McGoogan News

In the library with a study dragon

Submitted by Dawn Wilson

Need a little motivation to get you through all these tests?

Feeling a little lonely and think a study buddy could help?

Don’t trust yourself to study as long and as hard as you need?

These problems are all easily solved! All you need is to adopt a study dragon. Study dragons are extremely supportive; all you have to do is try your hardest. But. (Dun-dStudy Dragonsun-dun, says the scary music cue.) But, if you do not try your hardest, if you slack off even though you know deep down you should be studying instead of playing that video game, your dragon will know. And because they are carnivorous and breathe fire, the dragon will light you on fire and eat you.

Now, if that’s not motivation, we don’t know what is.

The History of the Study Dragon

Study dragons love being part of the medical sciences field because that’s where they were originally created. Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Kara who had osteosarcoma. (It’s okay, she’s healthy now!) A McGoogan Library staff member named Steven traveled halfway across the globe several times to sit with her in the hospital. Steven was best friends with Kara’s dad, so he went to remain calm and supportive during treatments, and to sit up with Kara all night long so her parents could sleep. When they got bored, they did crafts—and poof! Suddenly they were surrounded by Guardian Dragons.

Kara and Steven made Guardian Dragons during her treatments and gave them away to the other children in the hospital to watch over them.

Steven brought the dragons back to the library. The dragons realized that the health sciences students needed their support, too. Going through school can be difficult, lonely, frustrating, and a plethora of other negative emotions—but it’s all going to be worth it. The study dragons invaded the library to remind you that it’ll all be okay, because there are people who are going to need your help; just keep trying your hardest!

Adopt your dragon (or a sheep) at the Ask Us desk—and do try not to spill condiments on yourself over lunch.

**DISCLAIMER: Library Staff cannot be held responsible for the actions of a study dragon.

Study Sheep

Resource spotlight: Proofreading help with Grammarly

Writing Support by Grammarly@EDU grammar check tool is now available to all UNMC students, staff, and faculty. Grammarly@EDU is an automated grammar tutor and writing revision tool for academic writing. Use your UNMC email to register at Grammarly.com/EDU.

A web-based application, Grammarly@EDU works one-on-one with a you to develop sentence-level writing skills, prevent plagiarism, and reinforce proper revision habits. Upload drafts of your papers to Grammarly@EDU to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar and double-check if all sources are properly cited!

Automated Grammar Tutor

Patent-pending technology identifies problem areas in student writing, and delivers instant instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar.

Revision Tool

Engaging user-interface transforms the revision of text into a learning session that is both structured and connected to students’ immediate writing challenges.

Citation Audit

Originality detection technology allows students to check their own work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against a database of 10+ billion documents.

Health sciences book sale and fundraiser

Between September 15 and October 24, the library is holding its annual Fall book “sale” to benefit the library at Omaha’s Fontenelle Elementary School. Carts of available books will be located in the library on the 6th floor. Books, dated within the last ten years, cover a variety of health sciences-related subjects, from anatomy to physiology.

Every year we raise money to purchase new books for the school library. Stop by and browse our selection, buff up your book collection, and help the library at Fontenelle Elementary School at the same time.

Books are available for a donation only.

Author disambiguation with ORCID iD

Do you worry about getting credit for your research because your name is common or you have publications under multiple aliases? Do you struggle to keep track of all of your research outputs? Are you annoyed by having to enter the same information over and over in manuscript and grant submission systems?

To solve these problems, there’s now ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID is registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, mobile, and community-based. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier to DISTINGUISH YOU from all other researchers, AUTOMATICALLY LINKING your professional activities. For example,

  • Funding organizations like the U.S. NIH, Wellcome Trust, and Portuguese FCT are requesting ORCID iDs during grant submission and plan to use it to reduce the burden of grant submission
  • Publishers are collecting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and your ORCID iD becomes a part of your publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you
  • Professional associations like the Society for Neuroscience are incorporating ORCID iDs into membership renewal

Over time, this collaborative effort will reduce redundant entry of biographical and bibliographical data into multiple systems. Your ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career as a persistent identifier to distinguish you from other researchers and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work.

To get started:

1. Claim your free ORCID iD athttp://orcid.org/register

2. Import your research outputs from Scopus and add biographical information using automated import wizards

3. Use your ORCID when you apply for grants, submit publications, or share your CV. Learn more at http://orcid.org

If you have questions about ORCID or need assistance connecting your ORCID iD with your Scopus author profiles, contact Heather Brown at hlbrown@unmc.edu.