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Subscriptions added for Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling

March 16th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

The library has subscribed to Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.  We have done this even though we continue to have concerns regarding AAAS’s pricing policies (see

In the near future links to these journals will be added to Harvest and to the Electronic Journals A-Z  list.  The direct URL’s are listed below.

Science Translational Medicine

from Science Translational Medicine’s mission statement:

The focus of Science Translational Medicine is original, peer-reviewed, science-based research that successfully advances clinical medicine toward the goal of improving patients’ lives. The editors and an international advisory group of scientists and clinician-scientists as well as other experts will hold Science Translational Medicine articles to the same high-quality standard that is the hallmark of the journal Science.

Examples of content in Science Translational Medicine:

  • Research and commentary on models of human disease with significant implications for disease treatment
  • Investigative studies of human biology with an emphasis on disease, including small clinical trials
  • Perspectives and Reviews on research topics that discuss the implications of the findings from a basic science and a clinical point of view
  • Survey of recent significant findings from other publications (Editor’s Choice)
  • Commentary on policy, funding, and regulatory issues
  • Special issues that feature comprehensive reviews and analyses of current topics in translational medicine

Science Signaling

from Science Signaling’s Goals and Features page:

Science Signaling is a weekly journal, publishing 51 issues a year, as well as an online resource and information management tool that enables experts and novices in cell signaling to find, organize, and utilize information relevant to processes of cellular regulation. The overarching goal of Science Signaling is to identify and develop a mix of tools and approaches (algorithms, schemas, programs, and human organizational structures) that are stable, scalable, interoperable, and cost effective for providing access to information on cell signaling. All aspects of Science Signaling are designed to facilitate the site’s main purpose, which is to maximize the efficiency with which the reader gathers, assimilates, and understands information about cell regulatory processes. We strive to increase the likelihood of the scientist making new connections between facts from discrete sources, and to support educational, collaborative, and community-building efforts. An additional goal of the site is to provide a database of cell signaling information with information supplied by scientific experts, as well as to develop the tools and organizational structures needed to undertake this project and present the results for both human readers and computer-based analysis.

Pet Health and Consumer Veterinary Resources

March 12th, 2010 by Mary Wood

access to newsletters, articles, research

A short list of a few new resources of possible interest:

1. WebMD  Pet Health Exchange
Exchange with experts from AVMA

2. FDA Pet Food Recall Products List
Recalls & Withdrawals for Animal & Veterinary Products

3. FDA CVM Animal Health Twitter
Receive information and updates from FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine

4. FDA Online Pet Pharmacies: Protect yourself and your pet
related: AVMA Internet Pharmacies FAQ
related: Animal Health Literacy Campaign

Furloughed on Hakone: 2010 NMC Symposium to be held in new academic virtual environment

March 10th, 2010 by

If you are looking for a great way to spend a couple of your March furlough days, how about exploring the new metaverse for the higher education community, while attending this year’s Symposium.  This new environment has the power and potential of Second Life® and has been jointly developed by New Media Consortium (NMC) and Linden Lab (the developers of Second Life®) with none of the constraints that have troubled many of the early educational adopters using Second Life for education purposes.

2010 NMC Symposium on New Media and Learning

The 2010 NMC Symposium on New Media and Learning is the fifteenth in the NMC Series of Virtual Symposia, running March 23-25th. It will explore the impact of new media on teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry, especially in higher education.  Though the symposium will be conducted in a virtual environment, it will not be about virtual environments. After registering for the conference, attendees will be required to download the Hakone viewer software. Computer requirements are the same as for accessing Second Life®:

Orientations will be available for all registered attendees. No previous experience in virtual environments, such as Second Life®, is required.  The environment will be a new one for me, and I will be filming the keynote and sessions for NMC which will be made available, along with all presenters’ materials, through NMC via Creative Commons Licenses following the Symposium.

About the Hakone Project

The NMC has its origins in Hakone,  the location in Japan where a group of hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers met in 1993.  It was here where the group realized that the ultimate success of their multimedia-capable products depended upon their acceptance by the higher education community in a way that had never been achieved before. Today, NMC member institutions include hundreds of leading universities, colleges, museums, and research centers, including UC Davis and many of the UCs.

Which Institutions are Members of New Media Consortium (NMC)?

Hakone Lake, Japan (circa 1880s) uploaded to Flickr Creative Commons by NYPL

Hakone Lake, Japan (circa 1880s) uploaded to Flickr Creative Commons by NYPL

User Guide for Hakone environment:

The Hakone wiki serves as the user guide for the environment:

Suggested Reading before attending the Symposium:  Horizon Report

NMC & Educause publish the highly anticipated annual Horizon Reports charting the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry. The 2010 Horizon Report is now available. View the earlier reports from the Horizon Project.

Information for Public Health

March 9th, 2010 by

Web pages at: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce  offer a wonderful array of resources about public health. This page should be a bookmark on the browser of anyone working in public health.

They are “a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.”

Two of their publicity cards offer quick access to useful links for information and they are:

  1. Information Card: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
  2. Information Card: Public Health Resources

Contact Ken Firestein, 530-752-1678 or email – or ask any Librarian for additional help and information.

The Rule of 18.2: Review Books for Medical Students

March 6th, 2010 by

Looking for review books? You can find review books in the library for any medical specialty by following the “Rule of 18.2″.  The 18.2 section in any specialty includes the review materials for that specialty. For example, the Case Files Pediatrics, Blueprints Pediatrics and PreTest Pediatrics books will all be found at WS18.2. Those for Surgery will be found at WO18.2; Psychiatry at WM18.2; etc.  Next time you visit the library, go to the 18.2 section for any specialty. For example:

Example of books shelved in 18.2 section


  • Physiology QT18.2
  • Biochemistry QU18.2
  • Pharmacology QV18.2
  • Micro.& Immuno. QW18.2
  • General Medicine W18.2
  • Internal Medicine WB18.2
  • Musculoskeletal System WE18.2
  • Cardiovascular System WG18.2
  • Gastrointestinal System WI18.2
  • Endocrine System WK18.2
  • Neurology WL18.2
  • Psychiatry WM18.2
  • Surgery WO18.2
  • Pediatrics WS18.2

Endnote: Looking for an ‘Output Style’ for a Journal that’s not in Endnote X3?

March 3rd, 2010 by

If you are looking for an ‘output style’ for a journal that isn’t loaded in the collection of styles that shipped with EndNote X3, you have a couple of choices – –  your best bet, and to keep X3 quick, lean and mean, is to download  individual output styles as you need them.  The steps for locating the specific output style, downloading and copying it into the appropriate folder within your EndNote application are shown here in the YouTube video.   If you prefer to take a quick glance at the text instructions…  they’ll be included at the bottom of this blog post.

Downloading an Output Style that didn’t ship with Endnote X3

Watch video on YouTube:

Downloading the Output Style for Journal of Medical Entomology

Endnote Website: Locating & downloading the Output Style

  • Open the EndNote website:
  • Click on ‘Support and Services’ tab at top of EndNote page
  • Click on the ‘Output Styles’ on the left navigation bar (green area)
  • Read… then click the Accept button at bottom of page
    You will be taken to the following page:
  • Look for the search box…  (It’s located just below the two green tabs ‘Style finder’ and ‘Sorting Options’)
  • Type in your journal name,  e.g.: Journal of Medical Entomology
  • Click the Find Styles button to begin the search
  • Once you have located the output style for your specific journal
  • Click the ‘download’ link (or right-click and select a download option if you’re on a mac).

Copy the Output Style (.ens file) to the appropriate folder on your computer:

  • Once the file or zip file(s) are downloaded to your desktop or other location on your computer… copy the file(s) to the appropriate folder in your EndNote program directory.

For PC users:

  • Locate your downloaded file and then copy the file into the appropriate folder within your EndNote application
  • On Windows, it is usually located in Windows—C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles

For Mac or Mac OS X+ users:

  • Note: files on macs often download to the Downloads folder, but you can change the download location, if you wish, as you’re downloading it.  I always choose the desktop as it’s easier to locate… assuming my desktop is not a mess.
  • On your hard drive (HD): locate the applications folder: Applications: EndNote: Styles
  • Copy the downloaded file  into the Styles folder.

Note: Use the edit menu or right-click to copy and paste the file into the appropriate folder within your Endnote application.



Alternative: Downloading the Modified EndNote X3 with the full collection of 3,600 Output Styles:

You can download the entire collection of output styles containing more than 3,600 bibliographic styles for a wide variety of disciplines.  As of mid-February 2010, the modified version of Endnote X3 was made available from the  MyUCDavis website containing all 3,600 output styles.  Use your Kerberos username and password to login to MyUCDavis.  EndNote can be found under UCD Resources | Software | Library.

UC Davis has a campus-wide license allowing all current UC Davis students, faculty and staff to install and use EndNote on computers at work and at home. Another option is to download the zip file of all output styles available from the EndNote website: available for EndNote version 8 and up.

Download a licensed version of Endnote from MyUCDavis



EndNote at UC Davis:Workshops

Find out more about the EndNote Workshops offered throughout the year at the libraries around campus, and don’t miss the class schedule which includes all instructional sessions offered at the UC Davis Libraries.


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