Wearable Technology Preview

Smart devices are really here to stay. This week, Apple announced their newest phones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, increasing their line of available smartphones. Interesting to note is the fact that Apple has chosen to go bigger with these new phones, which looks to be something of a recent trend in phone creation; ever seen a Samsung Galaxy Note? Between Google, Apple, and other innovators working to develop more robust software and functional design, we can definitely expect to continue to see exciting changes made to how we communicate with one another. Along the same lines, now that smartphones are a staple part of our lives, wearable technology is also becoming quite the hot market. Plenty of companies have already explored ways to bring some intimacy to how we interact with our devices, with a lot of that being driven by a personal need to monitor health and wellness. It’s looking like the latest must-have wearable devices these days are aiming to serve that purpose, plus some that have been traditionally left to your smartphone to manage. They’re called “Smartwatches” and you can read up a bit on some of the popular ones below!

 

 

moto360Motorola Moto 360

Quick Facts:

  • Released September 5th 2014
  • Displays timely notifications depending on where you are
  • Built in pedometer and heart rate monitor
  • Receive app notifications from Facebook, Pinterest, and more
  • Choose from six different preloaded watch faces
  • Wireless charging
  • Check out more!

 

Apple Watchapplewatch

Quick Facts:

  • Coming Early 2015
  • 3 styles to choose from – the normal watch, the Sport, and the Edition – with different watch bands to match with them
  • Answer calls, texts, and messages from your wrist, or send them via Bluetooth to your iPhone.
  • Includes many features of a fitness/activity tracker with the Activity App and Workout App
  • Lots of customizations for the watch face
  • Check out more!

 

samsunggearliveSamsung Gear Live

Quick Facts:

  • Released June 25, 2014
  • Receive notifications from your phone and apps
  • Monitor heart rate with built in monitor
  • Display is always on, adjusting color and style
  • Choice of black or wine colored wrist straps
  • Check out more!

 

lgGwatchLG G Watch

Quick Facts:

  • Released June 2014
  • Use any standard 22mm watch strap as the strap
  • Always-on display
  • Can be used with any Smartphone using Android 4.3 and up
  • LG G Watch R announced for October 2014
  • Check out more!

 

There’s a lot of potential for these Smartwatches but could you ever see yourself purchasing one? We’d love to know!

Writing Guide: Avoiding plagiarism when writing

A library patron asked this question that we thought would be useful to share:

“Are there any tools for students to use in order to detect how original their papers are?”

The answer? Yes! A quick Google search will bring up a few options students can utilize to detect plagiarism.

Plagiarism can be quickly defined as an act of fraud that involves a person stealing another person’s work, and then trying to pass it off as their own. A good and simple way to avoid this while writing is to cite your sources correctly. So far we have one blog post on correct citation formats; look out for more!

Below are a few websites that may be of use to you the next time you’re writing a paper.

  • WriteCheck will check a single paper for plagiarism and grammar  for $7.95, and will give you 3 resubmissions of that document. They have two other plans that are reasonably priced that will let you submit more papers.
  • iThenticate will check a manuscript for $50 (must be 25,000 words and under). This would be useful if you were doing heavy-duty research.
  • PaperRater is a free site, all you have to do is copy and paste your document into the website. A premium version of the site will check for plagiarism and proofread your paper.
  • PlagScan is also a free site, and there is a max of 1,000 words that can be checked at a time.

Though two of the tools above require you to pay for their services, overall, you will likely receive a better and more thorough analysis of your paper through those than through the free sites as they probably have greater access to other documents to check against.

Professors and instructors will also often have written course assignments submitted through Turnitin.com, something you may notice in your courses in Canvas. Turnitin.com access is typically restricted to use by educators, however, so any of the other tools mentioned above will be your best bet.

Another great resource to check out is Plagiarism.org. The website contains excellent information on how to properly cite sources, paraphrase passages, quote material, and more. The UCF Writing Center also has a useful guide on plagiarism and misuse of sources in a handy PDF you can view.

 

 

 

Library Staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

ice-bucket-challenge-fb-user-profile-1What’s better than hanging out with co-workers on a hot Friday afternoon in sunny Orlando in late August? Though “hanging out in the air-conditioning instead” is always an acceptable guess, having the opportunity to cool off and give to charity at the same time is the winning answer this time around. Last Friday, various faculty, students and staff at the COM participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign that was been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness of the disease and raise money to further research of it. According to the ALS Association website, as of this past Monday the 25th, donations had reached a staggering $79.7 MILLION since the campaign started a few weeks ago. Considering that during the same time period a year ago donations totaled around $2.5 million, it looks like the campaign has made a huge splash.

It works like this: If you’re challenged to take the ice bath, you have 24 hours to do so or you have to make a donation to fight ALS. Lots of people do both! It’s fun to challenge your friends and watch the videos they have posted on social media to prove they did in fact take the challenge. At the COM, the Dean of the college was challenged (along with everyone else in the building) by our new Internal Medicine residents. What resulted was a wave of a hundred or so buckets of ice water over the heads of our faculty, staff and students. Check out the video below!

Amongst participants were our library Director, Nadine Dexter, and one of our Senior Library Technical Assistants, Melodie Gardner. Great job, guys!Splashafter

 

 

Afterwards, Nadine decided to issues challenges to the library directors at FIU’s medical library, and UCF’s John C. Hitt Library. We’re looking forward to seeing those videos!

Good thing it’s summer, right? What a refreshing way to make a difference. If you’d like to learn more about ALS and how you can help, visit the ALS Association website.

What you should know about Ebola

By now you’ve probably heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has been treating two cases at the Emory University Hospital in two American doctors who were working to combat the virus in Liberia. They were both released from the hospital yesterday, and pose no public health threat. Still, it’s good to know some additional information about the disease, so here are some interesting graphics courtesy of the CDC.

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Further, some guidelines on handling potential threats.

 

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For more information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date news.

 

 

New E-Books with Extra Goodies

The library has purchased access to a couple new resources: Geriatrics Care Online and LWW Health Library.

Geriatrics Care Online contains books, teaching slides, clinical guidelines, and journals published by the American Geriatrics Society. Some of these resources include Geriatrics At Your Fingertips 2014 and the Geriatrics Review Syllabus, 8e.

If users create a free account, they can create bookmarks of webpages, take notes within the content, email specific material links to a colleague, and save search results.

The LWW Health Library contains popular textbooks and multimedia published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Some of these resources include:

Users can download images into PowerPoint presentations, link directly to a section of a chapter, and email links of chapters to colleagues that will be login free for 72 hours.

Enjoy!

 

Implementing a new iPad leasing program

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

This Tuesday 120 new medical students were deployed an iPad by the health sciences library during the annual COM orientation fair. This year, however, the library team worked with the COM, main campus, and Apple to implement a new leasing program. Student equipment fees are being collected to lease iPad minis for each student, which will then be turned in after the first two years of medical school. At that time, the students will be given a new device, depending on which Apple tablet is on the market at that time. At the end of their four-year medical school career, students will be given the option to return their tablet, or to purchase it outright for a nominal fee. The library team hopes the leasing program will allow the library to refresh students’ technology after two years, the average amount of time during which new tablets are released.

Do you know “The Scoop?”

If you have visited the 2nd floor bathrooms near the health sciences library lately, you may have noticed something different. The health sciences library’s newsletter, The Scoop, is posted on the wall in each bathroom stall! Find out about current happenings in the library, learn about new library resources and services, or read a funny (library-related) comic. Check back each month for a new edition. Not on the second floor at COM? You can read the latest and back issues of The Scoop on our website.

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A quick grammar lesson…

We know many of our students are in the midst of their FIRE research this summer, so we thought we’d share this fun (and surprisingly informative) music video. Remember, it’s all very well and good to have excellent research to present. However, if you’re not careful, terrible grammar could ruin everything.

If you’d like some additional tips to make sure your grammar is flawless, there are some great resources available on the UCF University Writing Center website. Should you require any additional help with your writing, consultants are available to work with you in person, or online via Adobe Connect. We also hope to create some more posts on other aspects of writing, like using EndNote to manage your citations and bibliographies, so be on the lookout for those.

Happy writing!

New Resource: The Medical Student Press Journal

The Health Sciences Library recently had the privilege of adding a special new resource to its electronic journal collection – The Medical Student Press Journal, an ambitious creation of the student run Medical Student Press (MSPress). From their website:

“The Medical Student Press provides robust editorial services and multiple online platforms for the publishing projects of medical students. We aim to improve the reach and quality of medical students’ scholarly publications on a global scale.”

Medical students from across the country and world make up the executive team, editorial staff, and blogging staff of MSPress, including 4 of our own (now second-year) medical students; Gabriel Glaun, Aryan Sarparast, Sami Saikaly, and Angela DelPrete.

The journal publishes on a semiannual basis, and accepts a variety of submissions, from honor theses excerpts to creative writing pieces. All submissions are peer-reviewed, and the journal itself is an open-access publication. Volume 1 Number 1 of The Medical Student Press Journal became available in June, and includes an interview conducted by Gabriel, and a research article by third-year student Paul Adedoyin.

You can access The Medical Student Press Journal by visiting their journal website,  or by visiting our library website and clicking the link on the front page under “E-Journals” that says “MSPress”.MspresslinkYou can also visit the E-Journals page on our website and search by title for “The Medical Student Press Journal” or “MSPress”, as well as by subject for “Medicine” or “Medical Student Journals” to find a link.

Congrats to the students involved! We hope to showcase more student work on our website in the future.

 

 

 

ClinicalKey Replaces MD Consult

On July 31, Elsevier is discontinuing their product MD Consult. As you are probably aware, many of the student textbooks provided by the library are available through MD Consult. Have no fear! Elsevier replaced MD Consult with something bigger and better: ClinicalKey.

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Explore ClinicalKey Now! It provides:

  • Over 1,100 medical reference books
  • Over 500 medical journals
  • All Procedures Consult content and associated procedural videos in various specialties
  • Over 750 Point-of-Care clinical monographs
  • Over 2,900 clinical pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard
  • Over 450 trusted, surgical, point-of-care content
  • Over 15,000 patient education handouts
  • All clinical trials from the ClinicalTrials.gov database
  • Over 4,000 practice guidelines
  • More than 20 million MEDLINE abstracts
  • Over 13,000 medical and surgical videos and over 5 million images
  • A comprehensive list of the content is located here.

ClinicalKey is available now and located in the Database section of the library’s website. You may also notice direct links to the books and journals appearing in the E-Books and E-Journals section.

The library will provide access to MD Consult until July 31. This provides users with the time they need to replace MD Consult course content links with ones from ClinicalKey. A list of durable URLS for books, book chapters, journals, etc., is located here in the Setup Resources section. If you need assistance, please contact the library and we can provide the links for you.

Tips and tricks for ClinicalKey will be coming in the following weeks, so stay tuned!

 

EDIT 8/18/2014:

We hope you’ve had a chance to use ClinicalKey. If you are interested in helpful tutorials, videos, and guides for navigating ClinicalKey, please visit:

Clinical Key User Guide
Clinical Key Resources

For access to ClinicalKey, please visit the Health Sciences Library website and search for Clinical Key in our Online Databases catalog.