Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3D printing - Get it while it's "free!"

The Digital Media Commons is pilot testing a 3D printer

This page gives details on how you can try this service! Including tutorials on creating and finding 3D printable files. Thingiverse offers free files for printing biology sculptures of human vertebrae, molecules, and more.

After the pilot testing period ends on June 30th 2014, there will be a charge for each gram printed ($5 minimum).  More details will be available from the Digital Media Commons.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Want to help test the next version of the library catalog?

OCLC is beta testing WorldCat Discovery, the next version of our WorldCat library catalog

Currently OCLC is looking for graduate student and faculty feedback. (FYI We expect OCLC to have WorldCat Discovery ready for our library to use before summer 2015)

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If you're interested, please respond to this call for help:

As we continue to build WorldCat Local functionality into Discovery over the coming months we will use several methods to assess early designs and completed implementations, including interactive, task-based usability studies conducted remotely via WebEx.  Currently, we are recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students as well as library staff to participate in these studies.  If you'd be interested in helping us recruit students or have staff at your institution who can participate, either immediately or over the coming months, or want to know more about what that might involve, please contact either Colleen Way or Arnold Arcolio,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

End of semester book renewals & Library access after graduation

Congratulations on completing your semester!   

Here are some reminders about library access.

At this point, students can't renew books until they register for summer or fall classes. It will take at least a day after registration for accounts to be updated so that you can renew books again.

Instructions for book renewal are on this page. Please contact your friendly health sciences librarian ( or the Check Out Desk (336-334-5304) if you have questions.

You can join Friends of the Library to get book checkout privileges.  . Borrowing privileges for alumni and Friends of the Library are described on this page

And you can continue to visit the University Libraries in person to use print and most online subscriptions

This guide discusses
  • NC LIVE, a good alternative for N.C. public library members who wish to do research from home instead of at a library 
  • AHEC libraries (resources for health care providers and educators)

Friday, May 2, 2014

PubMed - Now with links to UNCG full text!!

PubMed (Medline), the free guide to health care articles, now has links to UNCG full text!

You must get into PubMed through a UNCG libraries link! There are lots of paths into PubMed through the library, this is the fastest.

1. On the libraries home page, choose Databases.

2. Choose PubMed.

3. In PubMed, perform any search. Click into a title to see a longer description of this result. You should see a UNCG logo in the top right corner.

4. That UNCG logo will lead into our Journals A to Z list. Click into "View full text," to navigate to the article.

5. IF you see "Online resource not found," look below that error message. Sometimes there is a link to UNCG full text, or a summary of the years that we own in print for this journal.

Otherwise, look to the RIGHT of the "online not found" error for a link into the Interlibrary Loan Service. Log in with your UNCG computer account and you can ask ILL staff to find a pdf for you.