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New EndNote Video Tutorials

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Did you know that you can download references from PubMed into your EndNote library? That means that citation information from PubMed will automatically be added to your library! This typically includes the abstract, too, if it is available. Think of all the time you’ll save.

Have you configured your Google Scholar settings to work with EndNote? Yep, it’s true, you can also download references from Google Scholar.

If you answered no to either question and you want to learn more, check out our Health Sciences Library playlist on the UB Libraries YouTube channel.

Feel free to contact me directly or visit the EndNote website at if you have any questions!


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EndNote class Friday 3/28!

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The last EndNote class of the Spring semester on the South Campus is scheduled for Friday (3/28) from 10-11:30 in the Health Sciences Library! Don’t miss your chance to learn how to use this powerful tool.

Q: What is EndNote?

A: It is a reference management program that you can download for free with your UBIT name and password. Input your own references or download references from databases like PubMed, Medline, and Web of Science. Search for full text articles or add PDFs to your EndNote “library.” EndNote works with Microsoft Word so that you can “Cite While You Write.” There are hundreds of styles to choose from depending on your project.

Register here!


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Gaming to Advance Medicine

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Earlier this month, Medscape highlighted a smartphone game called “Play to Cure: Genes in Space” that is being used to help cure cancer. Each time a player navigates his or her space shuttle while collecting “Element Alpha,” genetic variations are being explored and analyzed. Patterns may reveal mutations in tumor biology that cause cancer to grow and spread. Determining which genes are cancer drivers will enable scientists to tailor treatment strategies and pinpoint the root of this disease. The game is one of two developed by Cancer Research UK.

This isn’t the first time that scientists have tapped gamers for their expertise. In a matter of weeks in 2011, online gamers were able to figure out the structure of a retroviral protease by playing “Foldit.” Retroviral protease is a protein involved in HIV replication. Foldit was created by a team based at the University of Washington.


Citizens Seek Cancer Cure With ‘Genes in Space’ Smartphone Game.  Medscape. Feb 04, 2014., TIME, CNET, University of WashingtonWired UK

Related Articles in PubMed:

Loguercio, S., B.M. Good, and A.I. Su, Dizeez: an online game for human gene-disease annotation. PLoS One, 2013. 8(8): p. e71171.

Kwak, D., et al., Open-Phylo: a customizable crowd-computing platform for multiple sequence alignment. Genome Biol, 2013. 14(10): p. R116.

Cooper, S., F. Khatib, and D. Baker, Increasing public involvement in structural biology. Structure, 2013. 21(9): p. 1482-4.

Eiben, C.B., et al., Increased Diels-Alderase activity through backbone remodeling guided by Foldit players. Nat Biotechnol, 2012. 30(2): p. 190-2.

Khatib, F., et al., Crystal structure of a monomeric retroviral protease solved by protein folding game players. Nat Struct Mol Biol, 2011. 18(10): p. 1175-7.

Khatib, F., et al., Algorithm discovery by protein folding game players. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2011. 108(47): p. 18949-53.

Cooper, S., et al., Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game. Nature, 2010. 466(7307): p. 756-60.

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Altmetrics: Looking at Impact with a Different Lens

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Ever wonder what kind of impact your scholarly articles have had online? Was your article in the news, mentioned in a tweet, shared in a Facebook post, or shared on a blog? Altmetric tracks these items and more. You can install the Altmetric bookmarklet if you want to see article level metrics for free. The bookmarklet works in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.


According to Altmetric, the top 100 buzziest articles of 2013 include a JAMA article on the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular disease prevention, a chicken nugget “autopsy” in The American Journal of Medicine, and an obesity article from the New England Journal of Medicine.

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MedPage Today’s Hot Topics 2014

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If you’re wondering what’s on the horizon in medicine this year, check out MedPage Today’s series on topics like diabetes, stroke, and breast cancer. Every week day in January, experts address a new topic. Today, Drs. Nissen, Yancy, Califf, and Antman discuss trends in cardiology that they expect will have a major impact on their field.

Stay tuned for the other interviews. Watch them for yourself here.

Happy New Year

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Call for Authors: Open SUNY Textbooks

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The Open SUNY Textbooks program is seeking authors interested in writing an open textbook. We invite you to consider submitting a brief proposal by January 15, 2014 to publish your textbook. If selected, you will receive an award of $3,000 upon the completion of all work.

The program offers copy editing, and some graphic and instructional design support at no cost. All Open SUNY Textbooks are published online and made freely available at the Open SUNY Textbooks website. Authors are also eligible to earn royalties on the sales of an optional print-on-demand edition of their textbook (some support for print-on-demand publishing is available, upon request).

More informationOpen SUNY Textbooks Call for Authors (.doc)
WebsiteOpen SUNY Textbooks
SubmissionsOnline Proposal Form
Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2014

The Open SUNY Textbooks program is made possible thanks to a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant and the support of SUNY Libraries.

Prospective authors from the University at Buffalo can contact Charles Lyons for more information:

Charles Lyons
Electronic Resources Librarian
University at Buffalo
520 Lockwood Library, Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-7703 |

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New Year, New AccessMedicine Updates

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On January 8, 2014, an updated AccessMedicine will be unveiled. What does this mean for you? The main changes are below.

  • The search screen contains three main categories: “Read,” “Learn,” and “Watch.” Featured content will be highlighted at the bottom of the screen.
  • Results will be grouped by content type. For example, all textbook results will be grouped together.
  • A “Narrow by Topic” option will be available on the results page.
  • “My Access” account holders will be able to create alerts for new or updated content.
  • You can print chapters! You must be logged in to your My Access account to take advantage of this. You can also share, email, or download a citation to a reference manager like EndNote.
  • There will be more flexibility for instructors using Custom Curriculum, a built-in learning management system.
  • Access AccessMedicine remotely through your My Access account (see note below). The display will be device optimized.
  • All existing accounts will be migrated to the new site.


For remote access without going through the library or HUBNET, you will need to create a My Access account within UB’s IP range or while logged in through a proxy server. Reauthentication is required every 90 days.

To enable custom curriculum, you must have a My Access account and then contact user services (

More alterations may be made between now and the release date.


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Sneak Peek: Web of Science Redesign

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A new, redesigned version of Web of Science is going to be released in January 2014.

The updates are cosmetic in nature. The search engine and search logic have not changed! Your search alerts and saved searches will not be affected.

A summary of the main changes are below.

  • The Web of Knowledge platform will now be called Web of Science. The Web of Knowledge name is being retired.
  • Only one search field will display unless you click “+Add Another Field.”
  • The list of databases/indexes within Web of Science will no longer appear at the bottom of the search screen by default. There will be an orange chevron to click that will enable you to search a particular database or specific databases that UB subscribes to.
  • The band at the top of the page will display Journal of Citation Reports.
  • The sort function has been moved to the center of the results page.
  • Times cited is featured more prominently on the right hand side of each article.
  • Keywords are clickable enabling you to execute a new search.
  • Navigation is simpler. Just use your browser’s forward and backward arrows.
  • Google Scholar will contain links to Web of Science on campus or if you are connected to UB’s IP address off site.

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Stress Relief Week Dec. 3-5 11am-3pm

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It’s the most wonderful time of year…

STRESS RELIEF WEEK at the Health Sciences Library!

Unwind here at HSL. Come visit your furry friends shown below, eat some snacks, get a massage, draw, learn how to knit, or listen to music.

Stress Relief Fall 2013


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Ovid MEDLINE receiving updates as of 10/18

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In case you were wondering….

Update about U.S. Government Shutdown
Impact on Ovid MEDLINE®

Ovid MEDLINE is now receiving updates from the National Library of Medicine, as of October 18, 2013.

The last daily update to Ovid MEDLINE was on October 2, 2013.

Today, Wednesday October 23, 2013, the following segment will update:

  • Ovid MEDLINE(R) <2009 to October Week 3 2013>

The following segments will update as scheduled:

  • Ovid MEDLINE(R) Corrections- will update on schedule November 6, 2013
  • Ovid OLDMEDLINE(R) <1946 to 1965> – will update on schedule December 11, 2013

Customers utilizing auto-alerts should see them operate normally after a week of updates have completed, depending upon their auto-alert setup. Customers with a daily auto-alert setup will receive updates immediately.

As updates to Ovid MEDLINE resume, you may see larger than normal updates (additions & revised records).

(Text from Wolters Kluwer Health – Ovid)


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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