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Looking for grants to support your research? Go for PIVOT!

Thu, 2015-06-18 14:58

PIVOT is one of the most comprehensive database of funding opportunities for all disciplines from federal agencies and private US and international foundations. UCSF affiliates can create accounts to save searches and set up funding alerts. Pivot also provides easy access to faculty profiles at UCSF and other institutions.

The Research Development Office, in collaboration with the Library, is pleased to offer monthly trainings for faculty, staff, postdocs and students on Pivot.

Click here for the monthly training schedule for faculty and staff.
Click here for the schedule for postdocs and students.

If you need additional assistance after attending a class, the Library offers individual consultations during monthly Pop-up sessions at the Hub on the Mission Bay campus.

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EndNote Basic/Online Quick Reference Guide

Wed, 2015-06-10 11:30

EndNote “basic” (formerly known as EndNote Web or EndNote online) is a free  online version of EndNote that complements the desktop version.  It is a simplified stripped-down version and is not designed to replace the more comprehensive desktop application. With EndNote basic however you can access your account from any computer that has an internet connection and you can transfer references to and from the desktop version.

You may find this previous post useful:

What’s Desktop EndNote? EndNote Web? Online EndNote? EndNote Basic? – I’m Confused!

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Creating a “Watch Folder” in EndNote

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:10

A “watch folder” is  a feature that will automatically import all PDF files saved in a chosen folder from your hard drive to your library when you open EndNote.

To use this feature follow these steps:

  • Select PDF Handling from EndNote Preferences









  • Select the folder from where you want EndNote to import your PDFs into your library





  • Download or copy your files to this folder for automatic importing. When you run EndNote Desktop, any new PDFs added to this folder will be automatically imported to your personal library

After EndNote runs the import operation, EndNote creates a subfolder called Import within the Auto Import Folder. EndNote also imports a copy of each PDF to this folder.

Note that EndNote does not import from subfolders within the Auto Import Folder.

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EndNote Plug-In for Apple Pages Word Processor

Mon, 2015-04-27 16:14

If you’re using Apple’s Pages  instead of MS Word you’ll have to install the Pages EndNote plug-in if you want to cite references and create a bibliography:

More information here

Note that there are versions available for Pages 5.0 or later, and earlier versions.

Note: The plug-in is installed automatically when Pages ’09 is installed as part of the iWork suite (from a trial, retail box, Configure to Order, or volume license.)

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Getting RefWorks’ Write-n-Cite to Work on the Mac

Mon, 2015-04-06 13:48

If you’re using Write-n-Cite/ProQuest for Word on a Mac with the Mavericks or Yosemite operating systems you may have trouble getting it to format your bibliography. You can easily fix this by downloading and installing Java 6 from the Apple website before you download Write-n-Cite.

There is also a link from the Write-n-Cite download page in your RefWorks account:

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The Library’s Pop-Up Consultation Services

Mon, 2015-03-30 14:19

Maybe you’ve researching a health topic but can’t seem to find relevant papers in PubMed and are too busy to make a regular appointment with an export searcher. Or, you’re having trouble using reference management software such as EndNote or Zotero. Perhaps you want advice on which tools to use for data management.

UCSF Library’s “pop-ups’ are regularly held informal consultation sessions for faculty, students and staff where you can just drop in and get help with a variety of research questions. Current topics include:

  • PubMed & Finding Information
  • Reference/Citation Management
  • Pivot: Finding Funding Opportunities & Research Collaborators
  • Bioinformatics for Biologists
  • NIH Public Access Policy & UC Open Access Policy

Pop-Ups are currently held at Mission Bay, in Mission Hall’s “The Hub.”

Click here for more information and Pop-Up schedule.


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H-Index: What it is and How You Find Yours.

Mon, 2015-03-09 15:16

Journals have long been ranked in order of relative “importance” by their journal impact factor (IF), but that system has come under increasing criticism.  There is a more general debate on the validity of the impact factor as a measure of journal importance and the effect of policies that editors may adopt to boost their impact factor (perhaps to the detriment of readers and writers).

The h-index, originally described in 2005 by it’s namesake Jorge Hirsch, is a measurement that aims to describe the scientific productivity and impact of a researcher. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. The larger the number of important papers, the higher the h-index, regardless of where the work was published. It relies on citations to your papers, not the journals, which is a truer measure of quality.

A researcher’s h-index can be calculated manually by locating citation counts for all published papers and ranking them numerically by the number of times cited. However, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar can also be used to calculate an h-index.

This video from the Medical College of Wisconsin describes the h-index in greater detail and how to find it using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.


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