Dana to Host Research Support Workshop Series

A workshop series From Funding to Publication will be held in the Dana Medical Library Computer Classroom from September 22 – October 28 on six consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 pm.

Through a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, participants will learn about software, web sites and databases that facilitate finding, managing, and publishing the results of scholarly research. The series is especially appropriate for graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty.

September 22 and 23: Advanced literature review skills. Discover expert search techniques to refine and focus your literature searches. Use MyNCBI to set up automatic e-mail updates, and save searches, bibliographies, and settings.
Instructors: Fran Delwiche and Donna O’Malley, Dana Medical Library

September 29 and 30: Managing references with EndNote. Create a list of references in EndNote, download records from online, add citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word.  Instructor: Angie Chapple-Sokol, Dana Medical Library

October 6 and 7: Sources and databases beyond PubMed. Explore other high quality databases and data sources in the biomedical sciences.  Instructors: Nancy Bianchi and Donna O’Malley, Dana Medical Library

October 13 and 14: Preparing posters. Learn guidelines for creating legible, attractive, and effective scientific posters. Identify sources of medical images and discuss associated copyright issues.  Instructor: Raj Chawla, Medical Photography, College of Medicine

October 20 and 21: Scholarly publishing. Evaluate approaches to assessing journal quality, determine author’s rights, explore alternative publishing models.  Instructors: Gary Ward, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Jeanene Light, Dana Medical Library

October 27 and 28: Identifying funding. Learn to use the grant seeking and grant writing resources available to you at UVM.  Instructor: Hilda Alajajian, Office of Sponsored Programs

Space is limited. To register for these sessions, please contact Donna O’Malley, 656-4415.

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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-103.html.

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.

Find Out More About Top Ranking Journals


Are you thinking of submitting a manuscript to Plant Cell but don’t know how high that journal is ranked in your field? Do you want to know more about the top journals in your field?

Journal Citation Reports can help! This resource allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It covers the areas of science, technology and the social sciences. Journal Citation Reports displays the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts may indicate how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers one perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

To use JCR, simply click on Articles & Databases on the home page and then go to Web of Science. Once there, click on the yellow tab at the top that reads Additional Resources. A link to Journal Citation Reports is in the upper left-hand corner.

Be aware that JCR is not the only way to evaluate a journal’s value or impact on a field. ISI, the makers of JCR, offer valuable advice on using this resource wisely, so consider reading this before you proceed.

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.

Library Offers Assistance with Revised NIH Public Access Policy

Confused about the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy Revision that went into effect on April 7, 2008? The Dana Medical Library presentation on NIH Public Access: Submissions, copyright, and compliance has been provided to two groups at UVM/FAHC and is scheduled for presentation to a third group. If you would like to schedule this presentation for your own department, lab, or other group please contact Jeanene Light. Powerpoint slides from the presentation are available.