March 2019 Classes by Miner Library

March 6, 2019

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

Blackboard: Using Panopto in your Course
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Register
Blackboard: Using Voicethread in your Course
Date: Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
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Blackboard Assignments for Instructors
Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register
Blackboard Tests and Surveys
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Register

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.


Nope! We’re not trading these cards for anything!

March 5, 2019
Dr. Thomas Electric Oil - front

Trade card (front) advertising Dr. Thomas’ Electric Oil, a remedy prepared by Foster, Milburn & Co., Buffalo, NY

When we say “trade cards,” what comes to mind?

Maybe those cards depicting baseball players, with all those tiny numbers on the back? The ones collected and traded by children of all ages?

It may surprise you to know that we have more than 2,600 trade cards! But they have nothing to do with baseball players, and we wouldn’t trade them for anything. They’re part of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine.

Trade card (back)

These late 19th and early 20th century cards advertise patent medicines, mineral waters, dietary supplements, and other health products; everything from breath freshener to Coca-Cola.

The rapid development of new consumer markets in the post-Civil War U.S. created a need for an effective national advertising medium, a need met by the lithographed trade card. Today, these colorful cards offer a glimpse of the society, culture, and economy in which 19th century Americans lived. The fact that these palm-sized pieces of paper have survived for over a hundred years in such excellent condition is amazing.

Over the last four years, we have been scanning the trade cards in this collection and uploading them into UR Research. (Enter Atwater Patent Medicine Trade Cards in the Search field at the top of the page.) All 2,600 cards haven’t been scanned yet, but we’re working on it. We just scanned and uploaded the two-thousandth card.

What’s UR Research?

UR Research is an institutional repository developed and hosted by the River Campus Libraries. It provides storage and access for dissertations, preprints, research data, and similar materials.

UR Research also can provide researchers with a private, secure workspace for collaboration with other researchers. Once you set up your own workspace, you can give controlled access to others.

For questions about UR Research: Use the Contact Us form


High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Big Data: Scary, Scrupulous, Secretive? All three?, March 13, at Noon.

March 5, 2019

Please join us for the next High Noon on March 13th. We will be taking a tour of the ethical quandaries to the big data applications in our everyday lives.

This month we welcome UR Librarians Bob Berkman and Adrienne Canino. They will discuss the impacts of big data and the novel and thorny ethical dilemmas it presents in our day-to-day lives. They will explore how perceived future threats of emerging digital technologies were depicted in the popular and prescient 2002 film Minority Report. They will discuss which worrisome technology trends did come to pass, which did not, and what are a few of the unanticipated data concerns not predicted but are now in fact changing our culture, our sense of privacy, and even how our own University operates.

We hope you can join us for this exciting talk at noon in Miner Library’s History of Medicine Room. Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Liz Grace at 273-2265.


Getting the Most from EndNote – Capture Reference Feature

March 3, 2019

It is easy to export articles from scholarly databases like PubMed or Web of Science into EndNote, but how can you do insert a reference from popular media sources like the New York Times or government websites like CDC.gov?

Typically, you would have to create a new reference manually.  Now you can use the capture reference feature to export this information directly into EndNote.  It will not work for all websites, and you may only get partial data from others. So, you may still have to use the New Reference and Edit Reference features.  But using Capture Reference could make getting the reference data from many websites much easier.

• If you have not already set up an account with EndNote, you will have to do this first.

• From EndNote, click on References and then Preferences (For Mac users: Click on EndNote in the toolbar and then click on Preferences)

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• From here select Sync and click on the button labeled Enable Sync.

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• From here, you will have the option to create a new EndNote account by clicking on the Sign Up button.

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• Once you have your account set up, enter this web address into your browser:

http://www.myendnoteweb.com/EndNoteWeb.html?func=downloadInstallers&cat=download&

• Login using your account information.

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• From here, select the Downloads tab.

• To install the capture tool you will need to add this to your Bookmarks/Favorites bar – depending on your browser there might be two ways to do this:

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• Drag the Capture Reference button to your Bookmarks/Favorites bar

         or

• Right-click and select Add to Favorites or Bookmark this Link

• Navigate to a website that you would like to cite.

• Click on the Capture Reference bookmark.

• In the pop-up window, make sure to select EndNote.

• You may have to add some information manually.

• In the example below you would want to add the appropriate information to the Author, Access Year, and Access Date fields. You can also do this by using the Edit Reference feature in EndNote.

• Tip: Include a comma at the end of the author field when using an organization’s name. This will ensure that EndNote formats the name properly for in-text and bibliography citations.

• Click on the Save To button and the reference will be added to your library.

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EndNote is a citation management tool that can help you organize your research and save invaluable time creating your in-text citations and bibliographies.

To learn more about EndNote, sign up for one of our classes or schedule a meeting with Daniel Castillo.


Highlights from the History of Medicine: Black History Month

February 8, 2019

This February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we would like to observe the history of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and remember our own Dr. Edwin A. Robinson.

Dr. Edwin A. Robinson

Image shared by the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section at the Institute for Innovate Education’s Edward G. Miner Library.

Originally from Lakes Charles, Louisiana, Dr. Robinson graduated from Cornell University in 1939, prior to arriving at the University of Rochester.  Dr. Robinson graduated from the School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1943, and completed his coursework in just three-and-a-half years as part of the accelerated program.  The accelerated program was designed to help get more medics into the field during World War II.  Dr. Robinson served in the army during the war.

Dr. Robinson completed internships at Strong Memorial Hospital, Beth Israel and Harlem Hospitals in New York, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  After the war, he returned to Rochester where he opened a local practice in 1950 and later served two terms as president of Highland Hospital’s medical staff from 1967 through 1968.  He served on the boards of directors of the Salvation Army and Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Robinson actively recruited black students to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  In addition to his work with the University of Rochester, Dr. Robinson spent over three decades helping raise millions of dollars for the Tuskegee Institute at the behest of Booker T. Washington.

We honor Dr. Robinson for his duty to this country during World War II and for his invaluable contributions to our local communities through his work as a physician and his numerous activities in community service.


February 2019 Classes by Miner Library

February 6, 2019

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

Blackboard Discussion Boards
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Register
Blackboard: Using Voicethread in your Course
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.


Getting the Most from EndNote – Annotating PDFs

January 2, 2019

In a previous post we covered how to import full text PDFs into your EndNote library.  Having the PDFs attached to your library makes it easier to quickly locate and read the text.

Did you know that you can make annotations on these PDFs?  This simple-to-use feature is another way you can use EndNote to make it easier to organize and use your research.

• Select the PDF from the tabs along the right-hand side of the page and click on the Open PDF button.

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• From the PDF viewing screen, you can select some basic annotation tools (highlight, underline, sticky note, and strike out).

• Using the sticky note option adds a small icon to the text. You can click on this to open a small window where you can write and view notes.

• You can also use the Find… field to locate and highlight a specific word or phrase within the PDF; use the Find Previous and Find Next to scroll the multiple instances of the desired word or phrase.

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• You can save your annotations by clicking on the Save icon on the left-hand side of the toolbar directly above the PDF.

• You can also print out the PDF and any added annotations by clicking on the Print icon.

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EndNote is a citation management tool that can help you organize your research and save valuable time creating your in-text citations and bibliographies.

To learn more about EndNote sign up for one of our classes or schedule a meeting with Daniel Castillo.