EndNote X9 is Here

endnote_x9_imageresizedThe newest version of EndNote – EndNote X9 – is now available. This new version has many new features to help you in your research. For example, there are new templates for online media types like blog posts and Twitter. There is also a new function called “Manuscript Matcher” that helps you identify journals that might be interested in publishing your work. EndNote X9 also has enhanced sharing features that allow you to share more of your library with other EndNote users.

New users can download EndNote X9 from the UVM software download site. You will need a UVM NetID and password to download EndNote. Current EndNote users can update to the new version of EndNote from within EndNote X8.  A special note for Mac users: MacOS versions 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), and 10.14 (Mojave) are programmed to save the contents of the “Documents” folder in iCloud if you have iCloud enabled for your computer. Do not save your EndNote libraries or your Word documents in iCloud. Doing so will eventually corrupt your EndNote library and disrupt the link between your library and Word document. More detailed instructions are available to help you work around this issue.

Dana Librarians are available to help you with downloading or upgrading to EndNote X9 as well as any other questions you may have. We offer a drop-in clinic on Mondays from 2 to 4 pm. You can also go to Dana’s EndNote training webpage to make an appointment with a librarian at another time that fits your schedule. EndNote is a powerful research tool. Let us help you get the most out of it!

Dana Offers MedEdPORTAL as a Way of Finding Health Sciences Curriculum Resources

mededportal imageMedEdPORTAL is your gateway to health sciences education resources. Many people turn to PubMed first, but this may not be the best choice in many situations. There are two primary reasons for this. One, there may not be anything in PubMed on the topic. Two, PubMed mostly indexes articles about education topics, but not the actual curriculum materials themselves. In many cases, educators would be better off searching another database that focuses exclusively on health sciences education materials – MedEdPORTAL.

“MedEdPORTAL is an open access journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).” Each article is actually a teaching or learning module that consists of a detailed description and the curriculum materials (e.g. PowerPoints, videos, quiz questions, etc.). These materials can be downloaded and used for free. Each module has also been implemented and evaluated so that educators can get a sense of how successful the module was and what potential changes they should consider when adopting it for their own classes.

Educators can also submit their own teaching and learning modules to MedEdPORTAL. All of the information needed in the submission process can be found on the author’s page. Please contact a librarian at Dana Medical Library if you need assistance with either submitting to or searching MedEdPORTAL.

Dana Medical Library Classroom in the Larner Learning Commons boasts New Technology

classroom pic croppedresizedAs part of the renovations for the new Larner Learning Commons, Dana’s Classroom has transformed to accommodate active learning and multi-functional events. This new active learning classroom now offers a flexible, technology-rich, educational space for self-contained classes or meetings, or for videoconferencing. The room includes:

  • 80” monitor
  • Video/audio hardware for videoconferencing
  • Built-in Windows computer or bring your own Mac/Windows laptop to plug in
  • Screen mirroring for devices: iOS, Android, and Windows. Bring your own device and display it on the monitor.
  • Adjustable ceiling lights
  • Four whiteboards for group brainstorming  or reporting out
  • Flexible seating and tables for 18

UVM health science faculty and staff, and UVM Medical Center professionals can learn more about reserving the classroom for events, classes, workshops, trainings, meetings, exams, etc. by contacting Kate Bright. When the classroom does not have a scheduled event, the room is open for student study use.

Active Orientations for New Residents Conducted at Dana

Every summer, new residents enter postgraduate medical training programs at the University of Vermont Medical Center. An introduction to the Dana Medical Library is a standard orientation activity for these new residents. In the past, this consisted of a short lecture outlining library resources, services, and policies. Feedback from the residents revealed that they frequently retained little information from these orientations. This was due to the passive nature of the lecture and the fact that they were being overwhelmed with other information at the same time.

This year, the library redesigned and updated its new resident orientation. The old, passive lecture was replaced with an active learning exercise focused on a poster that highlighted essential Dana Medical Library resources and services. Participating residents spent one minute reading through the library poster, were asked to complete a brief poster survey and were encouraged to ask questions.

Nancy Bianchi-Poster
Active Learning Exercise Poster, Created by Nancy Bianchi and Gary Atwood

The results of this new orientation format were quite revealing. The poster prompted many questions and interesting on-the-spot conversations between residents and librarians. In addition, 80% of the new residents returned completed surveys. Most residents liked the format and felt that it was an effective way to introduce the library. Dana librarians will continue to study this passive turned active learning activity, and build on its success with other library presentations.

For more information, contact Library Associate Professor, Nancy Bianchi at or 656-4371.

Funding to Publication Series, Dana Medical Library


Dana Medical Library’s Funding to Publication Series will start in mid-September and run for 5 weeks. For this year’s series, we’ve updated some classic workshops and added a new one on using REDCap to capture and manage your research data. This year’s topics include:

September 15-16 PubMed: Advanced Techniques
September 22-23 Reference Management: Introduction to EndNote
September 29-30 Data Management: An Overview of REDCap
October 6-7 Publishing: Find the Right Journal
October 13-14 Funding: Tools and Tips for the Search Process
Location: Dana Medical Library Classroom
Time: Noon to 1:00pm
Registration is required for all workshops. Please fill out the registration form located at http:/go.uvm.edu/2015ftp.
Questions? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Technology Upgrades for the Library Classroom

Over the winter break many technological upgrades were made to the projector, screen and podium in the Library Classroom in order to improve the teaching and learning experience. Students will now have a larger screen that is clearer and easier to read, and instructors will be able to project content from their favorite devices, including tablets and laptops. All technological changes were made with a focus on flexibility. Good teaching and learning happens in a variety of modalities and environments, so having spaces that are flexible enough to accommodate those differences was a priority in planning the upgrades.

Most noticeable is the now very large screen. A new Eiki screen, 87 X 139 inches, or 164 inches diagonally, was installed. The larger screen is more visible from the back of the room and displays a clearer image.

The library classroom under construction.

The old projector was replaced with a new, significantly brighter projector, making the images projected onto the screen crisper and more detailed than before. The new projector can also project HD 1080p quality video in wide screen format, which makes it compatible with DVD movies and wide-screen PowerPoint presentations. It is also much more flexible than the old projector, and can accommodate other devices, such as tablets.

The electronics in the podium, except for the computer, have been completely upgraded. The VCR has been removed and a new DVD player that is capable of reading multiple formats (DVD Video/MP3/WMA/WAV, etc.) has been added. In addition, instructors can now plug in devices that are HDMI compatible (such as the iPad) in addition to just the standard VGA. Finally, there is a new Crestron touch screen control panel to run all of the technology in the podium. The new electronics in the podium can also be expanded to adapt to new technology, which will give instructors greater flexibility going forward.

Dana also obtained a new Sharp 55″ High Definition flat panel monitor mounted on a movable cart so that it can be moved from room to room as needed. Instructors and students can plug their laptops into the panel and display what is on their laptop on the monitor. Dana librarians foresee using this set up with smaller groups of people when the big screen would be too overwhelming.

As classes settle into this new space, Dana education librarian, Gary Atwood, who oversaw the project, will be surveying instructors and students alike for feedback on these technological improvements.

Laura Haines, MLS

Spring Library Classes Are Underway

Gary Teaching 1Please join us in the Dana Classroom for one or more of our spring workshops. All workshops are open to all UVM and Fletcher Allen students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required.

Questions about any of our workshops? Have a suggestion for a topic you’d like us to cover? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.


PubMed Basics and Beyond **Online Workshop**

Are your PubMed skills a little rusty? Come to this workshop and brush up on the basics such as using limits and MeSH headings to zero in on the results you need. We’ll move beyond the basics by answering whatever questions you have so come prepared to share!

This is an online class so pre-registration is required. Please send your name, email address, and phone number to Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7pm – 8pm
Managing References with Zotero

Learn the basics of Zotero. Capture citation information about books, articles, web sites, and more while you search. Link to Microsoft Word to produce citations in a variety of formats. Share your citations with collaborators.

Instructor: Laura Haines

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Noon – 1pm


Searching CINAHL

This workshop will cover how to find high quality nursing and allied health information in CINAHL. In it, we’ll cover topics like advanced searching, how to use subject headings in your search, and how to fine-tune your results.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1pm – 2pm
Managing References with EndNote **Online Workshop**

Learn the basics of EndNote. The following tasks will be demonstrated: adding citations to an EndNote library through a variety of methods; attaching PDFs to citations; managing information in an EndNote library; creating a bibliography; adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word.

This is an online class so pre-registration is required. Please send your name, email address, and phone number to Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7pm – 8pm

Know your rights! This workshop provides an overview of copyright law and related resources. It also provides guidelines to help faculty, staff and students comply with copyright law and public funding mandates.

Instructor: Jeanene Light

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Noon – 1pm
From Arnica to Zinc and Acupuncture to Yoga: Information Resources for Complementary & Herbal Medicine

Despite their popularity, it is often a challenge to find reliable information about the effectiveness of non-conventional therapies. Join us as we explore high-quality sources of information, both in print and online, that can help guide the wise use of these practices and products.

Instructor: Nancy Bianchi & Frances Delwiche

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Noon – 1pm
Managing References with EndNote

Learn the basics of EndNote. The following tasks will be demonstrated: adding citations to an EndNote library through a variety of methods; attaching PDFs to citations; creating a bibliography; adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Noon – 1pm


Personal Knowledge Management: Better Organization for Better Problem-Solving

How do you organize all of the information you collect for your research, work and personal life? How can you manage that information better so that you can use it more effectively? This workshop will explore the concepts of Personal Information Management (PIM) and Knowledge Management (KM), and offer a few concrete tips for managing your information. Tools such as EndNote, DropBox, and EssentialPIM will be covered.

Instructor: Laura Haines

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Noon – 1pm
Creating the Simplified Data Management Plan

The workshop will introduce the recommended elements of a data management plan (DMP) and resources at UVM that can help with data management planning. Sample data management plans will be provided. Participants will then create their own simplified data management plans.

Instructor: Donna O’Malley

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Noon – 1pm

What else would you like to learn?

We can also custom design a workshop for you, your class, or for your workgroup. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another location that’s more convenient for you. Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488 for more information or to schedule a session.

Workshops on these topics are readily available, but you can request any combination of topics:

  • Advanced MedLine
  • Citation and E-Journal Troubleshooting
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Consumer Health on the Web
  • DynaMed
  • EndNote
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBM) Tools
  • Google / Google Scholar
  • Keeping Up with the Literature
  • MD Consult
  • Medical Images
  • Navigating the Virtual Library
  • Nursing Reference Center
  • Ovid MedLine
  • Poster Presentations
  • PsychINFO
  • PubMed
  • UpToDate
  • Web of Science

Questions? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.

Thanks for Another Great Funding to Publication Series

Hilda Alajajian presents Finding Grant Opportunities: The Search Process

Mid October represents a lot of things. The leaves are falling. Cooler weather is coming. It also marks the end of another great Funding to Publication series. Funding to Publication is a series of workshops that focus on different aspects of the research process such as tools for finding research, sources of funding, and publication strategies. This year 57 people attended one or more of the workshops, which represents an increase of 42% over last year’s series. In fact, so many people signed up for two workshops (Advanced EndNote and Sources and Databases Beyond PubMed) that we had to add a third day to fit everyone in! Thank you to everyone who attended the workshops and for your help in making it such a great experience for everyone involved. If you missed any part of the series, take a look at its site, http://danaguides.uvm.edu/research2013, for class content and supplemental materials.

Although the Funding to Publication series is over, there are still lots of workshops being offered between now and December. For example, you can learn some new tricks on using images in PowerPoint in the “An Image is Worth a Thousand Words” workshop. Additional topics include EndNote, Google Scholar, The Cochrane Library, and a great session on creating posters. You can find a list of the workshops and when they’ll be offered on the Schedule of Library Workshops page.  How to Stay Up to Date: Alerts, Preparing Posters, and Introduction to Google Scholar are new selections alongside popular standards such as Advanced EndNote and Beyond PubMed.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please let us know. We’re always looking for great ideas for future workshops.

Gary Atwood, MSLIS