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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.

      Humans and animals

      November 13th, 2009 by Mary Wood

      Searching for the intersection of two very different subjects, the crossover where the topics meet, requires looking for the information in a variety of sources.  The subject of animal alternatives is truly multi-disciplinary and requires multiple sources to answer a range of questions.  A research topic may demand, for example, searching in: the PubMed database for the most recent and authoritative literature published in human medical research and education; the CAB database for the latest veterinary and animal science related articles; PsycInfo in order to consider potential stresses related to the study; and, depending on the question be asked, cancer-specific resources like NCI, mouse-specific resources like JAX, or a teaching alternatives database like NORINA.  Essentially, the source, or the database, is determined by the question being asked.

      The relationship between animals and humans is complex; the ethics of animal use in research is widely discussed, opinion and belief influenced by any number of factors, including culture and religion.

      UCDavis Center for Animal Alternatives Information

      Searching for “religion AND animal experimentation” in PubMed will look for that topic in the medical literature; other possibilities include “ethics AND animal experimentation” and “vaccine AND religion”.  Adding or using more specific search terms will narrow the results.

      CAB indexes international agricultural research publications; searching for “animal welfare AND religion” and “animals AND religion AND ethics” will identify articles on this topic in journals not indexed in the human clinical database PubMed.

      The Religious Studies subject guide lists many possible databases, resources that index research in different publications and from an entirely different perspective.  For example, searching for “animal experimentation” in ATLA Religion database, or “vaccination OR vaccine” identify focused sets of relevant citations.  In Philosopher’s Index, using “ethics” and “experimentation” and “animal” as search terms retrieves a select list of citations.

      Other databases may be relevant (like PsycInfo, “animals” and “religion”), depending on the question.  As always, please do not hesitate to come to the libraries or to contact a librarian for reference help.

      Mary Wood,