From the Mouths of the Youth: Why Register for Obamacare?

Recently President Obama invited to the White House a group of expert Youtubers who make viral videos and have substantial numbers of fans. He asked them to help get the word out about the registration deadline for Obamacare. I blogged about these vloggers over at the ETechLib blog, along with resources. For today, I thought … Continue reading From the Mouths of the Youth: Why Register for Obamacare?

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Signing up for a gym membership, losing weight, and being healthier are some of the most common New Year's resolutions.  The University of Michigan Health System has compiled a list of fitness apps for your smartphone to help you achieve these goals.  For those of you looking for the newest trends in healthy living, UMHS … Continue reading Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Video Games For the Win!

Video Games and Learning...it's not an oxymoron, it's real life.  In fact, I TAed an undergraduate course with this exact title at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  UW-Madison is also home to the Games, Learning and Society Organization and this fall, offered its first Coursera course on Video Games and Learning which many of my former … Continue reading Video Games For the Win!

Citation Managers: The Other Weekend Matchup

It’s November!  Which means the semester is flying by, our paper deadlines are approaching, and there is a little rivalry game between the University of Michigan and that other Michigan State University 🙂

As we head down the homestretch, it’s important to use our time efficiently as assignments begin to pile up like the snow surely will soon.  One of the ways you can help reduce headaches and last minute reference section break-downs is to spend some time this weekend choosing, or reacquainting yourself with, a citation manager.  MLibrary has comprehensive guides for the following commonly used citation managers: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero.

A recent exciting development in the world of citation management is EndNote Basic, a free desktop citation manager. Investing the time to organize your citations now will make the paper writing process a lot less stressful later.  I’ve used all but Zotero in my own work over the years and continue to find awesome tips and tricks within the systems, like Cite as You Write, that make doing assignments a much more productive process.

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EndNoteBasic_logoMany of you are familiar with EndNote Web, the web-based version of the popular desktop citation management program.  The name of the program has changed to EndNote Basic, & it is now free to use.  This will make it easier for you to collaborate with colleagues if you use EndNote.  Note that storage & access to databases are limited, as are the number of bibliographic styles that are available.

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • 20 most popular bibliographic styles
  • 2GB of files storage
  • Online search of the 5 most popular databases
  • Webpage reference capture

Create an account & read more on EndNote’s web site.

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Visual Literacy: Libraries and Learning

HOTW is  moving to Mondays, don't worry it will be back! As Open Access week comes to a close, I'd like to encourage a bit of Friday fun focused on the issue of access to information and the skills needed to "find, retrieve, analyze and use this information", information literacy.   Under the branch of … Continue reading Visual Literacy: Libraries and Learning

Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Beyond the Genome #BTG13 (Week of October 14, 2013)

The Beyond the Genome conference happened early in October, but I am delighted to blog about it now, as the dust settles, people return home, and the meaning of the conference starts to come together in people's minds. The conference was structured with each of the three days organized around a theme: Day 1: Single … Continue reading Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Beyond the Genome #BTG13 (Week of October 14, 2013)

Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Yay, Joyce! Boo, Shutdown! (Week of September 30, 2013)

It's homecoming this weekend, which makes it a great time for a few cheers, and a little booing of the opposing team. I have to celebrate, and share my excitement at the announcement of Joyce Lee (one of my Twitter pals) as social media editor for JAMA Pediatrics! Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., named social media … Continue reading Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Yay, Joyce! Boo, Shutdown! (Week of September 30, 2013)