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April 2014

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3 Ways to Use the Library as a Touchdown Space

A library computer is like an office computer, minus the distractions.

Login with your MyID to access your personal common drive, temporarily save documents to the desktop, and use the full Outlook client. Plus, Chrome is now available as an alternative browser, and you can use the Remote Desktop application to access your full desktop workstation.

Help is on-hand to assist with literature searching, setting up your iPad, and more.

Consult with an expert for help searching databases, finding Impact Factors, citations counts, free iPad apps, and more.

Private study rooms offer a quiet workspace for meetings and presentations.

Each of the three available collaborative rooms accommodates 2-6 people for up to four hours and can be booked up to thirty days in advance. BOOK A ROOM HERE

8 Tips from our Spring into Publishing Series

Last month, the library offered a series of classes on how to get started in scientific publishing.  Here are a few tips that we learned:

    1. Review the author guidelines/instructions on your chosen journal’s website for the scope and audience of the journal and timetable for publication.
    2. Review the journal’s impact with Journal Citation Reports Impact Factors.
    3. Find trends in your subject area by creating a citation report in Web of Science. This will help to determine the top journals in a subject area.
    4. A strong abstract not only influences whether your paper is reviewed by a journal for publication, but whether or not it will be findable after publication.
    5. As an author, always use the same name so you get the citation credit!  Be sure your name is consistently listed the same way in every manuscript and database listing.
    6. Only submit a manuscript to one journal at a time!
    7. Determine how authorship will be handled before you start writing.
    8. Create a timetable when you are writing. Factor in time for people who may be assisting you like the Research Medical Library (literature searching), Medical Graphics (figures), Scientific Publications (editing) and Biostatisticians.

Learn more from our Spring Into Publishing Series here.

Upcoming Classes & Webinars

WEBINBAR: Preparing an EndNote Bibliography for Publication

Wednesday, April 9, 11-11:30am

EndNote Basics

Tuesday, April 15 1-2:30pm, FCT21.6008

EndNote Advanced

Tuesday, April 22, 1-2:30pm, FCT21.6008


Wednesday April 23, 9:00am – 10:30am

Searching Like a Pro for Nurses

April 24, 2014 11:00am – Noon

Schedule Departmental Sessions on any of the above topics by contacting April Aultman Becker:; 713-792-2293.

Schedule of Classes & Webinars

Classes are held in the library classroom (FCT21.6008) unless otherwise noted.  Find the latest class schedule, class descriptions, and links here.

Webinars are live online classes that can be viewed from your desktop. Check out our upcoming webinars and archived webinars.

If you have questions about classes, please contact the Library at or 713-792-2282.

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