New Video Demo for NCBI's Entrez Gene

Entrez Gene is an annotated, curated gene information database from NCBI. The records for each gene conveniently co-locate links to gene maps, dna and protein sequences, protein 3D structures when available, relevant expression data, polymorphisms, biological pathways, relevant research literature, etc. The video demo (1min 33sec) can be found here.

NIH Mandatory Public Access Policy Takes Effect April 7

Beginning April 7, the final peer-reviewed manuscipts of any NIH-funded research accepted for publication must also be deposited in PubMed Central, in compliance with the mandatory NIH Public Access Policy. More details about this policy and the procedures for depositing articles can be found at the University's "Transforming Scholarly Communication" website. The University Libraries can also assist with this process; e-mail your questions to

Workshop: Finding Gene Information

Annotated gene information tools provide links to gene and chromosome maps, nucleotide and protein sequences, exons and introns, genetic disorder information, supporting research literature citations, and more. This one hour workshop will introduce several online tools - available from the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Biotechnology Information and other organizations - for finding annotated gene information. Times, location, and registration information for the workshop are:

Monday, March 3, 10:00 -11:00 AM, AHC Learning Commons, 535 Diehl Hall | register
Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 -11:00 AM, same location | register

Managing your Bibliographies and Citations with RefWorks

RefWorks is an online tool for importing your citations from literature database searches, organizing them into convenient folders, and then automating the creation of bibliographies and lists of references in the format and Microsoft Word document of your choice. Numerous formats (ACS, CBE, AIP, APA, Chicago, etc.) are provided, and several databases have direct Refworks export functionality built-in. The downloadable Write-N-Cite utility allows users to add citations from their RefWorks database to a manuscript with one click. Free access to RefWorks is available to all UofM-affiliated users.

There are several online RefWorks video tutorials describing how to use this resource. UofM Libraries also provides hands-on training workshops (both basic and advanced) each semester. (Bioinformatics Journal Search Tool) provides a convenient Google-based search tool for 31 bioinformatics journals. The Journals can be searched either indivdually or collectively, and impact factor data is provided for most of the 31 titles. Article titles in the journal current issues can be quickly viewed with one click, and RSS feeds are provided for automatic article updates. The site has a three-part knowledgebase (biology, bioinformatics, informatics) with glossary-style definitions and links to relevant datatabases (such as Entrez Gene, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge Structural Database, etc.; note that not all the databases are free). There is also a bioinformatics conference list and a forum for user questions and suggestions.

PubMed Bookmarklet

A bookmarklet is a short javascript program that can be added to your browser bookmarks or favorites just like a bookmarked web page. The PubMed bookmarklet allows you to search the PubMed/Medline database for articles without having to navigate to its website. Articles in the search results will have the FindIt link so that you can locate the full text. You can use boolean operators and search field tags in the bookmarklet search field in the same way as with the website's search interface.

To obtain the url for the bookmarklet, just right-click on its link above and copy it.