Connecting to the Library from Off-campus

laptop-820274_1920 (2)Academic health science library users, like students and faculty, often bring their work home with them and need to access the library remotely to do their work. Library resources are easily accessible with a UVM NetID by clicking on the “Connect From Off-Campus” button on Dana’s homepage.  Here is how you can gain access:

You will be prompted to log in with your UVM NetID.  Once you’ve logged in, you’ll return to the Dana Medical Library homepage, but with one small change – the URL should now include the words “ezproxy.uvm.edu.”  EZproxy is a service that lets websites know that you are coming from UVM and can get access to the resources we subscribe to.  Now, you’ll be able to access library resources like databases, ejournals and ebooks.  Want a visual guide to this process?  Check out our tutorial video.

Not sure what you are looking for or need more help?  Dana Medical Library also offers Research Guides and Tutorials that you can view from anywhere, anytime.  See our full list of Research Guides in different subject areas to get started.  If you need help using PubMed, CINAHL, or EndNote, we have a guide specifically for tutorials.  Keep in mind that as long as the library is open, you can talk to us virtually via chat or give us a call!

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.

Learn More about Dana’s Virtual Dissection Table

anatomage-image_resizedDid you know that the Dana Medical Library has a virtual dissection table called an Anatomage Table? This Table is an advanced visualization system for anatomy education that uses touch screen capabilities. Just recently updated with the latest software, the Table’s screen is designed to fit a life-sized image of the human body. Images can be manipulated to show different anatomical sections with the ability to rotate and view the body or part from all angles. Layers of the body can be removed, certain sections isolated, and cross-sections made, all with pinning, labeling, and color-coding capabilities, among many other functions.

Professors and students have the ability to save a manipulated image for teaching purposes, examinations, or presentations. The Table provides curriculum-based tools, import/export capabilities, and an extensive archive of virtual images: full body and regional, CT scans, Histology, and case studies. The Table also has projection capabilities when hooked up to a separate computer and screen system.

If you are interested in learning more and exploring the uses of the Anatomage Table, please contact Kate Bright to set up a training session. Trainings show you the basics for use of the Table. Once you receive training, your name will be put on the permission list at Dana’s Main Desk. Once you are on the list, you can drop in and use the Table anytime the library is open and the classroom available. Or you can reserve the room ahead of time by contacting Kate.

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.

New Technologies in the Library

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You may have noticed that the catalog has more images and more information than before. That’s because information from Google Book Search has been loaded into UVM Libraries’ online catalog, Voyager.

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More Information About This Book

Many of the books in the catalog now have an image of the cover of the book, and a link to More Information About This Book. Click on that link and you will be brought to that particular book’s entry within Google Book Search. Once there, you may see some of these features:

  • images of the cover,
  • the table of contents,
  • reviews,
  • publisher descriptions
  • and even a chance to preview the book.

In a survey of UVM Libraries catalog users, 92% agreed or strongly agreed that the link to Google Books provided useful information.

cell-phoneText It!

A common scenario: you need a book from the library so you scribble the call number on a gum wrapper you find in your pocket. You are now on the 3rd floor of Bailey-Howe or standing at the front of the Dana Medical Library only to discover that your book bag has now eaten that gum wrapper.

Next time, TEXT IT! UVM Libraries catalog now has a texting option within each record that will send your cell phone an abbreviated title and location information. Charges from your cell phone carrier may apply.

New Printing Options For Laptopslaptop_stickers3

We’re pleased to announce that Windows laptop users can now print directly to Libraries’ printers.

Install the printers for your library of choice (Bailey/Howe, Dana Medical Library, or Cook Chemistry/Physics Library) and you’ll be good to go.

Laptop printing solutions for Macintosh and Vista users are currently under development.

Laptop Stickers by Roo Reynolds used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.