National Library Week: April 13-19

Don’t miss the special activities planned for April 13 – 19 at Lister Hill Library:

2014 Physician Salaries Report

Medscape has just released their 2014 Physician Compensation Report. Here is a description of what is included in this report:

Over 24,000 physicians in 25 specialties responded to this year’s Medscape Compensation Report and described their compensation, number of hours worked, practice changes resulting from healthcare reform, and adaptations to the new healthcare environment.

Click the link above or the image below to access the report.

Medscape Physician Salaries

New Online Resources

Lister Hill Library recently added new online resources from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Titles in this package of 30 e-books include Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, Neuroanatomy: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, and Systems, and many more. You can find individual titles in our catalog or E-Books search (use the “E-Books in the A-Z List” search blank) or browse and access the entire list of new LWW e-books via the LWW Health Library Premium Basic Sciences Collection link on our Databases page.

Our newest evidence-based practice tool is the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database. This database covers a wide range of medical, nursing, and health science specialties and includes evidence summaries, evidence–based recommended practices, best practice information sheets, systematic reviews, consumer information sheets, systematic review protocols, and technical reports. You can access the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database through our Databases page. Off campus access requires a Blazer ID and password.

Psychiatry Online provides access to a collection of journals, e-books including the DSM Library, APA guidelines, and self-assessment & CME tools from American Psychiatric Publishing, a division of the American Psychiatric Association. Access these resources via Psychiatry Online listed on our Databases page, or look up individual e-book titles in our catalog or E-Books search (use the “E-Books in the A-Z List” search blank).

Patent Searching Workshop February 6 & 7

Learn to use UAB’s new advanced patent search and analysis tool Relecura. Join Relecura trainer Alan Shih for a hands-on interactive training workshop. Training will be offered at both UAB libraries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

All are welcome! Registration is encouraged. Register by clicking the links above.

If you have any questions about the Relecura training, please Ask a Librarian.

Spring 2014 Express Training Schedule Now Posted

Choose between online or in-person classes designed to save you time and make life easier. Build your PubMed searching skills, get help with citations, or jump start your assignments in January.

Online Classes
Mondays, 4 – 5 pm
*Registration required

In-Person Classes (these are structured more as drop-in clinics)
Thursdays, 9 to 11 am
(with coffee & light refreshments provided)

Get more details on classes offered this spring and register for online classes on our events page.  Find videos of previously recorded classes plus other helpful information in our LHL Guide: Express Training @ LHL.

  • January Express Training:
    Citations Clinic: Thursday, 1/23, 9 to 11 am, Fletcher Room
  • Assignment Jumpstart Clinic:  Monday, 1/27, 4 to 5 pm, Online
  • Assignment Jumpstart Clinic: Thursday, 1/30, 9 to 11 am, LHL Testing Lab, G17

Wait. I Thought Your Name was “Susan”

You’re not crazy. I have been “Susan” since I arrived at UAB. After much thought, I’ve decided to adopt “Susie” as my preferred name. Many people already know me as “Susie,” and I’ve always felt more like a “Susie” anyway. Over time it’s become confusing trying to keep track of who knows me as “Susie” and who knows me as “Susan.” (I realize this is a silly dilemma… especially when I’m in my 30′s.) So my New Year’s resolution of sorts is to simplify things and just go by “Susie.” I will not be bothered if you slip or forget or just plain prefer still calling me Susan…  I promise. :)

New “Office Hours”

Please help me get the word out that my office hours have changed due to a standing meeting conflict I have.

The new time is:
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 pm
Same place: LRC Commons

As a reminder, this is a time when I’m available to answer any library or research related questions. No appointment is necessary and you don’t even have to walk across the bridge! How convenient!

I do occasionally have schedule conflicts that prevent me from being at my office hours, so if you know you plan to stop by for help please feel free to email me to make sure I’ll be there.

Resource of the Month: EndNote & EndNote Online

I know many of you already use EndNote, but for those of you who have been on the fence about whether to learn how to use it perhaps Jill Deaver’s Resource of the Month post will inspire you to give it a try! Her post provides a look at these useful tools, including the differences between the two versions, when to use each (or both), and how to get help when you need it most. Here is a list of just some of the helpful features EndNote has to offer:

  • 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

If you’re ready to learn how to use EndNote, please feel free to contact me or Ask A Librarian!

PubMed Commons

Below is a post Lee Vucovich wrote for our Tech Lister blog about an interesting new pilot PubMed feature called PubMed Commons.

Would you like to see a discussion by other scientists about new findings when you read a paper abstract?  Do you wish you could join in the discussion?  Do you enjoy the commentary and letters to the editor sections of journals and newspapers?  If so, read on…


PubMed Commons

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 PubMed’s abstract view. (Click to enlarge image.)


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 can invite yourself. Learn how to join PubMed Commons here.

You will need to have a My NCBI account and log into it when using PubMed.  That will allow you  to both see and post comments. To see all articles with comments on a specific topic, add AND has_user_comments[sb]  to your PubMed search.  Learn more about your My NCBI account here.

According to the NCBI, comments from the first few days after the site went live included “critique or pointed to other studies or reviews with the potential to change people’s interpretations or conclusions. Some authors posted corrections or changed their own conclusions in the light of others’ subsequent work. Authors also used PubMed Commons to update people on their work – including links to databases that have moved, providing contextual information and backstories as well as new, relevant work.

Many PubMed Commons participants took the opportunity to add links to relevant papers and data, sometimes in the non-PubMed academic literature or data repositories – including complete datasets, data re-analyses, blog posts and full text pre-prints of the article.”

PubMed Commons can be viewed as another tool in an emerging field sometimes labeled “post-publication peer-review.”  Two other options for reading commentary and adding your views to the discussion on published articles follow:

  • UAB licenses Faculty of 1000 which uses experts to identify and comment on noteworthy articles.
  • PubPeer is a free website striving to create an online community for discussion of scientific papers organized into a searchable online database.  PubPeer has released a browser plugin so users can identify articles with comments when searching PubMed.

Where PubMed Commons has requirements for the people posting commentary, PubPeer encourages anonymity.  Each has strong reasons for its requirements. If you are interested in these issues, both Nature News and Retraction Watch have discussed the PubMed Commons initiative.

New PubMed Relevancy Sort

Good news!  PubMed has added a “sort by relevance” feature, which can be selected 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 “sort by relevance” 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. If you have any questions about this new feature, MyNCBI, or other PubMed features, please feel free to contact me.

PubMed Relevancy SortThe selected sort is shown at the top of the results list:

PubMed Relevancy Sort2