Duke Medical Center Library & Archives Blog
Category: Explore Tools

Clinical Tools: A Quick Connection to the Evidence
Posted On: Monday, June 10, 2024 - 12:18 by Sarah Cantrell

Seeking quick and reliable answers to your clinical questions? Look no further than the Library’s Clinical Tools page! Here you will find a handy list of links to point-of-care resources, decision-support tools, core eBooks, guidelines, and patient education information.

Some of these include:

  • DynaMed, which provides evidence-based clinical information concerning diseases, drugs, and other therapies that is highly useful when making decisions about patient care.
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Tags: DynaMed, UpToDate, visualdx

NEJM Catalyst and NEJM Evidence
Posted On: Friday, May 24, 2024 - 09:36 by Sarah Cantrell

The Medical Center Library & Archives has journal subscriptions to both NEJM Catalyst and NEJM Evidence. NEJM Catalyst focuses on innovative ideas and practical applications for health care delivery. It is particularly appealing to health care leaders, as the content typically focuses on process and practice improvement. NEJM Evidence focuses on evidence-based clinical practice and research that informs clinical decision-making. The journal also features a Stats, Stat! section with high-yield, brief videos on topics like heterogeneity…

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Categories: Explore Tools

Check Out the New PubMed of Datasets!
Posted On: Monday, March 25, 2024 - 11:14 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Are you looking for biomedical datasets to use in your research or for educational purposes? Consider checking out the Dataset Catalog beta, a new online tool created by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine. The beta version of this tool was recently launched and is ready for exploration. The Dataset Catalog is modeled after PubMed, providing access and discovery of datasets through a federated web search of specific publicly available repositories. 

Currently, the catalog contains close to 90,000 datasets from 4 repositories including dbGap, Dryad, ImmPort, and…

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Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: data, NIH

Evidence-Based Practice Resources and Tutorials
Posted On: Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 10:00 by Sarah Cantrell

The Medical Center Library & Archives are pleased to offer a wide range of resources to help build your skills in evidence-based practice. First coined in the mid-1990's, evidence-based practice is "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."1 

Be sure to check out our self-paced interactive modules that step you through assessing your patient or problem, asking a well-built clinical question, searching the evidence, and appraising studies that answer questions of therapy, diagnosis, prognosis, and…

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Identifying Retracted Journal Articles
Posted On: Monday, February 26, 2024 - 08:52 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

A continuing hot topic in the news is the increasing number of scientific studies that have been discovered to be wrong and are retracted by their publishers. Indeed, Nature News reported that more than 10,000 research papers were retracted in 2023. Citing retracted articles should be avoided in scholarly publishing as it can decrease the credibility and reliability of your work.

Why is this important? Articles can be retracted for a number of reasons but typically because of either error (intentional or unintentional) or fraud (Brainard and You, 2018);…

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Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: publications

Scholarly Communications Hub Revisited
Posted On: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 16:11 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

A common request from our faculty, students, and staff is for assistance with all aspects of publishing and scholarly communications:

  • How do I find the best journal for my next manuscript?
  • Is there help at Duke with paying an Article Processing Charge?
  • How can I tell if a journal is a predatory journal?

The answers to these and similar questions can be found on the Medical Center Library & Archives Website via our Scholarly Communications Hub.

Linked from the Website main page under "Our Expertise" and located in the Training and…

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Tags: scholarly communication

PLOS Adds Journals to Open Access Publishing Agreement
Posted On: Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 23:23 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 fourteen PLOS journals, two of which have been recently added - PLOS Mental Health and…

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Tags: PLOS, publishing, scholarly communication, open access

New Open Access Publishing Agreement with PLOS
Posted On: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 22:37 by Li Ma

Duke University Libraries and the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives are currently engaged in 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…

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Tags: publishing, scholarly communication, open access, PLOS

Systematic Review Screening Tool Available
Posted On: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 12:23 by Sarah Cantrell

Duke Medical Center Library & Archives offers an institutional site license for Covidence!

What is Covidence?
Web-based software platform designed to facilitate the systematic review process. It can also be used for other reviews and evidence synthesis projects. 

What does Covidence do?
 Assists with multiple steps in the systematic review process, including:

  • Importing data from citation management tools like EndNote or databases
  • Screening and selecting studies
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Extracting study data
  • Assessing study quality/risk of bias
  • Exporting data to multiple file types
  • Creating PRISMA flow diagrams

How do I access Covidence?…

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Tags: covidence, systematic reviews

NEW Graphic Medicine Collection
Posted On: Friday, September 29, 2023 - 13:04 by Katherine Smith

The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives announces the addition of our new Graphic Medicine Collection. This collection contains a variety of healthcare related topics discussed through the medium of comics, all which are available for check out. Below is a selection of titles from the collection. To browse the collection, please visit the Medical Center Library Reading Room on Level 1, or peruse the collection via our online catalog…

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Mobile Apps from the Medical Center Library
Posted On: Saturday, August 26, 2023 - 14:17 by Brandi Tuttle

With over 3 million apps in the Google Play store, it can be tough to figure out which apps are worth your time and/or money. First stop by the Library's Mobile Apps guide to see the health-related apps you can get through Duke or read on to hear about some of the best apps!

Our most popular point-of-care apps include UpToDate and DynaMed, which feature an impressive variety of medical calculators and clinical evidence. We are thrilled to offer both products as they differ in the specialties they cover as well as how they organize their content. DynaMed offers specialties such as Neonatology, Neurosurgery, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Oral Health, Otolaryngology,…

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Categories: Databases, Explore Tools

Tags: mobile apps, visualdx, UpToDate, DynaMed, Lexicomp

Use SciENcv for Your Biosketch!
Posted On: Friday, July 14, 2023 - 10:32 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a system for creating and updating your NIH or NSF biosketch. The biosketch documents your qualifications and experience for a specific role or project and is required for all NIH and NSF grant applications.

Use of SciENcv to create biosketches will be required for NSF proposals submitted on or after October 23, 2023. Please see the NSF policy announcement for more information.

Duke strongly encourages use of this system since it will save you time now and in the future due…

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Categories: Alerts, Explore Tools

Tags: NIH, My NCBI, SciENcv

AccessSurgery Trial Begins
Posted On: Thursday, July 6, 2023 - 12:21 by Beverly Murphy

We are pleased to announce a two-year trial of AccessSurgery, an integrated online surgery resource that enhances knowledge and delivers quick answers to surgical inquiries. The trial began in June 2023.

AccessSurgery features:

  • Leading surgical textbooks
  • Instructional videos
  • 16,000+ high quality full-color images
  • Interactive Board Revieis w
  • Integrated Drug Database
  • Clerkship Corner

AccessSurgery is searchable directly but is also accessible from our…

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30 Minutes to Increase Your Research Impact
Posted On: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 14:56 by Beth Blackwood

Elements, OrcIDs, My Bibliographies… the list of scholarly profiles can feel impossible to keep up with, but all are important for measuring and maximizing your scholarly impact, both for yourself and your department. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of profiles you are asked to keep up with, take 30 minutes and follow this guide to clean up your accounts, link them to each other, and streamline your scholarly profile management.

Elements

At the Medical Library & Archives, we regularly use Elements to provide research impact reports for departments; however, Elements data is only as complete as authors are consistent in reporting. The good news is the Elements system will automatically accept publications and add them to your profile…

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Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: scholarly communication, scholarly impact

Check Out Our New Database Search Tips Guide!
Posted On: Friday, May 26, 2023 - 17:30 by Brandi Tuttle

The Library has just rolled out a new guide highlighting some of our most commonly used databases. No matter whether you are answering clinical questions, seeking drug information, conducting research, or looking into your research impact, the guide will provide useful tips on selecting the correct database and getting started with the search. There is also some general information on how to get started with your search, the types of literature reviews, full text retrieval, and how to get more help from a Librarian. 

Check it out and let us know what you think!  Happy Searching!

Categories: Databases, Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: searching