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Category: Databases

NCBI's Taxonomy Database - Over 300,000 Species with Formal Scientific Names!
Posted On: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:30 by Emily Mazure

NCBI’s Taxonomy Database has now surpassed 300,000 individual records of species with formal scientific names. The majority of these represent eukaryotic organisms. While worldwide estimates of prokaryotic and viral species number in the millions or tens of millions, very few have been formally described, isolated, or are able to be cultured. However, the Taxonomy database contains listings for nearly all of the prokaryotes and viruses that have been described.

The Taxonomy Database, created in 1991, is a standard nomenclature and classification repository that includes organism...


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Practice Changing Recommendations
Posted On: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 15:08 by Brandi Tuttle

Did you know that UpToDate has a specific section called Practice Changing UpDates designed to alert readers of changes that the editorial staff think may impact clinical practice? You can easily see this list of Practice Changing UpDates by searching for "practice changing updates" or by clicking on the "What's New" link on the green tool bar and then clicking on the "Practice Changing UpDates" topic. 

How fast do these recommendations happen? UpToDate lists one example where an UpDate occured five days after the release of the results of a randomized drug trial. In general, the timing is based on the release of evidence, UpToDate's peer review process, and the clinical significance.

By the way, the "What's New" section lists selected important updates and...


Categories: Databases, Resource Updates

Tags: UpToDate

Getting to Know ClinicalKey
Posted On: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 14:50 by Brandi Tuttle

ClinicalKey has replaced our old favorite MD Consult. In addition to providing a much larger number of e-books, it brings together Procedures Consult, First Consult, surgical Vitals and other useful clinical information - all from one search!

This is some of the notable content you’ll see when searching ClinicalKey!

  • E-books: 1,000+ electronic books in medicine and surgery
  • Procedures Consult: video, text and illustrations in 5 specialties along with 312 ACGME required procedures
  • First Consult: medicine point-of-care resource with over 750 clinical monographs in 37...

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Has Your UpToDate Anywhere Access Lapsed?
Posted On: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 11:17 by Megan von Isenburg

Have you gotten an email from UpToDate Support lately with the subject line "Your remote access to UpToDate has lapsed"? If you downloaded the UpToDate mobile app and haven't used it or signed into to UpToDate on campus for a while, your access may temporarily lapse.

Have no fear! It is easy to re-verify your affiliation with Duke. Simply complete one of these tasks:

  1. While on a computer on the Duke campus, go to http://www.uptodate.com, click on the log in link and enter your UpToDate user name and password.
  2. Access UpToDate through MaestroCare. 
  3. Open your UpToDate Mobile App while on the Duke wifi network.

If you are working away from Duke for an extended period of time, for example doing global...


Categories: Databases

Tags: UpToDate, mobile apps

ClinicalKey is Here!
Posted On: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 19:55 by Patricia Thibodeau

Search ClinicalKey Now!

MD Consult has been a key resource for e-books and other information for many years.  But over the years, Elsevier has been looking at other approaches to bring together expanded information that would be useful for clinicians as well as learners. 

ClinicalKey, Elsevier's latest product, has replaced MD Consult! It brings together a very large number of e-books, along with journals, Procedures Consult, First Consult, surgical Vitals and other useful clinical information. 

ClinicalKey is now live!...


Categories: Alerts, Databases, Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: MD Consult, clinicalkey

Explore Scopus
Posted On: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 16:22 by Leila Ledbetter

Scopus, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, contains 47 million records, 70% with abstracts. 

• Over 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide
• More than 4.9 million conference proceedings; 1,200 open access journals
• 100% PubMed (Medlne) coverage
    - 20+ million records back to 1996 with references
    - 20+ million pre-1996 records back to 1869
• Results from 386 million scientific Web pages
• GetIt@Duke links to full-text articles and other library resources
• Alerts to keep you up-to-date on new articles matching your search query or...


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NCBI: Beyond PubMed
Posted On: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 17:06 by Emily Mazure

We are often promoting and explaining how to use PubMed.  However, PubMed is only one of MANY resources freely available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  Recently, I attended training at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, on how to use and how to teach others how to use NCBI tools and databases.

Resources covered in the training included BLAST, a tool that examines a piece of DNA or a protein and finds similar ones in the system; Gene, NCBI’s repository for gene-specific information; Cn3D,...


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Looking for Apps?
Posted On: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 09:00 by Megan von Isenburg

With so many dozens of apps available, finding quality apps for clinical care can be a challenge. Apple has now created an Apps for Healthcare Professionals section within iTunes.  iMedicalApps has done a nice overview and review of the collection.

Here at the Library, we have created our own collection of apps on our mobile devices guide. It includes links to apps for multiple devices and provides instructions in downloading Duke-subscribed apps...


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Tags: mobile apps

Clinical Pharmacology Canceled
Posted On: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 16:58 by Beverly Murphy

The Medical Center Library & Archives has made the decision to cancel Clinical Pharmacology due to limited funding and as a result of the Health System's purchase of Lexicomp Online. As of July 1st, we will no longer provide access to this product.  Users of Clinical Pharmacology should consult Lexicomp, which can be accessed via the Library’s Website on the Databases, Journals & Books page. 

Lexicomp provides point-of-care drug information including dosing, administration, warning and precautions, as well as clinical content.  Additionally, limited parts of the ...


Categories: Alerts, Databases

Customize TRIP to get Duke's full text holdings
Posted On: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 14:52 by Megan von Isenburg

TRIP, the freely available evidence-based practice database that searches across resources, now allows you to customize your settings to more easily connect to full-text. You can sign in by creating a TRIP account or by logging in with either existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. To create links to check for Duke full text, sign in, click on settings, then select Duke University from "Your Institutions." Right now, the links appear on journal article results but may not appear on systematic reviews or other evidence syntheses.

You will have to be signed in to see the links that check for full text, which say: Full Text - Duke University.

Also new in TRIP:

  • Case Reports: BioMed Central's Cases Database has been...

Categories: Databases

Posted On: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 23:29 by Patricia Thibodeau

Scholars@Duke is a new, searchable research network and faculty directory designed to replace the aging Faculty Research Database (FReD) system. It is publicly available and designed to bring together information about the research and teaching activities of Duke faculty members.  The first phase was introduced in May and features faculty in the School of Medicine.

This tool will allow you to:

Identify Duke colleagues with similar interests
Find potential collaborators on research or teaching projects
Make your work visible to the world as well as to the Duke community
... MORE

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Looking for the Catalog Quicklink?
Posted On: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 18:53 by Beverly Murphy

In order to highlight our latest search function, we have replaced the Catalog Quicklink with one for BioMedSearcher. Never fear! Quick and easy access to the Catalog is still available through our search widget at the top of all our Web pages.  In addition to being able to search the Catalog directly by keyword, title, author, etc. using the widget, there is also a link to the Catalog Home page. 


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Database of the Month: Lexicomp
Posted On: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:44 by Beverly Murphy

Lexicomp is now available! This well-known resource delivers time sensitive drug information and contains:

  • Searchable drug monographs
  • Drug ID tool
  • Clinical calculators
  • IV compatability tool
  • Patient education handouts
  • Toxicology information

Pediatric and Geriatric Information
Highlighted to make it easier to find information for special populations.

Natural Products
Can be included in the interaction checker.

Infectious Diseases section
Includes drugs, diseases, and topics relevant to infectious diseases, such as Abacavir, Abscess Aerobic and Anaerobic Culture, and ...


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Lexicomp Now Available
Posted On: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 01:32 by Beverly Murphy

Lexicomp provides point-of-care drug and clinical information. It includes interaction checkers, a drug identifier, patient education, and toxicology information, as well as laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.

It is available to users connected to the Duke network or Virtual PIN and from off-campus using the Duke University Web-based VPN or the Duke Medicine Web-based VPN. In the future, it will be integrated into Epic or Maestro Care from the medication orders, pharmacy verification, and MAR screen.


Categories: Databases

DynaMed No Longer Available
Posted On: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 16:27 by Beverly Murphy

The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives no longer has access to Dynamed, a point-of-care resource. However, we do have access to UpToDate, which is a product designed to help clinicians at the point of care.  You may access it directly at http://www.uptodate.com/contents/search or from the Quicklinks on the main page. To see other tools we subscribe to, use our Clinical Tools page at http://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/clinicaltools


Categories: Databases