Real-Time Audience Participation App


Poll Everywhere is a free online tool that allows you to poll your audience in real-time and get instant results. Ask a question during a presentation or lecture and your audience can respond via text message, via Twitter, or on their tablet or smart phone. The results of your poll are downloadable and can be shown instantly on the web or uploaded live into your PowerPoint presentation. Poll options include:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Open-Ended
  • Clickable Images
  • Discourse

The basic account (free) allows for unlimited polling and up to 40 votes per poll. If you have a larger audience or want more advanced polling options, you can sign up for an upgraded account. Check out the WIC LibGuide to learn more. Happy polling!

Thanks to VMD Technology for introducing us to this great resource.

NEW: Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum

Image Credit: Online Veterinary Anatomy MuseumThe Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) is a free, online collection of veterinary anatomy resources. Led by the Royal Veterinary College, the museum was created “to promote free sharing of peer reviewed content” that would enable students to avoid the often dubious content found through an internet search.

Using a wide variety of digital resources from participating vet schools in the United Kingdom, Europe, India, Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand, the collection was built with the help of student e-curators working under the supervision of academic experts. Visitors to the museum can browse the collection by:

  • Body Region: abdomen, head, neck, pelvic limb, pelvis, spine and tail, thoracic limb, and thorax
  • Body System: alimentary, cardiovascular, endocrine, integumentary, lymphoreticular, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, urinary, and special senses
  • Species: cat, dog, bird, horse, cattle, and other

Visit OVAM’s website to learn more.  You can also visit their sister project, WikiVet, to view more learning resources or to find out how you can contribute to the museum’s growing collection. Android users can also download the WikiVet app onto your smartphone.

Free Online Course – IT for Health Professionals

Are you a health professional who is interested in learning more about Information Technology (IT)? The Oregon Health & Science University has created a free online course for health professionals called Introduction to Information and Computer Science.

Doctor Working on Computer Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the course is intended for professionals with little or no IT experience. The course is comprised of 37 online lectures requiring approximately 50 hours total to complete.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic Computing Concepts, Including History
  • Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Programming
  • Databases and SQL
  • Networks
  • Security
  • Information Systems
  • Future of Computing

Visit the course website to learn more.

Browzine app for scholarly journals

Browzine vet titlesBrowzine is an app for tablets and iPhone* that can simplify online reading of scholarly journals. Once installed with your Penn credentials, it provides the full text of journals in a browsable table-of-contents format.

Journals are arranged on virtual bookshelves by subject matter. Find veterinary journals under Biomedical and Health Sciences –>Veterinary Medicine (currently 70 journals listed). Within the subject they are ‘shelved’ in categories — from Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine to Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology.  Thousands of biomedical journals like Nature, Cell, Science, etc. can also be found in Penn’s Browzine library.

Tap to add your favorite journals to your Bookshelf.  When you open the app you’ll see notifications of the number of articles that you’ve not seen.  You can save up to 500 articles for reading offline and download citations to Zotero, Mendeley, or RefWorks.  Note that saving articles can take a while so don’t leave the app until you are sure the file is downloaded, or save it to Evernote, iBooks or another program to read when not on a wifi connection.

As its name implies, Browzine is built for browsing and can only search journal titles – not article titles or full texBrowzine save featurest.

Supported devices: *iPhone [update 6/27/14], Android Smartphones [update 10/14/14], iPad (2 or later); Google Nexus; Samsung Galaxy; Kindle Fire HD
Watch an Introduction to BrowZine video to learn more.

Penn users, log in here to download and begin using Browzine.

New Lay Book Explains Cat Behavior

Are you a catperson or just interested in learning more about these enigmatic yet adorable creatures? Penn Vet Library now offers in print and online* the award-winning book: Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.
Cat Sense by John BradshawAnthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw takes the reader on a vivid journey into the mind of the domesticated cat and provides insights into the lives of our furry friends. This highly praised book is a New York Times Bestseller and an NPR 2013 Book of the Year.

*The E-Book allows one reader at a time online.

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