30 am: Getting Started, intended for the new user
May 16, 10-11:30 am: Power Enhancements – using slide masters and including animations, sound and video.
May 23, 10-11:30 am: Breakthrough Presentations – how to deliver a presentation effectively, using handouts, notes, and publishing to the Web.

Register for this and any of our other classes on our Classes web page.

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Spring Classes now posted

Our Spring 2007 class offerings are now posted online. We’ve got classes scheduled on searching PubMed and BIOSIS, power searching with Google and its associated tools, as well as the popular bibliographic management programs EndNote and RefWorks. The first Google class for the quarter is Tuesday, April 10, and those classes often fill up so register soon! See biomed.ucsd.edu/services/instruc.htm for more details and online registration.

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EndNote class this Wednesday

On Wednesday, 2/28, we’re having an EndNote class from 4-5:30pm at the Biomedical Library and there are still some spots open. This class is for UCSD users who are new to EndNote (or just confused!) and covers setting up preferences, populating EndNote with information from our library databases like PubMed and Web of Science, and using EndNote with Microsoft Word to create a bibliography for a manuscript.

Sign up on our Classes web page.

(What’s EndNote? It’s a popular software program for managing citation information for use in creating bibliographies for papers, articles, or other manuscripts.)

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Winter Quarter RefWorks Classes

The schedule and registration for upcoming RefWorks classes is now available online. This quarter the previously 90 minute class has been split into two shorter classes (RefWorks I and II). This means that you can attend one or both sessions, depending on your knowledge of the software.
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