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Learn to Navigate NCBI Gene and Protein Databases with Our New Open Workshop

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins? Wondering which database you should always start with? Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases? Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor? Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation? Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information. This session is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session is:

Monday, April 28, 2-3 pm

Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, EAST Information Commons Classroom

Register here or contact us by calling 335-9151 or emailing lib-hardin@uiowa.edu

 

[Image via astrobio.net]

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Patent Searching, Applications, and Trademarks

The purpose of this hands-on class is to introduce several resources found on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website that may be used to locate information on patents, trademarks, and patent applications. Google’s patent-searching feature will also be highlighted as a source for finding information on patents.

Our next session takes place:

Thursday, April 24, 3-4 pm

Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (EAST Information Commons classroom)

Register here or by calling 319-335-9151.

More resources available on the US Patent website.

 

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Go Beyond the Basics with PubMed

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to medical literature and includes over 22 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This one-hour session will show you how to improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques.

This session is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session is:

Tuesday, April 22 from 9-10 am

Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (EAST Information Commons classroom)

Register today or check out our quick tutorial to learn the basics of using PubMed.

Need help? Contact us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or by calling (319) 335-9151.

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R. Palmer Howard Dinner April 25: W. Bruce Fye on the Mayo Clinic

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society announces the R. Palmer Howard Dinner

6 pm on Friday, April 25, 2014

W. Bruce Fye, Professor of Medicine & Medical History, Mayo Clinic, will speak on:

The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939: A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes an International Medical Mecca

Fye. [Image via mayoclinic.org]

     “This presentation describes the origins and international impact of the Mayo clinic through 1939. Multi-specialty group practice was invented at the clinic a century ago. A visiting Canadian physician wrote in 1906, ‘Specialization and cooperation, with the best that can be had in each department, is here the motto. Cannot these principles be tried elsewhere?’ Mayo Clinic’s major (and under-appreciated) role in the development of rigorous postgraduate (specialty) training will be addressed. Unlike traditional academic medical centers that emphasize research, Mayo’s main mission has always been patient care. This activity has been undertaken in an environment enriched by extensive programs, devoted specialty training, and clinical research. The talk is complemented by more than 200 images.”

Registration and event details here.

Dr. William Mayo. [Image via mayoclinic.org]

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The Father of Biomechanics: Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1680-1681

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Borelli. [Image via wikipedia.org]

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679) was an Italian Renaissance physicist who sought to make mechanical laws applicable to all physiological phenomena. Borelli, who studied at Padua under Galileo, regarded the human body essentially as a machine whose functions could be explained by the laws of physics. He mentored Marcello Malpighi– who went on to become the father of microscopical anatomy– and was instrumental in the foundation of the Iatrophysical school of thought, which used mathematical and physical principles to understand the material world. At his laboratory in Pisa, Borelli made a number of important discoveries about respiration, circulation, and the muscular system. De Motu Animalium is an illustrated study of human and animal muscular exertion.

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Model for an early submarine. [wikimedia.com]

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 Hinged elbow joint. [anthrobot.com]       

Bearing weight. [archivioflaviobeninati.com]

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Learn to use EndNote Basic at Hardin Library’s workshop Monday, April 21

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to all UI affiliates. It allows you to import, organize and format citations for papers, articles, etc. EndNote Basic is not the same as EndNote desktop software. This workshop is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session is:

Monday, April  21, 2-3 pm

Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons

Register online or contact us at 335-9151 or by emailing lib-hardin@uiowa.edu

No time for class? We offer an easy online tutorial for EndNote Basic.

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Systematic Reviews Open Workshop

“A systematic review is a comprehensive and unbiased review process that locates, appraises and synthesizes evidence from the scientific studies to obtain a reliable overview” (ebd.ada.org).

This class will focus on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review. Topics will include techniques for developing search strategies, deciding which databases to search and how to seek out grey literature for a given topic. There will also be discussion on selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies, and saving and organizing references.

This session will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end. All HOW classes are free for UI students and affiliates.

Our next session is:

Thursday, April 17, 3-4 pm

Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons Classroom

Register here. For more information, email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or call 335-9151.

Stages of a systematic review. [Image via http://www.ispor.org/news/articles/July09/CLR.asp]

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Find Relevant Articles Fast with PubMed Express- Monday April 14

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 22 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This 30-minute session will show you how to find relevant articles fast using some of the basic features in PubMed. This session is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates.

Our next session is:

Monday, April 14, 2-2:30 pm

Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons

Register here. Questions? Contact us by emailing lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or call (319) 335-9151.

Need more help with PubMed? Check out our easy online tutorial.

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An Introduction to Gene Variation Databases

This session provides an overview of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) databases that contain information on gene variations. Learn how to search for short genetic variations, genome structural variation studies, genotype/phenotype interaction studies and human variations of clinical significance. This class is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session is:

Thursday, April 10, 3-4 pm

Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Information Commons Classroom EAST

Register here. Contact us at 335-9151 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu

For one-on-one instruction, see a librarian liaison.

“Sequence variations are mapped to the reference genome via BLAST®, using the data in the Database of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (dbSNP).”

Image via ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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EndNote Desktop Software: Easy Citation Management

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather, organize, format, and insert your references in the style of your choose. This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end. All HOW workshops are free for UI students and affiliates.

Our next session is:

Monday, April 7, 2-3 pm

Location: Hardin Library EAST Information Commons

Register or see our EndNote tutorial. Questions? Contact us at lib-hardin@iowa.edu or (319) 335-9151.

Image via lib.utk.edu