Your options for managing citations has expanded! EndNote Web is a new tool that allows you to store citations online (which are then available from any computer with internet access) and create a bibliography or use it with Word to insert references into a paper & create a reference list in just the right citation style.
For those who also have EndNote desktop version X, you can transfer the citations from one to the other. EndNote desktop is more robust than the web version, but the web version is more flexible in where you can use it. The desktop version must be purchased, but EndNote Web can be used by UCSD faculty, staff, and students for no cost.
With EndNote Web you can:
- Import citations directly from Web of Science
- it also captures the times cited information
- Search PubMed from within EndNote Web
- Share folders with colleagues
- Use the EndNote Web Cite While You Write plug-in
The EndNote Web Cite While Write toolbar plug-in for Word allows you to search for the citations in your EndNote Web library and insert the citation(s) where you need them in your paper. A format option on the toolbar lets you change the citation style as often as needed and you can choose from hundreds of pre-formatted styles. Once you have created an account for EndNote Web, look for the installation instructions under Format References – Format Paper to find the link to download the plug-in. (Only MS Word for Windows is supported at this time.)
EndNote Web is accessible from the Web of Science database or at www.myendnoteweb.com. To keep the account active, you will need to access it via Web of Science at least once every 3 months.
Would you like to see a quick tutorial?
Need more information about EndNote desktop or RefWorks? Check out the Biomed’s Bibliographic Software web page.
This technology, which has been available in medicine for a while, is soon to be available for the consumer market as Qualcomm has plans to offer its LifeComm service in 2008. With the convergence of a medical device and a cell phone, an individual will be able to monitor blood sugar levels or keep track of her/his fitness activities.
For more details, see the article in the May 18th Union Tribune
As you may already know, the UCSD Biomedical Library is holding a photo contest this month and all UCSD faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit their digital photos of the library building, or people in or around the library.
One of the photo categories is altered photos (photos manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special such as hand coloring, toning, bleaching, collage and photo composites, etc.).
We now have Paint.net software on our Library Information Commons (LInC) computers which you can use to jazz up your digital photos for the contest or any other purpose. Paint.net is a killer graphics program which is easy to learn and use. It’s also available free for Windows computers from www.getpaint.net.
Paint.net is our LInC software program of the month, and our service consultants are available to help you learn it and provide you with all the information you need to produce prize-winning photographs!
In learning more about the special add-ons available in Firefox, I selected a long list of them and am becoming more familiar with them little by little. My new, extremely useful favorite, is Adblock Plus.
Are you ever annoyed with the adds, especially the flashing ones, that appear on many of the online news sites. I just noticed this morning those annoying boxes do not appear anymore. I simply get a bit of white space and the word ADVERTISEMENT in the middle of the space. I love that – what a great tool!
Look for some more Firefox & add-ons tips in the upcoming Spring edition of Currents. You can read Currents online or in print. Need to be added to the mailing list? Find details at the Currents web page.
Want to learn about some cool, web-based collaboration tools? The Krafty Librarian links to a recent Forbes.com article that includes nine such tools and she also describes five more. That’s fourteen collaboration tools in total. In case you’re wondering, the UCSD Libraries do subscribe to RefWorks, which is similar to EndNote except it is web-based and already paid for!
Hat tip: The Krafty Librarian Blog
Our PDA featured resource for October is Diagnosaurus — a tool for checking differential diagnosis at the point-of-care. It is offered as a free download from Access Medicine/McGraw-Hill. The tool was developed by Roni Zeigler, M.D. from Stanford University and is based on content from CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment. For more details see our PDA page at http://gort.ucsd.edu/clinlib/pda/.
If you travel frequently and end up using computers in hotels, conference centers, or even public computers in the library, you know how frustrating it can be to run into a computer where you can’t do some quick word processing or tweak a slide in your presentation. A number of new web-based tools are now ready for prime time to help you accomplish these tasks on any computer where you have Web access.
A couple of examples:
Google Docs and Spreadsheets offers word processing and spreadsheets, which you access via your Google account. You can upload a file from hard drive storage, store documents you’re working on, and export the final results in Word, Open Office, HTML, or PDF format.
Zoho Office offers word processing, spreadsheets, a presentation tool, and a number of other applications. These are currently free, but a paid version may come along for access to premium features.
None of these offer the power or range of features of Microsoft Office or OpenOffice, but they’ll let you finish up that paper or presentation where and when you need to. These and a number of other similar web-based productivity tools can be found in this great blog posting from SolutionWatch.
You can now download software to your Windows laptop that lets you print to the libraries’ networked laser printers. Visit our Wireless Printing Software page for information on system requirements and instructions for downloading and installing the software.
Do you use the Firefox web browser and search PubMed a lot? We now have a “plugin” available that will put UCSD’s PubMed link (which gets you our local UC E-Links and article ordering features) into the search engines pulldown menu located in the Firefox browser.
The link that installs the plugin can be found on our PubMed information page – scroll down to the section labelled “For Techies & PDA users.” It should work for both Mac and Windows versions of Firefox.
New on Google Labs is Accessible Search, a Web search tool for the visually impaired. The interface is slightly less cluttered, but the unique feature of Accessible Search is that the search results are ranked according to a different algorithm than regular Search, one that gives higher priority to sites that conform to accessibility guidelines. These sites are more likely to work well for users with visual impairments who use assistive technologies like screen readers.
As Google puts it in the FAQ for the new service, “Regular Google search helps you find a set of documents that is most relevant to your tasks. Accessible Search goes one step further by helping you find the most accessible pages in that result set.” Accessible Search is still being worked on, but represents an interesting step by Google.