Archive for October, 2008

Do you use CINAHL’s “cite this” for APA style?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

CINAHL now has a “cite this” button that provides a citation to an article in six popular styles including APA. Unfortunately, it’s incorrectly adding specific dates when the volume is specified. (For those of you following along at home see rule 4.11, p.227 in the Publication Manual.) The problem has been reported to EBSCO. In the meantime make sure to check the form of date it generates.

In this example since Nursing Times caries volume information do not include the month and day.

Tweddell, L. (2008, July 15). How NT won the training campaign. Nursing Times104(28), 18-21. Retrieved October 22, 2008, from CINAHL database.

RefWorks handles this example successfully.

11 tools to manage your to-read list

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Whether you’re an iPhone user or a humble computer user like myself, there’s a tool for you here. From Palin Ningthoujam at

Sometimes we discover interesting websites that we want to save to check out later because we’re busy with other tasks. For such occasions, there is a new breed of browser addons, bookmarklets, and special bookmarking services available to help save those urls and retrieve them easily later. Here are 11 of them.

Using RefWorks with Apple Pages

Monday, October 13th, 2008

A couple Mac users have called the reference desk this week asking if they can use RefWorks Write-N-Cite with Pages, the iLife wordprocessing software. I asked the helpful folks at RefWorks support who said that WNC does not work with Pages, but suggested this work around:

One Line / Cite View does work with Pages and RefWorks can format the bibliography if it is saved as an RTF file.

This method should work for anyone who uses a word processor other than Microsoft Word that can save in RTF format such as Google Docs.

Searching Scopus is not a substitute for searching MEDLINE

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Scopus is a powerful, easy-to-use tool for searching the scholarly literature on health, life, physical, and social sciences. Scott Library users especially appreciate its cited reference searching as long as the original paper wasn’t published before 1996.  It covers over 15,000 journals including 100% of the journal titles covered in MEDLINE, but that is not the same as saying it has all of MEDLINE. MEDLINE journals are only comprehensively included back to 1996.

They’re currently doing an extensive backfill program, but for now don’t assume that you’ve searched MEDLINE with a Scopus search.