Duke Medical Center Library & Archives

Special Tribute to Dr. William Anlyan – Library Supporter and Friend
Posted On: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 11:41 by Patricia Thibodeau

Dr. Anlyan was many things to Duke for many years, but few probably know his strong role in the creation of the current Medical Center Library facility.  In addition to many other buildings constructed during his time as Chancellor and Vice President of Health Affairs, the Mudd building was an outcome of his planning and leadership. 

Serving as a member and chairman of the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents, Dr. Anlyan understood the potential and importance of libraries in an academic health center and as part of the developments in biomedical communications.  In 1970, he commissioned the architects to create a building with the concept of the library as the core of the communications center.  Construction began in 1973 on the triangular shaped...


Historical Materials about African Americans at Duke Medicine
Posted On: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 10:02 by Beverly Murphy

African American History at Duke Medicine, a guide produced by Medical Center Archives, aims to introduce researchers to materials documenting the history of African American faculty, students, and staff at Duke Medicine. Included are oral histories, archival collections, photographs, audiovisual materials, and publications, selected key dates and key figures, and links to recommended digital resources.

Categories: Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: archives, black history month

DUMC History Retrospective: Duke’s African-American LPN Program
Posted On: Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 16:57 by Jolie Braun

This look back at DUMC history features Duke’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program. When it began in 1948, there were already several others in the state. Duke’s was unique, however, as it was the only one in North Carolina established exclusively for training African-American nurses.

The program, known as the Practical Nurse School at Hillside High School, was a collaborative effort between Duke University Hospital, the Durham City Schools, and the North Carolina Department of Vocational Education and was established to address the area’s shortage of professional nurses. The idea was that trained LPNs would be a means of improving bedside care, as they could take over the duties that might have been previously handled by a...


Tags: archives, black history month

Medical Student Press Seeking Editorial Team Members
Posted On: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 09:26 by Megan von Isenburg

The Medical Student Press is a robust editorial service with multiple online platforms for the publishing projects of medical students. The editor in chief is a medical student at the University of Rochester, but the editorial team is cross-institutional. The group aims to improve the reach and quality of medical students' scholarly publications on a global scale. Their projects, run by a team of medical student editors with faculty guidance, operate using Open Journal Systems and support open-access publishing.

The Medical Student Press is currently seeking applicants for the following positions. See more and apply online at the Medical Student Press Website.

Executive Editor (application deadline...


Tags: writing, publishing

ClinicalKey for Nursing Has Replaced Nursing Consult
Posted On: Monday, January 4, 2016 - 00:27 by Beverly Murphy

ClinicalKey for Nursing has replaced Mosby's Nursing Consult effective Jan. 1, 2016.  Mosby’s content can now be accessed through ClinicalKey for Nursing.

ClinicalKey for Nursing offers evidence-based content adapted to a nurse’s workflow, schedule and needs, with features designed to support better decisions at the point of care. The Smart Search function recognizes relevant clinical concepts as you type, and offers shortcuts to critical answers by highlighting connections between medical concepts and pointing to related disease and drug content. If you need to further refine your search results, you can use ClinicalKey’s filters to sort by source type (e.g. clinical...


Categories: Alerts, Databases

Tags: nursing, clinicalkey

Internet Explorer 8 Users Need to Upgrade!
Posted On: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 17:16 by Beverly Murphy

ScienceDirect, one of our major providers of electronic journals, will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 and previous versions as of January 1, 2016. If you use IE8 or an older version, please upgrade now.

For the optimum user experience, we recommend that you move away from any older browser versions to current versions of IE, Firefox, or Chrome.


Categories: Alerts

Tags: e-journals

UpToDate Remote Access Authentication
Posted On: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 17:23 by Brandi Tuttle

[Note: this post is about re-verifying your Duke affiliation for remote access to UpToDate and not the usual way to use UpToDate. Click here to access UpToDate.]

UpToDate has changed its remote access authentication policy requiring Duke users to log into UpToDate from the Duke network from every 30 days to every 90 days.   Hopefully this will help those working or studying away from Duke for short periods of time to easily retain access to this important resource.   

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...


Categories: Alerts, Databases, Resource Updates

Tags: UpToDate

Health Literacy Tool Shed
Posted On: Friday, December 18, 2015 - 09:20 by Jamie Conklin

Health Literacy Tool Shed
"Find the right health literacy measurement tool for your research."

The Health Literacy Tool Shed brings together more than 100 health literacy tools in one searchable database. These instruments and measures are described in published, peer-reviewed journals, and these references are linked within each record. Each record also provides key characteristics, psychometric properties, validation information, and an option to download the tool, if available. The Health Literacy Tool Shed is a collaboration among...


Categories: Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: health literacy

The Library of the Future: What Will It Look Like?
Posted On: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 17:12 by Patricia Thibodeau

As strategic planning is underway, our staff will be reaching out to you and asking the BIG questions:

How can we further your work at Duke?
What challenges can we help you overcome?
What services are the most valuable to you and what is missing?
What additional expertise do we need on our staff?
What additional resources can we provide – technology, software, mobile apps, other?
How can our facility better serve the Duke community?

Below are some of the opportunities and roles we are considering, but I welcome your ideas and suggestions for our future strategic priorities!

    • More fully participating in systematic reviews, searches, and beyond
    • Serving as partners in research teams
    • Providing free access to materials...

Employee Spotlight: Randy Marsh
Posted On: Friday, December 11, 2015 - 00:25 by Beverly Murphy

Randy’s Bio

  • Working at Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives since:  2001 (employed at Duke since 1989)
  • Education: Jordan High School Class of 1988
  • Current position: Senior Library Assistant

Q & A

1.    Describe your current position & what you find most interesting about it.
What I like most about my job is being able to connect with the patron, mainly with a joke to loosen up their day.

2.    Describe yourself...


Systematic Reviews of the Literature
Posted On: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 23:46 by Megan von Isenburg

A systematic review attempts to collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. The key characteristics of a systematic review are: a clearly defined question with inclusion and exclusion criteria; rigorous and systematic search of the literature; critical appraisal of included studies; data extraction and management; analysis and interpretation of results; and report for publication.

Not every research question fits well with the systematic review methodology. Other types of reviews might be better suited for research questions that are broader or that may not have much empirical evidence on the topic.

What does it take to do a systematic review?

    • ...

Tags: systematic reviews

Monitor Your Article's Impact: Altmetric Explorer
Posted On: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:12 by Jamie Conklin

Are you curious about how your research is talked about in news sources and social media? Do you wish there was a way to track the impact of your articles? 

Try Altmetric Explorer! Duke Libraries is piloting the Altmetric platform and its Altmetric Explorer tool as part of its ScholarWorks services for one year. Use Altmetric to see how other researchers and the general public are conversing about your research and use this information to show impact for funders and scholars.

Using PubMed IDs, DOIs, handles, and other unique identifiers, Almetric tracks mentions of scholarly articles in tweets, blog posts, news stories, and other social media outlets. To ensure Altmetric matches...


Categories: Explore Tools, Resource Updates

Tags: altmetrics

Proposed Journal Cancellations
Posted On: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 01:35 by Emma Cryer

Since the costs of journal subscriptions rise by 6% to 10% every year, we have to make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to cancel.  We look at usage, cost, and other factors.  We also compare titles based on cost per use of all downloaded journal articles.

The following titles are  proposed cancellations for 2016 based on high cost and low use, thereby having high cost per use as compared to hundreds of other titles. Please send any concerns about these cancellations to: emma.cryer@duke.edu.

$1,568; 23 usesJournal of Vestibular Research
$1,130; 31 usesArchives of Microbiology... MORE

Categories: Alerts

Tags: e-journals

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Modrich!
Posted On: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 10:12 by Megan von Isenburg

Congratulations to Paul Modrich, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, for winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry!

Read some of his groundbreaking research in DNA repair on his Scholars@Duke page or peruse this PubMed search of his publications.


Onboarding at Duke
Posted On: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 15:28 by Jamie Conklin

When I tell people I am new to Duke, I first get a warm welcome and then almost always an empathetic response regarding the transition. I am told Duke is large and complex and will take some time to get to know. Yet, it seems that Duke has taken to heart the principles Michael D. Watkins, a consultant for Fortune 500 companies regarding transitions and onboarding, outlines in his book "The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter."

Watkins emphasizes listening, observing, relationship building, and learning technical skills and political/cultural aspects of an organization within the first 90 days. Duke provides...