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
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.
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.
Tell us how we’re doing and help us plan future improvements by completing the LibQUAL+ survey. We will award three e-book readers – one each to a randomly selected student, faculty and staff member who chooses to provide an e-mail address when they participate in the survey. Read the invitation to participate from Lister Hill Library directory, Scott Plutchak.
Check out the great blog post Jill wrote that gives a fun, behind-the-scenes look at our popular chat service.
Reference librarians are available to take your chats during Reference hours:
Have a question other times? Email us and we’ll be back with an answer by the next morning.
Access chat, text, and email through Ask a Librarian at www.uab.edu/lister/ask
Tah-Dah! I’m back! MANY thanks to Lee Vucovich and Jill Deaver for stepping in to teach classes, answer research questions, and continue offering Tuesday “office hours” in the LRC Commons during my absence! If there are any questions, projects, or class requests you’ve been saving until my return, please feel free to contact me so I can help you.
Oh, and baby pics available upon request.
October is National Medical Librarian’s Month and Lister Hill is again offering the popular Fine Amnesty program as well as the events below. We hope you will stop by and say hello!
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 email@example.com.
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.
Would you like to learn more about Women’s Health? See:
- LHL: Women’s Health Resource Guide
- NIH: Women’s Health Resources/ Women’s Health Research
- Take the free online course The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health offered by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (CME credit available)