Educators

EndNote X6 is Coming

The newest version of EndNote is scheduled to be released in August 2012.

According to EndNote, new X6 features include:

  • Sync your EndNote and EndNote Web libraries so all references, attachments, and groups in one can be accessed from the other
  • Track references and find your favorites with new rating and status tools
  • See more with the expanded layout options to make better use of your screen
  • Email a reference, including file and figure attachments, to your colleagues with one click
  • Use the new PubMed direct export format to import records in fewer steps
  • Manage medical journal names and abbreviations with the updated terms list covering over 13,000 journals

To decide if you need to upgrade, consult EndNote’s features comparison [PDF] chart.

Recent purchasers of EndNote may be eligible for a discounted or free upgrade directly from EndNote depending on when the recent purchase was made.  University of Texas System affiliates may also choose to purchase discounted software online through HiEd once EndNote X6 is released.

Remember, the Library offers regular EndNote classes for all users of EndNote.  We expect to start using EndNote X6 in training sessions this Fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Evernote for Students

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Have you heard about Evernote? Our librarians are big fans of the resource, now available on a wide range of devices (web, desktop, Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7). The quickest way to describe Evernote is an an extensive note-taker. It can be used to create notes from text, audio, photos, attachments, location-based information, and tagging – which are saved to the cloud.  Evernote is an effective tool if you want to find quick and easy ways to organize your life. It can be helpful for study, to remember to buy milk or groceries, and to save content needed for class.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Versatile for professional and personal needs
  • Create and edit notes, to-dos, and task lists
  • Organize by notebooks and tagging
  • Save, sync, and share files

Cons:

  • Free version does not allow offline storage to notebooks
  • Unable to edit PDF files

And just in case students need a reminder – Evernote is not meant to store patient information. We believe everyone knows and understands the facts about patient privacy, but when in doubt – err on the side of caution.

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Find a Research Tool

The tools listed below have been developed to make it easier for you to find information at UTHSC Libraries. Each tool listed below has been developed by UTHSC, or has been identified by library staff as helpful in the integration of your research.

If there are tools that have helped you with your reserch you would like to suggest we add to the Toolbox page, please email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Catalog and Proxy Tools

LibX: Firefox and Google Chrome Add-on

What is it?

LibX is a web browser add-on that provides you with direct access to UTHSC Library resources, all from a toolbar.

How can it help with my research?

This tool allows you to search the library catalogs, right-click search menus, off-campus access to UTHSC, and embedded cues. For more information on LibX, and tutorials visit LibX.

Download

LibX works with both Firefox and Google Chrome. Below are the downloads for both browsers:

Please note the instructions for installing any extension that is outside of the Chrome marketplae.

Catalog Bookmarklet

What is it?

The catalog bookmarklet allows you to search the UTHSC Library catalog if the page you are on has either the ISBN or ISSN number on it. Just drag the bookmark link below into your bookmarks bar to begin using the bookmarklet.

How can it help with my research?

The bookmarklet allows you to search the libraries catalog, if the page you are viewing has the ISBN or ISSN number located on it.

Download

UTHSCSA Catalog


Proxy Bookmarklet

What is it?

The Proxy bookmarklet reloads the page that you are on with the proxy service loaded, giving access to our journals even off campus.

How can it help with my research?

The Proxy bookmarklet allows you to integrate the library resources into your research workflow, but does not require you to visit the library’s website to login from off campus first.

Download

Proxy Bookmarklet


UTHSC Link

What is it?

UTHSC Link is a link generator that creates a shorter, readable link that can be emailed, bookmarked, or included on a Blackboard course page.

How can it help my research?

UTHSC Link allows you to share links with others quickly and effeciently. All that is required to use UTHSC Link is a DOIPMIDPMCID, or CINAHL Accession Number.

More information on UTHSC Link

UTHSC Link FAQ

UTHSC Link

UTHSC Link

 

Citation Tools

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BibMe

What is it?

BibMe is a free fully automatated bibliography maker that will help build work cited pages that can be imported into your research documents at any point of the research cycle.

How can it help my research?

BibMe allows you to enter information either by searching for specific books, articles, etc., or manually entering information into the BibMe web application. BibMe allows you download your citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats

For more infomration or to use BibMe visit

BibMe

 

Information Organization

Delicious

What is it?

Delicious is a social bookmarking service, that allows you to save all of your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what other people are bookmarking. Delicious keeps all of your bookmarks in one location, so you don’t have to worry about what machine your on, you can still get to them. Users are given the option to save their bookmarks through Delicious web interface, or through web browser extensions.

How can it help with my research?

Delicious allows you to organize your bookmarks with tags. The tags are placed within specific pages of your account. You can share links with your peers that will send them to a list of bookmarks, rather than emailing them to everyone one at a time. Also, if you are looking at working collaboratively with others, you can create custom tags, specific to the research; then as everyone tags research with these tags you will develop a list of research bookmarks that can be accessed by anyone anywhere.

Download and more information

Delicious does not require anything to be downloaded to work from their webpage, but they have developed plugins that help streamline the bookmarking process. If you would like to download the plugins for your respective browser:


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Evernote

What is it?

Evernote is a capture and organization tool that allows you to collect, sort, tag and annotate notes in various forms of media. You can organize text notes, clip a web page, snap a photo, grab a screen shot, etc. and store the information in Evernote.

How can it help with my research?

Evernote allows you to keep information on various forms of media and make annotations on the source. This allows you to not misplace your notes, and gives you a place to store them.

Download and more information

Evernote works on Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone/iPhone Touch, iPad, Android, Palm Pre/Pixi, and Windows Mobile. To download visit Evernote.

Additionally Evernote has extensions for various browsers so you can organize all of your bookmarks and keep them all in one place no matter what computer you are on. To download the Evernote extension visit Evernote Firefox.

For more information, and video demonstrations of Evernote, visit Evernote.


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Zotero

What is it?

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that allows you to collect, organize, manage, share, and cite your researh sources.

How can it help with my research?

All of the information you import lives on Zotero, so you can install, and use it on multiple machines. Also, you can share your information with other individuals and groups that you may be researching with. In addition, Zotero gives you the option of discovering others researches that share the same interests, and sources that they are citing.

Download

Zotero only works with Firefox, and you must register with Zotero to get all of the functionality. For more information, demonstration videos, and to download the Zotero extension visit Zotero.

Find Help – Tipsheets & User Guides

Database Tipsheets & Tutorials

Many of the tipsheets on this page were created by library staff, others are linked materials are created by other libraries or by the database producers.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

EBSCO

OvidSP – Medline

PubMed

Scopus

Web of Knowledge

Interactive Tutorials

Library Tool Guides

On this page we make available tipsheets and how-to guides available on a variety of topics. Some tipsheets are made by the libraries and others are link to official help information. Contact us if you need help.

Bibliographic Management Software

RefWorks

EndNote

EndNote X7

EndNote X6

EndNote X5

EndNote X3

EndNote X2

EndNote X1 (version 11)

EndNote X (version 10)

General Computer Skills

  • Ejercitando con Mi Raton – Spanish-language tutorial teaching basic mouse skills: clicking links, selecting and copying text, and manipulating common web form elements.

Help from the APA Style Manual for Citations with Missing Details

The APA Style Blog has posted a table to help writers correctly use the APA Style when references don’t have full details available.

Check out “How to Write an APA Style Reference When Information Is Missing” from the APA Style Blog!  This downloadable table is a handy reference for those times when a citation seems to be missing relevant and important details.

Learning the basics of Digital Technology

ProfHacker has a really interesting article about learning the basics of digital technology. Broken into three main guidelines:

  • Set Boundaries
  • Force yourself to fiddle
  • It’s ok to quit a particular experiment

The last one is extremely important to remember. It is important to try out these new technologies, see if they fit your workflow, and find out how they can help keep you current in your area.

For more information on the original post, visit here

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Manage your PDFs with ReadCube

ReadCube is a new program that you can use to organize and manage the PDFs you already have saved on your computer.  If you are already an EndNote or RefWorks user, you can use ReadCube to find the PDFs you have saved and then export the details.  ReadCube will also suggest related articles and is fully searchable.

ReadCube information

Once you have downloaded and installed ReadCube, be sure to set up your Preferences to include our Institutional Affiliation so you will be able to download articles from library subscriptions off-campus.  You can manually enter our Proxy: http://login.libproxy.uthscsa.edu/ or find our institution on the list, listed as “University of Texas San Antonio – Health Center.”

ReadCube Preferences

 

 

 

Mendeley and Columbia Citation Style Language Editor

For those that use the Mendeley tool for managing bibliographic references, the company has joined Columbia University to develop a Citation Style Language (CSL) editor.

This tool can be used even if you do not currently use Mendeley, but use many of the other reference managers. For more information on editor, please visit here.

Mobile ebooks? Check the library first!

Are you looking for electronic books for your studies that you can use from your iPad or mobile device? There are two important reasons to check the library first, before you check the iTunes App Store or Android Market:

First, you can save a lot of money. One of our most popular ebooks is Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, which you can access for free on your mobile device via our library’s subscription to Mobile AccessMedicine.  You’ll find that the very same text is offered in the iTunes App Store for $199.99.  Likewise, in the iTunes App Store you can find the 19th edition of the Merck Manual for $34.99 and the 28th edition of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for $54.99, but both are available for free through Stat!Ref Mobile, which you can access for free through our library’s subscription. The 2012 edition of Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment is available for $74.99 in the iTunes App Store, but you can get it through Mobile AccessMedicine for free.

Second, with the library’s subscriptions, you can have confidence that you are getting the complete text of the work as the author and publisher intended. As Tom Lewis noted last month on the blog iMedicalApps, however, there are a number of apps portraying themselves as medical textbooks on the iTunes App Store that appear to be (partial or total) plagiarized knock-offs of legitimate medical textbooks.  One of those suspicious apps is called “Principles of Internal Medicine”, and appears to be a knockoff of Harrison’s.  Buyer beware… and check the library first!

More upcoming free online courses

A few weeks have passed since we last looked at Massive Open Online Course opportunities, and lots has been happening in the MOOC world since then. Even Thomas Friedman wrote a New York Times op-ed suggesting that MOOCs represented a “budding revolution in global online higher education.” Of course, nearly everything Friedman writes has its vehement critics, and this column was no exception [1] [2], but he’s certainly not the only one thinking hard about the impact of MOOCs on society. This week’s World Economic Forum in Davos considered the impact of MOOCs in a Philanthropic Roundtable called “RevolutiOnline.edu: Online Education Changing the World.” A complete video of the panel discussion is available on YouTube, as well as some selected highlights in this Harvard Business Review blog post.

So there’s no better time to jump in yourself and see what all the hype is about. Here are some courses coming up in the biomedical and health sciences and beyond, all starting within the next few weeks:

For more, check out the catalogs and upcoming course listings for the Canvas Network, Coursera, and EdX, or check out the very helpful combined listing at Class Central or reviews & ratings at CourseTalk.

Image credit: “THE MOOC! the movie” by Giulia Forsythe CC-BY-NC-SA

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