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LHL in April

There is lots going on at Lister Hill Library this month! Highlights include EndNote training, the popular fine amnesty week, and free chair massages.  Check out the Events calendar here.   Stop by for tea on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-2:30 or check out the new Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe, opening Monday, March 31.

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March at Lister Hill Library

Please join us for the annual Reynolds Lecture,  the popular UAB School of Medicine Art Show Reception, or sign up to learn something new online or in person.


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BrowZine: Feedback Needed

Lister Hill Library has a trial of BrowZine available through February 28, 2014. BrowZine provides a quick way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals using your tablet.  BrowZine works with Lister Hill databases to provide one click access to journal articles, across all disciplines. Please send comments or questions regarding this trial to Lister Hill Library at

Using Browzine: Once you select the journals for your bookshelf , simply click on image to open to the current Table of Contents.

My BrowZine Library


Click the article title to read or the icon to save it for later.


Select your journals by using either the subject or title drop-down at the top of the page.


To access Browzine from your iPad (please note that BrowZine works best on iPad 2 or later), download BrowZine from the App Store and install it. When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools, please select UAB; then, enter your Blazer ID and Password. Select the subject areas and start browsing!

To access the Android version download Browzine from the Google Play or Kindle/Amazon stores — same process as above. The supported devices are the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Kindle Fire HD.


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Patent Searching using Relecura: Workshop on March 10

Learn to use UAB’s new advanced patent search and analysis tool Relecura. Join Relecura trainer Alan Shih for a hands-on interactive training workshop.  Training will be offered at both UAB libraries.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.


All are welcome!  Registration is encouraged.  Register by clicking the link above.

If  you have any questions about the Relecura training, please Ask a Librarian.

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Use My NCBI to generate your Biosketch


SciENCV is a new tool from the NIH designed to allow researchers to easily generate biosketches for NIH grants (and moving forward, grants for other federal agencies, including NSF. )  Currently in beta testing, researchers can use SciENcv through their My NCBI accounts to populate their biographical information with publication records in PubMed and My Bibliography, if they have set it up. Researchers who already have an eRA Commons Account can use it to create a usable NIH biosketch within a few minutes.

It also provides a convenient portal to ORCID allowing users to generate and associate a unique international ID with the information in their SciENcv.

Learn more here:    And be sure to share your suggestions during the beta testing period. Just leave a comment under the blog post.

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February Events at Lister Hill (and online)


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December at Lister Hill Library

LHL December

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Cut the Clatter & Noise of Academic Writing with EndNote & EndNote Online

Here is reference librarian, Jill Deaver’s blog post on the important bibliographic management tool, EndNote.  Jill writes mothly posts about LHL Resources  on the (Re)Source blog:   Please contact me if you have questions about getting or using EndNote!

Allow me a metaphor:  You’re in a hip, noisy restaurant full of people talking, ordering, laughing, shouting to be heard, and generally having a great time.  Mixed up in all of these conversations is the constant clatter of silverware on plates and glasses, and chairs moving across a slick floor; from the kitchen, you can also hear the chef berating the entire cook line and the wait staff.  At your table is a group of like-minded people having a really interesting conversation about a topic that you all care about.  You want to join in, but you’re not sure how to do that since you can hardly hear what’s being said.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could organize the sound in the room so that you could hear your own thoughts, hear the conversation at your table, join in, and also enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant?

Well, if paper-writing is the noisy restaurant, EndNote is your way of organizing the clatter of articles, citations and style rules that are inherent of scholarly writing.  With EndNote, you can focus on the most important aspects of joining the on-going academic conversation: YOUR IDEAS and CONTRIBUTIONS!

EndNote features, style changes

Inside EndNote, at a glance. Click to enlarge.

How EndNote & EndNote Online help your paper-writing process

Among many other helpful features, EndNote software will allow you to:

  • import citations, as you find them, from research databases and search engines
  • store citations in groups by topic, class, assignments, or area of study
  • insert in-text citations and bibliography in Microsoft Word, with the Cite While You Write Tool, in the bibliographic style of your choice.  In the words of a first-year dentistry student during a recent demonstration of EndNote: “OK.  That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.  Ever.”
  • find and attach full-text PDFs to their corresponding EndNote records, keeping everything in one secure place
  • sync citations between EndNote Online (the cloud version) and EndNote (the software version)
  • search and annotate PDFs
  • upload folders of PDFs already collected on your desktop
  • working on a group project?  Share your citations with your group.

EndNote with EndNote basic

Why two EndNotes?  EndNote lives on your machine, while EndNote Online is a web-based version that lives in the cloud.  You can easily sync the two programs.  If you choose to use EndNote Online withEndNote, you get the best of both products. You’ll have the ability to:

  1. Access your library of references from any computer with Internet access
  2. Share groups of references with others. You can give other EndNote Web users the rights to view and/or add to specific groups in your EndNote Web library. If you’re working on group projects, using EndNote with EndNote Online is a must [Student's should expects to work on a lot of group projects in the near future.  See why in this announcement: UAB's Next Chapter in the QEP, is Learning in a Team Environment.]

It’s not hard to learn, you just have to start using it

First things first: Download EndNote to your machine, and set up your EndNote Online account.  UAB students and employees* can download EndNote software for free with a Blazer ID & password.  You will need to learn a few things, and you will have questions along the way.  Once you see how it fits into your research & writing process, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

We have about a dozen ways to help you learn EndNote, and Reference Librarians are always available for questions with ASK A LIBRARIAN chat and email:

Using EndNote & EndNote Online can help you keep track of all your research findings in one place.  So, say goodbye to the days of creating folders on your desk top, keeping up with stacks of printed out articles, and trying to find the right PDF in your inbox when they’re all titled “Article for Paper.”  Because if you’re going to be writing big-time scholarship at UAB, you need a reference manager that can handle the type of work you’re producing.

*UAB Health System employees are not included; you may want to try Zotero.  **EndNote Online is in the process of changing their name.  As of this post, the online version of EndNote still reads EndNote basic.

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UAB’s Annual Core Day

Stop by the LHL poster at CORE Day and say hi.  I will be there from 11:00- 1:00 and would love to meet you and answer any questions you have about our library resources and services!

UAB’s Annual Core Day will be held on November 14 from 11:00 -1:00 at the Campus Rec Center. Pizza will be served.

Sponsored by the University Wide Centers Program (UWIRCs), Core Day is free and open to anyone: Faculty, trainees, staff, the public. This is an opportunity for you to learn about shared research facilities on campus, including more than 80 cores offering services and specialized equipment, while representatives are gathered in one place.

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New PubMed Relevance Sort now Live

Good news!  PubMed has added a “sort by relevance” feature, which can be chosen from the search result list as shown in the screenshots below. (Just click on each image to enlarge it.) The current date sort will remain the default, but once chosen, the sort by relevance setting will remain until the user changes it or the system has been inactive for 8 hours.

For now, users can choose the sort by clicking in the  New Feature box.  Moving forward, the choice will be available under Display settings.  If you have a My NCBI account, you can choose to make relevancy the default sort. I am happy to help with setting up and customizing your My NCBI account. Contact me at


The selected sort is shown at the top of the result list.


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