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: http://www.lhl.uab.edu/rotm/ 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!
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.
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:
- Access your library of references from any computer with Internet access
- 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:
- EndNote LibGuide
- EndNote Online LibGuide
- Videos and Recorded Classes, including EndNote for Windows or Mac
- Learn how to search LHL Holdings for full-text within EndNote
- Request a One-on-One Consultation with a Librarian
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.
– November 6, 2013
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.
Posted in Events.
– November 1, 2013
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 email@example.com.
The selected sort is shown at the top of the result list.
– October 30, 2013
PubMed Commons is a new service that will allow researchers to post comment on specific papers in PubMed. It is designed to be a forum that will encourage constructive criticism and high quality discussions that may enhance understanding and spark collaborations. The screenshot below shows how the discussion displays in abstract view. (Just click the image to enlarge it.)
During the time the Commons is a pilot project, participation is via invitation. If you are an author with a paper in PubMed and have eRA Commons credentials, you may be able to invite yourself. Learn how to join PubMed Commons here.
When you create your My NCBI account, use the NIH log-in route. That way it will be easy to use the included My Bibliography feature to make sure all your papers have PMCID numbers. See how here or contact me, Lee Vucovich for assistance with setting up your account.
Want to learn more? This post has been updated with additional information here.
– October 27, 2013
Dear Library User,
To help us plan improvements here at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, we are participating in a nationwide project to measure the effectiveness of library services and resources. The assessment is being done with a web-based survey, using the LibQUAL+ instrument. The LibQUAL+ survey is designed to assist libraries in soliciting, tracking, understanding, and acting upon users opinions of service quality. I am hoping that you will be able to contribute a few minutes of your time to help us better measure how well we serve the UAB community.
You may have participated in a similar survey sent from the Mervyn Sterne Library last spring. Each library participates in the survey every two years, with Sterne distributing the survey in the spring and Lister Hill in the fall. Please focus your answers on the Lister Hill Library even if you use Sterne more frequently.
Your response to the survey is anonymous. However, we will award three ebook readers, one each to a randomly selected student, faculty and staff member who chooses to provide an e-mail when they participate in the survey. To be included in the drawing for an ebook reader, you must fully complete the survey, including clicking the “Complete the Survey” button at the end and providing your official UAB e-mail address.
If you wish to participate, click on the URL below and on through to the survey.
Thank you for your time and providing suggestions for improvements.
T. Scott Plutchak
Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
Posted in News.
– October 25, 2013
Posted in Events.
– October 4, 2013
UAB researchers and faculty are invited to register for a Relecura workshop on Wednesday, October 16 from 9:30 to 3:30 in LHL G017.
Relecura is an advanced patent search and analysis tool with more than 76 million patent documents from 90+ patent offices in the world. It also has most of the major journal repositories where a researcher not only can search patent information, but also the journal publications. Lunch will be provided.
Registration is required at http://libcal.lhl.uab.edu/event.php?id=452514&hs=a.
For more information, contact Emma O’Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– October 3, 2013
As announced last week, PubMed will soon add an option to sort by relevance. The current date sort will be the default. The choice for a relevance sort will remain in place until it is changed by the user or the system has been inactive for 8 hours
There will also be a “New Features” discovery tool on the page to make it easy for people to find and try this new option.
– September 30, 2013
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– September 13, 2013