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USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam Now Available on Exam Master

January 22nd, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

Exam Master has added a USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam.

Based on the NBME blueprint, Exam Master’s USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam is designed to give the Step 2 candidate a realistic exam experience. Students can sit for a full exam, or take each block individually as their schedule permits. All blocks include post-exam review and detailed explanations.

The USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam features:

* 8 exam blocks of 44 questions each, total of 352 questions
* Both Test or Study mode
* Correct answers and explanation available in study mode
* Detailed score reports
* The following topics:
o General Principles
o Immunologic Disorders
o Diseases of the Blood & Blood-forming Organs
o Mental Disorders
o Diseases of the Nervous System & Special Senses
o Cardiovascular Disorders
o Diseases of the Respiratory System
o Nutritional & Digestive Disorders
o Gynecologic Disorders
o Renal, Urinary, & Male Reproductive Systems
o Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium
o Disorders of the Skin & Subcutaneous Tissues
o Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System & Connective Tissue
o Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders

To access this practice exam, login to your EMO (Exam Master Online) account, go to NEW EXAMS > Click “Courses” > Click “Select” next to the USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam

Peeking at Jakob Nielsen’s ‘Eyetracking Web Usability’

January 14th, 2010 by

The Next Generation Melvyl Catalog  provides a great peek at the long awaited book on eyetracking research by usability gurus, Jakob Nielsen  and Kara Pernice.  By clicking on the ‘Preview this Item’  button & the Google Preview link, the first two chapters are available including images. The  feature is powered by Google preview.  The ‘Preview this Item’ button is available after clicking through to the full description of the book:   
The book is currently in process at UC Santa Cruz and being ordered for UC Davis.

So what is Eyetracking?

In Pernice and Nielsen’s words at the opening of chapter one, “Eyetracking is simply following the trail of where a person is looking. With current technology, it is fairly easy to observe the path where users look on a computer screen.”  The images below are two eyetracking “heatmaps” which use colors to represent the data showing  how much users looked at different parts of the pages.


Nielsen, J. (2009), Eyetracking heatmap [screen captures]. Retrieved January 14, 2010, from, Eyetracking

Using eyetracking in your own research:  Free Report on how to run eyetracking studies

Pernice, K., & Nielsen, J. (2009).  How to Conduct and Evaluate Usability Studies Using Eyetracking. Fremont, CA: Nielsen Norman Group. Retrieved January 14, 2010, from

Access the report via the web site:

 or download the free pdf (159 pages, 16MB)

 Note on the Library Catalogs: Next Generation Melvyl is one of two catalogs available from the Library’s web site.  It includes the records of all ten UC campuses as well as libraries from around the world.  The Harvest UC Davis Catalog is our local catalog and a great choice for searching our rich and unique collections.

Seeking Permission to use the Copyrighted Images: A quick email to Jakob Nielsen’s office manager, with a cc to Mr. Nielson, resulted in a quick response from Jakob Nielsen stating: “You have permission to use the images.”. Thank you.  It’s always worth asking.

Ag Guide, 3rd edition

January 6th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) released the third edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS Ag Guide). The first edition was published in 1988, and the first revised edition was published in 1999.


The FASS Ag Guide serves as a primary reference document for meeting the needs and requirements of agricultural animals utilized in research and teaching, and the new edition is available online at no cost.


The 2010 edition of the FASS Ag Guide has a slightly different title, and chapters were added to address species handling and transportation and environmental enrichment strategies. The authors include experts in each species and in animal care and use, including UCDavis scientists Steven Berry, Joy Mench, Carolyn Stull, Frank Mitloehner, James W. Oltjen , and Cassandra Tucker.cover


Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching, Third Edition, January 2010