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PubMed Central Citation Exporter Feature Now Available

PubMed Central (PMC) is happy to announce the addition of a citation exporter feature. This feature makes it easy to retrieve either styled citations that you can copy/paste into your manuscripts, or to download them into a format compatible with your bibliographic reference manager software.

When viewing a search results page, each result summary will now include a “Citation” link. When, clicked, this will open a pop-up window that you can use to copy/paste citations formatted in one of three popular styles: American Medical Association (AMA), Modern Library Association (MLA), or American Psychological Association (APA).

Also, the box has links at the bottom that can be used to download the citation information in one of three machine-readable formats, which most bibliographic reference management software can import. The same citation box can also be invoked from an individual article, either in classic view (with the “Citation” link among the list of formats) or the PubReader view, by clicking on the citation information just below the article title in the banner.

What’s New on REMM?

NLM has announced a new version of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) site. View updates and changes in the November News.

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

The Rural Assistance Center has a new guide addressing the challenges of healthcare access in rural areas and ways communities and policymakers can address these needs. Areas covered include workforce shortages, health insurance status, distance and transportation, poor health literacy and the stigma of certain conditions like mental health or substance abuse.

Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit

Symposium: Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit to Help End the Epidemic. Hosted by Columbia University Club.

December 1, 2014 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET) in New York or via webcast.

Registration required to attend in-person.

November is National Diabetes Month

Thanksgiving is soon approaching, a time when many are giving thanks for food, family and health. Many favorite dishes are loaded with sugars and it is tempting to overeat. This can be a health issue for those with diabetes. Whether we have a family history or not, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves but rather, consider eating in moderation while enjoying a great feast.

The Diabetes Educator site provides a nice visual on how to divide your plate along with some healthier recipes:

The American Diabetes Association includes tips on navigating the Thanksgiving feast and other tips:

So go ahead and enjoy the feast but remember that if you’re thankful for your health, stuff that turkey and not yourself!

Here are some Thanksgiving Day suggestions:

  • Don’t wait to eat until the feast to avoid overeating.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables but avoid or limit those that contain cream sauces or butter.
  • When filling your plate, take only a spoonful of the dishes you really enjoy and wait and see if you really are still hungry after eating before considering more.
  • Skip the bread and rolls.
  • Roast those sweet potatoes rather than smothering them in butter, sugar and marshmallows, roasting them at a high temperature (400-450 degrees) causes the sugars in the sweet potatoes to caramelize.
  • Use a sugar substitute when making pies.
  • Skip the whipped cream or the ice cream with the pie.
  • If bringing a dish, choose a fresh veggie platter with a hummus dip or a tossed salad of mixed greens with a vinaigrette dressing.
  • Eat slowly and take time to interact with those around you, good companionship can be just as satisfying as eating.
  • Before diving into that comfy chair take a walk around the block, it will help you feel better and keep you awake!

For more information about diabetes: MedlinePlus and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Data Viz: Free Training and Other Fun Stuff

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Coming soon to a computer near you!  Chris Lysy of FreshSpectrum is offering a free seven-part data visualization workshop.  Chris has provided data viz training for the American Evaluation Association. (His followers also love his cartoon-illustrated evaluation blog.) He calls himself the Rachel Ray of data visualization, which makes his course description a nice feature for the OERC’s Thanksgiving blog post.

The workshop date is still TBA, but you can join his mailing list now to get full details when they are released.

Also, Thanksgiving activities often include movie-viewing. So here are some fun data visualizations of famous movie quotes by Flowingdata to help you through the last afternoon before the holiday weekend.

Data Visualization Options Flowchart

Looking for an “at a glance” single page to determine which type of data visualization chart is helpful in order to clearly communicate your results?

This PDF flowchart at is a very handy reference! The flowchart guides you towards considering the appropriate data visualization chart options after your initial response to the question of “What would you like to show?” answers of comparison, distribution, composition, or relationship.

There are brief descriptions of the charts at the Better Evaluation data visualization page that you can click through to get additional information such as a deviation bar graph that includes synonyms, a base definition, examples of how the chart is used, advice about their use, and links to resources for creating them.

Job Ad: Knowledge Management Librarian, New York, NY

Happy Thanksgiving!

NN/LM MAR staff would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • The MAR offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 – 28, 2014, in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014.  However, NLM will be open Friday, November 28, 2014.

Lending a Helping Hand: NN/LM MAR Mentoring Program

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: or (412) 624-1589.