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Category: Explore Tools

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...


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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...


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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...


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EXPLORE: Remember the Milk
Posted On: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 17:11 by Beverly Murphy

 Free Task Manager

Is your desk cluttered with sticky notes, to-do lists and calendars? Remember the Milk can help! This free online tool lets you create to-do lists to help you plan and prioritize your day. In Remember the Milk, you can assign tags, notes and due dates to tasks. You can also organize tasks by personal, study or work, and send yourself email or IM reminders about upcoming meetings. The service is flexible too; you can add tasks from anywhere, view tasks on Apple iCal or Google Calendar, or...


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EXPLORE: Firefox Add-ons
Posted On: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 17:07 by Beverly Murphy

Browser Customization

Firefox has thousands of add-ons available to enhance, improve, and customize your browser experience. An add-on can be a time-saving toolbar button, security enhancements, a themed look, and more. For example, LeechBlock is a productivity tool designed to block web sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them. If you work at more than one computer, check out Xmarks. This will keep...


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Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:47 by Beverly Murphy

Free Current Awareness Tool

Have you heard that RSS is dead, or do you even know what RSS is? Many assumed RSS was finished after Bloglines, the first popular RSS reader, was slated to be discontinued. With so many other ways to keep current (like Twitter), you may not use RSS to keep up with your favorite journals, news sources, and personal interests. If you would like to have one place to go to see the latest NEJM articles, view what’s happening in the world via New York Times, or check if there are any iPads for sale on Craigslist, you can. And all with one click!

Make RSS do the work for you! You can set up a Google Reader account...


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: social networking

Explore: Doodle
Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:43 by Beverly Murphy

Free Meeting Scheduling!

Having trouble finding a time when everyone on your team can meet? Is half your team on Exchange while others remain on Lotus Notes? Are you tired of sending out multiple emails to find a time when everyone is free? Doodle to the rescue!

This free online scheduler (basically just a quick Web form) allows you to create an event and set up options for meeting times. You can then send the link to the form that Doodle creates to others to complete, indicating when they are free. You can even choose to get emails when...


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