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Changes to Write-N-Cite and Refworks Webpage

If you are a RefWorks user, you may notice that when you log into your RefWorks account and select tools,  you will see that a new version of WNC 4 was released Jan 4, 2013. There are new features and bug fixes in this version. However, this newest version does not work with Microsoft Office 2013.

Office 2013 users should continue using earlier version of WNC 4 if you already have it installed. You could also use WNC 3 or One Line/Cite View to format in-text citations and bibliographies.

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We have asked RefWorks for an estimated time of release of updated WNC version compatible with Office 2013, and they are unable to project. They have confirmed that WNC 3 will continue to be supported/updated for some time.

 

Also, we have updated the webpage that appears when the RefWorks link from the Hardin Library home page is selected. The information previously on this page has all been moved to a new display format, with a news/updates box at top of page. Note other important link relocation in below screenshot.  

 

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Please continue to contact the reference desk or your  librarian liaison if you have questions or problems with RefWorks or WNC. We will direct you to RefWorks technical support when necessary.

 

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Changes to PubMed

There are a few new features available in PubMed this week. There is now an option within a single citation abstract view to add items to favorites. This is similar to the clipboard function, but requires that you are signed in to your NCBI account (which is free and allows you to save searches, create folders and share citations.) This allows you to easily save citations permanently to your collections.

The other recent change is the addition of a menu option to send citations to a citation manager. This works very well for importing citations into Endnote.

Here is a series of screen captures to demonstrate the process for Endnote Import  using Microsoft’s IE 9.

Step 1: Select desired citation and then use the send to menu on the top right side, select citation manager radio button, and then select create file.

Step 2: If you are using IE, select open when prompted.

Step 3: Choose PubMed import filter and references will be imported.

Other browsers may perform differently. For example, in Firefox, steps 1 and 2 are the same but the file open prompt is different.

For Refworks Import,  instead of opening file, save file instead.

Follow steps 1 and 2 but then save file generated instead of opening (both IE and firefox).

Select the appropriate import filter, attach saved file, and import.

If you have any questions about these features or about how to use any of these tools, please contact your liaison librarian. http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/liaisons.htm

Or watch these PubMed tutorials for help: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html#qtex .

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A Few Changes to Google Web Search

Google is frequently experimenting to enhance the search experience. But a recent change frustrated many users: the + operator was eliminated. This is how it worked: the searcher could use the + character after a term to find pages with the exact word in them. Now, it is suggested that instead of using the +, searchers should use quotation marks around a word to retrieve results with the exact word present. Example: instead of searching for Iowa +news, search Iowa “news.” In case you are curious, the – character still works to exclude words after it from  your search results. For example: Iowa – university would retrieve results with Iowa but exclude results with the word university. For many passionate comments and conversations about these changes, visit the following pages:

Wired Epicenter                     Search Engine Land                                 Google Help Forum

Another fairly recent change was the removal of the link on the front page to advanced search. Now the advanced search feature will display only after a search is performed. Or, the searcher cand navigate directly to  it by going to the top right side of the page, as shown below:

If you are wondering why you might bother using advanced search, consider that there are ways to narrow your search results to a more relevant group, and maybe even more importantly, a more manageable size. Check out the advanced search options to see which ones may help you!

For more hints on how to take advantage of other features of Google Web search, visit:

Google help pages                  Search Engine Land summary

Please contact your liaison librarian or the reference desk if you need more information on web or database search strategies.

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Changes to Natural Standard Database

   

Natural Standard is a series of electronic tools that provide evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. It contains 9 databases, symptom and interaction checkers, and tools such as calculators and a product label database.

For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making. All monographs undergo blinded editorial and peer review prior to inclusion.

Recently, an updated site was released. There are both functional and cosmetic changes; some of the most notable are as follows:

  • Removal of pop ups
  • Addition of breadcrumbs and back arrows for improved navigation
  • Addition of  print/PDF  and email functionality
  • Enhanced feedback functionality
  • Content increased with new monographs; updating of old monographs is occurring in real time
  • Extended the free handheld download program for subscribers thru end of 2011. You can obtain the free download of this product from this page.

A few of the new features are highlighted above

 

 Please contact your library liasion if you are interested in learning more about this resource: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/liaisons.html

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Redesign of CINAHL (nursing/allied health database)

There have been quite a few changes to the CINAHL (Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database during the past few weeks.  In addition to reference to articles from the nursing and allied health literature, CINAHL also includes references to book chapters, research instruments, evidence-based care sheets, and drug reports.  

So what has changed?

  • Interface has been redesigned, resulting in a different look and feel.
  • Many search and display tools have simply been relocated. For example, most of the features that would be used to review and limit results are now located on the left side of the page.
  • Directly over the search box there is a box that says suggest subject terms.  This box is now already selected, taking you directly to a list of best matched subject headings for the term entered. If you do not want to perform a subject heading search, this box will need to be deselected.   However, it is always a good idea to let CINAHL look for subject headings.
  • There are several changes that will affect those who search by subject heading. When performing a search by concept, or subject heading,  a list will display terms which are related to the term entered. Available from this screen are the following features:
    • A checkbox to select explode.  Exploding causes the narrower, related terms indented under your term to be included in your search.   If you don’t see the narrower terms, click on your term to make them appear.  When this option is unavailable for your term, the check box will be inactive, or greyed out.
    • A new icon for scope notes.  If a definition (scope note) is available, an icon will appear to the right of the term.
    • A checkbox in front of the term which allows you to select the term for your search and to see (and select) that term’s subheadings.  Checking this box causes the subheadings to appear to the right of the screen.
    • A checkbox to designate that your term should be a “major concept.”  This designation will only locate articles that are chiefly about the concept that you have selected.
    • Selected subject headings displayed in a box on the right side of the page.  Subject headings can be combined and searched directly from this box, or may be searched one at a time, and combined later from the Search History (still available on CINAHL’s main page).

To view the vendor’s information about these changes which includes more detail about these and upcoming changes, select new features from within CINAHL, on the top right side of navigation bar.

Please contact the Hardin Library Reference desk if you would be interested in arranging  individual or group instruction on this resource.

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Changes to National Guideline Clearinghouse

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is in progress of redesigning the National Guideline Clearinghouse site (NGC). NGC is a collection of clinical practice guidelines aimed at improving information access for promotion of policy development and health care quality.   

 A few highlights of the changes are as follows:

  • Access to a growing collection of expert commentaries.  These may offer reviews of  EBM topics, issues related to guideline development, or critiques of guidelines.
  • Access to annotated bibliographies. You can search over 5000 citations for information about guidelines, and access the  journal citations easily by using PubMed links provided.
  • Significant improvement in guideline summary display.
  • Improved organization, visual appeal, and access to content previously available.

 Check out the site here (no change in URL):  http://www.guideline.gov/ There will be more changes coming!