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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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Seinfeld and Psychiatric Disorders

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How would you like to learn about psychiatry by watching some of your favorite Seinfeld episodes? Third and fourth year medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are doing exactly that as a part of their psychiatry rotation called “Psy-feld.”

Do you think you could diagnose each member of the Seinfeld crew after watching a couple episodes of the show? Are their behaviors identified in the DSM-V?

Read more at In the mean time, start off the new year by watching a clip of Jerry and Kramer in “The Junior Mint” episode.


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Library Journal’s Best Sellers – Medicine

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Every once in a while, you might want to read something other than a journal article or textbook. Here are five of the top 20 best sellers (in medicine) from January 2014-October 2014 according to Library Journal:

  1. Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health
    Freudenberg, Nicholas
    Oxford University Press
    2014. ISBN 9780199937196
  2. Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
    Blaser, Martin J.
    Henry Holt
    2014. ISBN 9780805098105
  3. The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience
    Halkitis, Perry N.
    Oxford University Press
    2014. ISBN 9780199944972
  4. A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic—and How We Can End It
    Cohen, Deborah A.
    Nation Books
    2014. ISBN 9781568589671
  5. Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
    Fong, Kevin
    Penguin Books
    2014. ISBN 9781594204708


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EndNote X7.2: Library Sharing

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In late September, EndNote released a new update, version X7.2, that enables EndNote users with an EndNote Online account to share a library with up to 14 collaborators. All users must also have upgraded to 7.2.

Here are some other changes and things to be aware of once you install the update:

  • You’ll see a new “Share Library” button and menu option to share a library (“File” and then “Share”). Click either to share a library and then input email addresses to invite people to share your library.
  • Once they accept your invitation, they can go to “File” and select “Open Shared Library.”
  • You can only share one of your libraries, just like you can only sync one library to EndNote Online.
  • If you share your library, you are giving people read and write access. They can modify or delete anything in your library which includes references, attachments, pdfs, and groups.
  • You can unshare your library at any time.
  • There’s now unlimited storage for file attachments in EndNote Online. The 5 GB limit has been removed.

If you only want to share a group, don’t share your whole library. Use EndNote Online.

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Sage Research Methods Database Trial

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The UB Libraries has a trial of Sage Research Methods through November 5. Want to see what it’s like? Select Sage Research Methods from the list of trials on our site. Click on the tutorials link at the top of the resource’s homepage for an introduction or explore on your own.

From the website: “SAGE Research Methods . . .  links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content . . .

. . . researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods‘ robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” [quantitative methods] and “Little Blue Book” [qualitative methods] series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.”

Please try it and let us know what you think.


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New BioMed Central Membership

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BioMed Central

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that we are providing a BioMed Central membership for the university.  You can now reap all the benefits of publishing your research article in an open access journal and receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. This is true regardless of the number of papers you publish. BioMed Central publishes over 100 online journals, across the whole spectrum of biology and medicine.

When submitting a manuscript, either via a journal home page or via BioMed Central’s manuscript submission page, you will be identified as belonging to a member institute and automatically granted a 15% discount on article processing charges if you are within your institution’s firewall.  If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim this discount by stating your affiliation to your institution.

Please keep in mind that if you are writing a grant, some grant funders will cover article processing fees.

Our membership became active on October 2 and it will expire September 30, 2015. We will re-evaluate our subscription at that time.

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Web of Science Training Oct. 14 – Register by Oct. 6

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Find out how the Web of Science can work for you! 

On October 14th, a Web of Science trainer will be in the Science & Engineering Information Center in Silverman Library to demonstrate Web of Science databases and answer your questions. The Web of Science indexes over 12,000 journals, 148,000 conference proceedings, and 50,000 editorially selected books across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.   Students in all areas of science and engineering will benefit from these sessions, as well as those from the health and social sciences. Please Note: Registration is required; see below to register.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 14th

WHAT: Three sessions will teach you tips and tricks for using the Web of Science databases and how to determine citation metrics and impact factors.   You can come to just one, two, or all three sessions.  Your choice!

SESSION 1           11:30am-1pm     Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS) [refreshments will be served]

SESSION 2           2pm-3pm             Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

SESSION 3           3pm-4pm             Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

WHERE:  Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall [back by the windows]

PRIZES: Prizes, courtesy of Web of Science, will be awarded at each session!

REGISTRATION:  Please register by October 6th by sending an email to Ruth Oberg in the Silverman Library at with the following information

1. Your name:

2. Your department:

3. Your email:

4. Which session(s) you will attend:

___        SESSION 1:  Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS)

___        SESSION 2:  Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

___        SESSION 3:  Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

5. Any questions or topics you would like discussed at the sessions


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Enhanced ClinicalKey Released

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Today, ClinicalKey unveiled its enhanced interface. You may have noticed the new look and encountered some small hiccups due to the launch. Hopefully everything is up and running normally for everyone.

What’s new?

  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse feature with a searchable, filterable list of sources that highlights new books and journals
  • A new search history feature enabling you to view and refresh recent queries
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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