Spotlight on Health: Let’s Talk Turkey…and Holiday Food Safety



Today is Thanksgiving and turkey is on everyone’s mind. But there is one other thing we should all be mindful of as we get ready for the day’s big meal: food safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Clostridium perfringens is the second most common cause of food poisoning from bacteria. Most outbreaks (92%) are caused by meat and poultry.

Here are few tips from the CDC on safely preparing, cooking, and storing your Thanksgiving feast for a happy, healthy holiday:

  • Always wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces immediately after handling raw poultry.
  • If using a frozen turkey, be sure to thaw your bird at a safe temperature. Bacteria thrives between 40 and 140°F.
  • The three safest ways to thaw your turkey (and any other frozen food) are (1) in the refrigerator; (2) in cold water; and (3) in the microwave. See the USDA’s “Safe Methods for Thawing” website to learn more.
  • To stuff in or out of the bird? The CDC’s answer to this debate is “for optimal safety and uniform doneness,” cook your stuffing outside the turkey in a separate casserole dish.
  • Always use a meat thermometer when cooking your turkey and be sure your turkey reaches a safe minimal internal temperature of 165°F. Stick the thermometer into the meatiest portions of the turkey breast, thing, and wing.
  • Refrigerate your Thanksgiving leftovers as soon as possible, ideally within 2 hours of preparation. This can prevent food poisoning. Be sure to keep your leftovers at 40°F or below.

For more information on having a safe food holiday, check out the CDC’s “It’s Turkey Time” website.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library!

Synchronize Your Watches: Don’t miss the Grand Opening of the Library Technology Lab!

LTL Logo5You’ve seen the Blue Board, read the Tweets, and received the emails. We hope you’re ready, because it’s finally time!

The Health Sciences Library Staff is pleased to share with you the Grand Opening of our new Technology Lab!

Open to all COM students, faculty, and staff, the Library Technology Lab is the place to discover and explore new and emerging technologies including Google Glass, Apple TV, the Surface Pro tablet, and of course iPads. Stop by the Tech Lab in room 210K (inside the library), and get some hands-on experience with new tablets, wearables, and accessories, and learn from the technology experts in the library.

Join the library staff today from 3pm – 5pm for a first look at the new space. Light refreshments will be served (and of course, Popcorn will be available at the library front desk!). You can also enter for a chance to win a super retro calculator watch by completing a short survey!

“How Should I Cite This” Session 2: Electronic Articles from Online Journals

It’s time for the second part of our continuing series of blog posts on citations!  How Should I Cite This? Session 2: Electronic Articles from Online Journals

If you’ll recall in our first session,  we gave an overview of how to cite Government, Agency, or Organization reports and bulletins using the JAMA citation style, the official style of the American Medical Association (AMA). It’s back to the basics for this session, so we’ll go over a citation format you’ll likely find yourself using over and over again. Particularly because our library is 98% electronic and all of our journals can be accessed digitally, we think it’s appropriate to gain a good understanding of how to cite Electronic Articles from Online Journals. Here’s a link to the example document for this session:

Elements used in Citing Journal Articles

According to the 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style¹, references to electronic journal articles should usually include the following details:

  1. Authors’ last names and initials
  2. Title of article and subtitle (if any)
  3. Abbreviated name of journal
  4. Year
  5. Volume number
  6. Part or supplement number (if it would help to find the journal article again), and issue month or number
  7. Page numbers
  8. URL (electronic articles only)
  9. Accessed date (electronic articles only)
  10. DOI (electronic articles only)

Each element is followed by a period.

Using the example document for this session, we can find this information pretty easily on the webpage. The fields we need to fill can be addressed by examining the top portion of the article.

  1. The main author is Yue Leng, followed by a bunch of  colleagues
  2. The title of the document is Daytime napping, sleep duration and serum C reactive protein: a population-based cohort study.
  3. The journal title is BMJ Open
  4. This was published in 2014
  5.  This article was published in Volume 4
  6. The article can be found in Issue 11 of this journal
  7. The page numbers aren’t as obvious in this one, but can also be found at the top: e006071
  8.  The URL can be taken from the web address:
  9.  The access date is whatever month, day, and year you accessed the document
  10.  The Article DOI (or Digital Object Identifier) is doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006071


The Finished Citation

When put together as an actual citation, our journal article will look like this:

Leng Y,  Ahmadi-Abhari S, Wainwright NWJ, et al. Daytime napping, sleep duration and serum C reactive protein: a population-based cohort study. BMJ Open. 2014; 4(11): e006071. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006071

It’s important to note in this particular instance some adjustments to our completed citation. First, in regards to the treatment of the authors, the AMA Manual of Style dictates that in cases of more than 6 authors, only the first three should be included by name, followed by “et al” ². Second, it looks as though we’ve neglected to abbreviate the journal title, BMJ Open, but this title is actually already in the correct format. If ever you want to confirm the proper abbreviation for a journal title, you can check out the PubMed Journal Database for a list of abbreviations. Finally, you’ll note we will not need to include the details for spot 8 or 9 in our citation; if the article provides you with a DOI, the URL and date accessed fields are not necessary (in fact, it’s preferable if you don’t use the URL if possible). If the article didn’t have a DOI provided, you could attempt to look one up, or format the citation to include the URL and date accessed like so:

Leng Y,  Ahmadi-Abhari S, Wainwright NWJ, et al. Daytime napping, sleep duration and serum C reactive protein: a population-based cohort study. BMJ Open. 2014; 4(11): e006071. Accessed November 13, 2014


You can learn more about citing electronic articles by visiting our JAMA Citation Library Guide and exploring the resources there, and also by accessing either the electronic copy of the AMA Manual of Style we have in our ebooks collection, or the two print copies available in our reference collection.  You can also stop by the library and ask one of our library staff for additional help Monday through Friday 8-5. Happy citing!



1. Iverson C. Online journals. In: AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007. Accessed November 13, 2014

2. Iverson C. Authors. In: AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007. Accessed  November 13, 2014

Beyond the COM: Library Staff at SC/MLA 2014

IMG_4755[5]This year the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA) held its annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama from October 26 through October 30. Representing the Harriet F. Ginsburg Library were Nadine Dexter, Deedra Walton, Pamela Herring, and Michael Garner.  The theme for the meeting this year was “Making a Difference in Health.” The library presented a poster entitled “Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow: Nurturing a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs” which highlighted the work that the library lead with the workplace wellness initiative that centered around the FitBit wearable technology. While the presentation was a highlight for each of us there were many other events to keep us busy throughout the day: a meeting of the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS), paper presentations, speakers, roundtable discussions, the ability to meet with vendors face-to-face, the opportunity to network with new colleagues from other medical libraries in the southeastern region of the United States, and the chance to catch up with friends not seen since the last annual meeting.

The conference consisted of more than just attending meetings. We took advantage of down time to check out Mobile, Alabama and taste some of the local cuisine, from burgers at a restaurant called the Royal Scam (the food was in fact actual food, no tricks or funny business!) to fantastic seafood at the Oyster House (fire-grilled oysters!), one of the many top notch seafood restaurants.

Robert DeNiro was also in town filming a movie titled Bus 657 also starring Dave Bautista, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, and Lydia Hull. Check it out on IMDB. Unfortunately Mr. DeNiro was too busy to drop by the conference.

The conference wrapped up with a banquet at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay. In the setting we were treated to a fantastic meal of local food including shrimp, fish, corn nuggets, and capped off with fresh made bread pudding. While we ate we were treated to the music of a bluegrass band.

2014-10-27 18.35.56Interesting Fact: Mobile, Alabama is the first place in the United States to start annual celebrations of Mardi Gras. During the opening of the conference we were pelted with beads by a mask-wearing krewe. Duck!

Ebola: No hype, just information


Everywhere you turn these days, Ebola is in the news: on TV, in print, on the internet, and on social media. The best way to not get overwhelmed by the hype surrounding this very deadly disease is to arm yourself with quality, authoritative information. Here we provide links to some trusted resources for information on the Ebola virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The most comprehensive Ebola site from the experts in disease. This site contains information on signs and symptoms, guidance for healthcare worker s, prevention and treatment, questions and answers, outbreak map, guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), transmission information, and much more.

Disaster Information Management Research Center

This site from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the National Library of Medicine provides a host of information resources on Ebola. Links are provided to various U.S. Federal Organizations providing information on Ebola, including the USDA, the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. There are also links to international organizations, free resources from publishers for medical responders, and multi-language resources.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) website has a fact sheet on the Ebola virus, frequently asked questions, information on vaccines, and the latest news.

MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine

This site from the U.S. government contains basic information including definitions from a medical encyclopedia, symptoms, latest news, and links to many additional resources. Also available in Spanish.

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Ebola Resource Center offers information for physicians and other healthcare workers, as well as for the general public. Information for healthcare providers includes preparing your hospital or practice, treating patients, how to handle travel and infections.

Open Access Week and Predatory Publishers

120x600October 20-26, 2014 was Open Access Week, a global effort, now in its eighth year, to promote the free, immediate, online access to scholarly knowledge. Open Access is the practice of making published scholarly research available online for free. To further this end, there are many open access journals in existence to which authors could consider submitting their work.

Authors can participate in open access by either submitting their work to an open access repository (known as the “green” path to open access) like PubMed Central, or by publishing in an open access journal (known as the “gold” path to open access). Some of these journals charge authors a fee in order to publish their work. Some of these fees can be outrageously high, as publishers try to take advantage of authors wanting to make their work available. The blog, Scholarly Open Access, has compiled a list of such so-called predatory publishers. A list of inclusion criteria is also provided.

Authors should be wary when submitting their work of publishers who, among other things:

  •  depend on author fees as their own means of operating and sustaining their journal;
  • do not identify a formal editorial or review board;
  • provide no academic information regarding the editor, editorial staff, and/or review board;
  • are not listed in standard periodical directories or library databases;
  • publish journals that are too broad – often done to attract a greater number of articles and thus bring in more revenue through author fees;
  • do minimal or no copyediting.

Always thoroughly investigate any publisher and/or journal, along with their editorial process, scope, reviews, reputation, and impact factor, before deciding whether or not to submit your work.

Celebrate Multicultural Day at the COM!

We hope you’ve had a great Diversity Week and had a chance to go to some of the sessions during the week. If you happened to miss any of our activity on Twitter, we’ve been posting links to relevant resources and exhibits to do with Diversity in Medicine this week. Be sure to check out our feed for links to a number of National Library of Medicine provided resources; all of our tweets have “#DiversityWeek” attached to them.

Today at 4:30pm on the Piazza, the College of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion will round out the week with a Multicultural Day Celebration. One of our library staff, Natasha Williams, is in charge of the planning committee for the event. A lot of work has gone into making the event successful, but what’s a party without a crowd to have fun with? She encourages everyone to come out to enjoy samples of international foods and drinks, and enjoy a unique performance by some of our students at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. There’s plenty of fun to be had, so please consider stopping by before you head home for the evening. The event is scheduled to conclude at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

multicultural day


National Medical Librarians Month – Myth Busting Edition!


In honor of National Medical Librarians Month, let’s bust some information myths with the help of the Medical Library Association!

Myth: The internet is a highly reliable source of information.

Truth: There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, but people still need information training and skills to understand what constitutes valid information. Your medical librarians provide such information training.

Myth: Google Scholar is an all encompassing database.

Truth: Google and other internet search engines access only 7% of available health-related information. Google and other internet search engines cannot perform searches using a controlled vocabulary and extensive limits and do not search databases that reside behind firewalls or sites requiring internal searches.

Myth: Physicians and nurses can quickly find the same information as a librarian.

Truth: Information retrieval is a complicated, time consuming, multi-step process, and librarians are more proficient searchers, reducing the time spent on information retrieval and evaluating search results.

Myth: Evidence-based medicine can be practiced with point-of-care software.

Truth: The purpose of Point-of-Care software is to provide quick reference to summaries for answers to common clinical questions. Complex questions are not appropriate for Point-of-Care software and quality, content and currency varies by product.

In-house libraries managed by qualified librarians provide the most cost effective, efficient means to manage and locate quality medical information. A balance between print and electronic resources augmented by interlibrary loan services will best serve the needs of health care professionals. Librarians are part of the health care team. Finding the right information for the healthcare professional is Mission Critical. The end result is improved patient care.

Stop by your Health Sciences Library today to find out how one of our expert medical librarians can help you find what you’re looking for and save you time!


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Williams L, Zipperer L. Improving access to information: librarians and nurses team up for patient safety. Nurs Econ 2003;21(4):199-201.

October is National Medical Librarians Month!

nmlm_poster_2012_lgThe Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month! Your team of librarians at the Health Sciences Library is proud and pleased to serve you every month out of the year, and we hope to continue working with each and every one of you to make the UCF College of Medicine an excellent place of research and learning. This month we will be posting some facts about medical librarianship and providing you with other resources  you may find useful, so please look out for them. To learn more about the people that make up our library team, visit our Library Directory page on our website, or stop by the library to chat!



Have you found your free gift from Apple yet?

During the Apple keynote two weeks ago, music icons U2 performed some of their music from their new album, Songs of Innocence, as a part of the show.  It was also announced that Apple would be giving the entire album away for free to every iTunes user. Think about how many potential users that is; pretty cool, right?

What hadn’t exactly been explained was the fact that this album would actually be automatically pushed to your iTunes account through the cloud by Apple, without you having to do a thing (if you have automatic downloads turned on). If you haven’t checked out the contents of your iTunes music library in a little while, go into your device, open the app, and check the Albums tab for “Songs of Innocence”.  Surprise!

While it’s nothing new that Apple can push things to your devices (software updates for example), there’s been a fair amount of backlash over this little gift, so much so that Apple has actually released a tool for removing the album from your iTunes. This is what the page looks like!


U2removeIf you’d like to see this album removed from your account, you can access the removal tool here. You have until October 13th to go and get it for free again via iTunes if you have a change of heart, otherwise you’ll have to purchase it.

Speaking of automatic downloads, have you updated your mobile device to the latest version of the operating software? iOS 8 is available for download! Be sure to backup your device in iTunes first, just in case the install doesn’t go so smoothly. If you need any help updating your device to the latest OS, feel free to stop by the library!


Poll time! What are your thoughts on the free album?