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Summer Systematic Review Workshops at Woodward Library

Woodward Library is offering two workshops this July on systematic reviews. For more information on systematic reviews, contact your subject librarian or take a look at our research guide.

Systematic Review Search Methodology
July 8th, 9-1, Woodward Library Computer Lab – B25

Register here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5032

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This half day session will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology. Topics include the systematic review process, framing the search question with tools like PICO, searching Medline and other databases and grey literature sources, and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews.

Statistical Methodology for Systematic Reviews
July 15th, 9-1:30, Woodward Library Computer Lab – B25

Register here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5058

Hands-on workshop on statistical methodology used in systematic reviews, and an introduction to RevMan software (http://tech.cochrane.org/Revman). Taught by Shayesteh Jahanfar, PhD, International Cochrane Trainer. Content covered will include: double screening process; data extraction process; providing examples of data extraction form; introducing Distiller software to ease the process of screening; effect measures such as odds ratio and relative risk; heterogeneity; and creating a forest plot, tables of included and excluded studies, and risk of bias graphs in Revman.

Call for Participation: Open UBC, October 28-29, 2014

Are you …
       Developing new mechanisms to share your scholarship with a broader community?
       Using or creating open datasets to further work within your discipline?
       Creating freely-accessible resources to further your research or teaching?
If you are, we want to hear from you!
We invite UBC researchers, faculty, students, and staff to submit proposals to present papers, case studies, open source demonstrations, organize a panel discussion, or conduct a workshop on any topic related to open scholarship. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Textbooks, Open Content, New models of scholarship, Scholarly Communication, Open access mandates, Open Source, Open Journals/books, OA Advocacy.
Submit questions or a proposal by email to open-ubc@interchange.ubc.ca by July 21, 2014.
For more information about the event visit: http://oaweek.open.ubc.ca


Health Information Series Presents: Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Infection, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer

“Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Infection, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer”

May 27, 2014 6:00-8:00pm at Vancouver Public Library.  For full details, see:  http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/harnessing-the-immune-system-to-treat-infection-autoimmune-disorders-and-cancer/

IEEE Standards Education Grants

If you’re an engineering graduate student or a student in a capstone design course using standards in your work, you may be eligible for a $500 USD Standards Education Grant from IEEE. These grants are awarded four times per year, and include online publication of your paper; you can view final papers from previous winners here. Details from the IEEE site:

Student(s) beginning a design or development project will submit an abstract summary describing the project, which includes:

  • a summary of the project goal (i.e., what are you trying to build?);
  • an understanding of what standards are being considered to achieve the project goal;
  • a declaration of intention to submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project;
  • a statement of endorsement from a faculty mentor must be included.

You can access IEEE standards, CSA standards, and ASTM standards via UBC Library’s subscriptions.

March 21st International Day of Forests events

Friday, March 21st is International Day of Forests 2014. The Faculty of Forestry is holding an all-day open house including a tree planting ceremony and film marathon. A schedule of events is available here.

The UBC Pulp and Paper Centre is hosting an informative lunch-time nature walk around several UBC forests to learn about tree species, bark/leaves/cones/flowers, habitats, and uses guided by PPC Researchers Nici Darychuk and Chrissy Saville.
Date: Friday, March 21st  *Rain or Shine
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Meet:  in PPC reception just before Noon (PPC address: 2385 East Mall, kitty corner to Starbucks)
Route:  visit Totem Park (near Nexterra) and Rhododendrom Woods (behind “Bean Around the World” cafe)
Want to learn more about forestry resources available from Woodward Library? Check out the Forestry Research Guide or contact a librarian!


Authors: know your rights!

Are you planning to publish your research? Do you have questions about the copyright aspects of publishing, or want to learn more about open access? Koerner Library has an upcoming workshop on Author Rights, Funding Mandates, and Open Access Publishing on March 25th, 11-12. Register here.

Happy B-Day WWW – 25 years today

ON THIS date in 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a British physicist working at CERN, Europe’s particle physics laboratory, wrote a memo to his boss modestly entitled “Information Management: A Proposal”. Mr Berners-Lee proposed to develop a way to share information over a computer network. “A ‘web’ of notes with links (like references) between them is far more useful than a fixed hierarchical system,” he wrote. The rest is history.


Systematic Review Search Methodology Workshop

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This half day session, held 9-1 on March 11th at Woodward Library, will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology. Topics include the systematic review process, framing the search question with tools like PICO, searching Medline and other databases and grey literature sources, and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews. Register at: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4819

Workshops during reading week

Join us for one or more of the following workshops during reading week!

Introduction to Medline via OvidSP for Health Sciences
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25

TO REGISTER: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4696

RefWorks for the Sciences (Online)
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
This workshop is taught ONLINE. To access the session, please go to:

TO REGISTER: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4693

Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Koerner Library, rm. 217

TO REGISTER: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4768

In addition to Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here, there are a number of other fabulous workshops offered as part of Discover, Gather, Create, Share – Graduate Research in a Day on Tuesday, February 18 at Koerner Library. Topics include Open Access, SimplyMap, SPSS, Getting Published, Building your Academic Profile, Citation Management and Thesis Formatting.

Great Reads! Woodward Library’s Leisure Reading Collection

For a lot of people it almost seems like a novel concept: a collection of books at an academic library that you can read for fun and relaxation, and not because a prof has required it for an assignment or exam. But guess what? This is a thing that exists at Woodward Library! A couple of years ago Woodward joined the Great Reads initiative at UBC Library and began offering a collection of popular leisure reading. The point of the Great Reads collection is to give students and community members books they can read, not for strictly academic reasons, but because sometimes it’s just nice to read a book . And if it seems like Woodward is an odd choice to join a leisure reading initiative, then boy are you in for a surprise.

Not only does the Woodward Great Reads collection include several works of fiction, like Life of Pi, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Neal Stephenson’s The Confusion, but the non-fiction collection is eclectic and surprising. For the layperson, there are several iterations of the Very Short Introductions series on topics like Bacteria, Fossils, and Robotics. There are books on topics ranging from the seemingly insignificant (The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms) to the building blocks of modern medical research (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks); from the mildly absurd (This is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research) to the moderately terrifying (Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things). And of course, I can’t understand how anyone could pass up The True History of Chocolate.

The good news is Woodward Library has books you can read for fun. The bad news is you will eventually have to finish your assigned readings.

– Melanie Cassidy, Woodward Library Student Librarian