Weekend eBook Read: The Armchair Birder

While birding literature is filled with tales of expert observers spotting rare species in exotic locales, John Yow reminds us that the most fascinating birds can be the ones perched right outside our windows. In thirty-five engaging and sometimes irreverent vignettes, Yow reveals the fascinating lives of the birds we see nearly every day.

While birding literature is filled with tales of expert observers spotting rare species in exotic locales, John Yow reminds us that the most fascinating birds can be the ones perched right outside our windows. In thirty-five engaging and sometimes irreverent vignettes, Yow reveals the fascinating lives of the birds we see nearly every day.

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Library Resources for Exam Preparation

Locate exam preparation help from the most popular resources by following the links below, categorized for USMLE(TM), Specialty Boards, NCLEX, and Nursing Certification.

USMLE™

  • USMLEasy™
    Use when preparing for steps 1, 2 CK, and 3 of the USMLE™ board examinations. Create a free personal account to view progress reports and construct tests out of unseen or previously unanswered questions.
  • First Aid
    The Library has full, online access to McGraw-Hill’s “First Aid” examination review collection.
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Self-Assessment Services
    Interactive self-assessment tools offered by NBME for USMLE™ Step1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. Free sample assessment is available, other assessments incur a cost.
  • Open Directory
    Resources related to United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE™) Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4. Multiple sites are listed, some free, discussion forums are also included.
  • USMLE World
    This commercial, fee-based site is popular with students looking for a subscription-based tool for test preparation.
  • Princeton Review
    This commercial site offers a free full-length practice test. Requires registration.
  • Ebooks via Ebrary
    Electronic access to older versions of popular test review books is available using free, downloadable software available at http://shop.ebrary.com/Download. The Ebrary reader is also available on all Health Sciences Library computers.

Available for checkout:

Specialty Boards

  • ECFMG®–Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
    Through its program of certification, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Surgery Board Reviews and ACGME Core Competencies
    AccessSurgery, a subscription available to UVa affiliates via the Health Sciences Library’s website, offers review materials derived from current surgery board review texts.
  • Ebooks via Ebrary
    Electronic versions of some of the most popular test review books, including books from the PreTest and FirstAid series can be viewed using free, downloadable software available at http://shop.ebrary.com/Download. The Ebrary reader is also available on all Health Sciences Library computers.

Available for checkout:

  • Emergency medicine secrets
    [edited by] Vincent J. Markovchick, Peter T. Pons. (2006)
    RC86.9 .M37 ON RESERVE, CIRCULATING COPY ALSO AVAILABLE
  • ICU recall
    senior editor, Curtis G. Tribble; editor, Jeffrey T. Cope. (1997)
    RC86.9 .I38
  • Neurology recall
    James Q. Miller, Nathan B. Fountain. (2003)
    RC343.5 .M55
  • Orthopedic secrets
    [edited by] David E. Brown, Randall D. Neumann. (1995)
    RD732.6 .O78
  • Pediatrics recall
    Eugene D. McGahren, III, William G. Wilson. (1997)
    RJ48.2 .M37
  • Primary care cardiology: a board review for internists and family practitioners
    Taylor, George Jesse. (1995)
    RC681 .T39
  • Urology secrets
    [edited by] Martin I. Resnick, Andrew C.Novick. (1995)
  • RC872 .U78

NCLEX

  • NCLEX Review 3500
    NCLEX test preparation software available for use on all Health Sciences Library public Windows computer workstations.
  • NCLEX discussion forum from allnurses.com 
    Large online nursing community offers discussion on over 350 topics. Registration is required but access is free.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) 
    The primary responsibility of the NCLEX Examinations Department of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is the development, delivery and support of the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® examinations. Their official site provides links to several free resources about the exams.
  • Ebooks via Ebrary 
    Electronic versions of some of the most popular test review books can be viewed using free, downloadable software available at http://shop.ebrary.com/Download. The Ebrary reader is also available on all Health Sciences Library computers.
  • Ebooks via STAT!Ref
    Electronic versions of specific test review books are available via the Health Sciences Library’s STAT!Ref subscription. Connection via Proxy is required for off-Grounds access to the following titles:
    Davis’s NCLEX-RN® SUCCESS and Davis’s NCLEX-PN Review

Available for checkout:

Nursing Certification

  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
    This website provides information on the process of applying to CGFNS to certify your credentials and/or evaluate your qualifications to seek employment or higher education as a nurse or other health care professional in the US.

Available for checkout:

Available on Kindles for checkout:

  • NCLEX-RN practice questions (2008, Second Edition).
  • CNOR exam practice questions : CNOR practice tests & exam review for CNOR exam.
  • AACN certification and core review for high acuity and critical care.
  • Pediatric nurse exam secrets : study guide, your key to exam success.
  • CCRN : certification for adult critical care nurses, proven tools to help you pass the test.
  • Lippincott’s review for medical-surgical nursing certification.
  • Pediatric CCRN exam practice questions : CCRN practice test & exam review for critical care nurses certification examinations.
  • Merenstein & Gardener’s handbook of neonatal intensive care.
  • PCCN Exam practice questions : PCCN practice tests & review for the Progressive Care Certified Nurse Exam.
  • Certification review for perianesthesia nursing.
  • Cardiac/vascular nurse exam practice questions (first set).
  • CNRN exam secrets study guide : CNRN test review for the certified neuroscience registered nurse exam.
  • Medical interview : mastering skills for clinical practice.
  • Ambulatory care nursing exam secrets study guide : ambulatory nurse test review for the ambulatory care nursing exam.
  • Nurse executive practice test questions.
  • Core curriculum for maternal-newborn nursing.
  • CCTN exam secrets study guide : CCTN test review for the certified clinical transplant nurse examination.
  • CNN exam secrets study guide : CNN test review for the certified nephrology nurse exam.
  • Psychiatric Nursing : PMNH certification review.
  • NCLEX-RN practice questions (2013, Fourth edition).
  • 997 practice questions with rationale for gerontological nurse certification.
  • Neonatal intensive care nursing certification review : certification in neonatal intensive care nursing book 1.

 

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Online Yellow Fever Collection has a New Home

A photograph of Walter Reed, the chair of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission, travelling to Cuba. This photograph can be found online in the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection.

A photograph of Walter Reed, the chair of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission, travelling to Cuba. This image can be found online in the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection.

Last week the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever collection found a new home in the University of Virginia Library catalog (Virgo). The digital collection, which the University has hosted online for almost 15 years, is a rich archive that documents the history of how scientists discovered the vector for yellow fever in Cuba. By moving it to Virgo, the Health Sciences Library will better be able to preserve the yellow fever collection for future generations of researchers.

The Health Sciences Library first set out to digitize the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever collection in the early 2000s. With a generous $250,000 grant from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS), the library partnered with UVA’s Alderman Library to scan, transcribe, and catalog over 5,500 photographs and documents. All of these materials were made available online through an ambitious website that enabled researchers to conduct quick and in-depth searches of the archive from the comfort of their homes. Since going live, the online collection has been cited in numerous studies on the history of yellow fever, human experimentation, and U.S.-Cuban relations.

Over two years ago it became clear to the Health Sciences Library and our collaborators in Alderman Library that we could not preserve the yellow fever collection in its original form. The website was becoming technologically obsolete and it was going to be increasingly difficult for us to maintain it. Thus, we initiated a project to rebuild the collection using the original data in a manner that would facilitate preservation without sacrificing access for researchers.

The end result of this project is the resource now housed in Virgo. The online yellow fever collection is one of the first at the University of Virginia to be made available through a specially-designed archives interface in the library catalog. Behind the scenes, data is stored and organized in a manner to facilitate preservation. Up front, researchers can make quick and in-depth searches of collection materials and download them for their own personal study. The system is designed in such a way that improvements to the user interface can be made more easily in response to technological advances and the demands of our users.

A screenshot of the online yellow fever collection in Virgo.

A screenshot of the online yellow fever collection in Virgo.

 

Over the next year, the Health Sciences Library will be updating the yellow fever collection’s companion exhibit and correcting errors in the online collection. We encourage you to visit the new collection here and tell us what you think!

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library would like to especially acknowledge the following staff members at the University of Virginia Library who helped make the new collection possible: Matthew Stephens, Mike Durbin, and Steve Majewski.

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New E-Books this Month

10867296-lThe book titles listed below have recently been added to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books. Click on a linked book title below to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text. A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page. Do you want to recommend the purchase of a book for the Library’s collection? You can submit your requests by using our online Purchase Recommendation form.
Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Review
ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography
Atlas of Interventional Pain Management
Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects
Bone Cancer
Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management
Chesley’s Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy
Cultural Competence inChesley’s Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy Health Education and Health Promotion
Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care 2015
Essentials of Cataract Surgery
Health Care Quality Management: Tools and Applications
History of the Great Influenza Pandemics: Death, Panic and Hysteria, 1830-1920
Inspired to Change: Improving Patient Care One Story at a Time
Kryger’s Sleep Medicine Review
Medicine for the Outdoors: Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergencies
Promising Care: How We Can Rescue Health Care by Improving It
Remington and Klein’s Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant
Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation: Onboarding Solutions for Nurses
cov200hSymptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide, 3rd edition
Textbook of Family Medicine
Tracks We Leave: Ethics and Management Dilemmas in Healthcare
Understanding Value-Based Healthcare
World Cancer Report 2014

 

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Cool Places to Study in the Library

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This counter height study space is located in the Cabell Room. It’s in a secluded location with easy access to restrooms and a water fountain.

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New eBook: Leading Sustainable Change

This book is designed to support business leaders and organizational scholars who are grappling with this challenge by pulling together leading-edge insights from some of the world’s best researchers as to how organizational change in general—and sustainable change in particular—can be most effectively managed.

This book is designed to support business leaders and organizational scholars by pulling together leading-edge insights from some of the world’s best researchers as to how organizational change in general—and sustainable change in particular—can be most effectively managed.

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Free Research Help Available at the Library

Through a partnership with UVA’s Public Health Sciences, free research assistance is available on a drop-in or scheduled basis every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 4pm on the first floor of the Library.  Click here for additional information.

 

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Weekend eBook Read: Bumble Bees of North America

Bumble Bees

More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.

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How to Create a Poster Using PowerPoint

Introduction: 

PowerPoint can be used to design large format posters for scholarly presentations.  Posters may be printed by a printer at UVa or a commercial print shop.

Step by Step: 

Choosing a Background/Design 

1.  You will create your poster on a single slide in PowerPoint.  You may use a blank slide (and insert UVa logos by hand), or a template (typically has UVa logo embedded).

a. UVa-related slide backgrounds can be found in several places.  See the following for slide options:

i. UVa Health System - uvabrand.com.  Both PowerPoint files and logo image files are available; use the request access button to get a login to this site.
ii. UVa Graphic Identity - Art Finder.  PowerPoint files with the UVa logo.
iii. UVa School of Nursing - Approved poster template.

2.  IMPORTANT: set the size of your slide (poster) before you begin adding text or images.  If you start out with one size poster and later change the dimensions, your images will be distorted and your text may be out of place.  While this can be fixed, it is easier to take care of these steps now.

a. For PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, click on Design, then Page Setup.
b. Enter the Width and Height of your desired poster in inches.  A few important tips:

i.  If you need a poster larger than 56 inches: PowerPoint limits your slide size to 56 inches.  However, printers can print larger than that.  Simply divide your final height and width by two and use those measurements to design your slide.

For example, if you want a 60 in wide by 48 in high poster, enter 30 in for width and 24 for height.  Make sure to indicate to the printer what your final size should be.
ii. If you are using our Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) printers, you must make one side of the poster 36 or 42 inches.

Adding Content

3.  Follow any requirements from your conference or poster session organizers about what elements must be on your poster, e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, etc.

4.  Adding each section as a single Text Box is a good way to make your content portable and easy to rearrange if you need to move items around on your poster.

5.  Include “white space”.  Posters should contain content, but also perfom much like an advertisement.  You want readers to be able to look over the poster and quickly understand the overall message.  Your poster should help launch conversation between you and the viewer during your poster session.  Be concise with your text where you can, e.g. by using bullets, and space paragraphs for easier browsing.

Printing

6. Before printing, have a friend or colleague proofread your poster.

7.  There are several printing options for posters, including UVa-based, local, and mail ordered.  In addition, many printers can now print on different surfaces, including fabric.  This is just a partial list:

UVa printers

Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) (located in MR5)
UVa Printing and Copying Services

Local (Charlottesville) printers

ALC Copies
T&N Printing
International Imaging/thinkiii

National printers (some with local offices)

FedEx Office
Makesigns.com

Guidance and Instructions

There are many sites with step-by-step instructions on creating a poster in PowerPoint.  Some favorites:

How to Create a Research Poster. NYU Libraries. Good overview of basic design principles.

Creating Large Format Posters Using PowerPoint.Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A good quick tip sheet (note there are some specific references to Wake).

Using PowerPoint to Create Scientific Posters. PREP Workshop, Amy Repogle.  Comprehensive: the guide begins with good design tips and ends with practical step-by-step instructions.

In addition, if you want to take your poster (and presentations) to the next level, there are some excellent resources with expert guidance on design.  See:

Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More.  Academic Press (2013).  Electronic book by Matt Carter.

Better Posters: a resource for improving poster presentations. Blog by Zen Faulkes, U Texas Pan-American.

Help: 

Additional assistance is available to UVA Health System faculty, staff, and students.  Please use our Consultation Request form.  We are happy to provide help via phone, email, or in-person.

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App for Browsing Over 10,000 UVA Journals

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The Health Sciences Library has renewed UVA’s license to BrowZine, a third-party tablet app designed to optimize the browsing of over 10,000 UVA scholarly journals by subject or title.

The free BrowZine app is available from either the App Store (iPads) or Google Play (Androids).  Once you download the app, select “University of Virginia” from the list of institutions and then authenticate with NetBadge.  Once authenticated, you can browse journals by subject or title, create a personal bookshelf for up to 64 of your favorite journals, save articles for later use, and share articles via email, Facebook, or Twitter.  BrowZine also interfaces with several bibliographic citation managers.

Answers to questions about using BrowZine can be found on their customer support page.  You may also contact Dan Wilson, Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services at danwilson@virginia.edu or 434-924-0193.

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