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Mango Languages

The UAB Libraries are excited to announce the availability of Mango Languages, a leading language and culture learning resource, available online from anywhere, 24/7. The language-learning program teaches actual conversation skills for more than 70 foreign languages and English as a second language courses. It also includes thematic specialty courses, among them Medical Spanish, Endangered Languages, and Pirate, and the Mango Premiere program for teaching language through full-length international films. Mango Languages is accessible through the Sterne Library website, and mobile apps for Apple, Android, Kindle and Nook devices. First time users should create a profile to track progress. Faculty who want to create student learning groups in Mango can contact Heather Martin (hmartin@uab.edu) for Instructor access. Learn a new language today with Mango!

BrowZine Web

BrowZine is now available on the Web as well as on mobile devices through Sterne and Lister Hill libraries. Use this service to browse, read, and follow thousands of the library’s scholarly journals online or from your Android and iOS smart phones and tablets. BrowZine helps you keep track of your favorite journals and learn about new developments in your field. It’s a great way for students to familiarize themselves with journals related to their majors.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • browse and read journals: Browse journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • add durable links to individual journals and journal categories to Canvas for easy access by students.
  • add journals to your personal bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published.

In the mobile app, you can save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, and Papers. To learn more and start using BrowZine today, simply visit browzine.com or download the free app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon App Store. Choose a UAB library from the Web or app.


Video games, pharmaceutical manufacturing, soda production, physical therapists, computer manufacturing. These are just a few of the industries UAB users have researched since the December 2015 activation of our subscription to IBISWorld. In addition to providing industry overviews, IBISWorld’s detailed research reports cover

  • Supply chain information on the market
  • Historical and forecasted revenue data
  • Operating strengths and weaknesses
  • Analysis of external drivers
  • The competitive landscape and major players
  • Industry profit and costs benchmarks

IBISWorld also includes expert summary reports and specialized reports on niche industries (e.g., casting agencies, pilates and yoga studios, digital printing, and charter schools). IBISWorld is a hit with business students and faculty, but users from a variety of disciplines can learn more about industries related to their research, course assignments, career interests, and even hobbies.

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


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