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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.

Trial: OrthoEvidence

UAB Libraries have a trial to OrthoEvidence through October 20, 2015.

This database has over 3,100 high impact evidence summaries from more than 360 journals of the highest-quality research published in orthopaedics.  The summaries help users get to the information they need within seconds, and critically appraise the quality of the research with their risk of bias and reporting appraisal scores. Evidence-based decisions can be made with confidence using the ACE Reports on OE as all content is based around Level 1 trials which are likely to impact practice.

Please send comments or questions regarding this trial to Sylvia McAphee .

Trial: Anatomy Resources through Ovid

UAB Libraries have a trial to several anatomy resources available through Ovid.   The Trial includes Amirsys Imaging Reference Center, Amirsys Pathology Reference Center, and the Visible Body modules and will be available through November 4, 2015.

To access these resources on campus go to this site:  http://demo.ovid.com/trial/UAB/

Please send comments or questions regarding this trial to Sylvia McAphee.

Trial: SAGE Databases

UAB Libraries have set up trials of the following databases. They will be available until November 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.

Please send comments or questions regarding this trial to Sylvia McAphee.  

Elsevier Expo on March 4, 2015

The UAB Libraries invite you to attend the Elsevier Expo on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. There will be two sessions available during the day with identical research fairs & presentations. The morning session will feature an Embase demonstration while the afternoon session will feature a Knovel demonstration.

Morning Session @ Lister Hill Library

  • 9 AM to 12 PM – Research Fair  Drop by to learn more about Science Direct, Scopus, Embase, Knovel, and Mendeley.
  • 9:30 to 10:30 AM – Featured Resource Demonstration – Room 164   Attend a demonstration to learn more about the Embase biomedical database.
  • 11 AM to 12 PM – Content Expansion Presentation – Room 164   Attend a presentation to learn more about the expanded Elsevier content available through the UAB Libraries.

Afternoon Session @ Sterne Library

  • 2 PM to 5 PM  – Research Fair   Drop by to learn more about Science Direct, Scopus, Embase, Knovel, and Mendeley.
  • 2 PM to 3 PM  – Featured Resource Demonstration – Room 174    Attend a demonstration to learn more about the Knovel engineering product.
  • 3 PM to 4 PM – Content Expansion Presentation – Room 174     Attend a presentation to learn more about the expanded Elsevier content available through the UAB Libraries.

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text collection of peer-reviewed articles and chapters from more than 2,000 journals and 30,000 books in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. ScienceDirect provides sophisticated search and retrieval tools, browsable tables of contents, and links to external audio, video, datasets, and job postings. Users may register for an account to personalize settings, save searches, create alerts, and read articles on mobile devices and zoom in on images without compromising quality.

Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed scientific literature including journals, books, and conference proceedings. Scopus delivers a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities and features smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

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.

Knovel is a cloud-based application integrating technical information from over 100 content providers including AASHTO, ASTM International, CRC Press, SAE International, and SPIE with analytical and search tools to deliver answers for engineers.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network for organizing documents, collaborating with others online, and discovering the latest research.

The APA Citation Help You Needed Yesterday!

Remember the feeling you had yesterday, or last week, when you were struggling to figure out what to do with all the citations in your paper?  You were frustrated and running out of time and you had no idea how much time it would take to format you paper & all those citations in the text & on the References page.  And you were maybe more worried about your citations than you were about what you actually wrote in your paper???  It’s a lot of work & stress, right?

…well, it doesn’t really have to be.  Here’s some help–keep it handy for next time.

The only APA tools that you’ll ever need:

  1. Perhaps the most important of them all: The APA Style Guide for Electronic References, 6th edition.  (It’s available online!!!)
    • Whether on or off campus, you’ll have to enter your Blazer ID & Password in order to open it.
    • This book has most of everything that you need in order to format a citation.  It’s easy to navigate with a hyperlinked table of contents–no flipping through the pages!
  2. A nice guide with great examples from the University of Northern Michigan:  APA Reference Style Guide
  3. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
    • Printed Copies available on the 1st floor of Lister Hill:  WZ 345 AM350p 2010
  4. Purdue OWL, aka OWL
    • This might be the most widely used and respected online resource for APA guidance.
  5. The LHL Citing Sources Guide

    • This guide covers APA, AMA, ASA, MLA, NLM, & Vancouver.
    • It defines what a reference is AND covers how to read a citation–understanding how to read a citation from the start could help you understand how to format the ones for you paper. —Wouldn’t you like to be able to look at a citation and know if it’s a book or an article?  Just think how cool your friends will think you are!  …They’re going to think you’re cool.
  6. The LHL APA: Formatting Your Paper Guide.  
    • Includes this step-by-step guide for physically formatting your document.
    • Plenty of examples on how to cite articles, book, websites, and when there is no author or when there is a corporate author.
  7. The Official APA Style Blog.
    • This is a great tool for the newest forms of media.  And for info that might not necessarily be evident in the APA Style book.  For example, this post on how to use first person: “Me, Me, Me”: How to Talk About Yourself in an APA Style Paper.
    • The blog discussions of these rules speak to the fluidity of citation styling–things change–how we create information, how we retrieve information, how we use information–and we must adapt.
  8. Need to find a DOI?   Use Crossref.org.
    • Not every article ever published has a DOI.  If there is one, CrossRef.org will let you know what it is.
  9. Have a DOI but nothing else?  Use DOI.org.
  10. EndNote:
    • Learn how to use it.  Streamline your citation & PDF collection and use Cite While You Write.  It makes your life a whole lot easier.

5 tips for understanding citation rules:

  1. Read the stuff around the examples!  That stuff explains how to understand the examples, and explains what to do when there are exceptions.
  2. Sometimes it’s not the citation that needs correcting, but your research or writing.  If you are citing the same source over and over you either need to:
    • Gather more source material (get back to the databases)
    • Paraphrase.  Go to Purdue OWL for tips.
  3. There may not be a hard-and-fast rule for the resource you’re citing.  You may need to combine 2 or 3 rules together.
    • Be able to explain why you cited a source the way you did–make educated arguments for the sources that don’t fit into standard citation rules.
    • If you’re still unsure, send your best educated guess to your professor for review.
  4. Give yourself enough time to format everything properly.  If you do this, you’ll cut your panic time in half!
  5. When you need to make sure you’re on the right track:  Ask-A-Librarian.  We won’t provide you with a definitive answer, but we will guide you to examples & try to help you figure out what to do when you run in to those strange sources…those online summaries of books with no author and no date ….yeah, those.  😉

Women’s Health Resources

National Women’s Health Week was May 11-17. During this week the Office on Women’s Health campaigned for women to take ownership in their own healthcare, health knowledge, and most importantly, encourage women to make their health a priority.

Lister Hill Library, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, the UAB Graduate School and The Edge of Chaos are all doing their part to help promote the issues that surround women’s health.  Thanks to a grant funded by the National Library of Medicine,  faculty, students, researchers, healthcare providers, and everyone you know will find our guide on Women’s Health Resources valuable.


For live links to these resources, go to our News Letter: http://eepurl.com/V-ZXz


Library Liaisons: Every bit as fancy as we sound

If you know who your Lister Hill Library Liaison is then you already know that:

  • Library liaisons keep you informed:  We send out notifications informing faculty and staff about relevant database trials, services and invitations to events.
  • Library liaisons pay attention:  Part of our mission is to understand what faculty and staff need to support teaching, research and clinical care.
  • Library liaisons help make the library visible:  Many of us keep office hours outside the library, in common areas within departments to be available to faulty, and at the Learning Resource Center at the School of Health Professions for students.
  • Library liaisons are your biggest fan:  We support you in your endeavors, whether it be an assignment for class or a research grant, and cheer you on every step of the way.

Now, while I’d love to make this post all about us, and go on and on about how smart and innovative we are, I’d be remiss if I didn’t get to the heart of what it means to be a Lister Hill Library Liaison.

Quite honestly, we wouldn’t be this wonderful if it weren’t for the work you do.

Here’s what the liaisons have to say about working with their schools:

School of Health Professions

Susie  Susie Smith:  susanc@uab.edu

Specifically, I think I’m most impressed with:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks several SHP programs in the nation’s top 25
  • The school is at the top of the list in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for schools of its type and has been either first or second in funding received since 1969.

I get to see examples of these high-quality SHP programs on a day-to-day basis and consider myself extremely lucky to be the liaison to SHP.

See also: The School of Health Professions Guide & The School of Health Professions Blog

Liaison to the Graduate Biomedical Sciences & Joint Health Sciences Departments  &

Interim Liaison to the School of Dentistry

Lee  Lee Vucovich:  lvucovi@uab.edu

On the School of Dentistry:   The School of Dentistry is nationally known for it’s contributions to practice-based research.  I love to see this important work translated into the engaged, happy, and dedicated dentistry students who I see almost every day, in their scrubs, studying and researching at Lister Hill.

See also: The School of Dentistry Guides

On the Joint Health Sciences:  ….I could go on forever!

Faculty and scientists in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Joint Health Science Departments explore, develop and share knowledge that truly does change our world.

  • According to the 2012 survey of The Best Places to Work for Postdocs conducted by The Scientist, UAB was 1st among all public universities nationwide and 16th among all universities surveyed.
  • Faculty are ranked 10th nationally for scholarly productivity (scientific publications, grants, awards) in overall biomedical sciences, Chronicles of Higher Education
  • The 28 UAB Research Centers involve communities of faculty scientists, graduate and postdoctoral trainees and staff with common research interests, who collaborate in scientific research projects, participate in common seminars, journal clubs, retreats or symposia, and share common resources and core facilities.
  • UAB ranks No. 20 in funding from the NIH and No. 30 in total federal research funding among academic institutions.

Additionally, approximately 400 graduate students in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences community participate in eight interdisciplinary themes that integrate more than 33 departments, 20 university research centers and affiliated drug-discovery and biotechnology institutes.

See also: The Joint Health Sciences Guides & The Joint Health Sciences blog

Expert Search Consultant,

working with School of Dentistry

Carolyn  Carolyn Holmes:  carolynholmes@uab.edu

They are the most energetic group of people I’ve ever seen.  It’s amazing to work with them. 



School of Medicine

Pat  Pat Higginbottom:  phiggin@uab.edu

Two of the most fun things related to my students are Match Day & the Best in Medicine Show.  I love to see them succeed when they’ve worked so hard for so many years, and I love to see them cut loose and have fun.

See also: The School of Medicine Guide



School of Nursing

   Jill Deaver:  jilld@uab.edu

The School of Nursing does so many amazing things, but one thing that constantly impresses me is the level of support the faculty give their students.  The faculty set high expectations for their students and they make the students work hard, but they are right there with them, helping to pull the weight.

I really hit the liaison jackpot with UAB’s School of Nursing.  At every level, from the faculty down to the undergraduate students, this group is not shy about their love of librarians!

School of Optometry

 NicolePic Nicole Mitchell:  anmitch@uab.edu

A new tradition was started this month by the 4th year OD students who wear sport coats to clinic on Fridays. The Dean rewards them with a UAB Blazer lapel pin to proclaim “Blazer Friday” at the School of Optometry.

I also really enjoy the Halloween costume contest—faculty, staff, and students all participate and it has become an annual tradition.

See also: The Optometry News and Notes Blog

School of Public Health

Kay Kay Smith: khogan@uab.edu

That the SoPH dean, Max Michael, is running for a county commission seat in order to address the Cooper Green fiasco!

MichaelAND Michael Fitts:  fitts@uab.edu

I feel blessed to have an opportunity to not only teach but to learn from the students, faculty and staff of the School of Health Professions.  I also love the fact that we constantly get the opportunity to meet new people and get to share with them everything the library has to offer.  We meet their needs by connecting and partnering, adding value to both SoPH and Lister Hill.    

Now that you know who your liaison is, what are you waiting for?  Get in touch! 

You might be surprised how we can help.

The Joanna Briggs Institute Database: Quick Answers to the Clinical Bottom Line

Default search box

The default search box for JBI.

Equally geared toward practitioners and researchers, the Joanna Briggs Institute Database might not seem very flashy, but it has a lot of muscle.

For anyone working on the front lines–nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nursing assistants–the JBI can help locate evidence-based information sheets and practice recommendations fast.  The details of the results can be skimmed and saved easily–maybe even by the time the next alarm goes off.


Looking up Recommended Practices is quick with the JBI database–look for JBI Database PDF to open the full document.


Publication type is clearly label under the title of the document. Clicking on JBI Database PDF will pull up the full document.

For nursing students the JBI database is definitely worth placing in your arsenal of databases among PubMed, CINAHL and Scopus.  For any assignment requiring an extensive search of the literature, focusing on EBP,  a JBI Evidence Summary can help jumpstart your literature search, or help fill in gaps after combing through PubMed & CINAHL.

You can simultaneously export multiple findings to EndNote from the results list.   You have the option to set up a personal account within JBI.  An account lets you save search history, organize and save findings into projects–keeping your research organized the way you want it.

JBI Content

These content types are clearly labeled under the the title of the publication–see the image above for an example. Searches can also be filtered for specific types–look for the Publication Type filter in the menu to the left.

Access off campus requires a Blazer ID & Password.



Feel Better about this Semester with LHL’s Express Training Clinics

Juggling the work

Not only do we have obligations to our chosen fields and majors in the way of research and writing, attending class, publishing and turning in assignments (not to mention making these contributions significant), but we also have to learn the technologies that make it all possible and manageable.  We need to know where to find information and then also how to dig it out of any number of databases.  And we need to know how to collect it, how to use it, and how to put it into the right style format.  When you add it up, that’s something like a million skills to learn.

It is a lot to juggle, but if you have an hour to spare on a Thursday morning, there are reference librarians eager to discuss, teach, and advise you on developing these skills.

What to expect at a LHL Express Training Clinic

The LHL Express Training Clinics for Spring 2014 cover everything from getting off on the right foot with your assignment, to learning search strategies for Scopus & Google Scholar, to writing a literature review, and yes–much, much more!

Maybe you’ve heard of EndNote?  And wished you had the time to learn it…well, there’s a clinic for that. Put it on your calendar for April 3 or April 17.  Are you expected to write a literature review? Make some time on March 6.

EndNote Class online

This is from a recorded session on EndNote Online, available in the Express Training guide.
Watch it anytime!

Need more incentive to come in besides learning something useful?

Well, you get to hang out with us!  If that’s not enough, we have free coffee & snacks for you.  Just stop by LHL between 9:00-11:00 and bring whatever it is you’re working on.  You’ll get specific advice and walk out the door feeling better about the things you need to do.

[See Also: The LHL Express Training Guide for more schedule details and listen to past recorded sessions.  And if you have any questions about Express Training, or want to suggest a class, let us know!]



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