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New Resource: ASTM Compass

UAB Libraries have added a subscription to ASTM Compass.  Access is available on- and off-campus for an unlimited number of simultaneous users.

ASTM Compass includes all standards, books, papers, and journals published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International.  The content covers engineering disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.

ASTM Compass is available on the Sterne Library Databases list.


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Lister Hill Library Holiday Hours

Please see the library holiday hours below.  We plan to check email daily, except for Christmas day, so if you need something please contact us!

Saturday & Sunday, December 19th & 20th  (Closed)
Monday – Wednesday, December 21st – 23rd  (7:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Thursday, December 24th (7:00 am – noon)
Friday – Sunday, December 25th, 26th & 27th (Closed for Christmas Holidays)
Monday – Wednesday, December 28th – 30th (7:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Thursday, December 31st (7:00 am – noon)
Friday –Sunday, January 1st, 2nd & 3rd (Closed for New Year’s Holidays)

Monday, January 4th  (normal hours resume)


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PubMed for Scientists

Are you interested in searching PubMed more effectively?  This 45 minute webinar by the National Library of Medicine demonstrates efficient search techniques that provide results with less scatter and also highlights ways to save searches and set up e-mail alerts.  Designed for busy scientists, it focuses on the basics.  Just click the image below to get started.

PubMed for Scientists

For shorter videos on specifics, check this page:  and for training on MeSH, watch the 3 minute video shared here: .

Lister Hill Librarians are always available for individual consultation in-person or online to help you with the best search strategies. Just contact me  to set one up.

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Biosketches: Integrating SciENcv with ORCID



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Investigators who have registered for ORCID, a unique, persistent digital identifier, and have added their papers and professional information to their record can use that information to populate the fields in their NIH biosketch if they create it with SciENcv.  Click on the image below to see a demonstration from NCBI.

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Learn more about ORCID here: 

Learn more about SciENcv here:

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Hours at UAB Libraries

UAB Libraries Extended Hours

UAB Libraries are calling all morning warriors, night owls, and those in between. We are proud to announce extended hours to better serve your needs. In the near future, Lister Hill Library will be opening at 5:00 am, Monday through Friday. Visit the Lister Hill Library website to see a listing of current library hours or ask a staff member about the new hours the next time you stop by. Should you want to work deep into the night, grab your UAB OneCard and head over to Sterne Library where you are welcome to stay as long as you like during extended finals hours.

Sterne Library will start its extended 24/5 hours for finals at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 29, and will stay open until 10:00 pm on Friday December 4. Extended hours will continue the next week and end on December 11. Visit the Sterne Library website to see the complete listing of hours. The library will serve as a study space without reference services between the hours of 12:00 am and 7:30 am

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours at UAB Libraries

Turkey Day is on its way. Here are the holiday hours for the week of Thanksgiving:

Sterne Library Thanksgiving Hours
Nov. 21–22: Closed
Nov. 23–24: 7:30 am–5:00 pm
Nov. 25: 7:30 am–12:00 pm
Nov. 26–28: Closed
Nov. 29: Open at 1:00 pm (24/5 extended hours begin)

Lister Hill Library Thanksgiving Hours
Nov. 25: 7:00 am–12:00 pm
Nov. 26–28:  Closed
Nov. 29:  Open at 12:00 pm (Normal hours resume)

  • Use our digital resources 24/7 by accessing them through the library website and authenticating with Blazer ID and password.
  • Need help? Reference staff will check email daily.
    Enjoy the holiday!

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New! Scopus Article Metrics

Scopus_metricsDo you want to learn more about the impact of your articles?

Do you find it difficult to keep up with the literature and would like a way to identify articles creating the most “buzz?”

Scopus has always included the citation count for the articles it indexes. With the addition of new metrics, including “altmetrics,” Scopus offers investigators another option to measure the attention an article is getting.

“We believe no single metric tells the whole story — you need a basket of metrics to make informed decisions,” says Michael Habib, Scopus Senior Product Manager, Elsevier. “By combining citation and alternative metrics, this new Article Metrics module will provide a comprehensive view of both the impact of and community engagement with an article.”

Read more about the metrics included in the Scopus Blog or view the Article Metrics page on the LHL guide to using Scopus.

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New Journals and Resource Trials

Springer journals added! Over 1,500 electronic journals published by Springer have been added to the UAB Libraries collection. Subjects covered include behavioral science, biomedicine, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, environmental science, humanities, law, life science, materials science, mathematics, physics, and social science. Find content via the Springer Link platform or from the Lister Hill Library or Sterne Library website by searching for e­journals or by clicking on the article linker in databases.

Trial to Ovid anatomy resources available through November 4, 2015. The Trial includes Amirsys Imaging Reference Center, Amirsys Pathology Reference Center, and the Visible Body modules. To access these resources on campus go to this site:

Trial to Sage research databases available through Nov. 6, 2015.

SAGE Research Methods

Supports beginning and advanced researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings.

SAGE Cases

Includes hundreds of case studies of actual research projects from many different disciplines to show how methods are applied.

SAGE Datasets

Datasets are taken from government sources and academic research and demonstrate both qualitative and quantitative methods. Each dataset is presented with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to best demonstrate how the method is applied.

We’d like your feedback on these trials.  Please send comments or questions regarding this trial to Sylvia McAphee

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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.

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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

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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

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