May 12, 2006

This Week's University Libraries Update for the Molecular Biosciences

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1) NCBI Field Guide Coming to Campus June 8-9:

2) Trial Subscription for Faculty of 1000 Biology, Medicine Underway:

Posted by Kevin Messner at 11:41 AM

NCBI Field Guide Coming to Campus June 8-9

Please help spread the word! On Thursday June 8 – Friday June 9, the Bio-Medical Library is sponsoring a short course, including a hands-on workshop, taught by bioinformatics specialists with the NCBI User Services staff. The course, “NCBI Field Guide to GenBank and Molecular Biology Resources,? discusses effective use of tools including the Entrez databases and search service, the BLAST similarity search engine, genome data, Map Viewer, NCBI’s structure visualization software, and the conserved domain database.

The course consists of a 3 hour lecture the morning of June 8, followed by a 2 hour hands-on computer workshop, several duplicate sessions of which will be held the afternoon of June 8 and all day June 9.

Registration for the workshop will open on Monday, May 15, and is required. Please note that seating is limited, and registrations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit for more information on the course and complete registration information.

Posted by Kevin Messner at 11:36 AM

May 11, 2006

Trial Subscription for Faculty of 1000 Biology, Medicine Underway

The Libraries are currently conducting a trial of BioMedCentral’s "Faculty of 1000 Biology" and "Faculty of 1000 Medicine" products. These literature tools "highlight and review the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences and medicine, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 1000 selected leading researchers in each field." Currently 24 U of M faculty are F1000 reviewers. The trials are available at and through June 8.

Current users have found the Faculty of 1000 products useful in prioritizing their reading of the literature, particularly researchers entering interdisciplinary areas where they may be less familiar with "what’s important" in the crossover field. The products can also be a valuable tool in graduate and undergraduate education, helping to steer students towards high quality and/or novel articles for journal club presentations, class research papers, and other needs. The reviewer comments can also be helpful in demonstrating the peer review process, traditionally out of view of students and trainee scientists until they author papers.

In addition to searching for articles on the F1000 web sites, PubMed can now be set up to activate F1000 linkouts for articles which have been reviewed by F1000. For example, see this sample record. Use this link to PubMed to activate the F1000 links during your search session:

Please take a look at and from on campus, and let us know what you think. Comments can be submitted to Kevin Messner at

(One access caveat – there have been some troubles accessing our trial of F1000 through a VPN over U of M wireless. Certainly this is something that would be hammered out if we purchase the product; for now, though, you may save yourself some trouble by accessing the trial site over a hard line on campus.)

Posted by Kevin Messner at 1:03 PM