Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

2011 Journal Citation Reports® Now Available

Friday, June 29th, 2012

With even more regional content than before, Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) provides a combination of impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points that comprise the complete journal citation network of Web of Science. The 2011 JCR includes:

  • More than 10,500 of the world’s highly cited, peer reviewed journals in 232 disciplines
  • Nearly 2,500 publishers and 82 countries represented
  • Over 1,400 regional journals
  • 526 journals receiving their first Journal Impact Factor.

Get Mobilized: Express Training on Medical Apps and Sites

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Part of the First Fridays Series
Friday, August 3, 2012, noon-1 p.m.
UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS)

This class provides an overview of mobile apps and sites to help with your research and clinical needs. The class will cover subscription-based resources from the library and free applications provided by reliable health/medical providers. You will learn tools to evaluate mobile apps and set up off-campus access to full text articles for your smartphone.

Seating is limited. RSVP to


Bibliometrics: How Visible is Your Research?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

On June 1st, about 20 participants spent their lunch hour learning more about scholarly impact measurements and how they are used to evaluate researcher productivity.

Participants learned more about:

  • Popular Citation Metrics: Journal Impact Factor, eigenFACTER, H-index
  • Citation Searching: Finding articles that have cited your research
  • Library Resources: Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science
  • Author Attribution: ResearcherID, ORCID

The program’s slides are available. For more information, contact Stephen Kiyoi.


Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

You might have seen that the June 1st First Fridays session is on bibliometrics.

Even if you’re not sure what that means, you’re probably already familiar with at least a little of it. You might have noticed that some places you search for journal articles, such as Web of Science, CINAHL, and Google Scholar, list an article’s references and/or how many times the article has been cited. Sometimes they’ll give you links to the citations and citing articles, because those are probably related to your search topic. That’s one part of bibliometrics.

The rest of bibliometrics builds on tracking those citations between papers. They’re used to determine the popularity and influence of articles, researchers, journals, and institutions. Some of the more popular metrics include impact factors, eigenfactor, and H factor.

Impact factors assess the popularity of a journal essentially by how many times it has been cited in a certain period of time compared to how many articles it has published during that period of time. You can find journals’ impact factors in Journal Citation Reports (“Bibliometrics,” 2010). Eigenfactor is similar, but it also takes into account how influential the journals doing the citing are (“Overview,” 2012).

Meanwhile, H factors are used to assess individual researchers’ influence by how often their own articles are cited (“Bibliometrics,” 2010).

Incidentally, bibliometrics make it important to format your citations correctly and avoid mistakes when you’re writing an article for publication—humans can usually find an article even if the citation is not perfectly formatted or has a couple minor mistakes, but databases doing the same thing automatically aren’t as robust. If you don’t get a citation right, Web of Science might not be able to link your article to the article you’re citing, which makes both harder to find.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to learn about bibliometrics:

  • They can help you find articles relevant to your research.
  • They can also help you identify important journals in your field. This is useful both in evaluating articles and in choosing where to publish your own articles.
  • If you’re a professor, or want to become one, they will probably be used to evaluate you during your tenure review.

If you want to know more about it, come to our First Fridays session on June 1st! Please RSVP by email to For more information about the session, go to

Bibliometrics. (2010). In NIH Library. Retrieved from
Overview. (2012). In Retrieved from

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Getting Started with EndNote

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Do you find yourself scrambling to find that sticky note with last reference you wanted for your paper’s bibliography? Agonizing over whether or not to italicize the journal name or figure out how many authors to list before et al.? Let EndNote do the work for you.

This course will be a brief introduction to the EndNote software and EndNote web program. The one hour overview will cover creating an EndNote library, entering and importing citations, citing references and formatting bibliographies. Please note, this will not be a hands-on class due to available timing, but the instructor will be available to answer questions during and after class.

Join us for First Fridays at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library on April 6, from noon-1 p.m.
Limited seating available. RSVP to

Tool for Estimating Prognosis in the Elderly: ePrognosis

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 is a free online tool designed to help healthcare professionals determine their elderly patients’ risk of mortality, based on the results of a systematic review in JAMA. This is useful information for clinicians in discussing treatment and preventive care options with their patients. For example, a patient who is unlikely to live more than a year longer may not wish to undergo painful medical treatments that won’t have any benefit to them during that year. Risk of mortality is also used to decide whether a patient is eligible for hospice. For examples of situations in which these indices would be useful, check the website’s How to Use page.


Additional Materials for “Data Management for Scientists” Lecture on 1/17/12

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Upcoming Lecture: Data Management for Scientists

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Like many of your colleagues, you probably use Excel for data storage, management, organization, or analysis. That’s because scientific data collection and Excel go together well.  Soon, you’ll have a new tool to make Excel work even better for you.  Come learn more about Digital Curation for Excel (DCXL), an open-source add-in for Excel that will facilitate data management, storage, and archiving from Carly Strasser, DCXL project manager.  She’ll also be discussing best practices for data management, data management plans (required for NSF/NIH proposals), and data archives.

When:                 Tuesday, January 17, 10 am – 12 pm

Where:                Biomedical Library Classroom (located at the back of the journals reading room, to your right as you enter the library)

 Dr. Strasser will also be meeting individually with researchers in ecology and Earth science to hear more about their data sharing, reuse, and archiving practices, and how they use Excel.  In return, you’ll get her expert eye thinking about your data, spotting potential problems, and streamlining your workflow, plus advice on data management plans, data archives available for your use, and best practices for data management.  If you would like to set up a meeting with Dr. Strasser on January 17 or 18, please contact Lisa Federer (  

 For more info on the project, see  DCXL is a project of the California Digital Library (part of the University of California Office of the President) and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Microsoft Research.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Research Meets Social Networking: Mendeley and What It Can Do For You

Friday, December 16th, 2011

If you’ve written a research paper, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of dealing with lots of sources. Keeping track of where you found a quote, properly formatting the citation, getting your bibliography in order – dealing with your sources can potentially add hours of tedious work to the task of writing. Fortunately, reference management programs like EndNote, Refworks, and Zotero make the task of research infinitely easier by managing your sources and automatically formatting your citations in the style of your choice. 

Mendeley, a free reference manager, provides the basic functionality that you’d expect: integration with popular word processors like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice, the ability to attach PDFs to a reference, customizable citation styles, and more. What makes Mendeley really unique is its collaborative web interface. Users can search for their contacts or find researchers with similar interests and “friend” them, join groups, and share bibliographies. These features are perfect for researchers or students who are collaborating on group efforts to collaborate, even if they’re not located in the same city or even the same country. 

Mendeley also makes it easy to find new research relevant to your field of interest by searching “the world’s largest crowd-sourced research catalog.” The system tracks how many people have added a paper to their library and can retrieve the most popular papers by discipline.  For example, on a recent afternoon, the most popular paper overall was Uri Alon’s “How to choose a good scientific problem.” Detailed statistics break down readers by discipline, academic status, and country, and a list of related papers helps users find more relevant research. Users can also see stats for their own work on their profile page, tracking how many times their papers have been downloaded or added to other users’ libraries. 

Mendeley’s user-friendly interface is not difficult to learn, especially for the social network savvy, but if you’d like to learn more about the many features Mendeley offers, check out one of their free and frequent webinars. If you’re using Mendeley, be sure to join the UCLA group and add your Health and Life Sciences Librarian to your contacts!

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

CITE IT RIGHT: Citing Email and Email List-serve Messages and Personal Communications

Monday, November 7th, 2011

This is the eleventh and final installment 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 email and email Listserve messages and personal communications. To learn more about AMA style and this blog series, please see the first post.

Citing Email and Email List-serve Messages

Email in running text:


In running text after the sentence quoted (name of author of email, their highest degree, e-mail communication, date).


There have been no subsequent reports of toxic reactions in the exposed groups (Mary Jones, MD, e-mail communication, March 29, 2004).

Email List-serve message in running text:


Sentence from running text (name of author of email, their highest degree, name of list-serve, date).


The AIDS Committee of AIDSinfo is releasing new information on AIDS treatments (Dr. Smith, MD, AIDSinfo At-a-Glance, November 4, 2011).

Email list-serve thread cited in running text:


Title. (Name of list-serve) listserve discussion. Date. URL. Accessed date.


How to prepare for earthquakes. DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserve discussion. November 1-3, 2011. Accessed November 4, 2011.

Please see AMA Manual of Style 3.15.9 for further details and examples.

Citing Personal Communications

Personal communications should not be included in the list of references. 

Instead, cite within text always giving the date; whether the communication was oral or in writing; and the person’s highest degree or source of authority, as follows:


In a conversation with Name, MD* (date)…

According to a letter from Name, MD* in date…


In a conversation with Dr. Jones, MD (November 3, 2011)…

According to the pharmacist (L.M. James, oral communication, October 30, 2011), the drug will be available by prescription next year.

 *Some journals like JAMA require written permission from the person quoted when using their unpublished communications.

See AMA Manual of Style 3.13.9 for further details and examples.

<submitted by Catherine Madsen>