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Welcome and welcome back!

For those of you who are returning, welcome back! We missed you (no, seriously–we love it when it’s busy). For those of you who are new, welcome!

My name is Michelle Zafron and I’m the library liaison to the School of Public Health and Health Professions here at UB. Should you need help with anything library related (and that covers a wide range), you can contact me a couple of different ways:

  • Phone: (716) 829-5746
  • Email: mlzafron @ buffalo . edu
  • Chat: See this box? It should also be on the right hand side of your screen. Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5, I am generally available. Just type your question into that box and I’ll do the best I can to help you.Library H3lp

Things you should know about:

  • Delivery+ is a free service to UB students, faculty, and staff. If you need a book, book chapter, or an article, you can request it. You’ll need to register but it’s pretty painless and the service is amazingly faast.
  • Want to access databases or articles from off-campus? Just make sure you log in through the UB Libraries. You’ll need your UBIT name and password, but once you’ve done that, you should be able to get to most everything but print materials from wherever you are.
  • Consider taking a workshop. They fill up fast. Learn to use PubMed. Make your presentations more effective with Prezi. Use EndNote to organize your citations and work with Word for easy formatting. Consider how to be more productive with your iPad. You can find out more about them here.
  • Maximize Google Scholar . I’m not knocking it. Google Scholar is a great tool (it shouldn’t be your only tool, but it’s a good one). Set it up to search UB Library holdings for you. Instructions are on the linked page.
  • Need help in the middle of the night or on the weekends or any hour? Use our 24/7 chat service.
  • Have a great year and remember to contact me if you need help!

Get a jump on your research and presenting skills

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The semester is nearly over, but for those of you who will be in town this summer, consider taking a workshop:

No Experience EndNote for Health Sciences

Thursday, June 4th @ 10a-11:30a

Thursday, June 18th @ 2p-3:30p

Tuesday, July 7th @ 1p-2:30p

Thursday, July 9th @ 1p-2:30p

 

Advanced EndNote for Health Sciences

Wednesday, May 27th @ 10a-11:30a

Thursday, June 11th @ 3p-4:30p

Tuesday, July 14th @ 1p-2:30p

 

Prezi: Moving Beyond Powerpoint

Tuesday, June 2nd @ 11:30a-1pm

Wikispaces Workshop

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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!

Register at the link below.

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

 

Smart Technology and Physical Fitness

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Since late May 2014, I’ve been using a Fitbit. Friends have asked me how accurate it is, and I haven’t really had an answer for them. Until now.

Wearable devices such as Fitbits, Jawbones, Nike Fuelbands, as well as apps on smartphones are not new–I’m just typically late to adopt technology. Anecdotally, I can report that it’s helped me change a few of my behaviors. Without making an effort, I walk far far less than I think I do. So now, I’ve learned to far park. I take the time to build in walks or to add steps to my daily routine. But again, how accurate is the device? Did I really walk 11,023 steps on Sunday?  Is it really measuring my activity correctly? There are a lot of different products out there. Which one is the most accurate?

A group of researchers in the February 10 issue of JAMA set out to measure several devices and apps in “Accuracy of Smartphone Applications and Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity Data.”

I am feeling pretty happy with my Fitbit right about now.

 

 

Workshops!

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Welcome back! Want to be more productive this semester? Consider taking one of our workshops.

Wikispaces Workshop

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)

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)
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)

Google tricks to make your life easier.

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I came across this on Tumblr. The original post is here. It’s nice to have all of these little hacks in one place. While the examples are not health sciences, I think you can easily extrapolate and think how you might have an easier time with your Google searches.

Your Digital Footprint

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October 1, 2014: Your Digital Footprint

Exposing the ‘meta’ trail

You are invited to the first program of the Digital Challenges Series: Your Digital Footprint on Wednesday, October 1, 2015 between 12:00 – 6:20pm in the Student Union Theater (UB North Campus.)

National experts will explore the technological, ethical, legal and moral issues related to the “digital footprints” we all unwittingly leave behind.

This free event is open to the public. Stop by for one or two sessions, or stay for the entire afternoon.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Just for attending UB students will have a chance to win prizes including Beats Headphones, iPad Mini and Wireless Bluetooth Speakers.

While not required, registration is recommended.

Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research

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The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, are pleased to sponsor and announce the 2015 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research.
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 Prize for Library-Supported Research
  • 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

 

One $500 prize will be awarded.

 

For more information and/or to apply, please visit: library.buffalo.edu/research-prize.

 

The application deadline is March 6, 2015.

 

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