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Volume 2 | Issue 3 | March 2012         

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AMA Manual of Style   |   Student Corner   |    Faculty Corner   |   American Heart Month

AMA Manual of Style

The Medical Library has recently subscribed to the electronic version of the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 10th Edition!

AMA is the most utilized citation style in the medical field. It can help you format in-text citations and bibliographies for:
  • Your Capstone project
  • Grants
  • Publications
  • Conference Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations
Though citation management programs, such as RefWorks, are wonderful for formatting citations quickly and easily, they are not always 100% accurate. You can now access the style manual via the Medical Library's homepage under the eBook Shelf for quick reference on attributing both common and unique resources!

Student Corner

Medical Library Support for Capstone Projects

Finding too much information for your Capstone project? Or maybe not enough? The Medical Library is here to help you get through every step of your project!
  • Selecting Resources to Search There are many resources in addition to PubMed that can help you conduct your literature review!
    • Library OneSearch: Start your search with Library OneSearch -- a single search box that searches the library catalog, library databases, and web resources and as a result is a good place to start for multidisciplinary projects.
      • ERIC: If your project is education-focused, try this comprehensive database for educational research!
      • Google Scholar: If your Capstone topic is novel or emerging, try using Google Scholar as it finds grey literature often not found in other sources, such as pre-published materials, conference abstracts & papers, theses & dissertations as well as technical reports!
      • PsycINFO: Includes scholarly articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations in the behavioral sciences, psychology, and psychiatry!
      • Web of Science: Includes literature from a variety of disciplines, but is especially useful for finding conference proceedings!
    If you're doing a Clinical Project, check out the new Clinical Projects Research Guide, a comprehensive list of library resources and websites on research design, information for authors, IRB, and more! Educational Project Research Guide is forthcoming!
    • Strategies for Searching As you're learning the ropes for effectively searching resources, such as PubMed, follow these simple strategies for revising your searches:
    1. Start Simple Brainstorm a few keywords related to your topic and search! Use the results to decide next steps for your search.
    2. Broaden Your Search (too few results)
      • Use OR to combine similar/related concepts
      • Remove all limits
      • Use truncation to expand your search terms (e.g. vaccin* searches vaccine, vaccines, vaccinations, influenza vaccine, etc)
    3. Narrow Your Search (too many results)
      • Use AND to combine two or more different concepts
      • Add limits such as language, publication date, or type of publication
      • Use controlled vocabulary (e.g. MeSH in PubMed, Thesaurus in PsycINFO, etc)
    • Citation Management You just learned about RefWorks in Capstone, but maybe you need some additional help!
      • RefWorks Research Guide The team at RefWorks has a quick informational guide reviewing the major features of RefWorks including importing and organizing citations, sharing citations, and creating customized bibliographies.
      • OUWB Medical Library RefWorks Quick Guide Our own library quick guide gives you step-by-step instructions for importing PubMed citations into RefWorks and using Write-N-Cite to properly integrate and format in-text citations and bibliographies!

    You are also encouraged to contact one of us or drop by the Medical Library Office (KL 130) to discuss your project topic in a one-on-one meeting. We can guide you to additional resources based on your unique project proposal, review PubMed search strategies, or revisit RefWorks!


    USMLE Resources Brown Bag Bring your lunch and join us for an informal session on Tuesday, April 10 from 12:00-1:00pm in KL 100! Misa Mi will introduce participants to the array of library materials available to practice for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)-style exams.

    Faculty Corner

    Highlighted Faculty Publications

    Faculty Development Opportunities

    Information Mastery Program with CME Credit The Information Mastery Series continues in March and April! Please contact the Medical Library at with any questions.

    • Searching PubMed for the Best Evidence The session is designed and offered for those faculty who have mastered basic PubMed search techniques and who would like to learn how to use unique PubMed filters and search strategies (Limits, Clinical Queries, My NCBI) to retrieve relevant information for patient care and clinical research. Also covered in the session are different ways of locating full-text journal articles via PubMed. Flyer
      • Grosse Pointe: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4:00-5:00pm, Lower Level Private Dining Room
      • Oakland University: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:30-2:30pm, Kresge Library 225B (NOTE: New Date and Time)
    • Keeping Afloat in the Sea of Biomedical Information The session will provide faculty with tools, techniques, and strategies to stay abreast of what is new in a field of interest and to develop a personal information management plan for keeping current. Participants will learn how to use RSS feed of PubMed search results, My NCBI, Google Reader, and others, to meet individual needs for staying updated. Flyer
      • Royal Oak: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:00-5:00pm, South Tower 3rd Floor Surgical Learning Center, Classrooms 1 & 2
      • Troy: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:00-5:00pm, Hospital Ground Floor, Classrooms 1 & 2
      • Grosse Pointe: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 4:00-5:00pm, Lower Level Private Dining Room
      • Oakland University: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:30-2:30pm, Kresge Library 430R (eLIS)

    William Beaumont Hospital designates this training activity is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


    Upcoming Brown Bag Sessions Just a reminder about these upcoming Brown Bag sessions from the Medical Library! These informal sessions include a brief presentation and demonstration followed by an open forum driven by participants! All OU faculty are welcome! Please contact the Medical Library at with any questions.

    • Tuesday, March 27: ARTstor - Images for Medical Education (12:00-1:00pm, KL 100) Katie Greer, Information Literacy and First Year Experience Librarian, Kresge Library, will give a guest session on using ARTstor, an image database, for locating and using medical images and illustrations for educational purposes.
    • Tuesday, April 10: USMLE Resources (12:00-1:00pm, KL 100) Misa Mi will introduce participants to the array of library materials available to practice for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)-style exams. This session is open to both faculty and students.
    • Tuesday, April 24: Google Scholar v. PubMed (repeat) (12:00-1:00pm, KL 100). If you missed the February session, Misa Mi will revisit the difference between PubMed and Google and share tips and tricks for advanced searching in PubMed and Google. This session is open to both faculty and students.


    Medical Education Research Faculty Learning Community continues, so join us for the following events! Please email Misa Mi,, with any questions.

    • Friday, April 6, 2012: Research Forum (12:00-1:00pm, KL 225B). Faculty Learning Community will discuss and plan individual and group teaching/educational research projects. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP to Misa Mi, by Thursday, March 29, 2012.
    • Friday, April 20, 2012: What is Metacognition? Are metacognitive skills teachable?(12:00-1:00pm, KL 100). Facilitator: Misa Mi, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

    All OUWB faculty interested in education research are encouraged to participate. Visit the website to learn more about the faculty learning community or view the complete 2012 Program Schedule.

    American Heart Month Lunch 'n Learn

    The OUWB Celebrates American Heart Month in February!

    Over 40 OUWB students, faculty, and staff recognized American Heart Month on Monday, February 27th by participating in the American Heart Month Lunch 'n Learn sponsored by Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, the Medical Library, and Student Services!

    Dr. Pamela Marcovitz, Director of the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak discussed 'Women and Heart Disease: Screening, Diagnosis, and Prevention' focusing on the physician's role in preventing heart disease in women and current research trends.
    Stefanie Worth, Senior Community Health Director at the American Heart Association Regional Chapter in Southfield, MIchigan, shared her own family's battle with heart disease and the ways in which the AHA raises awareness of heart disease in the greater Southeast Michigan area.

    Photos courtesy of Caryn Reed-Hendon

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