Looking for a New Audience Response Tool?

poll everywhere logoPoll Everywhere is a live, online audience polling system that facilitates instant engagement with your audience. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the School of Medicine have partnered to bring this tool to the Health Sciences campus at no cost to instructors or students.

Top 5 reasons to use Poll Everywhere in your class or presentation:

No Clickers: Leave behind the hassle of checking out clickers from the Library! Poll Everywhere allows audience members to respond to questions through text or via the web on their own device! There’s even an app for that!

Instant Engagement: Watch response rates change as more participants answer your poll questions. This fun, interactive tool engages the audience instantly, and helps establish what they already know (or want to know!).

Unlimited Responses: You are no longer restricted by how many clickers you can check out and carry. With unlimited responses available for each question, Poll Everywhere can be used for your class of 10 students and your keynote presentation at a national conference.

Easy to Use: Setting up and administering polls is easy! No software to download. No additional equipment to use. Just log in to the website and create a poll in seconds. And, Poll Everywhere can stand alone, or integrate into PowerPoint or Google Slides.*

Variety of Poll Types: Bored with multiple choice question? So are your participants. Poll Everywhere allows you to go beyond multiple choice to elicit different kinds of responses from your audience. Use a Word Cloud to see what the most popular responses are; a ranking question to determine the audience’s priorities; have participants vote on each other’s responses; or display an image for your audience to interact with.

Ready to engage your audience using Poll Everywhere? Email ehsl-polling@lists.utah.edu to request an account and training.

*Integration into PowerPoint and Google Slides does require downloading an easy to install app

by: Erin Wimmer, Teaching & Learning Librarian

The U-Bar is six months old!

With over 165,000 health apps available today, consumers and providers alike often need some help in selecting those that are safe, credible, functional, and effective. University of Utah Health Care’s (UUHC) consumer app service – the U-Bar – opened in February 2016 to address this need. Located at University Hospital in the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library, the U-Bar allows patients and visitors to test-drive a collection of vetted health apps, get assistance with installing and using them on their own devices, and compare various wearable devices.

It’s a novel service, and one of only a handful in the nation. The inter-professional team that developed the U-Bar is interested in seeing how it grows, as the dynamics of consumer engagement change with an increasingly technology-connected patient population.

To aid that growth, the team has enhanced the service since opening:

  • Added a U-Bar webpage to the University Health Care site. The webpage lists the apps currently available in the vetted collection. These apps focus on wellness, nutrition, fitness, diabetes, women’s health, and more. You can hover over the app names to read a brief description of each one. Showcased wearables are available for purchase in the hospital gift shop.
  • Strengthened the credibility of the app collection by enlisting SocialWellth, a leader in digital health, to conduct future vetting and cultivation. The methodology SocialWellth uses will provide the reassurance providers want when recommending apps and wearable devices to their patients.
  • Created a new Epic order that enables providers to prescribe an app or wearable device from the U-Bar for their patients.
  • Expanding to additional UUHC clinics.

Haven’t stopped by yet? What are you waiting for?ubar

The U-Bar is staffed 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and no appointment is necessary. A staff of friendly students recruited from the College of Health will greet you; they know the apps and wearables inside and out, and can answer any of your questions.

Are you a health care professional interested in learning more?

Members of the U-Bar team have also been presenting locally at staff and committee meetings, and the Imagine Perfect Care open house. In August, you can see us at the Be Well Utah event. In addition, team members have presented at national conferences, receiving accolades and tons of questions. And the team always welcomes additional members!

U-Bar Poster

Contact Heidi Greenberg, heidi.greenberg@utah.edu, if you are interested in getting involved or in conducting mobile health technology-related research.

by: Heidi Greenberg, Research Associate

Changes to Two Alternative Metric Tools

Two major alternative metric tools have released major changes in the last few months.

impactstory logoImpactstory, which began with a graduated fee model, including a free option, shifted to a pay-only service in 2014. It has now returned to offering a free account when you sign up with your ORCID iD. Impactstory tracks non-traditional impact metrics of your scholarly output, such as how many times it has been Tweeted, liked or shared on Facebook, saved in Mendeley, and more. This powerful (and fun!) tool help you understand how your research is being used, promoted, and distributed more broadly.orcid logo

ORCID iDs are essentially digital identifiers for researchers. They are being used with increased frequency, and help distinguish you from other researchers. If you don’t already have an ORCID iD, get one today. Then use it to sign up for a free Impactstory account to measure your impact!

altmetric logoAltmetric has also announced some exciting news. As of June 30, 2016, the Altmetric score has changed to the Altmetric Attention Score. The Altmetric Attention Score is the number that appears in the middle of the “donut,” and indicates the reach of an article, or other scholarly output, in social media, news outlets, research and policy platforms. While this may not be earth shattering news in the research world, the move to formally name this metric does more accurately describe what it is, and makes it easier for researchers and authors to uniformly refer to. For more information, see the Altmetric blog post on this topic.

by: Erin Wimmer, Teaching & Learning Librarian

Pokémon GO comes to EHSL!

There’s an epidemic sweeping America that is encouraging people everywhere to “catch ‘em all”. Pokémon GO is an app that uses augmented reality (AR) technology and geotagged physical locations to find Pokémon in our everyday surroundings.

The app, available free for Android and iOS, launched in July and has since become one of the most installed apps of all time.

The Hope Fox Eccles Health Library (HFEHL) is a designated Pokéstop, the geotagged physical locations around the world. Users of the game can go to the Library and receive items in their game. Pokéstops regularly refresh, so users can stay at these designated spots for an indefinite period of time. There are three Pokéstops within reach of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).

screenshot pokemongoAdditionally, players, known as trainers, can battle in designated gyms. Right outside the HFEHL lies a gym in which players can challenge one another. Due to these features, the area is ripe for trainers to come and catch Pokémon.

If you happen to walk past a patron sitting nearby, head tucked into their phone, chances are they may be on the hunt! For those that are plugged in, feel free to stop by the HFEHL. There are cards with the recognizable Pokéball and a QR code to the Library’s website.

by: Darell Schmick, Research Librarian

ClinicalKey Now Has a Mobile App

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University of Utah faculty, staff, and students who use the clinical reference tool ClinicalKey can now access the content using the new ClinicalKey mobile app.  Available in Android and iOS formats for mobile phone and tablet, the ClinicalKey app features:

  • Intuitive search, including keyword search with filtering, auto suggest and search history
  • Access to full-text books, full-text journals, guidelines, images, videos and more
  • Ability to bookmark and save items, synced with web application
  • Earn and track Continuing Medical Education credits
  • Persistent login, enabling quick and easy access

ClinicalKey app

To install the ClinicalKey app:

  • Open the App Store on your mobile device
  • Search for “ClinicalKey” and install at no charge
  • Once in the app, two options will appear – Click on ClinicalKey
  • Enter your registered* ClinicalKey username and password and start using the ClinicalKey App!

*Registration is necessary to use the app.  Create your personal account in 3 easy steps!

  1. Go to ClinicalKey and click Register in the top right corner.
  2. Using your utah.edu email address, fill in the required information on the registration page.
  3. Click Register when finished. ClinicalKey will display an activation message and sends a confirmation email.

For help with this or other mobile app downloads, please contact the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library’s Reference Team.

New Library Resource – Anatomy TV!


The University of Utah Libraries recently purchased the Anatomy TV Premier Package through Stat!Ref.  Published by Primal Pictures Ltd., Anatomy TV is an online, interactive, 3D model of human anatomy and physiology.

Anatomy TV is a great learning and teaching tool for students, faculty, and researchers. It provides in-depth views of anatomical layers at various levels, from bone to surface structure.  The database provides access to clear and accurate 3D models, which can be zoomed, rotated, and peeled away layer by layer in a manner that was never possible with print.  Each model can be rotated in any direction by clicking and dragging with the computer mouse.


Intuitive interactive features allow users to choose which structures are added, removed, hidden, x-rayed or isolated, enabling them to view their chosen structure from any angle.  Each visible structure can be marked with a pin, labeled, and annotated.  Clicking on different sections of an image will pull up labels and descriptive text along with links to videos and radiological images.  Interactive quizzes and multiple-choice questions help test student knowledge.

In additional to anatomical models, AnatomyTV includes:

  • MRI – cross sectional anatomy models linked to MRI in 3 planes – axial, coronal and sagittal – allowing the user to label, rotate, layer and zoom
  • Slides – thousands of  2D illustrations and slides (clinical photographs, dissections, etc.)
  • Movies – animated video sequences, including biomechanics and surface anatomy
  • Clinical information – detailed clinical explanatory text
  • Patient information – common conditions, simplified illustrations with editable patient education sheets


There are no copyright issues with using images from Anatomy TV and embedding the saved files for education and research.  Users can create their own image library by copying, pasting, and saving images; and customizing 3D models, animations, and movies for use in teaching, presentations or patient education.

Want to know more or get help using AnatomyTV?   Contact the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library’s Reference Team for assistance.

Writing with LaTeX

LaTeX is a typesetting program that produces beautifully formatted documents (e.g., books, articles, presentations, posters, graphics), especially useful for technical or scientific writing and publishing. Unlike Microsoft Word, typing a LaTeX document is akin to creating an HTML webpage with the appropriate markup. You don’t see your final document until the code is compiled. As with most programs and tools, there is a learning curve, but the payoffs, especially in time, are enormous. Plus, LaTeX is available as free software!

To get started, download and install the package for your operating system from the LaTeX project site. This may take anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your internet speed and operating system. You may also need to install a PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Your package should come with a default editor, which serves as the interface to start typing a document. If you code, you may already be familiar with vi/vim or emacs, which is compatible with LaTeX. Open a new blank document and then copy and paste the following lines:

\title{My Document}
\author{My Name}
Hello world!

Compile the code with pdfLaTeX and view the PDF. Congratulations, you have just created your first document! With practice, you’ll be able to create more complex documents, like the one below.



Explore our LaTeX research guide to find templates, LaTeX publisher guides, and more resources. And check the EHSL Blog regularly to discover more about using LaTeX.

For more information, contact Shirley Zhao, 801-581-5534.

New FabLab Tools: Objet30 Prime and ISO standards

The FabLab now contains an Objet30 Prime, a high-end 3D printer by Stratasys.

Now available in the FabLab, the Object30 Prime Printer is highly versatile.

Now available in the FabLab, the Object30 Prime Printer is highly versatile.

The FabLab is a prototyping laboratory co-created by the Center for Medical Innovation and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) earlier this year. In addition to the 3D body scanner, and other tools already available in the FabLab, the Objet30 Prime is a great resource for innovators in this state-of-the-art facility!

According to Stratasys, the Objet30 Prime is the “only desktop 3D printer in the world that works with 12 materials and gives you specialized properties like flexibility and biocompatibility.”  The biocompatibility properties are useful for prototyping medical devices, especially those that require prolonged skin contact.

EHSL purchased four standards from International Organization for Standardization (ISO) essential for medical device innovators and manufacturers.


  • ISO 10993 – Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices: Parts 1 through 20, 2009 version
  • ISO 13485 – Medical Devices (Quality Management Systems): 2009 version
  • ISO 14971 – Application of Risk Management to Medical Devices: 2007 version
  • IEC (ISO) 60601 – Medical Electrical Equipment: 2015 Version

Visit the FabLab to see the new 3D printer and view the ISO standards. For more details, contact Tim Pickett.


The FabLab is Fabulous!

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) and the Center for Medical Innovation recently co-created a prototyping laboratory, the FabLab. The FabLab contains equipment and tools to aid innovators in the ideation and creation of medical devices. The FabLab, the newest addition to the Synapse space, offers a state-of-the-art facility that is located on the Garden Level of the EHSL.

The 3D scanner and 3D printer have a home in the FabLab

The 3D scanner and 3D printer have a home in the FabLab

The EHSL, using Edward C. Klatt, M.D. Endowment Fund revenue for innovative technology, acquired a high-end 3D body scanner for the FabLab, a R1 HDI Advanced Scanner from LMI Technologies. This scanner is used to create personalized medical devices and customized equipment.

Since its opening in February 2015, as many as 30 students from six different Bench-2-Bedside (B2B) teams have relied on the FabLab to create their medical devices. Of the $72,000 in B2B prize money, $50,000 went to teams who resourced the FabLab. Grand prize winner, CINLuma, heavily utilized the FabLab to create and test its device. CINLuma is a portable handheld technology targeted for developing countries; this device is designed to prevent pre-cancerous lesions from evolving into aggressive cervical cancer.

CINluma, the winner

CINLuma, the winner and one of the top users of the FabLab!

Visit the FabLab to see the 3D scanner and other awesome equipment! For more details, contact Tim Pickett.


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Which Cable Do You Need?

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) has a wide variety of adapters, cables, connectors, chargers and cords that you can checkout to charge your devices, or connect to other devices. Cables are available for checkout from the Front Desk on the Main Level of the EHSL. Please present your University ID card and let the Front Desk assistant know which cable you need.

The following ten cables are available. Each description has a name, quantity, use, description and compatibility.

Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA AdapterApple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

  • Quantity: 4
  • Use: Mac Book to VGA Equipment
  • Use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable
  • Compatibility: Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports

Apple Lightning to VGA AdapterApple Lightning to VGA Adapter

  • Quantity: 2
  • Use: iPad lighting to VGA equipment
  • Use the Lightning Digital AV Adapter with your iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th Generation) with Lightning connector to your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector or other compatible display
  • Compatibility: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air2 and iPod touch 5th Generation

Apple Lightning digital AV adaptor HDMIApple Lightning digital AV adaptor HDMI

  • Quantity: 3
  • Use: iPad lighting to HDMI
  • Use the Lightning Digital AV Adapter with your iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation) with Lightning connector — to your HDMI-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display
  • Compatibility: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air2 and iPod touch 5th Generation

Apple 30-pin to VGA AdapterApple 30-pin to VGA Adapter

  • Quantity: 4
  • Use: 30-pin to VGA
  • Use the Apple VGA Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad or iPhone 4S— on your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display
  • Compatibility: iPhone 4, iPhone4s, iPad (Generations 1-3) and iPod touch 4th Generation

Non Apple Brand DisplayPort to VGA AdapterNon-Apple Brand DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

  • Quantity: 4
  • Use: Mac Book to VGA Equipment
  • Use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable
  • Compatibility: Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports

Apple MacBook Pro Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable Apple MacBook Pro Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable

  • Quantity: 2
  • Use: Mac Book to HDMI
  • The mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter lets you connect a high definition monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a HDMI connector or cable
  • Compatibility: MacBook, MacBook Pro, Macbook Air, Windows Surface Tablet, or any device with a mini DisplayPort

VGA to HDMI Converter with Audio VGA to HDMI Converter with Audio

  • Quantity: 1
  • Use: VGA (Laptop) to HDMI
  • Converts VGA Source to HDMI Display
  • Supports Audio Function for HDMI Monitor & TV
  • LED Indicators for Power and Activity
  • Powered by USB Port

Cable Matters High Speed HDMI Cable with One 90 Degree Elbow with EthernetCable Matters High Speed HDMI Cable with One 90 Degree Elbow with Ethernet

  • Quantity: 9
  • Use: HDMI to HDMI
  • This is how you connect to the monitors on the Garden Level


3 in one USB C3 in 1 USB Noodle cableharger Cable

  • Quantity: 6
  • Use: USB to Apple/ Samsung
  • Flat Noodle 3 in 1: 8-pin connector is compatible with Apple iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5th, Nano 7th, iPad 4, iPad mini; 30-pin connector is compatible with Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS,4, 4S, iPod, iPad 1, 2 & 3; Micro USB connector is compatible with Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and most smartphones with micro USB


10 in 1 USB Charger10 in 1 USB Phone Charger

  • Quantity: 5
  • Use: Apple, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, MOTOROLA, Nokia etc.
  • One USB charging cable comes with 10 connectors compatible with many cellphone
  • Cellphone connectors support any cell phones sharing the same charging connectors
  • Compatible with: Apple, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, MOTOROLA, Nokia etc.

If you have questions about cable availability, contact Front Desk staff; 801-581-8772.



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