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August 31, 2010

New Webpage for Grantees about ClinicalTrials.gov and FDAAA

A cross-post from the HSML list: This website will be important for health professionals who apply for NIH funding.

What NIH Grantees Need to Know About ClinicalTrials.gov and FDAAA

Why a site for NIH grantees?

This Web site provides information to help NIH applicants and grantees (recipients of extramural grants and cooperative agreements) to understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to ClinicalTrials.gov and the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007. The information on this site may not apply to NIH contracts or NIH intramural research.

This site includes:
* an overview of FDAAA and its relationship to certain trials funded through NIH grants and cooperative agreements;
* an overview of registration and results reporting requirements;
* instructions for providing the NIH with certification of compliance with FDAAA; and
* FAQs for NIH grantees, definitions and acronyms, and other resources.

August 27, 2010

Need Reference Coverage today 4:00-5:00

Hello All,

Emily is out today. Jim is covering from 12:30-3:00 alone, and either Liz or Wayne is covering from 3:00-4:00. But coverage is still needed from 4:00-5:00.

Anyone available?


New England Journal of Medicine - some content not available to institutions

There have been comments recently on the NEJM site regarding access to PPT slides and slide sets.

From NEJM:

PowerPoint Slides and SlideSets are not included in a site license subscription, but for a limited time, we are offering institutional users an opportunity to access PPT slides free for 6 months, when they create an individual My NEJM account or sign-in to their individual account."

Our institutional subscription does include access to videos. Keep in mind you must click on the article link in order to view the video. The table of contents only indicates if the article has a video it doesn't include a direct link.

August 20, 2010

Alumni access to RefWorks

Hi all,

The question of whether alums have access to RefWorks after they graduate has come up several times lately, and the official word from Jan Fransen is that yes, they do have access after graduation.

After graduating, people can access their RefWorks account by going to www.refworks.com and choosing the Login option (currently on the left side of page under their big banner). If it doesn't default to it, they'll need to choose the "remote access" tab on the next screen (note: if you click the RefWorks login while you're on campus, it will direct you to the U's RW login screen, so you won't see what people off campus see unless you click the "login using your group code" link), and enter the U of M group code.

The group code is password protected on our page, so it's okay to give it out to alums if they don't have it and ask for it by phone or email.

I think that's all you need to know about alumni access - let me know if you have any questions.


August 19, 2010

Library Resources block now defaulting on Moodle course pages

(Sorry for cross-posting to those of you already on the AP listserv, but I wanted everyone to be aware that students will be seeing this feature on Moodle pages. Thanks, Emily)

Hello all,

I wanted to send an update about this. I believe the "Library Resources" block is a default in Moodle. I just request a new course and the block was already populated in the lower right side. I have included a screen shot.

For more images go to the Learning in the Libraries blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/learninglibraries/2010/07/library-course-page-in-moodle.html

Please let me know if you have questions.
Thank you,

August 12, 2010

VPN via mobile devices

Hi everyone,

I had a user contact me about using iPhone apps developed by journal publishers (AIP and ACS in this case). A colleague at UCSD told me has used that there is a feature in the Settings menu where she can connect to their campus VPN with her login. This required an initial setup, and the instructions were on my campus networking department's website.

There is some relevant information here: http://www.oit.umn.edu/vpn/connection-instructions/index.htm

They also say the following:

"VPN is generally no more secure than a direct wired connection (made at the VPN server's building). It does nothing to stop viruses nor does it make insecure protocols secure. If you can connect to UofM secure, it will be almost exactly as secure as VPN (similar limitations), and it will be slightly more robust and have lower latency (and maybe even higher bandwidth).

The VPN setup could be a good backup solution if once can normally connect to UofM Secure via an iPhone/iPod Touch, but temporarily are unable to do so due to system problems."

Meghan Lafferty
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Librarian
Science & Engineering Library
University of Minnesota
108 Walter Library
117 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
Tel.: 612-624-9399
FAX: 612-625-5583
E-mail: mlaffert@umn.edu
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Cancer links to Cancer Cytopathology

As some of you have already discovered, the find it link for Cancer is linking to Cancer Cytopathology on Wiley. We are working on a fix and if you find other Wiley titles
with linking problems, please let me know.

Thank you,

August 2, 2010

Ovid's New Look...

...rolled out today.

You may want to keep a couple of thing to keep in mind:

When you view search results, in order to get back to the search screen, you must click the Search tab. I personally think it's a little counter-intuitive since the tab is already highlighted.


The Find Citing Articles link, which is now more prominent, searches only Journals@Ovid for content. In other words, it does not search Medline, so we should advise patrons against using it.