Monday, October 24, 2016

Weds 10/26 Advanced Video Production Workshop for faculty, students, and staff

On Wednesday 10/26, the Digital Act Studio and the Digital Media Commons will be providing faculty focused (1:30 pm - 3 pm) and student focused (6 pm - 7:30 pm) Advanced Video Production workshops in the DMC Via lab, lower level of Jackson Library. Staff are also welcome!

To sign up, please log into your UNCG iSpartan account, then click into this Google Form:

If you have questions, please contact Lindsay Sabatino ( or Armondo Collins (

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

trial access until Friday 11/4 - Joanna Briggs EBP database

UNCG has free trial access to Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice Resources.  This trial has been extended until Friday 11/4/2016.

This link will allow UNCG faculty, students and staff to log in with an iSpartan account.  Choose Joanna Briggs from the list of products, then start using this resource!

More information:

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Resources on OVID is a database of over 5,000 full text documents, including Best Practices and Systematic Reviews.  These resources can be used to illustrate the 7 Steps of Evidence Based Practice Research to students.  JBI has even developed a Faculty User Guide to assist you in assigning research to your students, so they can learn the fundamentals of research and how evidence guides decision making in practice Click here for a video demonstration   

The database provides access to tools for implementing evidence based practice, such as JBI TAP (for small–scale qualitative studies execution), JBI PACES (for clinical audits and change practice), etc. More information here.

 The database also contains the 6 document types listed below.  The database is updated multiple times monthly with any new research that is developed by JBI.
·        Best Practice Information Sheet (BPIS) are short summaries based on the results and recommendations of systematic reviews. BPIS are easily disseminated and provide busy health professionals access to key issues and recommendations that have been collected from a large volume of material.
·        Best Practice Technical Reports are provided as a complementary publication to document all aspects of the development of Best Practice Information Sheets.
·        Consumer Information Sheets (CIS) are standardized summaries on a wide range of health care interventions and activities targeted at consumers of health care i.e. patients/residents/clients, relatives, and carers. Each Consumer Information Sheet is based on the best available international evidence and each year, every existing entry is updated and new entries are added in response to requests from members and subscribers.
·        Evidence-Based Recommended Practice (EBRP) are interventions or procedures that describe and/or recommended certain practices on selected clinical topics. Recommended Practices are based on the best available evidence and each practice consists of an equipment list, a recommended practice, occupational health and safety provisions, and an adjoining evidence summary where evidence is available.
·        Evidence Summaries (ES) are short abstracts that summarize existing international evidence on common health care interventions and activities. Evidence summaries are based on structured searches of the literature and selected evidence-based health care databases.
·        Systematic Reviews (and protocols) (SR) are an analysis of all of the available literature (that is, evidence) and involves developing a question; establishing inclusion criteria; developing a strategy to comprehensively search for the evidence; appraising the quality of each paper; excluding papers of poor quality; extracting the findings of included papers; and synthesizing the findings of included papers. PDF format only.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

UNCG Instructors- Apply for an Information Literacy Course Development Grant

The UNCG University Libraries will offer three $1,000 awards for courses to be taught in spring 2017 to support restructuring a course in order to more intentionally integrate information literacy and research. This award is open to anyone who teaches a course at the undergraduate or graduate level and has the authority to make substantive changes to that course.

The purpose of the Information Literacy Course Development Awards is to support instructors in revitalizing courses to foster information literacy skills. These re-envisioned courses will incorporate information literacy throughout the semester, teaching students to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and cite sources in the manner most appropriate for the subject area.

The Libraries will hold a workshop on October 13 at 2:00 in the Faculty Center to discuss the awards and give professors the opportunity to workshop their ideas with librarians.

Details and application process are available here

Please contact Amy Harris Houk at with questions.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP)

Webinar from the ICPSR - 
Introduction to the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP)
Join us for a webinar on Nov 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST.
Register now!
Archive manager Alison Stroud and staff provide an introduction to the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP) at ICPSR. They describe how ADDEP will successfully facilitate disability and rehabilitation research will also be provided. Also, they highlight ADDEP's new website and tools as well as additional tools and resources available at ICPSR.

ADDEP is supported by grant P2CHD065702 awarded to the CLDR by the NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation broadly.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thursday 9/15 from 8 am - 9 am EST testing in PubMed, MeSH, PubMed Central, etc.

NCBI has announced some testing tomorrow morning from 8 to 9 am:

"NCBI will be testing https on public web servers from 8:00 to 9:00 AM EDT (13:00-14:00 UTC) on Thursday, September 15. You may experience problems with NCBI web sites during that time."

The sites that I expect would have the biggest impact: PubMed, PubMed Central, and the MeSH database.

More information is here:

Monday, September 12, 2016

News from Recreation and Wellness

For on campus students and anyone else who pays for Kaplan Center membership -

I just got this email about parking near the Kaplan Center -

"Lot 49, located next to the Kaplan Center on Neal St., is an "A" permit lot from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  Outside of those hours, Lot 49 is an open lot and no permit is required to park there.

POCAM has now changed Lot 50 at the corner of Aycock Street and Gate City Blvd to be open to more UNCG parking permits.  It is now open to A B C KA KB KC MA MB MC WA WB WC & SGB.

We do ask that you do not park on Haywood Street, McCormick Street or Neal Street.  These neighborhood streets are for Glenwood residents only, not UNCG student or employees visiting the Kaplan Center. Please help UNCG be a good neighbor to our Glenwood friends.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The Recreation & Wellness Staff"

If you need a map or info about these parking lots, check with Parking Operations and Campus Management.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

MEDLINE Visualization Tools

Do you use PubMed on daily basis?

Are you interested in seeing visual overviews of how your keyword searches match up to MeSH heading, and to articles in MEDLINE?

Try one of these MEDLINE Visualization Tools!

MeSH Category Graph (
  • start with a keyword search and compare the broad categories your results are indexed under (e.g. "anatomy", "diseases",  etc.), to those of MEDLINE as a whole

MeSH Subheading Graph (
  • will plot a set of MEDLINE results against the 23 "explodable" subheadings

PubVenn (
  • " Enter any multi-term search to see the relative size of the citation set for each term as well as how those sets interact."

-From Ed Sperr, Clinical Information Librarian, via the Medical Libraries Discussion List

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Webinar series - Fundamentals of Data Science

The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series

Every Friday beginning September 9, 2016

12pm - 1pm Eastern Time / 9am - 10am Pacific Time

Working jointly with the BD2K Centers-Coordination Center (BD2KCCC) and the NIH Office of Data Science, the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC) is spearheading this virtual lecture series on the data science underlying modern biomedical research. Beginning in September 2016, the seminar series will consist of regularly scheduled weekly webinar presentations covering the basics of data management, representation, computation, statistical inference, data modeling, and other topics relevant to “big data” biomedicine. The seminar series will provide essential training suitable for individuals at all levels of the biomedical community. All video presentations from the seminar series will be streamed for live viewing, recorded, and posted online for future viewing and reference. These videos will also be indexed as part of TCC’s Educational Resource Discovery Index (ERuDIte), shared/mirrored with the BD2KCCC, and with other BD2K resources.

View all archived videos on our YouTube channel:

Please join our weekly meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 786-506-213 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:

9/9/16:  Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle (Mark Musen, Stanford).
9/16/16: SECTION 1: DATA MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW (Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences).
9/23/16: Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing  and Identifiers (Lucila Ohno-Machado, UCSD).
9/30/16: Data curation and Version control (Pascale Gaudet, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics).
10/7/16: Ontologies (Michel Dumontier, Stanford).
10/14/16: Provenance(Zachary Ives, Penn).
10/21/16: Metadata standards (Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Oxford).

11/4/16:  Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations (Chaitan Baru, NSF).
11/11/16: No lecture - Veteran's Day.
11/18/16: Social networking data (TBD).
12/2/16:  Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing (Joseph Picone, Temple).
12/9/16:  Exploratory Data Analysis (Brian Caffo, Johns Hopkins).
12/16/16  Natural Language Processing (Noemie Elhadad, Columbia).

The following topics will be covered in January through May of 2017:
  Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and HPC
  Commons: lessons learned, current state

   Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
   Supervised Learning/prediction/ML, dimensionality reduction
   Algorithms, incl. Optimization
   Multiple testing, False Discovery rate
   Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
   Causal inference
   Data Visualization tools and communication
   Modeling Synthesis

   Open science
   Data sharing (including social obstacles)
   Ethical Issues
   Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
   Reproducible Research
   SUMMARY and NIH context

Friday, September 2, 2016

UNCG Libraries closed Monday 9/6 (Labor Day)

Jackson Library and HSML will both be CLOSED on Monday 9/6 (Labor Day)

Library hours are listed on this page:

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Nursing students! Want to find court cases?

Hi folks,

The library guide to Nursing 620 has links and instructions for sources that are frequently requested by students in this course:

Including court cases!
If the links and instructions on finding court cases in the LexisNexis Academic database aren't enough of an introduction, feel free to watch this 9 minute video on finding court cases:

Please note - I don't know what NUR 620 students been asked to do this semester, and the instructor of your course is always the best person to ask if you want to find out if a source is acceptable.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Best keyword searching intro ever!

Ann Hallyburton of Western Carolina University is one of the most engaging conference presenters I've heard.

This morning I came across her intro to keyword searching based on a PICO question.  Enjoy!!

FYI for UNCG health science students and faculty - There's a brief introduction to PICO on the library guide to Evidence Based Practice.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ebooks from ProQuest EBL unavailable Saturday afternoon

FYI, the ProQuest company has let libraries and other customers know that their EBL ebooks will not be available this Saturday from 1-4 pm EST.

So, on Saturday afternoon, if you notice you're not able to get into ebooks in the EBL database, or ebooks from the library catalog that say "EBL," this is why.

Apologies for any inconvenience!

Here is the full message:

"To maintain the currency and security of ProQuest ebook platforms, the ProQuest EBL and Ebook Central platforms will be unavailable for approximately three hours beginningSaturday, July 23, 2016 due to scheduled maintenance. 

The EBL and Ebook Central patron interfaces and librarian LibCentral will not be available at these times around the world:
  • Los Angeles (PDT): Saturday July 23, 2016 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
  • New York (EDT: Saturday July 23, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
  • London (BST): Saturday July 23, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
  • UTC: Saturday, July 23 5:00 pm - 8:00 am 
  • Germany: Saturday July 23 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
  • Australia (AEDT): Sunday July 24 4:00 am - 7:00 am 
*the downtime will NOT affect the ebrary platform*
You are receiving this message as the administrative contact email address for your organization. If you feel you received this email in error, please contact to update the administration contact. Lastly, please forward this message to members of your organization that also need to be made aware of, or may be impacted by, the maintenance downtime.

Thank you for being a ProQuest customer"

Monday, July 18, 2016

DataMed biomedical data search

DataMed is a prototype biomedical data search engine. Its goal is to discover data sets across data repositories or data aggregators.

DataMed supports the NIH-endorsed FAIR principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability of datasets with current functionality assisting in finding datasets and providing access information about them. The data repositories covered in this initial release have been selected by the bioCADDIE team and represent only a small sample of biomedical data.

Publishers to have direct access to citation info in PubMed; MEDLINE indexing process and software to change

MEDLINE/PubMed Production Improvements Underway - from the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Looking forward to seeing how these changes roll out in PubMed, one of the most important literature discovery tools in my kit.

Check YODA for clinical trial data

The Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project advocates for the responsible sharing of clinical research data.  Data summaries are openly searchable, and data are available for free to researchers who complete a request.

This resource was recommended by our fantastic data services librarian, Lynda Kellam.  Check out her data services blog and library guide for more!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

AccessMedicine trial until July 31

At the request of nursing faculty, UNCG has a free trial to AccessMedicine until July 31. 

Give it a try and share feedback on this product.  I'm sorry that the library doesn't have funding to provide access after the free trial ends.

Access Medicine

Over 90 online textbooks and manuals including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology, and Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry. Also includes > 1,000 monographs on generic and brand name drugs, practice guidelines, procedural videos, patient scenarios, diagnostic tests, clinical calculators, self assessments for students, etc.

Get into AccessMedicine
1. Start at the libraries home page:
2. Click Databases:
3. Click A, then  Access Medicine
4. Use your iSpartan account to log in
There is a 21 minute demonstration here: AccessMedicine Complete Overview (Updated February 2016)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New digitization project: "Good Medicine: Greensboro's Hospitals and Healers, 1865 - 2015"

UNCG Libraries is working with the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum Archives, and the Greensboro Public Library to digitize and host records on the history of medicine in Greensboro.

Check out the announcement here:

The UNCG Digital Collections page gives a great overview of existing collections.  I'm looking forward to seeing the Good Medicine project highlighted there!

PubMed Turns 20

PubMed, one of my very favorite databases, just turned 20.

Check out the story in the NLM Technical Bulletin: PubMed Celebrates its 20th Anniversary! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DynaMed Plus now available!

 DynaMed Plus is now available

Critically appraised evidence from more than 500 medical journals in a quick, easy-to-read format. Over 3,200 topics for nursing, sports medicine, dietetics, audiology, and genetic counseling. Over 1,000 drug topics.  "Levels of Evidence" labels indicate the strength of support for the content.

  • Content updated 24/7/365
  • Concise, evidence-based recommendations with supporting references
  • Clinically organized topics designed to get to the answer quickly
  • Key points on the background, evaluation and management of a condition presented at the top of each topic
  • Synthesized recommendations classified using GRADE
  • Drug and lab reference content provided by Micromedex® 
  • Ability to sign up for alerts when a topic or specialty area is updated with new evidence and guidelines 
  •  Free mobile app available on Android and iOS platforms  

How can you get to DynaMed?
Enter through a DynaMed link located in the library databases list and log in with your iSpartan account. There is also a DynaMed App for Apple iOS and Android devices (instructions here).

We will have access to DynaMed for 3 years.

Check out this tutorial from Ebsco