Duke Medical Center Library & Archives Blog

Zotero: A Free Reference Management Tool
Posted On: Sunday, March 26, 2023 - 21:18 by Leila Ledbetter

Zotero is a freely available reference management and writing tool that makes capturing citations easy. It has a browser plugin that works in Chrome, Firefox or Safari, and with one click you can add a journal article, Web page, video, or many other resource types to your library.

One of Zotero's strengths is that it is uncomplicated to us, making collaborative projects, especially with people at other institutions, relatively simple via Google Docs. 

You will never have to worry about losing your library of citations because everything is backed up to the cloud. Syncing to the Web version of Zotero allows you to access your library from any computer with Internet access. If you run out of Zotero's free storage, additional storage can…


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: zotero

ZScaler and Use of Library Resources
Posted On: Friday, March 24, 2023 - 16:06 by Beverly Murphy

ZScaler, an Internet and Web gateway security tool, is being implemented across Duke Health. Users have reported barriers to accessing Library resources when ZScaler is running on their Duke computers. For example, it may appear that Duke does not have access to a resource to which we subscribe.

DHTS has implemented a strategy to allow access to Library resources while using ZScaler. However, if you are having issues getting access, please try clearing your cache first. Otherwise, please submit a ticket to us via our Report an Access Issue Form.

Categories: Alerts, Resource Outages

Tags: ZScaler

Have You Cleared Your Cache Lately?
Posted On: Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 10:43 by Beverly Murphy

Microsoft Edge

The fastest way to clear your cache is to use the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL + F5 or follow these steps:

  1. Check “Browsing History,” “Cookies and Saved Website Data,” “Cached Data & Files,” and “Tabs I’ve set aside or recently closed”
  2. Click the Clear button


The fastest way to clear your cache is to use the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + R  on Windows or Linux or CMD + SHIFT + R on a Mac or follow these steps:

  1. Check “Browsing History,” “Cookies and Other Site Data,” and “Cached images and files.”
  2. Click the Clear Data button


The fastest way to clear your cache is to use…


Categories: Resource Outages

Tags: ZScaler

Research Wednesdays
Posted On: Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 20:21 by Beverly Murphy

The Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) sponsors "Research Wednesdays," a series featuring important topics impacting the research community presented by subject matter experts.

The Research Wednesdays series is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month via Zoom ONLY: 1:00 pm – 2:00p. No registrations is required.  WebEx meeting details will be sent to the DOCR listserve the Monday prior to the session. To be added to the DOCR listserve, email docr-training@dm.…


Categories: Classes, Events

Tags: for researchers, research

The Strange Case of "Dr. Anonymous:" A History of Medicine Event
Posted On: Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 08:51 by Megan Von Isenburg

Please join us on Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. for the next Trent History of Medicine Lecture Series.

"The Strange Case of 'Dr. Anonymous:' A Mystery in the Early History of Coronary Artery Disease Passion, Discovery, and Serendipity in Book Collecting" with Paul Kligfield, MD

The event will be held in the Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library Room 153.  No registration is required. A small reception will follow.

This event will also be live streamed online via this link for those unable to attend in-person. A recording will be made…


Categories: Events

Tags: history of medicine

Building Your Researcher Profile
Posted On: Friday, March 17, 2023 - 23:52 by Beverly Murphy

Come learn how to build and manage your researcher identity using author identity tools such as ORCiD, ResearcherID, and Scopus Author Identifier. Managing your identity can help you distinguish yourself from others and maximize your research impact. Thu. Apr. 6; 12-1p; ONLINE ONLY. This class is FREE but registration is required.

Categories: Classes

Tags: ORCID, for researchers

NIH Data Management & Sharing Plan Policy Office Hours
Posted On: Friday, March 17, 2023 - 22:52 by Beverly Murphy

These online office hours are designed for individuals or small groups to receive customized help in data management planning for the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. Thu. Apr. 6; 9-10a; ONLINE ONLY. These sessions are FREE but registration is required.

Categories: Classes

Tags: NIH

Searching CINAHL Effectively
Posted On: Friday, March 17, 2023 - 20:20 by Beverly Murphy

Learn how to use CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) effectively including using headings, subheadings, keywords, and filters to refine search results. Thu. Apr. 6; 9-10a; ONLINE ONLY. This class is FREE but registration is required.

Categories: Classes

Tags: cinahl

Advanced PubMed Class
Posted On: Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 23:31 by Beverly Murphy

Want to search for relevant citations in the shortest amount of time?  This class will show you how to effectively use MeSH, subheadings, Boolean operators, filters, MyNCBI, & more! Wed. Apr. 5; 10-11a; ONLINE ONLY. This class is FREE but registration is required.

Categories: Classes

Tags: pubmed

EndNote Class
Posted On: Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 10:51 by Beverly Murphy

Learn how to set up a new library, import citations from MEDLINE, work with the citation style manager, and more. Mon. Apr. 3; 10-11a; ONLINE ONLY. This  class is FREE but registration is required.

Categories: Classes

Tags: endnote, citation management

Meet the Health Poll Database!
Posted On: Monday, March 13, 2023 - 10:12 by Samantha Kaplan, Ph.D.

If you’re looking for individual attitudes and opinions on health topics, we’ve got a tool for that! The Health Poll Database, produced by the Roper Center, provides a searchable interface of thousands of health-related polls conducted in the United States in the last 80 years! Downloadable datasets are also available in many file formats (including Stata, ASCII, and SPSS). Cross-tabs and frequency distribution charts are included in results with easy access to graphics for presentations. Health topics include insurance, health care, social determinants and many more.

Categories: Databases

Vivli: A Data Repository for Clinical Data
Posted On: Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 15:22 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Now that the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy is in effect, researchers are taking a closer look at their options for where to deposit their data once the research project is complete. Indeed, the new policy requires researchers to prospectively plan for where they will share their data when they apply for NIH funding. If you work with human participant data and need a controlled access repository, Vivli may be a good option!

Vivli is a global clinical research data-sharing platform that focuses on sharing anonymized individual participant-level data. The platform includes a controlled access data repository, search engine, and secure research environment…


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: data repository, data sharing, human participants

VisualDx Survey
Posted On: Monday, February 20, 2023 - 17:42 by Katherine Smith

The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives are in the middle of a yearlong trial of VisualDx that began in July 2022. As we continue to evaluate whether to subscribe to VisualDx in the future, we would like to hear about your experience with this resource. Please take a moment to share your feedback. All responses will be used internally, and your NetID will not be associated with your responses. We appreciate your help!


Categories: Alerts, Databases

Tags: visualdx, survey

Changes to the AAMC Faculty Salary Report
Posted On: Friday, February 10, 2023 - 09:40 by Sarah Cantrell

The AAMC released its annual Faculty Salary Report, but are no longer making a print version available. Unfortunately, the AAMC is not currently offering an institutional subscription opportunity for libraries that would provide everyone at Duke with access.  As a result, individuals will have to purchase their own electronic access.

What does this mean for you?

If you are looking for current salary data, you will need to purchase your own access to the AAMC Faculty Salary Report from the AAMC Store. The cost is $50 for AAMC members, faculty and staff at member institutions (Duke is a member), and for residents/fellows. For sales support, including accessing member…


Categories: Resource Updates

New Open Access Publishing Agreement with PLOS
Posted On: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 22:37 by Li Ma

Duke University Libraries and the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives have entered into a two-year publishing agreement with PLOS, a non-profit scientific Open Access publisher with global reach. This agreement provides authors affiliated with Duke University, Duke Health, and Duke Kunshan University with unlimited, no-fee publishing in all twelve PLOS journals. Coverage includes articles accepted between January 3, 2023 and December 31, 2024, with all published articles being immediately Open Access and free to read for everyone.

The PLOS agreement will expand publishing opportunities for all Duke authors by eliminating expensive Article-Processing-Charges (APC), which are usually paid by authors and range from $800 to $5,300 per article for PLOS journals. Duke…


Categories: Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: publishing, scholarly communication, open access