Archive for August, 2011

Citing and Sharing Research Data: A Recap of the 2011 Data Cite Annual Meeting

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Most researchers and scholars are aware that they are required to cite the sources from which they draw ideas and direct quotes.  It may come as a surprise, then, that researchers generally do not cite the open, public, or shared datasets that they use in their research, partly because few clear standards for citing datasets currently exist.  This issue was one of the many discussed at the 2011 Data Cite Annual Meeting held in Berkeley, CA on August 24-25.  Other topics of discussion included leveraging Internet technology to reinvent the journal as a research and collaboration tool, designing new ways to share data, and promoting tools for analyzing and managing data.

Interestingly, a recent study by Piwowar, Day, and Fridsma found that making data publically available is associated with a nearly 70% increase in citations, so researchers have good reason to share their data.  The UCLA Library offers a number of services to assist researchers with data sharing, including the EZID service, help with finding publically available datasets for research, and advice on preparing datasets for sharing.  To learn more about the Library’s services or request assistance, please contact

Additional Resources:

  • For more on the practice of citing sources, see the Biomedical Library blog series on AMA citation style.
  • For a recap of the Data Cite Annual Meeting, see the Data Cite blog.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

CITE IT RIGHT: Citing a Print Journal Article Versus an Online Journal Article

Monday, August 29th, 2011

This is the second in a series of blog posts about AMA style, which is designed to impart the basic rules for AMA citation style for different types of sources.  This week our focus is the different AMA styles for print and online journal articles. To learn more about AMA style and this blog series, please see the first blog post.


CITE IT RIGHT: Citing a Print Encyclopedia Article or Chapter in a Book

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

In academia, as a part of scholarly communication, you are required to gather, evaluate and use the works of others in your written projects.  To avoid plagiarism, it is necessary to credit your sources by citing the works of others used in your writing.  Different citation styles may be required depending on your professor or journal you are submitting to.  If you are uncertain, check with your professor or journal website manuscript submission guidelines to determine which style is required.

This series of posts is focused solely on one standard, the American Medical Association (AMA) citation style.  To use this style correctly when writing, it is important to learn a few basic rules for how to cite your sources.   AMA has different rules for each type of source you may need to cite.  These include encyclopedia articles or book chapters in print; journal articles both in print and electronic; newspaper articles in print and electronic; books with one or more authors; eBooks or CD-Rom; web sites; transcript of radio or TV programs; audiotapes, videotapes or DVD recordings; government publications in print or online; serial publications; theses and dissertations; unpublished materials; secondary citations or quotations; email or Listserve messages; online conference proceedings or presentations; software or software manuals; databases; legal references and personal communications.  AMA citation rules will be posted every week for one of these sources, starting with print encyclopedia articles or book chapters.  Each post will give the correct format for the citation with an example.


Natural Standard: the Authority on Integrative Medicine

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Natural Standard is a database of evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. It utilizes a grading system which reflects the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition.

Included in Natural Standard are database sections on foods, herbs & supplements; health & wellness; comparative effectiveness; brand names; charts & tables; medical conditions; sports medicine; genomics & proteomics; environmental & global health; and animal health. The database can be searched using keywords or browsed by topics and it is frequently updated.

<submitted by Cathy Brown>

Are You Looking for Grant Money?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Are you looking for places to find grant money? If you’re part of our School of Medicine, you probably already know about their funding opportunities search page. If you’re not, or if that isn’t enough, here are some good places to check for funding.

Databases: These three subscription search services list funding opportunities from many different sources. They are available to the UCLA research community through the Office of Contract and Grants Administration (OCGA). They are all updated daily.

  • Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunities lists opportunities from federal and regional governments, foundations, professional societies, associations, and corporations in all disciplines. It allows you to save searches and track updates on records.
  • Illinois Researcher Information Services (IRIS) has a searchable database of federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. It also allows you to create an alert profile that will automatically run your saved search at specific intervals and notify you of any upcoming opportunities.
  • Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) includes both Federal and Non-Federal funding opportunities, as well as selected RFPs from the Commerce Business Daily and InfoEd’s Federal Register Weekly Reference Guide. It has an automatic notification feature.


Instruction Materials for NIH/CARE Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP)

Friday, August 12th, 2011

BISEP 2010

NIH/CARE Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP) prepares UCLA students for upper division science coursework and undergraduate research. Below are links to the materials for the NIH/CARE BISEP session to be held on August 12, 2011 in the Biomedical Library Classroom.


Peer-Reviewed Article Databases

  • Web of Science, including coverage of the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities from 1899 – present
    • Wildcards (*, ?, $) allow for flexible searching
    • Narrow results by subject to find articles relevant to your topics
    • DOI from article record should be included in bibliography
    • Cited reference search allows you to see who has cited your work
  • BIOSIS Previews, including coverage of the life sciences with journals, reports, reviews, and meetings from 1926 – present
    • Uses the same interface as Web of Science
    • Specialized indexing allows you to search by subjects, taxonomic data, and chemical information
  • MasterFILE Premier, including journals and popular magazines from 1888 – present for abstracts (1926 – present for full text)
    • Includes a “cite” button that automatically formats your citation for bibliography
    • Search of browse publications
    • Use limiters like year of publication and publication type to narrow search results


Contact the Biomedical Library by email anytime. Reference services are available Monday – Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in-person or by phone at 310.825.4904 (select option 3). Individual or small group consultations are also available.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Featured Resource: Journal Citation Reports

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Thomson Reuter’s Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a good resource if you’ve ever wondered about the ranking of a journal you are reading within a group of peer journals. With the JCR, you can search and compare a specific journal title or browse journals by subject using statistics based on journal citation data from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals, from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. The report will return several useful metrics:

Impact factor, a measure of the frequency with which the ‘average article’ in a journal has been cited in a period of time, usually about two years.

From JCR’s help documentation, “The Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. An Impact Factor of 1.0 means that, on average, the articles published one or two years ago have been cited one time.”  (The figure above shows results for the 2009 Journal Citation Report, which are based on statistics of citations from 2008-2009.) Since the data requires a complete year of publication before an Impact Factor can be calculated, Impact Factor data is often at least one year old.

Impact factors can be used to compare and evaluate journals and are often used as a measurement of a journal’s influence in its field.  Although some journals will publish impact factor scores on their main sites, Journal Citation Reports is the best tool to find current and past impact scores back to 2001.


Instruction Materials for Gastroenterology Fellows

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Below are links to materials for the Gastroenterology Fellows library instruction session to be held on August 5, 2011, 8 – 9 a.m.

Useful Links

Consider using the following search tips covered in the instruction session:

  • Use the PICO model to formulate clinical questions in an answerable form.
  • Search PubMed@UCLA with a combination of MeSH terms and keywords to capture all relevant articles.
  • Use the PubMed Clinical Queries tool to find quick answers to clinical questions.
  • Find out who has cited your work using Cited Reference Searching in Web of Science.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Instruction Materials for School of Medicine Orientation – PBL Literature Search Workshop

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011


Below are links to the materials for the School of Medicine Orientation – Lab Instruction sessions to be held on August 3, 2011 from 10 – 11:50 a.m., 1 – 2:50 p.m. and 3 – 4:50 p.m. in the Technology & Learning Center (TLC) located on the second floor of the Biomedical Library (accessible from Stack Level 6).

Important links:

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Now at UCLA: SpringerProtocols!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With contribution from the California Digital Library, UCLA now has access to SpringerProtocols, a collection of over 18,000 expert-written and reviewed laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.

Many of the protocols are from the classic book series Methods in Molecular Biology, Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neuromethods, and laboratory handbooks such as The Biomethods Handbook, The Proteomics Handbook, and Springer Laboratory Manuals. Thanks to CDL, our subscription includes access to the archive of protocols from 1980 to 2010. In addition, the online content features video protocols and downloadable PDFs.



Popular Protocols:

Video Protocols:

<submitted by Irene Chang>