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Expand your PubMed Search with Embase

Have you tried Embase yet?  Embase includes:

  • Over 2700 journals not indexed on PubMed/MEDLINE, especially from countries outside North America
  • Over 300,000 conference abstracts from 1000 conferences each year (since 2009)
  • EMTREE controlled vocabulary with In-depth drug and medical device indexing

This short (2:50 min) video show how to do a simple search and limit it to publications not included in PubMed.  Just click on the image to start the video. For more advanced search videos, see:


To set up a consultation (online or in person) with a Lister Hill reference librarian use this form: 

Or contact me directly.

Posted in Databases, Tips, Training.

Trial: Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

UAB has trial access to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection through December 31, 2015. The collection provides immediate access to over 1,500 online seminar style talks presented by many of the world’s leading experts including a number of Nobel Laureates.

  • The videos fall into the categories of biochemistry,cancer cell biology diseases, disorders & treatments drug discovery, genetics immunology, methods, microbiology & virology, neurobiology and pharmaceutical science.
  • There are numerous series, the most recent being Nanomedicine (13 talks)
  • You can easily use the talks in a course.  See example below.

HSCheck out the talks:

Would you use this resource and/or recommend it to others including students?  Should UAB purchase the collection?

Please send comments or questions regarding this trial to Sylvia McAphee or to me and I’ll forward them

Posted in Databases.

SciENcv: Converting Profiles that Use the Old NIH Biosketch Format to the New NIH Biosketch Format

The NIH has added a new feature to SciENcv- it will update the format of your old biosketch in one click!  See the screenshots below.  (from NLM Tech Bull. 2015 May-Jun;(404):e11.)

The latest SciENcv release has a new feature to help users convert biosketches from the former NIH biographical sketch format to the new biographical sketch format. The NIH Biographical Sketch is required for NIH grant applications.

Log into My NCBI, go to the SciENcv portlet, and click “Manage SciENcv.” Select a profile listed as “Old NIH Biosketch” (see Figure 1).

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Figure 1: SciENcv main page.

On the selected profile page, click the green button “Upgrade this biosketch” (see Figure 2).

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Figure 2: Upgrade this biosketch button.

In the resulting screen, the old NIH Biosketch “Theo eRA CV2″ has the word “New” to indicate that this profile is to be converted into the new NIH Biosketch format (see Figure 3). The biosketch name field can be edited, and the sharing status can be changed from the default private to public. After clicking “Create” SciENcv will generate a copy of the profile “Theo eRA CV2″ in the new NIH Biosketch format. Note that the new NIH Biosketch format requires additional information which was not part of the previous format. For complete information on the changes to the new NIH Biosketch format in SciENcv, see the article published in January 2015.

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Figure 3: Convert to the new NIH Biosketch format.

The SciENcv main page will continue to store both profiles for the profile “Theo eRA CV2″ (see Figure 4).

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Figure 4: Old and new NIH Biosketches stored in SciENcv.

Please send inquiries or comments to

Posted in NIH Grants, Tips, Training.

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2015 Impact Factors Released!

The 2015 release of JCR’s was released today, June 15.  You can see them here:    It includes impact factors for 11,000+ journals in 237 disciplines and 21 countries.

  • 272 journals are new, receiving their first impact factor
  • 39 titles will be suppressed for self-citation or citation stacking


Posted in News.

Summer Hours at Lister Hill Library

LHL’s Abbreviated Summer Hours Will Begin on June 6
Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences will have special abbreviated hours during the summer semester. During the period spanning from Saturday, June 6, through Sunday, August 16, the library will be closing two hours earlier than our regular hours. The following hours will be observed:

Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 9:00pm

Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Remember you have 24/7 access to all resources through Use Ask a Librarian if you need help. Email will be answered early the next morning.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, August 17.

Posted in News.

EndNote’s New Feature- Manuscript Matcher

Are you planning to finish a journal article or two this summer? Are you curious about which is the ideal journal to publish your work?

EndNote’s new manuscript matcher tool will generate some best-fit journals for your manuscript.

  • Simply enter your titles and abstract.  For better results, put the references in your manuscript into an EndNote group and select it.
  • EndNote uses patented algorithms based on Web of Science to generate a list of suggested publication with key metrics like JCR Impact factor.

Click on the image below to watch a short video demonstration and explanation of Manuscript Matcher.


If you have EndNote, you can access Manuscript Matcher through your EndNote online account. If you do not, you can create a free EndNote Basic account.

If you have questions, Ask a Librarian. We are happy to help!

Posted in Uncategorized.

CCTS Bioinformatics Seminar Series Begins June 3

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Summer 2015:  CCTS Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series

This series will consist of a series of seminars, presentations and online lectures covering key topics in biomedical and health informatics for clinical and translational science researchers and the resources related to these topics at UAB.

  •  Reading materials accompanying the presentations.
  • There are a total of five live seminars and three online sessions.  Each live session will be approximately an hour.
  • The first of the live presentations will be on Wednesday June 3, from 3-4 p.m, and the rest of will occur on Wednesdays at the same time (3-4 p.m.)  Online presentations will be available on weeks when there are no live presentations.
  • The specific dates and topics are listed here:
  • The seminar will take place at the UAB Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS).

This is a great opportunity and may be taken as a one hour course for credit.  For more information or to enroll for credit, contact  Eta S. Berner, EdD Course Director here

Posted in Uncategorized.

Elsevier Expo Schedule


Posted in Events.

Great News! Embase and 1800+ New Journals added

  UAB Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Journal & Ebook Collection!

  • ScienceDirect is a full-text scientific database of peer-reviewed science, technology, and health articles and book chapters from almost 2,200 active journals and more than 30,000 books. To find content:
  • Use the ejournals and ebooks search at
  • Link to the Science Direct Frontier Collection using  ArticleLinker in databases like PubMed.
  • Access the ScienceDirect website by searching for “S” on the databases page and selecting ScienceDirect. 

UAB Libraries has also added access to the often requested Embase database.

  • Embase is a biomedical and pharmacologic database with extensive international journal and conference coverage. It is useful for comprehensive or  systematic literature reviews, supporting effective evidence-based practice and in drug and medical device tracking.  Embase includes in-depth coverage of pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and toxicology.
  • Access Embase through the LHL databases page.
  • Get started by downloading the Embase Quick User Guide here   Embase includes an extensive set of limits and the ability to include only records from EMBASE that are not included in Medline.

Meet with Elsevier and Embase representatives and see Science Direct and Embase demonstrations at the Elsevier Expo March 4. More Details.

Questions?   Ask a Librarian or contact me directly.


Posted in Databases, Events, Journals, News.

Meet Browzine™ and turn your tablet into your e-reader!

Keep up to date with your scholarly reading with Browzine™, a new way of browsing and reading your favorite journals from many major publishers on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android Tablet or Android phone. BrowZine is free. All licensed content is provided via UAB Libraries.



Get started in two EASY steps:

1.  Download the free Browzine app for your device.

2. When installed, choose University of Alabama at Birmingham as your university library. Use your Blazer ID/password when prompted.


Why use Browzine?

  • to scan the complete tables of contents of scholarly journals and read articles optimized for mobile devices
  •  to get one-click from journal tables of content to the PDFs of the articles you want to read
    • save specific articles for later reference and offline reading
    • create a bookshelf of your favorite journals for easy, fast access
  • to receive on screen notifications when new issues of your favorite journals are published

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  • Find journals by searching or browsing a title list, or by using a Browzine bookshelf chosen by subject.
  • Annotate or print articles by opening them in your favorite apps like Good Reader or iAnnotate.


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