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Making the Most of My NCBI

My NCBI is a suite of tools that allows you to save PubMed searches and collections of articles, set automatic email alerts to your searches and customize your PubMed interface to include filters, highlight search terms and more. If you use a My NCBI account to manage your papers for NIH reports,  you might be interested in the newest tool, SciENcv.  Use SciENcv to create and save formatted NIH  biosketches auto-populated with your papers and eRA Commons grant information.


For more information to My NCBI features, check out the guide Making the Most of My Bibliography, It is also available through LHL guides to PubMed and the NIH Public Access Policy.

Please contact me  if you would like assistance in setting up any of these tools!

Posted in NIH Public Access, Tips.

LHL News for September

The September issue of the Lister Hill Letter is out! Read the Dean’s Welcome and get details on events you won’t want to miss, including the September Reynolds Lecture and Afternoon Tea. Find out how to get 3D glasses for Anatomy.TV and how to view our online orientation to library services & resources. Would you like to get the newsletter emailed directly to you? Visit our newsletter sign-up page to subscribe.


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Scopus Improvements Released

On Saturday, September 6, Scopus released improvements to the interface designed  to better support day-to-day research tasks.  Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.

Old Scopus name     New Scopus name      Location on Scopus
Analyze Results      Analyze Search Results      Document Search Result page
Author Evaluator      Analyze Author Output      Author Details page
Analyze Journals      Compare Journals      Main search page

Example: Analyze Search Results



Also, now it is possible to search Scopus Author Profiles by ORCID ID. If a user knows the ORCID ID for an author they can retrieve that author’s profile in Scopus.  Full release notes

If you would like to learn more about using Scopus here at UAB, please contact me.

Posted in Databases, News.

WHRDOP Opportunities

Are you investigating women’s health or sex/gender differences? WHRDOP can help!

WHRDOP  (Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project) includes UAB’s Lister Hill Library, Sterne Library, and the Graduate School through a contract with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.  Find out more at

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You can participate:

1.  Tell us about your research in women’s health or sex/gender differences so that we can spotlight your work in the Women’s Health Resources Guide.

2.  Recommend resources the library can purchase with funds from this grant to support your work in women’s health or sex/gender differences.

3.  Apply for funding for open access publishing for your articles on sex/gender differences or women’s health.

4.  Join a new writing group being formed for researchers interested in sex/gender differences or women’s health.

5. Complete “The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health” online course at for a CME, CNE, CPE, or to add to your CV, or recommend the course to your students or colleagues. 

Please Contact Valerie Gordon ( to take part in any of these activities.

Posted in News.

2014 Impact Factors Now Available

Impact Factor

Impact factors based on 2013 data were uploaded into Journal Citation Reports on July 29th. Find the new impact factor for journals you edit or publish in here. JCR also provides the immediacy index, and Eigenfactor and Article Influence scores for each of the 10.000+ highly cited journals included on the dataset.

If a journal you are interested is not included in  JCR,  Scopus offers alternative metrics for the 21,000 journals it includes. To learn more about the Scimago Journal Rank, The Source Normalized Impact per Paper and the Impact per Publication metrics, connect to the page below at   Scopus offers a journal analyzer tool to use to compare and analyze journals.  Learn more.




Posted in Journals, News, Publishing.

Writing Resources

Are you starting a literature review, a science proposal, or a paper for publication?  The Writing Resources page pictured below contains standards for authors to assist in writing projects, links to citation styles and citing sources, and resources to help avoid plagiarism. It links to similar pages on LHL books & e-books about writing, creating poster presentations, and how to select a journal to publish in. Questions? Ask a Librarian or contact me directly.


Posted in Publishing, Tips.

July News


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Summer Hours at Lister Hill Library

Summer Hours will be in effect from June 6th through August 18th.

Monday – Thursday
7am – 9pm
7am – 5pm
9am – 4pm
12pm – 8pm

Remember you can access all our digital resources 24/7 through the library website:  Reference librarians will answer emails received after hours once in the evening and then before 8:00 the following morning.  Just choose the “Ask A Librarian” tab.

This video shows options for getting full text while working off campus.


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2014 CCTS Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series

cctsThis series will consist of a series of 5 seminars, and 3 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.  There will be reading materials accompanying the presentations.  Each live session will be approximately an hour.

The first of the live presentations will be on Wednesday June 4, from 3-4 p.m, in Shelby 1015.and the rest of will occur on Wednesdays at the same time (3-4 p.m.) and room as indicated on the schedule below.  Online presentations will be available on weeks when there are no live presentations.  The specific dates and topics are listed below.

Schedule of Presentations

Date Topic Presenters
June 4 What is informatics? (Introductory Presentation ) Topics include: Overview of biomedical and health informatics, key issues in the field, impact of informatics on medical research, education and patient care, informatics resources for researchers at UAB. Eta S. Berner, EdD
June 5-17 ONLINE SESSION– Electronic health records— Topics include: description, functionality, use for research, and challenges for both healthcare and research.
June 18 Research using clinical data in electronic health records— Topics include: Demonstration of tools and resources for accessing UAB’s electronic health record systems, strengths and limitations of EHRs for research Eta S. Berner, EdDMatthew C. Wyatt, MSHI
June 25 Using informatics methods and tools for clinical research— Topics include: Demonstration/discussion of tools for clinical data capture and data management. Matthew C. Wyatt, MSHI
June  26–July 8 ONLINE LECTURES—Databases, Health Information Technology Standards and Interoperability of Clinical Systems .Topics include: Advantages of databases for clinical research, Importance of standards and description of the kind of standards  that exist in healthcare
July 9 Literature searching using advanced electronic techniques— Topics include: Tools, strategies and resources for effective literature searching for researchers in clinical and translational science. Lee Vucovich, MLS
July 16 Role of bioinformatics in study design and analysis of genomic data— Topics include: tools and resources at UAB  and nationally  for genomic and other  “–omic” analyses. Elliot J. Lefkowitz, PhD
July 23-July 30 ONLINE SESSION–Linking genomic and clinical data—The eMERGE Network

Students who would like to take this as a one-credit course can do so.  All interested individuals should email Eta S. Berner, EdD, Course Director, at so that you can be put on the mailing list for course information and if you need additional information. 


Posted in Training.

Finding Funding

Finding funding opportunities can be a challenge!   Here are some UAB sites that can help you in your search:

  • The UAB Office of  Sponsored Research (OSP) regularly sends out information in the listserv
  • The CCTS has created a new funding opportunities page.  It includes external and internal grants and will be updated frequently.
  • Lister Hill Library maintains a short page of databases about grants.
  • UAB provides access to the comprehensive SPIN database with SMARTS automated email funding alerts on your topic.  To access, log into IRAP then choose Find Funding.

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For a simple search, just enter search terms.  A series of training videos are linked from the page.

Or choose to see UAB online training.  Choose the second tab for search tips and simple videos for both SMARTS and SPIN.

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