Archive for the 'New Resources' Category

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SciENcv, New NIH tool for Biosketches

“NIH has worked closely with six other federal agencies (DOD, DOE, EPA, NSF, USDA, and the Smithsonian), the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and the extramural research community to create a system that will provide comprehensive curriculum vita information, and at the same time reduce the burden associated with applying for research support. This system — the Science Experts Network or SciENcv — enables researchers to easily maintain and generate biosketches for federal grant applications and progress reports, and, as of September, is available to the public in a beta version.” More information is at

Try it by going to My NCBI and sign in at

ProQuest History Vault Immigration

Via Alexa Pearce: “The Library has trial access to the Proquest History Vault’s Immigration collection, comprising records of the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) from 1880-1930. The collection consists primarily of correspondence among Bureau of Immigration and INS workers and other federal agents, case files, and investigative reports.”

This database consists of:

  • A large collection of primary source documents including case files, investigative reports by agents, documents by groups advocating or opposing immigration laws and practices, and correspondence.
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 1: Asian Immigration and Exclusion, 1906-1913
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 1: Supplement: Asian Immigration and Exclusion, 1898-1941
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 2: Mexican Immigration, 1906-1930
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 3: Ellis Island, 1900-1933
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 4: European Investigations, 1898-1936
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 5: Prostitution and White Slavery, 1902-1933
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part 6: Suppression of Aliens, 1906-1930
  • Voices from Ellis Island: An Oral History of American Immigration

To access the database, use this link:

The trial runs through November 21, 2013. Please send feedback to Alexa Pearce (

Database Trial: ProQuest Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953)

ProQuest Summary:

Gain insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language Chinese historical newspapers. Included are critical perspectives on the ending of more than 2,000 years of imperial rule in China, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer Rebellion and the events leading up to the1911 Xinhai Revolution, and the subsequent founding of the Republic of China. In addition to the article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable access to advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history.

The trial runs until November 27, 2013 and the database may be accessed here:
Please send any feedback to Liangyu Fu at

PubMed Commons: Comments Welcome

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PubMed Commons has been implemented on a trial basis. This feature will allow researchers to comment on any article indexed at PubMed and read the comments of others. Eligibility is limited to those with an NIH or Wellcome Trust grant or to those who are listed as an author on any publication listed in PubMed. The latter group has to get an invitation from the former.

Read more here:

Join Pub Med’s Revolution in Post Publication Peer Review
James Coyne | PlosOne blog
October 22, 2013

And, for further background on the impetus for this feature:

Stanford professor’s pivotal role in bringing commenting capability to PubMed
Rosanne Spector | School of Medicine News [Stanford]
October 29, 2013

Cell phone data for research

The following conference was based on the use of cell phone data for research – mostly involving mobility, but also group differences in work/residential location. Demographers are starting to use this data source. We link below to a paper in the social media session at PAA 2013.

Net Mobility Conference 2013

Conference Program (pdf)

Submissions to D4D challange (122 MB). This book contains copies of all the submissions to the D4D challenge that have been selected for NetMob. It is a large file (850 pages).

Winning Paper
African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data
David Talbot | MIT Technical Review
April 30,2013

Paper from PAA 2013 Social Media Session
New Approaches to Human Mobility: Using Mobile Phones for Demographic Research
John Palmer, et al.
April 11-13, 2013

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Fact sheet from National Library of Medicine about the differences of these database.

Call for Papers: Epidemiologic Reviews

Epidemiologic Reviews is a sister publication of American Journal of Epidemiology and publishes critical reviews on specific themes once a year. The theme in 2014 will be Women’s Health and manuscript submissions are being solicited.

More information can be found here.

Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters

In October 2012, Thomson Reuters will release the Data Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform. See a video introduction here.

According to Thomson Reuters, researchers can:

  • Maximize your research efforts with access to the most influential repositories, data sets and studies from a single destination
  • Speed the time to discovery by building upon previous, quality digital research
  • Understand data in context through summary information connected to the work it informed
  • Track the use and importance of research data across multiple disciplines
  • Get a complete view of scholarly research output
  • Support proper attribution to data research through standard citation format.
  • New POPLINE website

    From the announcement:
    This revised website gives you new ways to use POPLINE, the world’s largest database of reproductive health literature. Though we add thousands of new records to the database each year, this is the first major update to the website since 2003.

    What’s New?

      Modern design
      Multiple export options
      Mobile-friendly interface
      Customizable Advanced Search
      Saved searches and My Documents
      Over 400-pre-coordinated instant searches
      User profiles & updated document request process
      Filter search results by Keyword, Country, Language, and Year

    New UM Library Resource: Statista

    Announcement from Catherine Morse, Government Information and Political Science Librarian, Clark Library, Hatcher Graduate Library:

    All three campuses have access to Statista, an online portal for statistical charts, graphs and tables on a variety of subjects including: marketing, demographics, communication, technology, politics, health, leisure and public opinion. Statista offers recent data, not time series, and comes from government sources like the World Bank and the U.S. Census as well as industry, marketing, and trade groups. Tables, charts and graphs can be downloaded as images or into Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel.

    Statista can be accessed here: