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Category: Explore Tools

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...


Categories: Databases, Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: scopus

Posted On: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 08:19 by Adrianne Leonardelli

Zotero (zoh-TAIR-oh) is a free citation management tool that conveniently “lives in” your Web browser, where you do the majority of your work and research. Most commonly, Zotero works as an add-on for the Firefox browser. However, there is a Zotero standalone version that is compatible with Safari and Chrome.

Zotero is easy to use and has many of the same, as well as some unique, features as EndNote and RefWorks.  With Zotero, you can:

  • Organize & manage references into searchable collections
  • Insert citations as you write using the Zotero word-processing plug-in
  • Create formatted bibliographies in many different styles
  • Attach PDFs, notes and images to references
  • Easily add citations directly from databases...

Categories: Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: zotero, citation management, endnote, refworks

Has that paper you've been reading been retracted?
Posted On: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 16:21 by Leila Ledbetter

A hot topic in the news recently is the increasing number of scientific studies that have been discovered to be wrong and are retracted by their publishers. Following that, the October 2012 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that the majority of retractions are due to some type of misconduct, and not just honest mistakes.

The blog Retraction Watch tracks such retractions and has notified its readers of hundreds of journal-article withdrawals.

Retraction Watch uses the motto "Tracking retractions as a window into the...


Categories: Alerts, Explore Tools

Stay on Top of the Literature with the BrowZine App
Posted On: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:34 by Brandi Tuttle

Duke University Libraries is currently running a trial of BrowZine (think "browsing"), an app for ipads and Android tablets that enables you to browse, read, and monitor current journals in your subject areas.  BrowZine is compatible with Zotero, Dropbox, Evernote and other services (Mendeley and RefWorks coming soon!), allowing you to organize and manage your research seamlessly.  You may also save articles to your BrowZine pin board to read even when you don’t have Internet access.

Download BrowZine to your device by following these easy steps:
  • From your iPad or Android device, download BrowZine from the App Store or...

Categories: Explore Tools, From the Literature, Resource Updates

Tags: mobile apps

UpToDate Anywhere Mobile App
Posted On: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 17:45 by Brandi Tuttle

We know life doesn't happen only on Duke campus. Now UpToDate is available for off-campus mobile use through the UpToDate Anywhere Mobile App.  Answer your point-of-care or research questions anywhere and anytime. What's even better is that while you search UpToDate via the app (or while logged in via a personal computer), you'll earn CME credit. Ready to get started?

  1. Go to UpToDate and click on "Register" in the top right corner while on Duke campus/VPN
  2. Register and create a username/password
  3. From your mobile device, download the UpToDate app
  4. ...

Categories: Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: UpToDate, smartphone, mobile apps

Google Reader Alternatives
Posted On: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 10:39 by Brandi Tuttle

In case you haven’t heard, a few months ago Google announced it would shut down Reader on July 1st. If you currently use Google Reader to aggregate your favorite news and Web sources, or if you're  interested in learning about tools to help you stay current in your field, read on for alternatives to Google Reader.  And in case you’re not familiar with using RSS as a way to read all your desired content in one place (by using one of the alternatives listed below), see this short video that explains the utility of RSS and RSS readers.


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: google, rss

Guideline Central for iOS and Android
Posted On: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 13:10 by Leila Ledbetter

GUIDELINES is an iOS and Android app that provides access to 2,600+ guideline summaries indexed by Organization, Profession, Specialty and Categories from many well-known medical associations.

The guidelines are in a concise, easy to read format for practicing clinicians and are based on the Guidelines PocketCard™


  • Official recommendations from respected medical associations
  • Key points, treatment, management, and prevention
  • Easy navigation to critical information
  • Illustrated algorithms, charts, medical tables
  • Comprehensive drug information
  • Full text search
  • Instant updates
  • Online & offline functionality
  • Save favorite...

Categories: Explore Tools

EXPLORE Cool Tools!
Posted On: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 17:51 by Beverly Murphy

EXPLORE, a recurring feature for our newsletter, blog, and Website, highlights cool tools that have the potential to make your work life easier.

Check out our latest feature - My NCBI!


Categories: Explore Tools

Let JANE Help You Publish!
Posted On: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 17:20 by Beverly Murphy

Get Suggestions on Where to Publish

Need to know where to send that article draft you just completed? Try JANE! (http://jane.biosemantics.org/)

JANE, the Journal/Author Name Estimator, uses MEDLINE data to suggest journals for your publication. Simply cut and paste your publication title and abstract into JANE’s Web form, and you will get a list of journals that have published similar articles, including a confidence score and a calculation of the journal’s influence.

JANE can also suggest authors who have published on...


Categories: Explore Tools

GTR: Genetic Testing Registry
Posted On: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 10:50 by Beverly Murphy

 GTR: Genetic Testing Registry
Get Answers to Questions about Genetic Tests

The Genetic Testing Registry (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr/) provides a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. The scope includes the test’s purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of the test’s usefulness, and laboratory contacts and credentials. The overarching goal of the GTR is to advance the public health and research into the genetic basis of health and disease.

GTR is not a...


Categories: Explore Tools

Google Cloud Connect for MS Office and Google Docs
Posted On: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 16:45 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? A free collaboration tool to share, backup & simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with coworkers within Google Docs.

Have you always wished you could use your Microsoft Office products in Google Docs instead of having to convert to Google Doc's native format? Do you want to be able to collaborate on a document easily? Wouldn't it be nice to work on a document at the same time as somebody else? Would you like to be able to track other people’s changes? Do you want to be able to rollback to previous versions of a document?



Categories: Explore Tools

Quertle: An Alternative Search Engine to PubMed
Posted On: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 17:07 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Alternative semantic search engine for PubMed

There are many alternative interfaces to PubMed, but Quertle tries to do something more. It includes additional content, including open access articles from PubMed Central and BioMed Central, grant documents from NIH’s RePORTER database, drug and chemical information from TOXLINE...


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: pubmed

Qualtrics: Your Duke Survey Tool
Posted On: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 15:34 by Beverly Murphy

The Qualtrics online survey tool is available for Duke users through a university-wide site license. Create an account using your NetID. Whether you are new to creating surveys or just new to Qualtrics, you’ll find many helpful features including customizable templates, question banks, and a survey builder guide. While a NetID is required to create surveys, the sharing of surveys with non-Duke users is allowed. You can put graphics into a survey, pipe text in, force validation for answers (like for emails, zip codes, phone numbers), and more. When you are ready to review, you can easily download the results in a variety of formats, cross...


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: statistics, for researchers

Read It Later
Posted On: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 08:44 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? One reading list, everywhere you are.

Read It Later (http://readitlaterlist.com/) is an App that allows you to capture and save pages from the Web and read them later online or offline (without an Internet connection).

The App can be downloaded and added to your...


Categories: Explore Tools

Explore: Wolfram Alpha
Posted On: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 08:53 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? A search engine for data, statistics, and calculations!

Wolfram Alpha  bills itself as a computational search engine. Basically, this means it applies mathematical and logical algorithms to your search terms, rather than simply finding the terms on a web page. Wolfram Alpha indexes many data sources to provide charts and statistics for your results. For example, a search on “prostate cancer” will not give us information about prostate cancer treatment or life with prostate cancer; instead results include the ICD-9 code...


Categories: Explore Tools