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Endnote, Locating literature, Using the library – Fall 2010 classes at CHSL

August 31st, 2010 by Mary Wood

All sessions will be offered in the CHSL Conference Room, Rm 128.
If possible, please bring your wireless-capable laptop.
You are also welcome to bring your lunch, snacks and covered drinks.
If these class times prove inconvenient, please contact Deanna Johnson,, 530-752-3271 to make other arrangements.

EndNote for the Health Sciences
Learn to collect, store, organize, and retrieve articles, and how to cite them in your posters or publications. Discover how to export citations from your favorite sources into EndNote, to attach and access the fulltext.endnote

Wednesday,  September 22,  12-1pm
Friday,  October 1,  2-3pm
Tuesday,  October 19,  4-5pm
Thursday,  October 28,  12-1pm
Monday,  November 15,  11am-12pm

Library on the Go
Learn about the VPN, which allows access to licensed resources when you travel; about UC-eLinks that links you from the article citation to the fulltext of the article or lets you Request a copy when the fulltext isn’t available electronically; and about EndNote Web that can be used from any computer that has internet access, wherever you are.

Monday,  September 27,  3-4pm
Thursday,  October 21,  11am-12pm

    Finding Health Literature
    Learn the ins & outs of using PubMed, CAB Abstracts, or other life science databases; set up alerting services in the databases to help keep up with your interests; use UC-eLinks to access the full article.vpn_computer_fish_blog270x170

    Tuesday,  October 5,  12pm-1pm
    Friday,  November 5,  3-4pm

      To register for one of these classes or one of the many others offered at Shields Library, visit Library Instruction’s Description of Classes page.  Of course, registered or not, you are always welcome.

      NIH grant proposal ti/ab should reflect research value

      August 10th, 2010 by Mary Wood

      “Application titles, abstracts and statements of public health relevance that are part of your application are read by reviewers, program officers and other NIH staff, but once funded, this information is also available to the public via NIH’s RePORTER website. It is essential that the public is able to learn about the research projects in which our nation is investing.”Logo

      The August 2010 Nexus Director’s Column stresses the Importance of Communicating Research Value in Your Application.


      In support of this goal, there is an initiative and related websites Communicating Research Intent and Value in NIH Applications ; Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative.
      Other grant writing tips may be found at the Grant Application Basics page.


      The August Nexus includes the reminder:   My NCBI: Move It or Lose It! (additional information in previous blog post)

      Citation information that has been manually entered into eRA Commons will no longer be available as of eRA’s October software release (currently scheduled for October 21-22, 2010). These citations are identified in Commons currently by a “Citation Source” of “PD/PI Entered.” If you wish to retain this information for future use (i.e., in a future eSNAP report), these citations will have to be moved to My Bibliography, which is accessed through a My NCBI account. For more information on the eRA Commons and My NCBI integration, see NOT-OD-10-103 and “An Easier Way to Manage Citations.”myncbilogo

      Vertebrate Animal Section in NIH Grant Proposals

      August 6th, 2010 by Mary Wood

      The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy) specifies the information required in all contract proposals submitted to the NIH that involve live vertebrate animals.   Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has responsibility for the general administration and coordination of the Policy, provides specific guidance, instruction, and materials to institutions that must comply with the Policy.

      OLAW Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-049 Instructions for Completion and Technical Evaluation of the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) in NIH Contract Proposals was issued in April 2010 “to clarify the information that must be included in a separate section of the Technical Proposal titled the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS)”.Logo


      Central, and most useful, is the  Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS).


      Grant writers, as well as SRGs and NIH staff, “are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the required elements for completion of the VAS in the Contract Proposal VAS Worksheet (PDF).”

      The Five Required Elements of the VAS:
      Any proposed use of vertebrate animals for experimental research including use as a source of tissues constitutes research involving use of live vertebrate animals and requires completion of the VAS.  Federal policy requires that the following five points are addressed in all contract proposals involving live vertebrate animals.

      1. Detailed description of the proposed use of the animals, including species, strains, ages, sex and number to be usedolaw
      2. Justification for the use of animals, choice of species, and numbers to be used
      3. Information on the veterinary care of the animals
      4. Description of procedures for minimizing discomfort, distress, pain, and injury
      5. Method of euthanasia and the reasons for its selection