Winter 2012 Issue of Currents is Available

The Winter 2012 issue of the UC San Diego Biomedical Library newsletter, Currents, is now available — online only.

The contents include:

1. Native Hawaiian Health Displays

2. Library Restructuring

3. DMPTool: Online Tool for Writing Data Management Plans

4. Wireless Printing from Laptops and Mobile Devices

5. New Resource: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology

6. Annex Request and Delivery Improvements

7. Biomedical Library Workshops

8. Q&A: How Can I Download eBooks to My Kindle?

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New Issue of UCSD Biomedical Library Newsletter

The latest issue of the Biomedical Library newsletter, Currents, is available online.  Topics in this issue include:

  • Budget cuts and their impact on the UCSD Libraries
  • A home of one’s own: “Selected Faculty Publications”
  • Libraries mobile website
  • Resources for data management planning
  • Text AskUCSD
  • Group study room reservation changes
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Currents Newsletter Issue Available

The latest issue of the UC San Diego Biomedical Library newsletter, Currents, is available.  Learn how to:

  • Find >24,000 online books
  • Use Twitter “seriously”
  • Utilize “My Bibliography” to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy
  • Keep organized using Evernote
  • Fix the EndNote date import problem

Please post any comments or suggestions you have about the newsletter – or send them to nstimson@ucsd.edu

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Fall Issue of CURRENTS Newsletter Available

The Fall 2009 issue of the UCSD Biomedical Library newsletter, Currents, is now out. The articles in this issue include:

  • New Director Joins Biomedical Library
  • UCSD Suicide Assessment & Prevention Program
  • Looking Up: New Digital Signs
  • New Print and Copy Card System
  • The Information Commons: Not Just Another Computer Lab
  • Encyclopedia of Neuroscience Online – Thanks to Our Friends

Read all about it online or pick up a paper copy at the library. If you have suggestions about other topics you would like to learn about, please email Nancy Stimson at nstimson@ucsd.edu

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To cite or not to cite: Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

This new Biomedical Library exhibit  provides tips for avoiding plagiarism and a handy decision tree to help authors to decide when to cite in their scientific papers. It will be on display in the library breezeway until May 14, 2009. Stop by and pick up a handout to use with your students while supplies last.

display-plag-wholeA more detailed guide, “Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing,” written by Miguel Roig, Ph.D. of St. John’s University, is available online from the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity.  A PDF copy is also available.

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Need help at 2 AM? Ask a Librarian Chat Service is now available 24/7

uc_askYou can get real-time assistance with your questions round-the-clock by chatting with the librarian on duty at the UC Ask a Librarian service.Depending on the hour, you may be chatting with a librarian who is not at UCSD. However, these librarians have access to information about our resources and policies, and can usually answer your questions.

The next time you need a question answered right away, and the library is closed, try our chat service. During library hours, you will get better service by contacting the UCSD Biomedical Library directly.

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet

twitterTwitter is a “micro-blogging” website that people use to communicate with friends and colleagues. Twitter users are asked to answer the question “What are you doing?” using 140 characters or less. Many health care providers use Twitter every day to exchange news, advice, and other succinct tidbits.

After signing up for a Twitter account, the next step is to find people and organizations to “follow” and to encourage them to follow you. A list of doctors, medical students and other medical Twitter users is located on the Medical Student Blog. Some additional organizations using Twitter include University of Washington Health, Cleveland Clinic, American Lung Association, University of Nebraska Medical Center, CDC Health, AIDS.gov, etc. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using Twitter to broadcast news items (NIHforHealth) and funding information (NIHforFunding). The Henry Ford Hospital (HenryFordNews) recently tweeted a complete surgery, in a series of messages, 140 characters or less at a time!

The UCSD Biomedical Library also has a Twitter account. Follow us at http://twitter.com/ucsdbiomed in order to get news updates about the library (events, resources, services, etc.).

If you need help getting started with Twitter, contact Pat Sarchet at (858) 534-1196 or by e-mail.

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First Consult – Unique Point-of-Care Tool

The Biomedical and Medical Center Libraries have licensed UCSD-wide access to the clinical information resource First Consult (http://tinyurl.com/firstconsult), a unique, online point-of-care tool that is integrated within the MD Consult interface. First Consult provides three types of information created and compiled by practicing clinicians:

  • Medical Topics: Concise, regularly updated information on patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, tests, and prevention (e.g., tuberculosis)
  • Differential Diagnoses: Provides a rapid evaluation of your patient’s complaint using an interactive chart of potential diagnoses listed by age group and most likely diagnosis (e.g., fatigue
  • Procedures: Clear systematic guidance, including videos and medical animations, of procedures across many specialties (e.g., skin biopsy)

First Consult can also be downloaded to your PDA.

Based on trial usage statistics, and feedback from medical students, residents, and faculty, we expect that this resource will be a strong and well-used addition to our online clinical resources. To see more of our online clinical resources, visit the UCSD Online Clinical Library.

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Does Posting PDFs on Websites Violate Copyright?

The Biomedical Library often receives questions from faculty and instructors asking if they are allowed to post article PDFs to their websites. For instance, the Library recently received this question from a staff member in Surgery:

“We want to post PDFs of journal articles to our website. These would be downloaded by residents and faculty and discussed in our Journal Club. Would this violate copyright policy if we are not authors of the articles?”

Copyright questions are often challenging and, of course, the answer varies depending upon the particular situation. That said, here is some general information about the issue:

Linking versus posting: There is really no copyright issue if you are simply posting links to articles that are available online. If the articles you need are either 1) available because the Libraries are paying for UCSD-wide access, or 2) freely available, you may post this LINK on to your website. Articles paid for by the Libraries will then be accessible from the UCSD network, or by using either the Proxy Server or VPN from off-campus.

However, you will immediately start running into copyright concerns if you want to post actual PDF copies of the articles – either PDFs you have downloaded from the publishers’ websites, or PDFs produced by scanning print journal articles. These issues center on providing unauthorized access to publisher copies and/or personal reproductions, both of which are covered by copyright.

As you may know, the copyright holder has the exclusive right to decide how and where something is made available. Unless you have permission or your proposed use is considered a “fair use,” then posting an article on the web violates the holder’s copyright and places the University at risk. The amount of risk you are placing the university in for potentially violating the publishers’ copyright will be significantly higher if the website you would like to post these articles to is freely open on the internet – that is, if anyone using any internet connection anywhere in the world can view, print, or download the articles.

You are in a much better position to argue that this use might fall under Fair Use if the website is limited to UCSD users either via a password or by some type of network limitation. However, even if the website is closed and available only to your department, you still are at risk of violating copyright. Thus, the safest way to make the articles accessible is by linking to library resources.

In addition, the UCSD Libraries provide the course reserves service that might be helpful to you. You could ask the Libraries to provide this material via our electronic reserves system. More information about this is available on our Web site.

The specific question above mentioned copyright concerns about articles where “we are not authors of the articles.” It is important to note that UCSD authors often ROUTINELY sign over their copyright for articles they have written when having an article published. As a result, an author of an article may not have the right to post his or her own work on the internet. It is often shocking to authors to learn of this. That is why the Libraries have advised authors to retain the copyright when publishing.

For assistance with posting links to article PDFs on your website, utilizing course reserves, or retaining your copyright, please contact Nancy Stimson at (858) 534-6321 or via e-mail.

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Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine — Desktop, That Is

Cool Tips & Tricks – A Quarterly Series to Enhance Your Research Experience


Sometimes when you are working on your computer – searching for articles, trying to access electronic journals, or using EndNote or RefWorks – you may get stuck and need help. How can you get help without leaving your desk?

Many of you may have participated in webinars for training sessions. The Biomedical Library is now experimenting with using webinar (teleconference) software for a different purpose. We are using the ReadyTalk software to initiate “show and tell” sessions to help you get unstuck. First, arrange to talk to a librarian on the phone by contacting Nancy Stimson at (858) 534-6321 or by e-mail.  Nancy or your departmental liaison will email you an invitation to the webinar. Just click on the link in the email message and follow the instructions to join the “meeting.” Then the librarian can show you things that she is doing on her computer, or turn the control over to you and let you show them what you are doing and where you need help. This software can also be used to show PowerPoint slides or conduct mini-training sessions online. When you need help, contact Nancy to set up a webinar. Give it a try and you will see how useful it is to share your desktop with a librarian – and vice versa.

readytalk1 If you would like to use ReadyTalk for your own webinars or meetings, details on how to set up a ReadyTalk account are located on Blink.  One of the nice features about ReadyTalk, in addition to its stability, is that if you use the web portion only, and make a separate phone call, there is no cost. There are other similar software programs available – some free, some not. A partial listing of free teleconference products is located on the iLibrarian blog.

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