Featured Online Research Guide: Family Medicine

fammedWith the new web site, patrons will see many new online research guides as well (such as the one pictured at right).

These are websites that bring together all of the pertinent information and resources on a given topic on one page so that you don’t have to look all over the web site to find what you need.

One such research guide is on the topic of Family Medicine. In collaboration with members of the Family Medicine Department, in particular Dr. John King, Residency Program Director, librarian Laura Haines, liaison to Family Medicine, created a web site to meet the information needs of Family Medicine health care practitioners and students. Highlights of the site include resources that answer clinical questions, links to professional sites and patient education information. Go to http://danaguides.uvm.edu/familymedicine to learn more. Send comments or suggestions directly from that site or to Laura Haines at laura.haines@uvm.edu.

Dana Supports Administrative Personnel

1-10-2008-010A handful of brave souls came out on a stormy day in January to attend a reception held by Dana Library Liaisons for administrative personnel across the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Fletcher Allen. This was the second year Dana librarians hosted such an event in the hopes of educating more staff about the services available to them through the Liaison Program. Last year’s event was a success with many attendees becoming regular library service users.

Administrative staff learned more about the following services:

  • E-resource access and trouble shooting
  • Training in knowledge management tools: EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Assistance with grant formatting
  • Literature searching

To learn more about services available at the Library, see http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/liaison/. And keep on the look-out for next year’s Administrative Personnel Reception.

“No fee” policy continues for Dana InterLibrary Loan

Dana Library will continue indefinitely the “no fee” policy for UVM faculty, staff and students, and Fletcher Allen employees needing to borrow journal articles and books from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan). Since the elimination of fees last September, health science students, faculty researchers and clinicians have taken advantage of their ability to obtain information resources that the Library does not own or subscribe to via ILL and have requested over 1400 journal articles.

It’s easy to request an article or other publication. First, determine that the Libraries’ do not have the book or journal you need. Look in the Title List of all UVM Electronic Journals (A-Z) on the Dana/UVM Libraries Website. Search for the title in the Libraries online catalog (Voyager) too. If you can’t find it either place, fill out the ILL request form at http://library.uvm.edu/services/ill/index.html as fully as you can and submit it. Usually the request can be filled in less than two days. Inter-Library Borrowing Professional Marie McGarry said, “There is a lot of satisfaction to providing information needed for clinical research and education. I am happy to respond to requests from all our patrons.”

New Year’s Resolution: Do a Better Search, Ask a Research Question

longviewstudent11With the new semester starting, it’s great to see so many students in the Dana Library getting a jump on research papers, board exams, and study.

Are you working on a research project? A literature review is a normal part of the research paper. It requires that you find authoritative journal articles, books and websites on your topic. A good research question is the backbone of a good literature search. Focused questions on specific topics result in the best searches in PubMed and other databases. Questions that cover a broad subject area need to be focused or you will retrieve too many articles to manage. Limiting your search to review articles, clinical queries, or articles from specific journals are some ways to focus a broad topic in PubMed.

Do you need help formulating your research question or identifying the best databases to search for your topic? Do not hesitate to contact a medical librarian at Dana to give you a hand. Reference Desk hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or click on the purple “Ask a Librarian” button on the Dana web page.

Or , you can help yourself by taking the PubMed Flash tutorials at http://library.uvm.edu/dana/guides/help/pubmed/. There are basic and advanced techniques shown and you can do as much or as little as time and interest permits.

So resolve to do better literature searches this year. Dana librarians will be happy to help.

Best of luck with all your work in medicine, nursing, and health sciences this semester,

Marianne Burke MLS AHIP
Library Associate Professor and Director,
Dana Medical Library

New! SciFinder Scholar Now on the Web

02As many chemistry and biochemistry researchers know, access to SciFinder Scholar has been limited: one could only connect to this useful chemistry resource on certain computers. No longer! Now everyone can access SciFinder Scholar online from their very own desktop.

To begin using the web version, you must complete a one-time registration form with your “uvm.edu” email address. Go to SciFinder Scholar to get started.

Be aware that UVM Libraries has a license for 5 concurrent users on the Web, and one additional spot reserved for the computer in Cook Chemistry Library, making a total of 6 concurrent users. If you are denied access to Scifinder Scholar on the Web, it may be because 5 other people are on at the same time as you. If after a second try, you still do not get in, do not hesitate to contact the Dana Reference Desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu for assistance.

Stay tuned for upcoming classes on this useful and versatile research tool.