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Scopus Training Tomorrow in Lockwood! Register Today.

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A Scopus consultant-trainer will be coming to campus tomorrow,  Tuesday, September 29th, to give a workshop from 1-2pm in Lockwood Library. The trainer will be demonstrating how to use Scopus to search for, analyze, and compile scholarly metrics and citation data. The description of the workshop is below. Please note that registration is required.

 Exploring Next Generation Scholarly Metrics with Scopus

Scopus is one of the world’s largest abstract and citation databases of peer reviewed literature, covering scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings, with access to over 54 million records from 22,000 titles and 5,000 publishers.  In this session, a product expert from Scopus will cover how to use the database to find scholarly metrics for evaluating journals, authors, and individual articles. Topics will include next generation journal impact metrics, harnessing unique Scopus author profiles for H index calculation, and new developments in the field of article level metrics.

Date:                     Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Time:                     1pm-2pm

Location:              109 Lockwood Library, North Campus

Register at:

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How to Know Whether to Believe a Health Study – New York Times

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If you haven’t yet read today’s Buffalo News or yesterday’s New York Times, you may have missed the article “How to Know Whether to Believe a Health Study.” The article is a great overview for patients and future practitioners alike.


  • Look for human research studies as opposed to in vitro or animal studies.
  • Determine if the methodology was sound.
  • Compare yourself (or your patient) with the population studied. How similar are you, or how similar is your patient?
  • Pay attention to both the reported benefits and harms.
  • Carefully examine causal claims.

The author goes on to outline what the perfect randomized controlled study would look like and describes the current reality where certain groups (children, seniors, and women) are often not studied. In addition, he shares his opinions on nonexperimental or observational studies. His bottom line is that it takes multiple studies using a variety of different subjects and methodologies to lead to more conclusive results.




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Scopus training

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SUNY has made a system wide purchase of Scopus for 3 calendar years (2015, 2016, and 2017). It is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. In addition to abstract records from journals, books, and conferences, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

To help you learn how to use Scopus, a series of webinars are being offered in the coming months on these days:

  • Supporting Scopus for Research: July 22, 2015 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Supporting Scopus for Education: July 28, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Supporting Scopus for Research: July 30, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM
  • Supporting Scopus for Education: August 12, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

You can Sign Up Here or for more information email:

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Alert! Article Linker issue

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We are experiencing technical difficulties with using our Article Linker from PubMed and other databases to get to the full text. We are working on the problem. In the meantime, please use the Delivery+ service directly. This will require you to submit requests manually for the time being. If you have any questions, please contact me!

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History of Medicine on TV!

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Channel 7 reporter Mike Randall stopped by HSL’s History of Medicine on Monday and spoke with Linda Lohr and Pam Rose. As Linda Lohr explains, the motto of the collection is “chart the future by exploring the past.” She also adds that the collection would be of particular interest to medical students: “If you want to learn about the newest and shiniest instruments and the latest techniques, it really helps sometimes to learn about where they came from.” So come on by, Monday-Friday between 9-5 and watch the video here.

HoM on TV

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Spring Updates

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First and foremost, I’d like to belatedly congratulate the Class of 2015 on their May 1 graduation! Wishing them much success in the next stages of their careers!

A big THANK YOU to all the medical students that participated in the library survey that was distributed in April. Your candor and willingness to share your opinions will help to inform our future directions.

If you submitted feedback about our proposed journal cancellations, your comments are being thoughtfully considered. Your input is valued and it is an important part of this process.

Test your medical knowledge in a Jeopardy style “Showdown” courtesy of AccessMedicine. Find AccessMedicine in HUBNET or in the list of biomedical databases on the Health Sciences Library site. In order to participate, you will need an account. Create a free MyAccess account by clicking the University at Buffalo button in the upper right hand corner. Then click Self-Assessment and select Showdown in the drop down menu. Play against a live opponent or the computer and choose from a variety of topics.

Game Board

AccessMedicine Showdown board

Sample Question

AccessMedicine Showdown question

If you are interested in learning Prezi or EndNote, please consider taking a class with us! Visit our workshop page to see the full schedule. Registration is required. To sign up, click on the date of the class and complete the required fields.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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The UB Libraries now have access to Scopus, an “abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature” similar to Web of Science. This database “features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.” These tools include a Journal Analyzer, Citation Overview/Tracker, Author Identifier, and Author Analyzer to help assess impact at the journal level and author level. Alternative journal impact factors Scientific Journal Rankings (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) are also available. We have access for a period of three years.

Tutorials are available! Watch Get Started with Scopus to get an overview. Run time is 11:30.


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Undergraduate Research Prize

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2015 Undergraduate Research Prize for Library-Supported Research

Sponsored by The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. The prize is $500.

The Prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring use of information resources, the University at Buffalo Libraries and the collections. Undergraduate research conducted by INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS or by STUDENT TEAMS is eligible.

  • Research in ALL DISCIPLINES is eligible for the Undergraduate Research Prize
  • Submissions must document use and application of library/information resources in any format (online, print, Web, media, etc.)
  • Research conducted in full or part during the period from JANUARY 2014 – FEBRUARY 2015 is eligible
  • Research projects can be presented in any format (print, web-based, media, database, art works, etc.)
  • Prize winning research will be featured on the UB Libraries and Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Web sites.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit:

Submit an electronic version of your research project to:
Deliver/send paper copy of your research project to:
UB Libraries Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research
℅ Cynthia Tysick
228 Lockwood Library
University at Buffalo
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2200

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Get your creative juices flowing for the 3rd Annual Memmys

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The deadline for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s 3rd ANNUAL MEMMYS is quickly approaching!

What are the Memmys you ask?  A national music video contest that seeks student-produced videos from health professional students with the top entries receiving a monetary award for their school’s health sciences library. First place is $1,500, second place is $1,000, and third place is $500.

The contest is open to any student enrolled in a health professions school such as dental, pharmacy, allopathic, osteopathic, public health, nursing, medical or allied health. One submission per health professions school.

Please go to for more information. Scope out the previous year’s winning entries and be sure to read the contest rules before you get started.


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Sign up today for Spring Workshops!

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We’re offering a new workshop this semester about using Wikispaces to collaborate on group projects in addition to sessions on EndNote, Prezi, and apps for your iPad. Registration is required, so please click on the course date to sign up. If you have any questions about the classes, email me at

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Feeling alone in a group project? Learn how to manage your projects at the Health Sciences Library’s Wikispaces Workshop. Learn how to organize, connect and collaborate virtually with your group. You’ll never feel lost again!

Wednesday, February 18 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, March 4 • 3:00 pm-4:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

No Experience EndNote for Health Sciences

EndNote is a computer program that allows the user to organize their references, images and PDFs; search online bibliographic databases; and seamlessly create bibliographies in Microsoft Word. Tailored for those who have never used EndNote before and would like an introduction to this very powerful piece of software, the primary focus is on how to download the EndNote software, use databases, such as PubMed, to populate your EndNote library; and how to instantly move references from EndNote into your Microsoft Word documents in virtually any citation style!

Thursday, January 29 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, February 10 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Thursday, February 12 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Thursday, February 26 • 11:00 am-12:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, March 11 • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Advanced EndNote for Health Sciences

Building on the skills learned in the No Experience class, learn more about how to get other references into your library and use the online and app versions of EndNote to work collaboratively or on the go.

Tuesday February 17 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, March 11 • 3:30 pm-5:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Prezi: Moving Beyond Powerpoint

Learn how to harness the power of Prezi to create a dynamic presentation. Prezi is a free interactive presentation tool that allows users to create and collaborate on visual presentations from any location. This one hour hands-on workshop will teach the basics of using Prezi, including how to set up an account, choose the right template for your presentation, and add the right effects to make your presentation stand out.

Monday, February 2 • 11:30 am-1:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, March 10 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

iPad Productivity for the Health Sciences

In this one-hour class at the Health Sciences Library, we will explore a variety of medical apps as well as a selection of apps for productivity. Bring your iPad or simply follow along as we investigate useful tools for health care, organization and efficiency.

Tuesday, February 24 • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm • 165 Abbott (HSL South Campus)

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Top Resources


As the preeminent database in medicine, MEDLINE is the best place to start when searching for biomedical literature.  More Info
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Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR)

Provides full-text article and topic reviews. EBMR is a great source for evidence based medicine researchers. Search across seven resources including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, ACP Journal Club, and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects.  More Info


Designed to provide practical, concise information needed at the point of care, UpToDate provides evidence-based answers to commonly asked questions in clinical practice. Remote access not available for UpToDate.


A search engine and database of peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical information resources designed to support physician patient care decisions. Includes journals, books, guidelines, multimedia, and drug information. A component of ClinicalKey, First Consult, serves as a point-of-care clinical reference tool.  More Info

Web of Science Core Collection

Multidisciplinary database to journal literature in the sciences that indexes several top tier medical journals.  More Info
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Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

The complete contents of Harrison's Principles of internal medicine, 18th edition.  More Info



A database resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers and other health professionals with access to the full text of the current editions of nearly 70 medical textbook and reference titles with updated content and thousands of images and illustrations  More Info
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Allied & Complementary Medicine (AMED)

This resource searches a selection of journals in complementary or "alternative" medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine.  More Info
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CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Provides comprehensive coverage of journal literature in the nursing and allied health care fields. Complements MEDLINE.  More Info
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EMBASE via Elsevier

Covers the effects, use, and administration of all current, potential and experimental drugs, side effects, manufacturers, and trade names of approved and prospective drugs.  More Info
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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Provides access to information on evaluation and measurement tools used in the health sciences.  More Info
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Journals@Ovid Full Text

A collection of full-text journals in the medical and health-related fields.  More Info
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Lexi-Comp Online (HUBNET)

Contains up-to-date drug information, dosage information, natural product information and drug toxicology information. Remote access not available for Lexi-Comp Online.
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National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

Clearinghouse (NGC). Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Includes links to some full-text documents.  More Info
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References plus abstracts (and selected full text) to journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations in psychology for the years 1806-present.  More Info
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ScienceDirect - (Elsevier)

An e-journal collection that contains partial full text access to scientific, technical and medical literature.  More Info
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HUBNET Resources - Electronic Books

Provides access to several full-text medical references and textbooks.

Merck Manual

An excellent online medical textbook. More Info