Archive for July, 2009

Informed Consent Made Understandable

If you write, read, explain, review, or are otherwise involved with informed consent forms, the Readability Toolkit is an invaluable resource. It contains step-by-step guidelines for writing informed consents at a reading level required by many funding agencies (4th-8th grade).

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MY NCBI: Beyond Saving PubMed Searches

My NCBI is a free registered space or personal account within PubMed, a life science database from the National Library of Medicine(NLM). NCBI stands for the National Center for Biotechnology Information(NCBI) and it is part of the NLM and the National Institute of Health(NIH).

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Follow the Library on Twitter

The UTHSC Library is now on Twitter. Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that allows the library to send updates about library events, resources and services to its subscribers.

Check out the library’s Twitter updates and be sure to follow UTHSCRefdesk or subscribe to the library’s Twitter feed once you sign up for a Twitter account.

For those who are not familiar with Twitter, here is a video that explains how it works.

Ethical Scientific Communication

Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing, a must-have booklet (about 60 pages) for faculty and students, contains many real-life examples and some exercises. While the author, Prof. Miguel Roig of St. John’s University, focuses on plagiarism, other scientific communication ethical issues are also covered: authorship, duplicate (redundant) publication, copyright, conflict of interest, responsible citation, and salami publishing. This resource is particularly valuable because of its emphasis on the sciences.

A printed copy is on reserve in the library.

Redesigned Library Web Site is Live

The library’s website has been redesigned! The entire site was overhauled to make way for a cleaner, more intuitive homepage, provide faster access to our most popular resources and to help you find information and resources you want faster.

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