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Archive | August, 2017

GuideStar pro trial runs through September

VCU Libraries is offering a trial of the new GuideStar Pro Library Services. GuideStar’s current free program is being revamped and soon will not be available for free after the fall. In its place will be a new commercial version, GuideStar Library Services (Pro). This advanced level of data will allow VCU researchers the ability to access to the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations featuring information on more than two million nonprofits, along with numerous filters to refine extensive search results.

The trial of this new Guidestar product runs from Aug. 28, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2017. You can access the site via www.guidestar.org.

Two online demos of GuideStar Pro Library Services will be available. One takes place Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at 10 a.m. and a second one on Wednesday, Sept.  6 at 2 p.m. Users can sign up for either one 

Based on the results of the trial and feedback, it will be determined if the library will proceed with the annual subscription. Send your feedback to Pattie Sobczak. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pattie Sobczak at psobczak@vcu.edu.

By Patricia Sobczak, Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian

Reference Management: move to Mendeley or Zotero

VCU Libraries will discontinue its subscription to the RefWorks citation management tool as of August 31, 2018. Librarians will be happy to assist faculty with moving references and learning the capabilities of other citation managers such as  Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote. RefWorks users can continue to use RefWorks for the current academic year, and make the transition at a time that is convenient.

If you plan to transition from RefWorks to Mendeley or use Mendeley already, VCU Libraries has a substantial number of free premium upgrades available to faculty on a first come, first served basis. Contact us to request an upgrade, to learn more or to request instruction for your students.

Along with helping you keep track of the articles you’re reading, reference management software can auto-generate citations and bibliographies and make it easy to share resources with collaborators and students. VCU Libraries offers support for two of the most popular reference managers, Mendeley and Zotero.

Using browser extensions, these tools can quickly save reference information from PubMed, Web of Science, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, Google Scholar and other online databases. Or metadata can be retrieved from imported PDFs. Group libraries allow users to share the full text and associated notes. When writing, both Mendeley and Zotero interact with Word to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies. For those using LaTeX, both can generate a BibTeX file.

Base accounts with both these tools are free and VCU Libraries has 500 free Mendeley upgrades available to faculty upon request.

Contact VCU Libraries to learn more

By Martha Roseberry, science and engineering research librarian

Anatomy.TV: Explore the human body in 3D

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VCU now offers unlimited access to Anatomy.TV, which features comprehensive and interactive 3D models of the human body.

This digital medical resource provides more than 6,500 anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, illustrations and animations that span every region of the body. The models are developed using real scan data providing medically accurate representations. The interactive human body is separated into nine regions that are fully explorable from simple structures in the head and neck area to the complexity of gross motor functions.

VCU’s Anatomy.TV subscription gives users access to three interactive modules: 3D Atlas, 3D Real-time and Functional Anatomy.

  • 3D Atlas presents a foundational learning experience, allowing users to select specific structures or systems. It provides interactive 3D views that can be layered, MRI scans, anatomical illustrations and movies. 3D Atlas operates like an interactive textbook, providing a guided look at the human anatomy.
  • 3D Real-time provides the same content as 3D Atlas, but offers a greater customizable and interactive experience. Users can fully explore 3D anatomical structures with an enhanced ability to rotate, zoom and layer. Structures can be made opaque or translucent and may be viewed in isolation or within its greater system. 3D Real-time also supports annotation and pin creation, audio pronunciations, drawing and labeling, and a stereoscopic 3D effect for viewing with 3D glasses.
  • Functional Anatomy includes a 3D anatomy atlas of over 290 interactive views, more than 75 muscle function animations and over 80 surface anatomy movies for real-life context. This module focuses on the musculoskeletal systems and their movements.

Anatomy.TV is indexed and exportable allowing for integration into presentations, slides and other study materials. Interactive quizzes and tutorial videos are also available to users.

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By K.J. Ricasata, Tompkins-McCaw Library Stacks Supervisor and Public Relations intern

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Image: Anatomy.TV