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Ebsco Trial Extended – Agricola, FSTA & CAB Direct

Ebsco trial extended

We have extended our trial accounts access on the Ebsco interface until May 1st!  We currently purchase these resources on different platforms and are exploring the option of accessing this content through the Ebsco interface.

Thank you for forwarding this information to interested colleagues and students for their feedback too. I look forward to hearing your comments!


RefWorks for the Sciences Workshop – Monday March 7th @ 10 AM

REFWORKS FOR THE SCIENCES – Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM Woodward Library Teaching Lab B25

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool sponsored by the UBC Library and available free-of-charge to current UBC faculty, staff, and students.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create your own personal database in RefWorks by importing references from online resources such as Web of Science, Google Scholar, PubMed, Compendex and others. Then you’ll use RefWorks to add these citations to a paper and automatically format both in text references and the bibliography in a citation style of your choice.

REGISTER HERE:  http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/1092

Agricola, CAB Direct & FSTA – trials on Ebsco

We are investigating purchasing the following article indexes/databases through Ebsco platform and would like your opinions on whether this would be a useful and preferred change, or not.

We currently access Agricola http://resources.library.ubc.ca/112 and Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA) http://resources.library.ubc.ca/132 on the Ovid platform and CAB Direct http://resources.library.ubc.ca/219 on their own platform.

We have trial accounts on the Ebsco interface until March 31st for:

We warmly encourage you to try out these databases via their trial interfaces and give us your feedback. Thank you for forwarding this information to interested colleagues and students for their feedback too.

Need some help with Refworks and/or Zotero?

Do you find yourself spending hours, usually in the dead of night, inserting in-line citations and producing bibliographies manually? If the answer’s yes and you’re thinking, “There’s got to be a better way,” then come to one of our Zotero or Refworks workshops.

Refworks and Zotero are both citation management tools that allow you to create and organize a personal library of citations, insert in-line citations into your term papers or theses, and then produce bibliographies automatically in the citation style of choice (Vancouver, APA, etc.). The two tools are very similar in functionality. The main difference is that Refworks is provided through a library subscription to UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni, while Zotero is free, open-source software.

At Woodward Library we’re hosting a number of noon-hour sessions to help make this part of your academic work easier and faster. You can register for (a) session(s) using the registration links below:

ZOTERO sessions:

January 27, Thurs, 12 – 12:50pm, Woodward Library (McKechnie Room)

February 10, Thurs, 12 – 12:50pm, Woodward Library (McKechnie Room)

REFWORKS sessions:

January 31, Mon, 12 – 12:50pm, Woodward Library (McKechnie Room)

February 1, Tues, 12 – 12:50pm, Woodward Library (McKechnie Room)

February 7, Mon, 12 – 12:50pm, Woodward Library (McKechnie Room)

HLWIKI Canada Reaches 1.3 Million Views

Since February 2009, HLWIKI Canada has had 1.3 million views. I find that number astonishing but it tells me that we are on the right path with the wiki’s development.

As many of you know, I have worked on the wiki since 2006 but increasingly since about 2008-2009 when the total content in the wiki doubled. In early 2011, HLWIKI Canada has just under 600 pages of content in three main areas: Health librarianship, Social media (web 2.0), and Collaboration 2.0. I welcome you to take at the range and depth of the content we offer.

Some of the most-consulted files are:

Apple iPhone3GS for physicians 24,392
Point of care decision-making tools – Overview 16,272
H1N1 (Human Swine Flu) in Canada – Information Sources 12,504
Evidence-based health care 12,206
Evidence-based web 2.0 8,828
Systematic review searching 8,628
Google scholar bibliography 8,100
Web 2.0 7,800
Grey literature 7,284

Recent changes to major drug titles

Happy 2011! Welcome back.

To mark the occasion, I thought I’d also share some happy news about recent changes to some of our most popular and well-used drug e-books.

Martindale’s and Stockley’s Drug Interactions have been moved from Books@Ovid over to the MedicinesComplete platform, which also contains AHFS. Not only is Martindale’s easier to search on this new platform, I think you’ll be happy to note that there is now unlimited access  (i.e. no seat limits and turnaways) to these titles on the new interface.

Also a relatively recent development, thanks to joint funding from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a collaboration with the Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc), the library now provides unlimited access to e-Therapeutics as well. No more frustrating instances of being turned away.

Enjoy! Here’s to a productive new year.

Tell us what you think about Woodward’s new Garden Level

Please fill out the survey at www.tinyurl.com/Renosurvey

Tell us what you think about Woodward’s new Garden Level

Please fill out the survey at www.tinyurl.com/Renosurvey

Current Awareness Tools Workshop

A few spaces are still available in the workshop on current awareness tools that takes place this Wednesday morning in Koerner Library.  The session is hands-on, so participants will have the  opportunity to begin setting up alerts and feeds right away.  Read more or register here.