Duke Medical Center Library & Archives
March 2017 Archive

Having Writer's Block? Try These Fun Apps!
Posted On: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:06 by Matthew Johnson

Do you ever get stuck writing? Or do you just not want to get started? Check out these writing apps to psych you up for a great and fun writing session.

The Most Dangerous Writing App

If you stop writing, all of your work will be deleted!

This app will get you started on writing and kick up your adrenaline. You set a time limit, and if you stop writing before time is up, everything you've written will be lost. It's stressful and encouraging. For added excitement, try hardcore mode.

The primary point of using this app is to force you to get something on the page to get you started, then you can go back and edit or build off the...

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Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: writing

Are your publications compliant?
Posted On: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 14:15 by Emily Mazure

Submitting a renewal or new grant application? Are you compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy? Not sure? We can help!

We can check our database to see if any non-compliant articles are associated with your name or grant number.

Better yet, we can help you use "My Bibliography" to manage compliance yourself!  Easily add and track your publications for compliance issues.  Easily use the citations you have added to My Bibliography in your Biosketch when you use NCBI’s Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv)  tool, saving you even more time!

Be aware that many federal funding agencies have...

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Categories: Alerts

Tags: NIH Public Access Policy

Trouble Communicating with Non-Scientists?
Posted On: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:47 by Erica Brody

Do you have trouble communicating with Non-Scientists? Check out these tips from leading weather scientist, Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

  • Know your audience. Many scientists are guilty of delivering the same message to the Rotary Club or Congressional Staffers that they give at a science conference. Research and understand your audience. Anthony Leiserowitz, an excellent climate communication scholar at Yale, once told me, "Not knowing your audience is like throwing darts at a dartboard with the lights off."
  • Get to the point. As scientists we are trained to describe a ton of details and background information before we give the final results...
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Tags: for researchers, impact, social networking, teaching, writing

Have you ever wanted to respond to a PubMed article?
Posted On: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:51 by Erica Brody

PubMed Commons lets you in on the research conversation. It is a system that enables researchers to share opinions and information about scientific publications. If you are listed on even one item indexed in PubMed, you are eligible to become a member of PubMed Commons. You will need a My NCBI account and an invitation to join PubMed Commons. Both are free of charge.

Getting an invitation to PubMed Commons:

  •  E-mail addresses of eligible authors have been collected from the NIH, the Wellcome Trust and authors' email addresses in PubMed and PubMed Central....
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Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: pubmed, for researchers, My NCBI, publications, research

Pat Thibodeau Retires In March After 24 Years of Service
Posted On: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 14:37 by Beverly Murphy

As Pat Thibodeau, Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives, prepares to retire at the end of March, she leaves a rich legacy of innovation, collaboration, and mentorship. During her entire career and twenty-four-year tenure at Duke, the medical and library professions have both undergone many changes and faced many challenges, yet Pat has admirably led and guided the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives into the digital age. Under her leadership, the library has pushed forward and not only survived, but also thrived and grown to become an important leader in the field.

Pat first came to Duke in 1993 as Associate Director for the Library, but her work in libraries began long before then. Her passion for the field was born while volunteering in her high school...

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Categories: Alerts

Text a Medical Librarian
Posted On: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 15:20 by Brandi Tuttle

We have extended our reference services from in-person, live chat, and phone to also include texting! Whether you are rushing straight from the parking garage to grand rounds or are sitting in a comfy chair right in the library, you can now pull out your phone and text with a medical librarian.  Have a quick question, having problems getting article access, or want to set up a consultation? Text us at 919.629.1113 [Mon - Fri from 9a-5p] and Ask a Librarian.  #txtus2day

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Categories: Alerts, Resource Updates

Scholars@Duke & Publication Features in Elements
Posted On: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:20 by Matthew Johnson

Scholars@Duke is a profile system for faculty and staff to display information about their scholarly activity, such as education, positions, publications, and presentations. Profiles on Scholars@Duke are searchable and viewable by anyone. The data that populates the Selected Publications section of a Scholars@Duke profile is pulled from a linked profile in Elements. You will need your Duke NetID and password to access Elements.

Elements pulls publication data from databases such as...

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Categories: Resource Updates

Tags: Scholars@Duke, Elements

What's in your pocket?
Posted On: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 09:56 by Brandi Tuttle

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center report, “64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011” and “62% of smartphone owners have used their phone in the past year to look up information about a health condition [Pew Research Center American Trends Panel survey from October 2014]. Undoubtedly that number has increased. 

In a world where the Medical Center Library now lives in your pocket or purse, did you know that…

  • We maintain a Mobile Apps Guide offering information on many Duke provided resources (such as apps for DynaMed Plus or Lexicomp) as well as other useful...
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Categories: Databases, Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: mobile, apps