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2012 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Now Available

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.

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,, 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

Tips for Studying at Dana During Exams


  • Use the 4 study rooms when you wish to study in a small group. You can book a room with assistance from either service desk.
  • The quietest areas of the library are in the back and periphery of the library.
  • If you are a graduate student (including medical students), please use designated study areas.
  • Please chat with friends or use your phone in the hallway outside of the library.
  • If you can’t find a seat, ask at either service desk for assistance.
  • A list of alternative places to study around campus can be found at each service desk.

Good luck with your work!

Winter Session Hours

Dana Medical Library Winter Session Hours

Winter holidays

Hours will be reduced between Friday December 13, 2013 and Wednesday January 1, 2014.



Sunday — 9 am-10 pm
Monday- Thursday — 8 am-10 pm
Friday — 8 am-7 pm
Saturday — 9 am-7 pm


Friday December 13 — 7:30 am-7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22: OPEN

Monday- Friday, December 23-27, University Holidays and Winter Break Days: CLOSED
Monday- Wednesday, December 30-January 1, University Holidays and Winter Break Days: CLOSED

Regular hours will resume Thursday, January 2, 2014.

See the Hours page for an interactive calendar with complete information on the Library’s hours of operation. Contact us at 656-2200 with any questions.

**Please note: Interlibrary Loan will stop receiving requests at 4 pm on Thursday, December 19 in order to fill all standing requests, and will then be CLOSED until normal hours resume on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Please plan accordingly.**

Reflection & Vision: 200 Years of UVM Libraries


Check out the new exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Lobby, “Reflection and Vision: 200 Years of Libraries at the University of Vermont,” which depicts the history of library collections and spaces at the University of Vermont.


Highlights include:

The University’s earliest efforts to create a library, including Professor Joseph Torrey’s nine month book collecting mission in Europe
The construction of Billings Library, designed by famed architect H. H. Richardson
The creation of the Bailey/Howe and Dana Medical Libraries
The future of library spaces and digital collections

Excerpts from a portfolio documenting the Billings Library after its dedication in 1885 are also on view. The complete set of photographs can be viewed in Special Collections.

The entire Billings Portfolio can also be viewed on Flickr.

UVM Libraries Award Given to Dana Employee


Susan Bishop, Administrative Assistant to the Director, was recently given the University Libraries 2013 Delmar Janes Staff Excellence Award. This award “recognizes outstanding employees whose overall commitment, exemplary performance, positive attitude and acts of achievement (extending above and beyond the call of duty) serve to further the libraries’ mission while enhancing the work environment.”

Susan’s service to UVM Libraries spans as far back as 1977, when she was hired to work as technical assistant for the Hospital Library Development Service, an outreach grant funded by the (US) National Library of Medicine, to develop and strengthen the region’s small hospital libraries. Later, Susan went on to obtain permanent status with UVM, and has been working at the Dana Medical Library for well over thirty-five years. Susan has had a positive impact on every staff member throughout her career. She has also worked in every department in the Library.

During her tenure at UVM, Susan performed myriad duties, from billing and managing departmental budgets to schedule management and exhibit curation. She filled in at the circulation desk, substituted on the reference desk during librarians’ meetings, and worked in the Audiovisual Department. At one point, she typed the individual cards and pockets that used to line the backs of books and journals. She trekked across campus in all types of weather to deposit funds at Waterman, and get change for the various coin boxes. Susan was the first person at Dana to have a computer!

Describing Susan’s current job description isn’t easy, either. She plays an important role in organizing and creating the various exhibits displayed in the DML, whether they are on loan from the National Library of Medicine or created in-house. She works on a variety of assignments such as gathering yearly statistics, supporting the creation of the newsletter and annual reports, delivering the mail, managing the Director’s calendar, filling in and assisting in ILL, and lending her design expertise in the creation of scholarly posters. She coordinates Dana Council meetings through calendars, provides well-written, timely minutes, and schedules these meetings and locations. She is a wonderful editor. She orders library supplies and organizes all the files. Simply put, Dana wouldn’t run smoothly without her.

All at Dana are lucky to work with Susan Bishop, and offer a hearty congratulations for this well-deserved award.

Jeanene Light, MLS

The Value of Medical Libraries and Librarians in Patient Care


A recent JAMA Viewpoint article recaps research indicating that knowledge-based information sources and the services of a medical librarian have a positive impact on clinical decision-making and patient care. The article by Julia Sollenberger MLS, and Robert Holloway MD, MPH of the University of Rochester, identifies library and librarian roles and the value they provide in provision of care and education [1].  A library’s provision of information sources including databases and journal articles and the technology to access them resulted in more informed clinical decisions and changed treatment plans in several studies. Librarian literature searches to answer care questions in clinical settings yielded better results than physician searches in less time. In one controlled study of matched cases, a librarian literature search for evidence on patients presented at morning report was associated with shorter hospital length of stay. Librarian evidence searching on rounds with medical students and residents impacted not only treatment plans but also the trainees own knowledge and skills in finding evidence. Other roles cited include participation in evidence based practice curricula and support of biomedical research.

Librarians and staff at Dana Medical are engaged in many of the activities described in the article. We are evolving as health care, education, and technology change.  October is National Medical Librarians month. The theme this year is “Saving you time so you can save lives.” Let us know how we are doing.

Marianne Burke MLS AHIP
Director, Dana Medical Library

EndNote X7 Available at UVM Software Archive


The latest version of EndNote, X7, for Windows was released in May, and the release for Mac users was in July. UVM recently released its site licensed version.

EndNote X7 offers many new and exciting features:

  • Synchronize and update desktop and online references with one click
  • Manage references in your libraries over multiple computers, regardless of operating platform
  • New PDF Handling preferences for imported PDFs
  • Add citations and references to Microsoft PowerPoint slides
  • Easy organization of bibliographies and primary & secondary sources with Cite While You Write
  • New reference types including Interview, Podcast, Paper, and Press Release
  • Customizable display with new control options
  • Improved EndNoteSync backs up work continuously and unobtrusively
  • Identify shared online groups from your desktop library

EndNote X7 is available to the UVM community for free through the UVM Software Site. Just sign in with your Net ID and select your operating system.

Need assistance?

Classes on EndNote are offered through both Dana and Bailey Howe. Check the class schedules for availability. EndNote X7 will be taught by librarians at Dana in spring 2014.

For individual assistance at Dana, contact Laura Haines at 656-4143.

Happy Citing!

Open Access Week


Open Access Week will be observed October 21-27, 2013 with the theme “Redefining Impact.” During the week, the academic and research community come together to promote Open Access, the concept of “free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results.” Organized by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), events will include conferences, forum discussions and workshops on the benefits of openly sharing collaborative research tools and data. The events will be held in the United States, Canada, Brazil, several European countries and Turkey.

In the spirit of free access, the discussions and presentations will be streamed live and can be freely accessed at