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Recent Updates to “Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers”

Two new example citations have been added to Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet], 2nd edition. In Chapter 24, Databases/Retrieval Systems on the Internet, section 18, “Database/retrieval system on the Internet with an edition or version,” the two new example citations are included at the bottom of the section. A link has also been created to section 18 from Chapter 21, Computer Programs on CD-ROM, DVD, or Disk, as “Examples of Citations to Computer Programs (Software) on the Internet.” These changes have been recorded in the Content Updates appendix.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Biographical Sketch Format Now Available for SciENcv Profiles

SciENcv users can now create biosketches in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) biographical sketch format which can be used to apply for IES funding. In addition, users can also export their citations from the IES Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database to My Bibliography. This newly added biosketch format is available to download in PDF, MS Word or XML, and users are able to share their SciENcv IES biosketches through a public URL.

The IES biographical sketch consists of five sections:

Creating SciENcv Profiles Using the IES Biographical Sketch Format
There are three ways to create a SciENcv profile in the IES biographical sketch format: entering information manually, copying information from an existing SciENcv biosketch, or using an external data source to populate a biosketch. Further details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Celebrate Go4Life Month in September!

The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active, including sample exercises, an exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, and even tools for setting goals and tracking progress. The information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+. The NIH Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign provides strategies to encourage seniors about ways to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Seniors can also get activity ideas and sign up to receive free e-mail exercise tips and weekly motivation from Go4Life virtual coaches. Also, join the celebration of Go4Life Month during September. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, and walk the dog; all of which are important activities to older adults!

Free NTO Webinar–“Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact”

Registration is available for a one-hour webinar featuring Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. One hour of MLA CE credit is available for attending this session. The webinar will be offered twice. The dates are: August 25th and September 22nd at 12:00-1:00 PM PDT.

These questions will be addressed during the webinar:

  1. Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
  2. What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
  3. What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
  4. What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
  5. How can I support critical thinking until the very end?
  6. How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

NCBI Launches New Twitter Feed for NCBI Bookshelf Announcements

NCBI has a new Twitter feed, @ncbibooks, to announce new books and documents available on the NCBI Bookshelf. An online resource providing free access to the full text of books and documents in life sciences and health care, the Bookshelf currently provides access to over 4,500 titles.

The Bookshelf is continuously expanding with new materials as well as receiving updates to existing books & documents. Between May 16 and May 20, 2016, for example, 19 new titles were added. Among the new titles are several Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports, health technology assessments and systematic reviews from Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and National Institute for Health Research (UK), and World Health Organization guidelines on daily iron supplementation.

For general news, follow NCBI on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

AHRQ Issues New Comparative Effectiveness Review!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released its Comparative Effectiveness Review Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities for Priority Populations. This review examines existing system-, clinic-, provider-, and individual-level interventions to improve culturally appropriate health care for people with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations; and racial/ethnic minority populations.

The National Library of Medicine’s Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) works to reduce health disparities within underserved and special populations by improving access to accurate, quality health information. OSPB manages Minority Health Information Outreach projects for specific populations, such as American Indian Health Web Portal for Native Americans and HealthReach for refugee populations.

My NCBI Has New Features for My Bibliography and Other Citations

NCBI has enhanced My Bibliography and Other Citations to include the following two improvements: a search and select tool to add citations from PubMed and an option to add citations in bulk using files that have citations in the MEDLINE or RIS (Research Information Systems) format. These features were developed to help manage My Bibliography and Other Citations collections allowing you to add PubMed citations directly in My Bibliography and Other Citations collections, and to upload citations in bulk using a file, which is especially useful for publications that are not present in PubMed. For further details, visit this NLM Technical Bulletin article.

New NCBI video on YouTube: Navigating the NIH Manuscript Submission Process

The newest video on the NCBI YouTube channel, Navigating the NIH Manuscript Submission Process, covers details about submitting, reviewing and approving your manuscript in the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system in ten minutes. The NIHMS system supports manuscript depositing into PubMed Central (PMC) as required by the public access policies of NIH and other participating funding agencies. Subscribe to the NCBI YouTube channel to receive alerts about new videos ranging from quick tips to full webinar presentations.

National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit Database Observes a Milestone

This month, the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit database added its 10,000th record on the clinical and public health aspects of natural disasters, human-caused disasters, terrorism, disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies. Disaster Lit describes and links to reports, webinars, training, conferences, factsheets and other documents that are not commercially published. Disaster Lit complements the journal literature in PubMed and the resources for the public in MedlinePlus. Materials are carefully selected by NLM medical librarians and subject experts from nearly 1,000 approved sources and provide current awareness for health professionals, first responders and emergency planners who have disaster health responsibilities.

New content is sent daily to nearly 14,000 subscribers via RSS, Twitter, email subscriptions, and the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv. Disaster Lit plays a key role in collecting the earliest available trusted medical guidance soon after a disaster event or disease outbreak, often long before the same guidance can be published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Disaster Lit supports other federal disaster information programs by providing the:

The Disaster Lit collection of grey literature was started in 2002 by the New York Academy of Medicine, with funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Information Center for Health Services Research (NICHSR). In 2010, the database moved to the then-new Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, NLM. The database continues to grow with funding support from SIS, NICHSR and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Questions or comments may be sent to the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Applying Cultural Competence to Outreach Evaluation

The American Evaluation Association’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation describes the importance of cultural competence in terms of ethics, validity of results, and theory.

  • Ethics – quality evaluation has an ethical responsibility to ensure fair, just and equitable treatment of all persons.
  • Validity – evaluation results that are considered valid require trust from the diverse perspectives of the people providing the data and trust that the data will be honestly and fairly represented.
  • Theory – theories underlie all of evaluation, but theories are not created in a cultural vacuum. Assumptions behind theories must be carefully examined to ensure that they apply in the cultural context of the evaluation.

The Statement also makes some recommendations for essential practices for cultural competence, including the following examples:

  • Acknowledge the complexity of cultural identity. Cultural groups are not static, and people belong to multiple cultural groups. Attempts to categorize people often collapse them into cultural groupings that may not accurately represent the true diversity that exists.
  • Recognize the dynamics of power. Cultural privilege can create and perpetuate inequities in power. Work to avoid reinforcing cultural stereotypes and prejudice in evaluation. Evaluators often work with data organized by cultural categories. The choices you make in working with these data can affect prejudice and discrimination attached to such categories.
  • Recognize and eliminate bias in language: Language is often used as the code for a certain treatment of groups. Thoughtful use of language can reduce bias when conducting evaluations.

Two recent entries on the Evergreen Blog on data visualizations and how they can show cultural bias illustrate how these principles can be applied to the evaluation of an outreach project. The first case, How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality: The Bleeding Infestation Example, shows how using red to represent individual participants on a map made the actual participants feel like they were perceived as a threat. The more recent blog post, How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 2, shows how the categories used in a chart on median household income contribute to stereotyping certain cultures and skew the data to show something that does not accurately represent income levels of the different groups.