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SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae

December 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood


…  A researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies.

SciENcv is a feature in My NCBI that helps you create online professional profiles that can be made public to share with others.

eRA Commons and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to My NCBI can have their SciENcv profiles automatically populated with the information stored in their biographical records.


Library Guide on Author IDs and ORCID


Earlier blog post re beta version, November 7th, 2013
SciENcv – Science Experts Nework
NIH Notice, NOT-OD-13-114

NCBI Workshops at UC Davis

August 9th, 2014 by Amy Studer

NCBI 2014 cropped

September 15 – 16, 2014

Presented by Peter Cooper, PhD & Wayne Matten, PhD
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

2205 Haring Hall

Pre-registration is complete. 

You are welcome to register on-site, 15 minutes prior to the start of each workshop.

This series of in-person workshops will focus on the following:

Monday, September 15, 2014:

9-11:30am             Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST

1-3:30pm               NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbes to Human

Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

9am-11:30am       Advanced NCBI BLAST

1-3:30pm               Gene Expression Resources at NCBI

Workshop format will include lecture and hands-on activities.  Participants are encouraged to bring laptops for practice sessions.  Workshops are free of charge and open to UC Davis faculty, students and staff, as well as others in the Sacramento region.  Guest wireless Internet access will be provided.

Printed handouts will NOT be provided.  Link to course materials:

Questions?       Contact


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For a detailed description of workshops:  Read the rest of this entry »

Genetic, health info added to NIH dbGaP

February 27th, 2014 by Mary Wood

dbGaP – Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes


Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA)

NIH News


Researchers will now have access to genetic data linked to medical information on a diverse group of more than 78,000 people, enabling investigations into many diseases and conditions. The data, from one of the nation’s largest and most diverse genomics projects — Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA) — have just been made available to qualified researchers through the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), an online genetics database of the National Institutes of Health.

The GERA cohort was developed collaboratively by Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The addition of the data to dbGaP was made possible with support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Mental Health, and NIH.

dbGaP was developed and is managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine. Investigators who are interested in applying for access to this database should follow the procedures on the dbGaP website. Specific information on the data can be found here.

NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

November 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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The UC Davis Library is pleased to announce:

2013 NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

The workshops will focus on the following areas:

1.      Sequences, Genomes, and Maps:  December 17, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT
2.      Proteins, Domains, and StructuresDecember 18, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT
3.      NCBI BLAST ServicesDecember 19, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT
4.      Human Variation and Disease GenesDecember 20, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT

You are welcome to register for one or more workshops, each emphasizing different sets of NCBI resources.  Specific examples will be used to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.  Electronic copies of detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example.

All workshops are taught by NCBI staff and will consist of 1.5 hours of instruction followed by a Q & A period.

Due to the US Government sequester, the workshop instructors will not be able to present in person at UC Davis, as in previous years.  Instead, you are invited to attend all sessions via webinar, using your own computer or perhaps collaborating with your department or research group to view together.

NCBI Discovery Workshops Website:

Questions?  Contact or

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Managing NIH Public Access Compliance using MyNCBI / MyBibliography

July 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood

My Bibliography is a tool that helps you save your citations directly from PubMed or, if not found there, to manually enter citations using My Bibliography templates. My Bibliography provides a centralized place where citations are easily accessed, exported as a file, and made public to share with others.

My Bibliography facilitates the management of publication compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  From the “Awards” view, eRA Commons users are able to see whether their publications are compliant with the Policy, start the manuscript submission process, associate their NIH extramural awards with their publications, and designate delegates to manage their bibliography via My NCBI.

eRA Commons no longer displays citations that have been manually entered into Commons.  These citations must be added to My Bibliography so that they will continue to appear in Commons and can be associated with annual progress reports (RPPR: Research Performance Progress Report).

My NCBI Tool to Replace eRA Commons for Bibliography Management (NIH Notice: NOT-OD-10-103)


Guidance for UC Davis Researchers:

NIH Public Access Mandate (Library Guide)

NIH Public Access Policy: Compliance Management Using the My Bibliography Tool in My NCBI (pdf) or

NIHMS FAQ and illustrated submission tutorials are also available and extremely helpful.

Acknowledgements: Amy Studer and Cathy Sarli

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

May 3rd, 2013 by Amy Studer
DNA Molecule display, Oxford University

Image credit: By net_efekt. License: CC-BY 2.0

I had the wonderful experience of spending March and April enrolled in a new course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine:

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

We started with an online preparatory course, which culminated with a week of instruction on NCBI bioinformatics databases at NLM on the NIH Campus in Bethesda.

The course was taught by NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., M.L.S., Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

The goal was to learn how to search within and across the NCBI bioinformatics resources, such as:

Also, we experimented with tools like:

I am interested in finding out more about how members of the UC Davis community are using and learning about these databases.   If you are currently using these databases for your research or want to learn more about them, please consider contacting me:

Amy Studer, Health & Life Sciences Librarian     |    530- 752-1678