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September 30, 2009

PubMed change is here/near!

The PubMed interface change is upon us! There is now a link available to the redesigned version on the main Pubmed search screen (which still looks the same). Word on the street is that the two versions will run in parallel (with the old version being the default landing screen) for the next two weeks. I'll keep you posted if I hear more.

Here is the announcement from the GMR:

The newly redesigned PubMed is now available. Check the preview, accessible from the link on the pubmed.gov page (New! PubMed: Try the redesigned PubMed) or directly at the following URL: http://preview.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Check the "Using PubMed" and "PubMed Tools" links on the lower part of the page.

The PubMed Help section has been updated as of yesterday's date.

Remote access to Duluth faculty/students with dual TC appointments may be down

Hi all,

I just wanted to alert you that Duluth faculty/grad students with dual Duluth/TC appointments have reported being unable to access Twin Cites online resources since this weekend.

Matt Bowers is working on reestablishing remote access. There's no ETA for when that might be, so we might want to offer to assist with sending articles as attachments, etc., as necessary.

These are the programs that have potentially been affected:

* Biochemistry,Molecular Biology and Biophysics
* Cellular and Integrative Physiology
* Integrated Biosciences Program
* Microbology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
* Pharmacology
* Toxicology
* Water Resources Science

Let me know if you have any questions.


September 29, 2009

CINAHL server problems

When you try to access CINAHL you may see this error message:

A System Problem has Occurred
To begin a new session, please login again.

I just spoke with Ebsco and there is a problem with that server. They did not have an eta but said it should be fixed soon.

Amy Claussen

September 17, 2009

Pilot program support for Biostatistics 1 (PubH 6450)

Hi all,

This fall semester Chacko is piloting a program where he is providing curriculum support to students enrolled in PubH 6450, Biostatistics 1. This is a core course for all students pursuing an MPH degree. This pilot program begins on 9/21/09.

Chacko will hold office hours in room 350 on Mondays from 9-10 and on Wednesdays from 10-11. He'll be in room 274 on Wednesdays from 3-4 and on Fridays from 2-4. He'll also be available by appointment. Even though the pilot hasn't really begun, he's already been asked for help by students.

If you have any questions about this pilot, please contact Chacko.


September 10, 2009

Slides from yesterday's SciFinder webinar

I'm attaching the PDF of the PowerPoint slides from the SciFinder webinar that a few of us viewed yesterday. The meat of the demonstration was in the live demo that is not captured in the slides, but the slides give helpful background info about SciFinder so I thought it might be of interest. Enjoy!

SciFinder Webinar Slides (PDF)

EndNote Web Tutorials Created by ISI

A note about Endnote forwarded from Jon Jeffryes:

Hi all,

I get questions every once in a while asking for more details about EndNoteWeb (from users and staff).

Just so folks know every UMN student, faculty or staff can access an EndNoteWeb Account *for free* it comes as part of the Web of Science Subscription.

EndNote suggests that it is appropriate to use it as a supplement to EndNote desktop or for undergraduate-level research.

The reason I'm writing is that EndNote just put up some tutorials for using EndNoteWeb. So, if you want to learn more: http://www.endnote.com/training/

I'll plan on linking to these on the FAQ I put together last year...https://www.lib.umn.edu/faq/6721

If you have any questions I'm happy to help troubleshoot.


Active Directory Redux - reminder for those teaching in the Pit

Going along with Jim's note about getting Active Directory questions at the desk - if you are teaching classes in the Pit, remember, whenever possible, to notify students in advance to check their Active Directory status. That way, you hopefully won't end up with a class full of people who can't get into the computers. Here is a sample of an email I send to classes in advance:

"I'm looking forward to seeing your N8170 students on Tuesday at 2:20! The library computers require students to be registered with something called Active Directory to log into the machines, and if they haven't used computers in the library over the last semester, they probably aren't signed up. It's a really quick registration process, but it would make things go much more smoothly on Tuesday if you could have the students make sure their Active Directory accounts are enabled in advance.

Could you send an email to the class and ask them to complete this short process?
1. Go to www.umn.edu/dirtools.
2. Log in with your Internet ID/X.500 username and password
3. Click on "Active Directory Account Options"
4. Choose to activate your University of Minnesota Active Directory account
5. Click the Submit button
6. Close Window/Log Out

This is all they need to do, and they may find that their Active Directory account is already enabled. Let me know if you have any questions - I'll see the class on Tuesday at 2:20!"

Remember too that you can get guest logins from the circ desk, or talk to Peter for another solution if you know you'll have a big class where no one is registered. You can also have a laptop set up to quickly enable people's accounts on the fly.

Just a reminder to be prepared! Since it's been a year, I forgot that this might be an issue when teaching in the Pit, and it's a very miserable surprise to have. Thanks!


September 8, 2009

Active Directory

Randy and I have had several questions from students trying to log on to our computers, and determined that these are Active Directory issues. Be prepared to help people set up their accounts.


September 4, 2009

From SciEng: Zotero in Moodle / RefWorks on UMN Connect

Still cleaning out email! Here's another useful note from Jon Jeffryes about some resources for Zotero and RefWorks:

Over here at Sci/Eng we've put together a Moodle version of our Zotero workshop that I thought I'd share with the wider AP audience...feel free to take a look and send me your feedback. (I'll add the link to the Info Lit Toolkit as well)


If you want to refer people to this site or use/adapt it in some other way to meet your instructional/reference needs, please feel free.

Also if you want to be added to the roster of instructors that we provide contact links to in the right hand column, I'll be happy to add you.

And Kate Peterson helped Jan Fransen and me record our last RefWorks session...we've linked to it on our Moodle page and our Twitter account. If you're interested to see what Connect can do for recording class sessions, feel free to take a listen: https://umconnect.umn.edu/p60171185/

Patents Tutorial

Hi all,

I'm cleaning out some old email and found this from Jon Jeffryes about a tutorial a library intern created on patents and patentability:

It doesn't go into finding patents, but it gives a lot of nice background on types of patents, what can be patented, parts of a patent, etc. It's worth a look. He also said he was going to put in on the Patents RQS page (http://www.lib.umn.edu/subjects/rqs/356) - I don't see it there, but I'll touch base with him and see if he is planning on doing so.