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January 28, 2010

RefWorks Deduping

A few weeks back, a grad assistant in the IHI inquired about the ability of RefWorks to perform de-duplication of records. He was attempting to compare search results from PubMed and Web of Science, and was looking for a means of systematically (not manually) analyzing duplicate records to find the unique results of either database. We worked for quite a while on this, and while RefWorks does allow for de-duplication of records, it does so across one's entire database, not an individual folder, which is what we ultimately wanted. I contacted RefWorks about this and hear is what they had to say:

"The view duplicates only works for the entire database and not for
individual folders. This feature is planned in a future release perhaps as
early as this year. In the meantime what I would suggest is that you put
your PubMed results in one folder and your WOS results in another. You would
then view the one folder in one browser window or tab and the other folder
in a seperate browser window or tab. You might need to login to the same
account twice depending upon how your browser is setup. You can then compare
each folder using the full view. Just make sure that you are using the same
sort in both folders. You can also print out the contents of each folder
using the bibliography or print function and compare the results there."

~ David

January 26, 2010

Passwords on Facebook

Just an FYI: the medlibs Twitterverse is buzzing right now because someone found a Facebook group where library proxies and journal passwords are being posted. There are discussion threads for specific schools (Duke and Indiana are two), although UMN isn't listed. The group is called "Medical Password" and can be seen here:


There's also a private group that looks like it may do the same thing (just search for "medical password"). Beth Whipple/Indiana have alerted Facebook, according to her twitter post, so the groups might go down soon.

January 25, 2010

RefWorks Errors in Mac - Try Switching Document Type

Hi all,

I encountered a fairly bizarre RefWorks error last week. The patron was using Mac OS X, Version 10.5.8; Word for Mac 2008, Version 12.1.0; and Write-N-Cite, Version 2.5 (in other words, everything was up-to-date).

When she attempted to format her bibliography using both WNC and via RefWorks, she received a series of errors that looked like this:

RefWorks reports that the problem was that she had saved her document in the '.docx' format and recommended saving it in the '.doc' format instead.

Apparently, this is, "a result of XML coding in your [sic] that the program is picking up when you try to format your document." RefWorks is working on a fix but no ETA on that yet.


January 21, 2010

ScienceDirect Scheduled Outage

Hi everyone,

Just a heads up - ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 12 hours from 7:00am-7:00pm Saturday, 23 January.

For information on the upgrades that will be occurring during this time follow these links:


January 19, 2010

United States Pharmacopeia 33 - National Formulary 28 RECALLED

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has recalled the United States Pharmacopeia 33 - National Formulary 28 (USP 33-NF 28) and it plans to reissue the publication.

USP 32-NF 27 is official at this time and remains official until further notice. USP 33-NF 28, which was released on November 1, 2009 and recalled on January 8, 2010, was not scheduled to become official until May 1, 2010 and should not be used. The current official standards in USP 32-NF 27 can be used with confidence.

Christopher will be returning USP32-NF27 to Reference and updating the catalog. Any questions should be directed to him.


Reason for Recall

USP recalled USP 33-NF 28 because of errors that occurred when monographs were redesigned into a new format. The redesign was intended to improve ease of use, streamline presentation, and update and harmonize terminology, but was not intended to change any of the monograph requirements. The effort was comprehensive: all of the ~4000 monographs in the USP 33-NF 28 were redesigned, encompassing more than 4100 pages, over 4 million words, and many figures and tables. While many of the monographs were successfully redesigned, a significant number contained errors.

While USP has an Errata process for issuing corrections to USP-NF on an on-going basis, this process was inadequate to address the number of errors resulting from the redesign. Because maintaining the integrity and accuracy of its standards is of paramount importance, USP recalled USP 33-NF 28 in its entirety.

January 15, 2010

Creating RefWorks Bibliographies by date

Veterinary residents are often told to read the last 5 years of several key journal titles as part of their education. They sometimes want to create a list of these papers (minus the editorials, etc) arranged chronologically and not by author. Gathering the citations in an index was not the problem, but the folks at RefWorks provided me with the following methodology (I tried it and it works):

Select View, All References (or a specific folder).
Select the sort order for your list from the Sort By drop-down. (Pub Year, Ascending or Descending)

Click on Print.

Select All in List.

Select the appropriate Output Style and click Print.

References will print in the sort order determined in your view and will override the output style sort order.

Follow your browser's instructions for viewing the file and copy and paste the list to your Word Document.

You can also print selected records or a specific folder.


January 14, 2010

Finding Information about Doctors

We had a request this morning for information about where two doctors went to medical school and where they did their residency and I thought it would be helpful to remind everyone of the resources we have for answering these questions. For doctors in the United States we have the AMA Medical Directory and the ABMS Directory of Medical Specialists. Both of these are print resources and both are also available online. For the AMA Directory it is AMA's "Doctor Finder," www.ama-assn.org/aps/amahg.htm, not to be confused with a private company called "Doctor Finder." This resource is available to anyone. For the ABMS there is a web resource, www.abmsdirectory.com, but it is password controlled. The user name and password are contained on an orange card with the command "Do Not Discard" in front of the Table of Contents of the ABMS Directory. Nicole created a blog entry on this last Spring but I feel it wouldn't hurt to remind everyone since I had forgotten about it. There are also print directories in the reference collection, although they're a bit dated, for finding information about doctors in England, France, and Australia. To find information about doctors from countries other than these it probably wouldn't hurt to use Google.