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.


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!

Innovations at your libraries!

You might not know it, but your local library, wherever that may be, is making awesome changes. In order to meet the needs of new generations of patrons, new ways of delivering information and integrating new technologies into the traditional library setting have to be explored if our institutions are going to stay relevant.

You may be fairly familiar with one of our main goals: to provide a core collection that is 100% electronic. This is just one way that we feel we can be of the best use to our community of patrons. If we can provide the information they need to them Anywhere, Anytime, and on Any Device, then our patrons have many ways they can enjoy their library experience; in the library with our wonderful staff, and outside the library wherever they may be. Away from the library, one has the freedom to explore our collection without worrying about business hours or even driving out to Lake Nona (and getting lost on occasion – we are located pretty far out!); what’s more convenient than that?

This is just scratching the surface, of course. Libraries are coming up with lots of great ways to get their patrons excited about the services they can provide. Three quick examples come to mind from right here in the state of Florida:

  • The Orange County Public Library opened the Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity, a 26,000 sq. ft. space in the downtown library that has all sorts of neat tools and rooms, including 3D printers and photography, audio, and video studios for patrons to use (we visited back in April). They also offer classes and events.
  • The John C. Hitt library on UCF main campus recently added 3 KIC Book Scanners to their library space. No more bending back book spines to make a photocopy of something! With this Tech Fee-funded project, patrons can use the new scanners to make photocopies and send them immediately to themselves via email, Google Drive, fax, you name it. Of additional benefit is that since it is not a printer, the use of these devices is pretty Green considering how much paper can be saved.
  • This week we heard that the University of South Florida libraries are going to start offering drone checkouts to their students this fall! Don’t expect to check one out just for fun, though – interested patrons need to have a legitimate research use for these devices.

We encourage you to get out to your local library and see what new things they have going on there for you. Chances are, it won’t be the same traditional location you remember!

Florida Academic Medical Library Leaders Gather at COM

Talk about power in numbers! The directors of all major academic medical libraries in the state of Florida met at the COM this June 18-19 for their semi-annual meeting. The Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine (FCALM), currently co-chaired by our very own Nadine Dexter and Rose Bland from USF, is a dynamic group who work together to negotiate better prices on library electronic resources. The group has been meeting since 2010 and has collectively saved the state of Florida millions of dollars!

This June the meeting attendees consisted of Nadine Dexter (UCF), Deedra Walton (UCF), Shalu Gillum (UCF), Rose Bland (USF), Cecilia Botero (UF), David Boilard (FIU), Luda Dolinsky (FIU), Kaye Robertson (Nova Southeastern), JoAnn Van Schaik (Miami), Kim Loper (Miami), and Martin Wood (FSU).




“How Should I Cite This” Session 1: Government/Organization Reports and Bulletins

Have you ever had a unique document or item that you wanted to create a citation for in your research paper, but you couldn’t figure out how to do so? The front desk library staff receives questions about managing citations from time to time, and we’d like to share a few of those questions (and their answers) with you. Since medical literature most often follows the American Medical Association (AMA) style of writing, this is the style we will demonstrate.

Today’s unique citation lesson focuses on citing Government, Agency, or Organization reports and bulletins! Okay, maybe these aren’t so unique, but they’re probably less often referenced than journal articles, wouldn’t you agree? Here’s a link to the example document for this session: http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats11/Surv2011.pdf

 Print Resource

According to the 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style¹, references to bulletins published by departments or agencies of a government need to include the following details:

  1. Author name (if given)
  2. Title of document
  3. Where it was published
  4. Name of the department/agency/government division that issued the document
  5. Date of publication
  6. Page numbers (if specified)
  7. Publication Number (if any)
  8. The series number (if it’s part of one)

Say you’re writing a paper about sexually transmitted diseases, and you’d like to cite a document you picked up at your county health department (for arguments sake, we’ll say the PDF above was the printed version).  Using the format above, most of the relevant reference information can be found on the first page of the document.

  1. The author is considered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as there’s no one person responsible
  2. The title of the document is Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011.
  3. It was published in Atlanta, Georgia.
  4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the agency within a bigger department that issued the report; the US Department of Health and Human Services is the bigger umbrella.
  5. It was published in December of 2012

We won’t worry about the last 3 items for this one. All together, the citation should appear like this:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2012.

It’s worth noting that when a department appears in spot 4 as it does in this citation, instead of completely spelling out “Department”, the word should be abbreviated “Dept”. If the department is the author in spot 1, spell out “Department” in spot 1.

Online Resource

Say you’re writing the same paper, but went to the CDC website instead to find the report above.  Now the resource needs to be cited as an electronic resource. The format is mostly the same as above, with a few changes:

  1. Author name
  2. Title of document
  3. Pages numbers (if applicable)
  4. URL (insert the link to the document)
  5. Date of publication
  6. Date the webpage was last updated (if specified)
  7. Date you accessed the webpage

The finished citation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats11/Surv2011.pdf. Published December 2012. Accessed June 12, 2014.

Often, it’s difficult to find a date to put in spot 6, so don’t worry if you can’t find it. The point of all citations is to give the person enough information so they can find the resource themselves without trouble. So long as you give the  reader a URL that will take them most directly to the document you are referencing, your citation should be okay.


Thus ends lesson one! We have a few resources in the library that could be of use to you if you’d like to know more. There are two print copies of the AMA Manual of Style available in our reference collection for use inside the library. In addition to that, an electronic copy can also be found by searching through our ebooks on our website. Further, you can check out the citation page of our Personal Librarian Program LibGuide for many more links to helpful tips.



1. Iverson C. Government or agency bulletins. In: AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007. http://www.amamanualofstyle.com/view/10.1093/jama/9780195176339.001.0001/med-9780195176339-div2-69. Accessed June 12, 2014*

*Very thorough citation there, if I do say so myself!

Beyond the COM: Library Staff at MLA 2014

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

Three weeks ago, members of our library staff had the opportunity to interact with other medical library professionals outside of the College of Medicine at the 2014 Medical Library Association (MLA) conference. This year the annual conference was held in Chicago. The UCF College of Medicine was represented by Nadine Dexter, the director of the health sciences library, Deedra Walton, Michael Garner, Kerry McKee, and Melodie Gardner. The theme of the conference was Building Our Information Future. Supporting that theme, the UCF librarians presented a poster entitled “Leading the Way to Building a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs: A Model for Health Sciences Libraries,” showcasing the part that wearable technology could have toward creating a culture of workplace wellness (this poster was the result of our year-long Fitbit study!).

presentationIn addition to the presentation of the poster, the conference was a great place to meet with the vendors of the resources that the library uses and network with our fellow librarians to exchange ideas on how to better serve those that use our services. Melodie took a couple of continuing-education courses; she found “Statistics in Libraries” and “Becoming an Expert Searcher” to be very informative.  Everyone attended sessions on topics such as mobile technology in medical education and clinical services, marketing and branding the library, systematic reviews, the role of metadata in medical libraries, and patron privacy.

On top of all this was the culture, food, and skyline of the host city. All of this added up to make the annual conference an interesting and impactful event that the attendees will not soon forget.


Farewell, Popcorn Day!

Not for good of course! Just over the course of the summer. Thanks to everyone who came out for our final Popcorn Day yesterday. Just like last year, Popcorn Day will be on hiatus until school starts back up again in August. Typically, there are 3 main reasons we take a break during the summer:

1. Taking a break gives us plenty of time to replenish our supplies for the year

We go through a whole lot of Popcorn over the course of the year. A typical Popcorn Day  requires us to make six prepackaged bags of magic (consisting of popcorn, oil, and tasty butter seasoning),  and special events throughout the year may require us to pop more. Not including the holiday break and summer, there are about 40-42 weeks of Popcorn Days; that’s a minimum of 252 bags! During this summer break, we can make sure our supplies are restocked and ready to go for another busy year.

2. During the summer, the COM population tends to fluctuate a lot

Summer is the ideal time for faculty and staff with kids to take vacations or some time off to spend with their loved ones. Combined with the fact that the majority of the medical students are away from the college during this time, week to week it’s difficult to gauge just how many people will be around on any given Thursday. Rather than guess high and end up with way too much popped popcorn and no one to share it with (or guess low and have to turn far too many of our friends away), it’s much easier to put it on hold until there are stable numbers inside the COM. Believe it or not, the difference between 2 or 3 popped bags of popcorn and 4 popped bags of popcorn is surprisingly a lot – by the time you get into higher numbers, the machine is thoroughly warmed up and successfully popping a lot more kernels than it did during bag 1 or 2.

3. The machine needs a nice break

You may remember this image arriving in your inbox.

You may remember this image arriving in your inbox.

Popcorn Day became a thing in Fall of 2011, when we thought it would be a neat way to bring patrons into the library; it debuted during the M1 Orientation Fair that August. Fast forward to a Thursday afternoon in May of  Spring 2012 where we couldn’t get the machine to pop any popcorn at all. The heating unit for the kettle wouldn’t do its job anymore – whether it was a defective kettle or heavy use, we were out of a machine. Maintenance and upkeep of a machine like this is important, especially if its something that doesn’t just have occasional use (something we had to come to terms with as we scrambled to see if we could order another kettle or had to purchase a whole new machine). While we’re prepared now to handle another burnt-out kettle, we don’t want to accelerate the process by over-working the current one. This two month break during the summer lets the machine have a well deserved rest, allows us time to service anything that may need work, and make sure its in tip-top shape for future popcorn days.

Popcorn Day will officially return Thursday, August 14th. Until then, please feel free to swing by the library to say “Hi” on Thursdays anyway – we’d love to see you! Thanks for your continued support of the library and all we do – it really is our pleasure to be your Health Sciences Library. Generating smiles is an important part of health and wellness, too, you know!


Spotlight on Health: Safety and Water Activities

LoungingAs we approach Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to discuss some easy ways to keep your family and loved ones safe as you enjoy the holiday. No doubt you may find yourself catching some rays at the beach or by the pool as you take in the lovely pre-summer weather. With that in mind, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention marks the week preceding Memorial Day as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week to prepare potential participants in water activity for a safe experience. Here are some quick things to keep in mind as you relax by the shore or on the deck  this weekend.

Lots of germs can be spread through water activities. Just swallowing, breathing, or having contact with contaminated water in locations from pools to splash parks, or lakes to oceans has the potential to get you sick. Even in chlorine treated environments, some germs are just too resilient for these sorts of treatments to be 100% effective. As such, there are few simple things one can make sure to do to lessen everyone’s chances of becoming ill. The CDC suggests the following on their website:

Keep the poop, germs, and pee out of the water.

  • Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.
  • Shower with soap before you start swimming.
    • Take a rinse shower before you get back into the water.
  • Take bathroom breaks every 60 minutes.
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.

Check the free chlorine level and pH before getting into the water.

  • Pools: Proper chlorine (1–3 mg/L or parts per million [ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) levels maximize germ-killing power.
  • Hot tubs/spas: Proper disinfectant level (chlorine [2–4 parts per million or ppm]) or bromine [4–6 ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) maximize germ-killing power.
  • Most superstores, hardware stores, and pool-supply stores sell pool test strips.
  • Don’t swallow the water you swim in.

Parents of young children should take a few extra steps:

  • Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30–60 minutes.
    • Change diapers in the bathroom or diaper-changing area and not at poolside where germs can rinse into the water.¹

Another important thing to remember about water activities is the risk of drowning. If you have a child between the age of 1 and 4, this is especially important to take note of, as drowning is the leading cause of injury death for that age group. Victims that manage to survive may never be the same, often experiencing brain damage from the ordeal. Being aware of easy ways to prevent this sort of accident is the first way to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Consider the following suggestions for prevention of drowning:

Keep swimmers safe in the water.

  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim.
  • Use life jackets appropriately.
  • Provide continuous, attentive supervision close to swimmers.
  • Know CPR (for older children and adults).

Prevent access to water when pool is not in use.

  • Install and maintain barriers like 4-sided fencing and weight-bearing pool covers.
  • Use locks/alarms for windows and doors.¹

Along with these tips, it may be useful to ask yourself to think about whether or not you actually know what drowning looks like. TV and movies have conditioned us to believe that if a person is drowning, they will be thrashing about in the water, waving their arms and yelling for help. More likely, a drowning person may actually exhibit signs of what is called the “Instinctive Drowning Response”, a phrase coined by Dr. Francesco A. Pia, a water safety expert. In Fall 2006, Pia and another gentleman,  Mario Vittone, wrote an article for an issue of On Scene, the journal of the US Coast Guard Search and Rescue, explaining what this response is. The most important points:

  1. The majority of the time, people that are drowning are physiologically incapable of calling out for help; the body is wired to default to its primary respiratory function in a case like this. Breathing will therefore be most important.
  2. The mouth of a drowning person is typically not above water long enough to exhale, draw breath, AND call out; there’s hardly enough time to do the first two before the mouth descends below the surface of the water again.
  3. The natural instinct of a drowning person is not to wave their arms above them, but to press their arms outwards and downwards in an attempt to leverage the sinking body up and out of the water to facilitate proper breathing. Once the drowning process has stopped, the body can again perform voluntary movements like waving for help and grabbing rescue equipment.
  4. While drowning people stay upright in the water, they’re not actually performing any supporting kicks under the water. They might struggle on the surface of the water (exhibiting the responses discussed previously) for about 60 seconds before they go under.²

Pia also makes note of other ways you may notice someone is drowning: closed, glassy or unfocused eyes, mouth low in the water or head tilted back with mouth open for instance².  More signs can be read about here. As always, stay vigilant and alert – if you were hearing laughter and frivolity a few moments ago and all of a sudden it is quiet on the side of your boat, quickly move to figure out why.

For more information and resources about keeping safe this weekend – and all summer – when enjoying yourself near the water, visit the CDC page on Healthy Swimming, and the page on Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention. We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend – we’ll be closed on Monday, so see you on Tuesday.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014. Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/features/rwis/?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_003
2. Medical News Today. 2010. Do You Know What Drowning Looks Like? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/196538.php


Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Today we wish to extend our sincerest congratulations to the new doctors of the UCF College of Medicine Class of 2014! Here are some photos from the event.

Of special note, did you know that we had a student serving in the United States Air Force in this class? The College of Medicine actually has a number of students serving in various branches of the Armed Forces. Upon receiving her M.D. distinction, Casey deDeugd was promoted to Captain from First Lieutenant. Dr. Borrero is shown here swearing her into her new position. Great job Casey; thank you for serving!


We look forward to seeing how our new alumni will succeed! Go Knights!