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August 26, 2014

EZProxy server down for a few minutes on August 28 at 9:00 am

Due to the server replacement, Library EZProxy server will be down for a few minutes on August 28 at 9:00 am. This will affect access to the Library resources via the Library Website.

Posted by webmster at 12:06 PM |

September, 2014 Library Database Classes

Searching and Accessing Health Science Information Resources

Target Audience: Physicians, Researchers, Faculty, Staff and Students

Location: Computer Education Classroom #2 – Lyman Maynard Stowe Library

These noon-time classes will provide hands-on training and demonstrations by UConn Health Reference Librarians. Each class will outline quick and efficient means of searching and managing citation information for the databases listed below. There is no charge for these classes but enrollment is limited to UConn Health personnel only. To register in advance for any of these quick courses, go to the class registration webpage, send an email to ref@uchc.edu, or call the Library Information & Education Services Department at x4051. Walk-ins are welcome.

ENDNOTE
Wednesday, September 10 – 12noon to 1pm
Bibliographies made easy. Learn how to use this tool to search online bibliographic databases, organize the references and build lists of cited works automatically. It includes additional features such as unlimited storage capacity (number of references), Customized views & displays, Work Offline (anytime/anywhere), Local Personal Files and Documents, and many more.

REFWORKS
Thursday, September 11 – 12noon to 1pm
A Web-based bibliography and database manager (whereas EndNote is a Desktop software for PC and MAC). This class covers how to create a personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and using these references in writing a paper, automatically formatting the paper and generating the bibliography.

CLINICAL APPS FOR YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
Tuesday, September 16 – 12noon to 1pm
This class provides an overview of mobile devices and subscription resources available to all staff, students and researchers from UCH Library. Detailed instructions on how to use individual resources will be available upon request from class attendees at a separate time. There is an electronic syllabus for this class which can be viewed here: Clinical Mobile Apps 2014

PUBMED – BEYOND THE BASICS
Wednesday, September 17 – 12noon to 1pm
This class focuses on searching PubMed with greater precision. Topics covered include using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), finding information in specific journals, locating systematic reviews or EBM articles with “Clinical Queries”, and storing search strategies on NLM’s server for re-execution at a later date. Attendees are expected to be familiar with the basics of PubMed.

UCONN/UHC ELECTRONIC BOOKS
Thursday, September 18 – 12noon to 1pm
Did you know that there are over 1,000 digital textbooks now available from UConn Health and UConn Storrs Libraries? These resources are available through your work computer. Some book titles are even available for downloading to a mobile device. This class will provide an overview of the UConn/UConn Health e-book subscriptions, and best methods for using these excellent up to date resources.

LIBRARY BASICS
Thursday, September 25 – 12noon to 1pm
In this session, we will review citation matchers to locate full text articles, basic search skills for the library’s catalog and electronic journals, and how to locate other relevant assistance and much more.


Library Information & Education Services Department, x4051, ref@uchc.edu

Posted by Jenny at 10:27 AM | Library Classes

August 08, 2014

Web of Science Cancellation Effective September 1, 2014

The UConn Libraries together with the UConn Health Library recently decided to discontinue offering users the abstracting and indexing resource Web of Science in favor of the newer alternative resource Scopus. This decision came after an exhaustive internal analysis of cost vs. use. It is always a difficult decision for the University Libraries to make when it cancels one of its resources but as stewards of the collections it is important to be vigilant in providing maximum scholarly resources to faculty, staff and students. This stewardship role becomes even more important during tough financial times.

This year, when Web of Science - the Libraries’ fourth most expensive collection resource and the only one in the top 5 that does not provide full text service - came up for renewal, library staff undertook an extensive analysis of it, comparing it to two other alternatives currently available – Scopus and Google Scholar. The analysis included comparative data from other peer institutions, capabilities of each product, raw quantitative data on usage, and qualitative feedback from faculty and graduate students.

Results of the analysis indicate that both Scopus and Web of Science offer comparable functionality: article searching, citation analysis, and h-index lookup. We also learned that Scopus and Google Scholar are used as much, and in some cases more than Web of Science.

We believe Scopus is a viable and less expensive research and education tool that will continue to provide users with the most comprehensive way of tracking the latest scientific developments being published internationally, which is critical to UConn’s emphasis on the STEM disciplines.

Web of Science will no longer be active as of September 1, 2014. Users should be sure to download saved literature searches as well as saved citation searches by August 31, 2014. These searches, may of course be re-input into SCOPUS, which can provide identical service.

For more information about the decision to cancel Web of Science, please feel free to contact me.

Arta Dobbs
Collection Management Librarian
UCONN Health Library
(860) 679-2432
dobbs@uchc.edu

Posted by Jenny at 04:48 PM | Announcement

SCOPUS : An eye on global research

53 million records | 21,915 titles | 5,000 publishers

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. As research becomes increasingly global, interdisciplinary and collaborative, you can make sure that critical research from around the world is not missed when you choose Scopus.

Search | Analyze | Visualize

Research is a complex pursuit. More than ever, finding the right result is as important as uncovering trends, discovering sources and collaborators, and analyzing results to yield further insights. Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Search
• Search by document, author or affiliation, or use Advanced Search
• Refine results by source type, year, language, author, affiliation and more
• Link to full-text articles and other library resources
• Use the QUOSA Information Manager to bulk retrieve results in .pdf format
• Export data to Reference Managers such as Mendeley, RefWorks and EndNote
• Stay up-to-date with Email Alerts, RSS and HTML feeds
Discover
• Find related documents by shared references, authors and/or keywords
• Identify and match an organization with its research output using Affiliation Identifier
• Identify collaborators or subject experts with Author Identifier
• Clarify your identity through integration with ORCID
• Benefit from indexing with Universal Discovery Services.
• Take advantage of interoperability with ScienceDirect.
Analyze
• Track citations over time for a set of authors or documents, with Citation Overview/Tracker
• View h-index for specific authors
• Assess trends in search results with Analyze Results
• Analyze an author's publishing output with Author Evaluator
• Gain insight into journal performance with Journal Analyzer and alternative journal impact metrics SNIP and SJR

Posted by Jenny at 07:47 AM | New Resources

July 17, 2014

New Specialty Launched by UpToDate: Palliative Care

New Specialty Launched by UpToDate: Palliative Care

This newly launched UpToDate specialty integrates the most current information on palliative care into recommendations that span many disciplines. Content includes comprehensive information on clinical and psychosocial issues and evidence-based recommendations for assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms.

UpToDate in Palliative Care includes:
• 90+ clinical topics — a list of topics for any specialty can be found through the “Contents” link on the top toolbar
• 40 patient education topics — print or email information to help patients make informed decisions
• 45 new graphics — created specifically for palliative care topics
• 100+ contributors — as with all UpToDate content, authors and editors are clearly identified in each topic

Continue reading "New Specialty Launched by UpToDate: Palliative Care"

Posted by Jenny at 04:33 PM | Announcement

July 14, 2014

The LMS Library welcomes Wendy Urciuoli as its new Healthnet Librarian

Wendy will be providing outreach for Healthnet, the library’s consumer health information network. In this role, Wendy will provide references assistance, training, and education to Connecticut’s public librarians and citizens needing health and wellness information. She will also serve as library liaison to the Health Center’s Psychiatry Department faculty and students.

Wendy received her BS in Zoology from the University of Idaho, and her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the UCHC library staff, Wendy managed a medical and consumer health library for MidState Medical Center, a Hartford HealthCare hospital. She has also worked as an information services librarian at a suburban public library and as a medical librarian in the insurance industry supporting research into new and emerging healthcare technologies. Welcome, Wendy!

Posted by Jenny at 09:18 AM | Announcement

July 11, 2014

“Assessment in Action” -- Grant Project Successfully Accomplished

In March 2013, a team of Health Center librarians, senior faculty and educational administrators applied for a grant sponsored by American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities entitled “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”. The grant, funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, ran from April 2013 through June 2014.

Lyman Maynard Stowe Library was one of a few graduate-level academic libraries - and the only medical library – to be included in the first cohort of libraries chosen. The UConn Health Assessment in Action project team included librarians Kathleen Crea, Evelyn Morgen, Arta Dobbs; Christine Thatcher, director of medical education; clinical principals Dr. Ellen Nestler, Dr. Dan Henry and Dr. T.V. Rajan; and Brian Benson, educational assessment and survey administrator.

The first phase of the research project required individual AiA team leaders (Ms. Crea) to attend a 2-day training session in June 2013 at the annual American Library Association conference in Chicago. Taking what was learned, librarians and faculty collaborated in order to map out and execute a unique research initiative designed to demonstrate how library collections, instruction or other educational outreach activities contribute to “student success” locally.

At UConn Health, a survey was created to ask medical students to describe which clinical information sources they use, over four years, and how their searching effectiveness contributes to their clinical education and “success” as a competent health care provider.

Called the Library-Evidence Based Medicine Survey, it was distributed electronically to all UConn medical students (enrolled in Years 1 through 4) in April of 2013 and 2014. Participation was voluntary, and data collection was anonymous. Students were asked to rank how often they used specific subscription sources (such as DynaMed, Lexi-Comp, PubMed, Up to Date, etc.) and describe in their own words how selection and efficiency at using medical databases or clinical apps improves and "evolves” over four years of undergraduate medical education. In 2014, IRB approval was given to send the survey to each medical resident (PGY-1 through PGY-5).

Collecting feedback directly from these two key groups as they train and become licensed physicians provides insight for faculty, librarians and educational administrators. Survey feedback indicates that collections and services by UConn Health librarians does contribute to students’ development as effective clinical searchers. Librarians will use student-resident input to improve instructional sessions for future generations. Current feedback also provides qualitative evidence that justifies continued funding for costly health science database subscriptions and clinical mobile apps.

Although the Assessment in Action project formally ended in June 2014, faculty and librarians have agreed to continue this research collaboration, and plan to conduct Library-EBM surveys for future years.

Posted by Jenny at 12:24 PM | Announcement

July 10, 2014

Evelyn Breck Morgen, Library Director, retires

Evelyn B. Morgen, MLIS, AHIP, Director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library for the past 9 years has embarked on a well-deserved retirement. Previous to library director Evelyn served as Associate Director for 3.5 years. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), an accrediting body of the Medical Library Association.

During her time with the library Evelyn was instrumental in introducing and utilizing new technology, expanding outreach and resources as well as planning two major renovations of library space. Evelyn dedicated herself to servicing the information needs of UConn Health faculty, staff and students in their clinical, educational and research pursuits, as well as providing service as the biomedical information resource for the citizens of the State of Connecticut.

We thank her for her dedication and wish her much enjoyment in her retirement. She will be missed by her staff and UConn Health colleagues who were fortunate to work under her leadership.

Posted by Jenny at 09:46 AM | Announcement