We Are Moving!

Dear Readers,

UCSF Library’s Blog, In Plain Sight, is moving to a new home this month, January 2018. We are now posting this blog on the UCSF Library website. Please bookmark the new link.  Look out for new content every week! We plan on bringing you even more of the same great content on a variety of library topics: reference managers, spotlight on various databases we subscribe to, research hacks, and so much more!
Best Wishes,
Research Librarian 
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VisualDX, you asked for it and here it is!

UCSF Library is pleased to provide a trial of VisualDx.

Find it here:  https://ucsf.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.visualdx.com/visualdx or by searching in Databases from the UCSF Library home page. Bookmark the library.ucsf.edu homepage while you are here!


  1. Aids in visual diagnosis of skin lesions and more.

2.Will create a differential diagnosis  based on symptoms and signs you provide.

  1. Contains disease information as well. Includes visual formulations of illness presentations. See image at bottom for AIDP.

Access it from your computer and mobile device (see image below).

VisualDx and UpToDate integrate with one another. You will see VisualDx icons in UTD and vice-versa. These will not appear on the mobile apps for either.

Please try out VisualDx and let us know what you think. Please forward any questions you have as well.


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Faculty of 1000…but wait, there’s more!

The famous infomercial line fits F1000 pretty well. F100o is a three-part online platform which:

  1. Provides article recommendations based on user interests. (F1000 Prime).
  2. Stores, organizes and cites articles, books, and websites in documents you are writing. (F1000 Workspace also lets you upload your documents for collaborative writing).
  3. Provides an open access publication to which you may publish your work (F1000 Research).

But wait… there’s more! F1000 is free to UCSF users. UCSF Library licenses F1000 for the institution.

Today we will cover F1000 Workspace. Workspace is a two-part product. Part one is  a reference manager like EndNote or RefWorks. Workspace provides a platform on which to post your work in progress and allow your team members to collaboratively edit.

F1000 Reference manager, basic steps:

This link goes to a handout with more details than what follows:  https://ucsf.box.com/s/6pxfieeuqpvp2zh6t54oejx2c1qt54dm

  1. Set up an account.
  2. Configure the software.
  3. Add material to F1000 from databases, catalogs, websites, PDFs on your computer and more!
  4. Organize information within F1000
  5. Add in-text citations and a reference list to your documents.
  6. Go to library.ucsf.edu
  7. Search for F1000 in Databases
  8. Sign up for an account, use your UCSF email when you do so.
  9. Add the browser extension and the writing plug-in from the Tools menu. The browser extension will match the browser you are using to access F1000. Notice F1000 works in GoogleDocs. Notice also there is a mobile app for Android and iPhone.Image of Tools menu from F1000
  10. Verify that F1000 appears in Word and GoogleDocs.Image of F1000 tool bar in Word 2016 for Mac
  11. Verify the browser tool shows up in your browser. Safari shows it as grey F to left of search box, others as a colored F (see right) to the right of the search box.F1000 icon

We will continue next time with the use of F1000. If you can’t wait, F1000 has video tutorials here: https://f1000.com/work/faq/how-to-videos 

Please let me know questions.



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UCSF at the OpenCon Conference

OpenCon 2017 brings together leading student and early career academic professionals  from around the world to learn, network and advance open access, open data and open education. The UCSF Library is sponsoring Assistant Professional Researcher Samantha Hindle to attend the OpenCon Conference taking place in Berlin over the next few days.

Through programming, workshops and networking, OpenCon participants develop critical skills and knowledge to help catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.

This is the first year that the Library has sponsored OpenCon. Attendance is by application, ensuring that all attendees are engaged with open access and open science matters. The organizers also limit the number of participants by geographic location, in order to guarantee equal representation from all parts of the world. Sam Hindle is a strong advocate for open science and scholarly communication initiatives that improve scientific communication and make science fun again! See more about Sam’s activities in this area.

We’re proud to sponsor Sam, and excited to be able to collaborate with her and other UCSF scholars to help bring innovative new ideas to UCSF to advance scientific research and communication. To find out more about OpenCon visit http://www.opencon2017.org/.

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EndNote is no longer available on OnTheHub … your options for purchase

EndNote is the most well-known of the current set of reference managers. Until 2 weeks ago, EndNote was available to the UCSF community for under $80 through OnTheHub. Sadly, that great price is not available now. We do not know when, or if, UCSF OnTheHub will offer it again.

If you plan to purchase EndNote today, the best prices are found through non-UCSF OnTheHub: https://estore.onthehub.com/WebStore/ProductSearchOfferingList.aspx?vsro=8&srch=endnotet

  • Students: $114
  • Faculty: $219
  • If you have an older version of EndNote installed on your computer and wish to upgrade to version X8: $100

Too pricey? There are good alternatives to EndNote. For UCSF people, RefWorks and Faculty of 1000 are free. Zotero and Mendeley are free to all users. There are other low-cost options.

In the meantime, we are investigating what we can do to get the $80 EndNote deal back.

Finally, EndNote X8 is available from BearBuy if your department or school plans to buy it for you. See https://supplychain.ucsf.edu/bearbuy for more information.

Please let me know questions.



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Clinical Prep “Warms Up Your Brain” for Clinical Rotations

We just received word that AccessMedicine has added a new feature called, you guessed it, Clinical Prep. Access Medicine is a useful collection of books and other materials and with Clinical Prep they are trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Clinical Prep can found in Quick Reference. See image to right.

Content is divided into familiar segments of clinical practice (see image below). Each segment contains clinical questions and answers and a link to the content from which the answer is drawn.

For example, if you were going to interview and examine a patient who might have Irritable Bowel Syndrome you might want to know what symptoms would make you consider alternate diagnoses?

Go to Gastrointestinal, scroll down to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and then look at the Diagnosis questions. See image below.

That is enough to get you started. Please let us know if you have any questions.


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Four Factors of Fair Use – The Fourth Factor: The Effect of the Use on the Potential Market

Assessing the fourth factor of fair use can be the trickiest, because one needs to consider existing and potential markets for the work, including secondary markets, which might include translations, movie rights, or images on mouse pads or coffee mugs. Uses that can result in lost sales for already established markets tend to be determined as not a fair use by the courts. Another consideration for this factor is whether or not there is a reasonable way to purchase or license the work; typically, courts will rule against fair use if this was an option. Uses that cause minimal harm, or that would generate transformative markets will weigh more heavily in favor of fair use. The effect on potential markets is also linked to the purpose of the use. If you are using material from an article for education, research or scholarship, a potential harmful effect on the market may be difficult to prove. However, if you are using the material for commercial purposes, effect on potential markets may be easier to prove and result in a finding against fair use. Questions to ask when applying this factor: Could your use result in lost sales? What would happen if everyone used the work as you plan to? Is there a reasonable way to purchase or license the work?

Check out these LibGuides for more information on copyright, fair use, and finding and using images:

Questions? Contact Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian.

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Four Factors of Fair Use – The Third Factor: The Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Taken

The third factor of fair use concerns itself with the amount of material used from a particular work. Have you used only what you need to achieve your purpose? Can you achieve your purpose without it, or with less? Is what you are using “the heart of the work?”

Courts do not set limits on quantity. There is no maximum; even the use of an entire work can be fair, particularly if the use is transformative. And there is no minimum; using a small portion may not be fair under certain circumstances. However, generally, the more you use, the more likely the use will be determined as not a fair use. Courts have also ruled against fair use when a small amount was used but was determined to be “the heart of the work.” An example of this could be a small section of a magazine article, but which contained the “scoop.” Another example could be a film clip that contained the most creative expression of the film. The courts have ruled in favor of fair use when works are transformative (parody, criticism, commentary) even with large amounts of a work used. In non-transformative cases, the courts are more concerned with whether your use might affect the market for the work.

Come see us! The Library will be hosting a table today in the lobby of the Medical Sciences Building from 12:00-1:00pm, and in the lobby of the Parnassus Library from 1:30-2:30pm. Stop by, learn about fair use, ask any copyright questions, and grab a snack to go!

Check out these LibGuides for more information on copyright, fair use, and finding and using images:

Questions? Contact Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian.

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Four Factors of Fair Use – The Second Factor: The Nature of the Copyrighted Work

When assessing the second factor of fair use, think about the work itself. Courts tend to favor factual works over more highly creative works as a fair use. So an original poem or short story would garner stronger copyright protections from the courts than a factual article on the etiology of diabetes mellitus. Courts are typically more protective of creative works (art, poetry, film) than non-fiction works. In the same way, courts have favored published works over non-published manuscripts, giving recognition to an author’s right to first publication. There may also be other factors to consider, such as if the work is out of print, or if is an “orphan work,” where the author or copyright holder is unknown or can’t be found after a due-diligence search. Most of the time, however, the courts have focused discussion of this factor around the factual vs creative content and the publication status of the material.

Check out these LibGuides for more information on copyright, fair use, and finding and using images:

Questions? Contact Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian.

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Four Factors of Fair Use – The First Factor: The Purpose and Character of the Use

The first factor of fair use centers around why you are using the portion of copyrighted material, and what you want to do with it. The courts generally favor, and it is written into the fair use statute, that nonprofit educational uses are favored over a commercial use of the copyrighted material. Courts also tend to favor transformative use, so when weighing this factor, think about whether or not your use is transformative. Types of transformative uses include parody, indexes, or criticisms; for example, if you took two different methods sections from two different papers and marked them up to illustrate to your students how one method was an example of an excellent research methodology, while the other was an example of a poor or incomplete methodology.

Even so, transformative use is not always necessary for the first factor to be determined as a fair use. The law explicitly states “teaching, including multiple copies for classroom use” as an example of a fair use. Non-transformative uses must rely more heavily on the non-commercial aspect of a use and the public or educational benefit of the use.

Check out these LibGuides for more information on copyright, fair use, and finding and using images:

Questions? Contact Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian.

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