March Workshops at Dana Medical Library

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Take advantage of these important workshops on library resources and databases.

Introduction to EndNote
When: Wednesday, March 2, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108
This beginning EndNote class will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript.
Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLIS

PubMed: Basics & Beyond
When: Wednesday, March 9, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108
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!
Instructor: Alice Stokes, MLIS

Searching CINAHL
When: Wednesday, March 16, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108
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: Alice Stokes, MLIS

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
When: Wednesday, March 23, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108
This workshop will contrast the rigorous methodology used to produce systematic reviews with other approaches to reviewing the literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to begin constructing their own systematic review protocol, enabling them to both evaluate systematic reviews, and participate in authoring a systematic review.
Instructors: Donna O’Malley, MLS & Gary Atwood, MSLIS

Introduction to Ovid Medline
When: Wednesday, March 30, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108
If you’re looking for a Medline database platform that offers precision control over your search strategy and ready access to advanced search features, then come check out Medline searching using the OVID interface.
Instructor: Nancy Bianchi, MLS

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops.
Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.

Electronic Article Delivery is Available for YOU!

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Sometimes finding a journal article on your own is hard work. The Dana staff can find it for you and send it to you at no charge. On weekdays, our Document Delivery office will usually have what you need on the day of your request. Click Document Delivery under ‘Services’ on the website to start your request!

Document Delivery Specifics
Document Delivery (or Electronic Article Delivery) is a service that locates, scans and sends articles and chapters from the Dana Medical Library’s book, print, journal and electronic journal collections to you.

It is different from Interlibrary Loan in that it supplies patrons with material from our own collection. Interlibrary Loan is the process of borrowing materials that are not part of the Dana Medical Library collections.

Document Delivery is free to UVM health, biomedical, and medical students, and to University of Vermont Medical Center Residents and Fellows for articles requested from our print and electronic collections.

Dana’s Document Delivery department charges $5.00 per article requested from our print and electronic collection to UVM faculty and staff, and to University of Vermont Medical Center employees. This fee is waived for 5 requests per month. For requests of more than 5 articles per month, Dana will charge for ALL articles requested in that month.

Who can request Document Delivery? Anyone affiliated with UVM or the University of Vermont Medical Center can use Document Delivery. Others can contact us for specifics.

How to get started
Requests may be made by filling out the online form, sending an email, phoning (802) 656-4382 or sending a fax to (802) 656-0762. Normal turnaround time is 24 hours. Large requests, inaccurate or incomplete citations may result in the request taking longer. Rush delivery is available with time permitting. Articles may be delivered to you via e-mail, campus mail, fax; or you may ask to be notified to pick them up in print at the Library.

Contact us with any questions or suggestions at 656-4382 or danadd@uvm.edu.

USMLE Study Guides Now Check Out Longer!

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You asked for it, and you got it! The USMLE print books can now be checked out for three days, up from two hours. Following the three days, they may be renewed, as long as another student doesn’t recall that specific title. For any help with renewals or recalls, contact the Main Desk (656-2200) at the Dana Medical Library.
We hope this will be beneficial to all studying for the USMLE examinations, whether it is for Step 1, Step 2 or Step 3.
Thank you to all the students who evaluated USMLE Easy online, during the two-month trial period and then completed the evaluative survey. We learned that an online USMLE resource would be widely used if we can identify one that allows for multi-user, library licensure and meets our other criteria.

Dana Main Desk Expands Roles

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The Main Desk at the Dana Medical Library has expanded its role to be the central point for help, information, and services for the library. It’s not just for checking out books anymore!
The Main Desk, staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, can help with ejournal access, finding books, and selecting databases. They can assist you in ordering materials from other libraries and checking out books, media, and print journals. Now, instead of having two help desks, we have one to reduce the uncertainty of who to ask, for any question.

Research Support at the Dana Medical Library

The Main Desk is now the place to arrange to meet with a librarian for in-depth research assistance. Librarians are available on a walk-in basis from 10-4, Monday through Friday. You can also make an appointment with a librarian.

For more information, contact the Main Desk at 656-2200.

Printing – Whiteboard Survey Results

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Thirty-three students completed the survey, set up on a whiteboard in the library. Medical students were well aware of the opportunity to print black and white copies for free in the medical student lounge. Nevertheless, four students reported printing in black and white at a Dana printer, and five students had printed to the color printer in Dana. All nine of these print jobs were sent from a Dana computer. Only two students reported printing from their laptops to the library color printer. No students reported sending black and white print jobs to the Dana printer.

We’ve concluded that while College of Medicine students do use Dana computers to print to Dana printers, they do not usually send print jobs from their laptops to Dana printers. Consequently, adding the Dana printers to the HSID network is not a high priority.

Come see what Dana has available for study materials!

In addition to books and journals, the library has a variety useful items. Computer peripherals and other study aids can be found on Reserve at the library’s main desk. Here are some items that you can borrow:

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7 day loans include: standing desks, computer mice, and Dell & Lenovo power cords and styluses.

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All day loans (due back by library closing) include: headphones, Ethernet cables, Ethernet adapters, white boards, dry erase markers, book stands and calculators.

Questions about what we have available? Just ask at the Main Desk, 656-2200.

New NLM subject headings on Zika Virus

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) added Zika Virus Infection and Zika Virus as new medical subject headings (MeSH) in late January 2016. These additions are in direct response to increased reports in the literature and media about the Zika virus outbreak and its tentative association with microcephaly in newborns as well as possible paralysis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults.
Indexing of National Library of Medicine materials (i.e. journal articles; books) for the new headings began January 28, 2016.
A suggested interim PubMed search strategy to retrieve citations on Zika until review of previously indexed citations is completed might include: Zika [tiab].
In addition, a Zika Virus Health Information Resources page is available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at NLM. It outlines resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus.
Please contact the Dana Medical Library at 656-2201 with any questions about the Zika Virus literature or its indexing.

USMLE Easy Trial Update

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From November 25- January 25th, the Dana Medical Library held a trial of the online database called USMLE Easy. This question and answer bank is intended to help students prepare for the USMLE licensing examinations. It contains over 11,000 questions from Step 1, CK Step 2, and Step 3 and allows students to create a study plan, track their progress, and seek remediation from their own personal “dashboard.”
Over the period being studied, 46 people created accounts and looked at this resource. An equal number of people “sampled” Step 1 tests and Step 3 tests. No one tried Step 2.
Individuals who created accounts will be given the opportunity to answer a short survey to share their evaluation and recommendation on whether this resource was valuable for USMLE test preparation.

Questions about the trial? Contact Jeanene Light at 656-0521.

Introduction to Ovid Medline

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The Dana Medical Library will have an Introduction to Ovid Medline workshop this coming  Wednesday. If you are looking for a Medline database platform that offers precision control over your search strategy and ready access to advanced search features, then come check out Medline searching using the OVID interface.
Instructor: Nancy Bianchi, MLS
When: Wednesday, March 30th, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Systematic Reviews Workshop Series

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Starting February 10th, the Dana Medical Library will be holding a three-part series on Systematic Reviews.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
This workshop will contrast the rigorous methodology used to produce systematic reviews with other approaches to reviewing the literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to begin constructing their own systematic review protocol, enabling them to both evaluate systematic reviews, and participate in authoring a systematic review.
Instructors: Donna O’Malley & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 10, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Searching for Systematic Reviews
Systematic reviews summarize, appraise, and interpret evidence from healthcare research, primarily from journal articles. They can be the most efficient way to bring the results of clinical research into clinical decision making. This workshop will explore databases and methodologies for locating high-quality systematic reviews.
Instructor: Donna O’Malley
When: Wednesday, February 17, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Going Gray: How to Find Gray Literature
Have you ever considered the importance of information found in non-traditional resources such as conference proceedings and government documents? The Gray Literature can provide valuable information not provided in published journal literature. This presentation will cover the what, why, when, and how to search the grey literature.
Instructors: Nancy Bianchi & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 24, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops.
Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.