NIH Researchers Use NCBI Tool to Manage Bibliographies

As of July 23, 2010, Program Directors and Principal Investigators (PD/PIs) with NIH grants must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies. This tool provides for the automatic entry of complete and accurate bibliographic data from PubMed and eRA (Electronic Research Administration, NIH) Commons and ensures compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. Formerly, PD and PIs entered citations manually into the publications page of their personal profiles in eRA Commons. The publications page was used to record all publications resulting from or in support of their funded research grants.

PD/PIs now must establish a My NCBI account to gain access to My Bibliography; their My NCBI accounts must be linked to eRA Commons accounts; Commons no longer supports manual entry of citations. Typing or copy and paste functions are no longer supported and so PI’s must enter new citations in the My NCBI accounts. As of October 22, Commons will no longer display manually entered citations. All citations previously entered manually will be removed from the Commons system. The citations must be added to My Bibliography so they will continue to appear in Commons and be associated with future reports. The required actions and changes for eRA Commons users are found at

For assistance, visit the eRA website and click on “Manage Your Professional Bibliography (My NCBI)” which provides step-by-step instructions for both Applicants and Grantees.

Dana Librarians can help with establishing and using a MyNCBI account. MyNCBI offers other features as well, such as the ability to set up customized alerts. This feature allows you to save a useful PubMed search so that PubMed will email you weekly or monthly updates to that search. Then every week or month, you can see what new articles have been published on your topic.

Technology Updates: EndNote X3, DynaMed, MedlinePlus, NIH RePORTer

EndNote X3 Now Available

UVM has made EndNote X3 available through their secure software download site. Enter your UVM NetID to be directed to a list of software available to you. Find EndNote X3 on the list and follow the directions.

New Features

  • Improved full-text downloading
  • EndNote Web account automatically included, with improved navigation and compatibility with Firefox 3.5
  • APA 6th edition style included

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DynaMed for iPhone

DynaMed, an evidence-based, point-of-care decision support tool similar to UpToDate but available remotely, can also be used on your iPhone. You must be affiliated with UVM or FAHC in order to use this service.

In order to put DynaMed on your iPod Touch or iPhone, you must first download Skyscape, a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch from the App Store. Once in the Skyscape app, choose the Tools menu, then Install Resource.

You must now enter a serial number for DynaMed in the Skyscape Serial Number field. (Even though the name of the field is Skyscape Serial Number, you should enter a serial number for Dynamed.) Each user will have to obtain a unique serial number.  In order to get the serial number for DynaMed, send an email to requesting a DynaMed serial number. You must send the email from your UVM or VTMEDNET email account when requesting a serial number.  Explain that you would like a serial number to be able to use DynaMed on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

After you have entered that number in the Skyscape Serial Number field, click Continue and Skyscape will download DynaMed data and make it available to you from your home screen.

Skyscape also offers several free medical resources such as Archimedes Medical Calculator, Outlines in Clinical Medicine and RxDrugs Dosing Companion.

DynaMed can be used on other hand held devices such as Blackberries, Palm Pilots or Pocket PCs. Visit DynaMed at for further instructions. Again, you will need to obtain a serial number to use these features.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at or 656-2201.

MedlinePlus Goes Mobile

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) health information database for the community, now has a mobile version ( that allows you to easily access this popular resource on an iPhone,

Blackberry or other hand held device, anytime, anywhere. For more information, see the NLM’s FAQ that includes set up instructions.

NIH RePORTer Replaces CRISP Database

The NIH RePORTer (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) can be used to locate reports, data, and analyses of NIH Research Projects. The RePORTer website describes the tool:

To provide NIH stakeholders with quick and easy access to basic information on NIH programs, the NIH has created a single repository of reports, data and analyses, along with several tools for searching this database. A common classification scheme based on the traditional NIH budget categories is used to group similar reports. Several different filters can be applied to find information specific to a particular NIH Institute or Center, funding mechanism or topic of interest.

For more information about how to search this comprehensive database, see the FAQ section.