Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spotlight: PubMed Database

Are you looking for articles in the field of medicine or public health?  The PubMed database contains over 22 million article records, many of which are available in full-text.  Developed in 1996 by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed is one of the oldest and best-known medical databases.  It can be used to find systemic reviews, clinical studies, and even consumer health information.  The UI&U Library has configured PubMed to “link out” to many of our subscription databases, so you can easily find the full-text of an article.  Look for a “link out” option in the top-right corner of the page that says “PDF” or “full-text.”  If a link out option isn’t available, try a Google Scholar@UI&U search (video tutorial) or place an interlibrary loan request for the article.  Below are several PubMed tutorials to get you started: 
PubMed. (2013). PubMed Help. Retrieved from

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tools for APA, MLA, & Chicago Citations

The UI&U Library provides resources to help you to create, format, and manage bibliographies, citations, footnotes, and endnotes. Below is information on the Google Scholar and Zotero Citation Tools.

Google Scholar Citation Tool

  • Copy & paste formatted APA/Chicago/MLA citations into your bibliography
  • Free
  • Easy to learn and use
  • An excellent tool for Bachelors and Masters-level students
  • Supports APA/MLA/Chicago styles
  • No account creation or software downloads required
  • Please note: Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy
Log into Google Scholar@UI&U

Google Scholar Cite Link
Google Scholar by AJC1 (CC BY-SA 2.0)



  • Save citations & PDFs while researching and insert them later into papers.
  • Allows you to create a personal library of citations and PDF files. Most PDF files are automatically imported along with the citation.
  • Cost: Free and open source. Students can continue to use Zotero after graduation.
  • Set-up required: Downloading Zotero and a word processor plugin.
  • Difficulty: Usually takes several days for experienced researchers to learn. Google Scholar is a more suitable tool for undergraduates or new researchers.
  • Styles: APA, MLA, and thousands of other styles. Easy to switch between styles.
  • Storage: Citation library is stored on your computer. You can sync between computers and store data online. Zotero provides 300 MB of online storage (~300 PDFs). If needed, additional space can be purchased for a small hosting fee.
  • Organization: Helps you organize your resources and collaborate with other researchers.
  • Browser compatibility: Zotero is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. It can also be used as a standalone program on computers with Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux.
  • Word processor compatibility: MS Word, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice.
  • Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy.

Install Software

1) Go to the Zotero download page
2) Choose either “Zotero for Firefox” or “Zotero Standalone” (Zotero for Firefox is recommended) 
3) Download both the Zotero software (large, red button) and the plugin/extension
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4) Click the register link
5) Fill out the registration form (save this information for later)
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Set-up Syncing

6) After downloading the software and registering, set-up syncing to access your Zotero library from multiple computers and safeguard your research. 
7) Click the “Zotero” button in your browser footer
8) Click the gray gear icon
9) Select “preferences”
10) On the “sync” tab, enter your Zotero username and password
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Get Started Using Zotero

Thursday, August 7, 2014


We are constantly being bombarded with information - on the web, on TV, in books, and in conversation. Unfortunately, a lot of it is misinformation. It's not that most people intend to deceive us, but once they've picked up an error, they pass it along.

Fortunately the web makes it possible to fact-check on the fly.  Here are some resources.
  • Consumer Reports - objective product information and reviews
  • DeviceWatch - debunks phony products and gadgets
  • - fact-checking for the news from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • - from the Discovery Channel TV show that debunks urban legends, old wives' tales, and movie physics, among other things
  • - crowd-sourced fact-checking of the news media
  • - the least partisan fact-checking source for politics and what politicians say
  • - debunks virus warnings, chain letters, hoaxes, scams, urban legends  
  • SourceWatch - crowd-sourced tracing of information to its original intellectual and financial sources, from the Center for Media and Democracy  
Text @ 2011 Empire State College.  Used with permission.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Videos: Travel, History & More

The library's Films on Demand database has added new videos.  You can stream these videos online and link to them in CampusWeb courses.  Here is a sample of new films in the fields of business, criminal justice management, early childhood education, health & medicine, history, psychology, and more.

ACCOUNTING: Accounting Fundamentals Series (120 min. total)
Videos included: Accounting Basics and Definitions, Matching Concept and Accounting Cycle, Managing Inventory, and Managing Assets and Payroll.  Business & Economics Video Collection  

BUSINESS: Cutting Edge Communications Comedy Series (5-9 min., 2012)
Learning how to communicate in a business setting is the most important key to success. Customer service, sales presentations, employee performance appraisals, and conflict resolution all rely on solid communications skills. This 36-part series uses humor to demonstrate to viewers how to communicate properly, and the consequences for businesses when communication is not up to par. 36-part series, 5-9 minutes each.  Business & Economics Video Collection

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Defeating the Hackers (50 min., 2013)
This film explores the murky and fast-paced world of hackers out to steal money and identities and wreak havoc with people's online lives, and the scientists who are joining forces to help defeat them. Horizon meets the two men who uncovered the world's first cyber weapon, the pioneers of what is called ultra paranoid computing, and the computer expert who worked out how to hack into cash machines.  Criminal Justice & Law Video Collection

ENVIRONMENT: Saving The Lifekeepers: The New Science of Sustainable Beekeeping (62 min.)
From the forests of Mexico to the farm lands and cities of North America, learn how successful beekeepers overcome challenges and develop sustainable practices to improve the quality and quantity of honey bee populations.  Environmental Science Video Collection

GLOBAL & TRAVEL: In 80 Trains Around the World (39-part series, 26 min. each)
Shot on trains in more than 50 countries on six continents, this 39-part road movie series captures inspiring conversations and unexpected observations of travelers. Directing the viewer through breathtaking landscapes, snow-covered plains, deserts and mountainous regions, we witness inspiring conversations and special observations. Dreams are told in the informal setting of a train compartment—dreams, which are sometimes great, sometimes small. Travelers along the rails of dreams tell that realization of these dreams is only possible in a world free of political oppression, free of religious divisiveness, and free of intolerance. 39-part series, 26 minutes each.

HISTORY: The Empire Strikes Back: Treasures of Ancient Rome (60 min., 2012)
Around the turn of the third century, Roman art began to move away from classical traditions. Some say the change indicates a civilization in decline, but in this program Alistair Sooke shows that the imperial style was actually invigorated at this time by ideas from the provinces. Sooke explores the site of Leptis Magna in Libya, where the Gladiator Mosaic raises an old art form to new heights, and admires indigenous influences in Roman British silver and glassware; then goes to Ravenna to see how Roman motifs live on in early Christian art. Works studied include the Portrait of Artemidorus, the Lycurgus Cup, Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs, and others. A BBC Production. A part of the series Treasures of Ancient Rome. 
History Video Collection

PUBLIC HEALTH:  Defeating the Superbugs (53 min., 2012)
Across the world we are seeing the emergence of bacteria that have gone rogue. These are the superbugs, dangerous bacteria that are becoming resistant to our only defense: antibiotics. Horizon meets scientists who are tracking the spread of these potential killers around the globe, and discovers new techniques researchers are developing to help defeat these superbugs. 
Health & Medicine Video Collection 
PSYCHOLOGY: The Truth About Personality (52 min., 2013)
Michael Mosley explores the latest science about how personalities are created and whether they can be changed. Despite appearances, Mosley is a pessimist who constantly frets about the future. He wants to worry less and become more of an optimist. He tries two techniques to change this aspect of his personality and has surprising results. Psychology Video Collection

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Welcome New & Returning Students!

Welcome to a new term at Union Institute & University! As you enter your online classrooms, remember that the library is here to support your academic adventures throughout the term.

Welcome Back by Joe Shlabotnik (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
The Union Institute & University Library provides a broad range of library resources and services, including e-books, article databases, presentations, reference and research assistance, and interlibrary loan. And it's all available to you from your computer! Watch the following video for a quick introduction to our library:

Ready to start using the library? Start searching our e-book and article databases from the library homepage.

Want more help on how to use our library tools? Check out our step-by-step guides to searching for e-books, articles, journal titles, UI&U student studies, and dissertations or to use Google Scholar@UI&U.

Getting started on your research projects? We've put together a research guide to help you select a topic and find and evaluate sources.

Would you like some one-on-one help? Find information to call, email, schedule a meeting or chat with UI&U library staff at Ask a Librarian! We do our best to response to your research questions and requests in a timely manner.

We wish you the best this academic term!