Duke Medical Center Library & Archives

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?

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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...


Working on a Systematic Review?
Posted On: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 09:52 by Megan von Isenburg

As the number of primary research studies continues to grow, there is increasing interest in synthesizing these separate studies. Many investigators are exploring the systematic review methodology as a way to discover and pull together what is known about a topic.

The systematic review methodology requires a comprehensive, transparent, and repeatable search to enable discovery of both known and unknown papers on a topic. These searches require thorough knowledge of the search tools PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, and others.

If you are considering writing a systematic review, contact the library. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive approach that meets the requirements for conducting a systematic review of the literature. We will also provide you with:

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Tags: research

DUMC Archives Resources Round-up
Posted On: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:49 by Jolie Braun

Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) Archives has a variety of online resources to help users learn about the collections and the Medical Center’s history.

MEDSpace – If you’re looking for historic images, our digital repository, MEDSpace, is an excellent place to start. MEDSpace contains nearly 700 photographs documenting the history of Duke Medicine. You can also find early publications, medical illustrations and artwork, and medical artifacts.

Digitized Yearbooks – Want to look up a...


Categories: Resource Updates

Tags: archives

EndNote for Macs: Not Yet Compatible with Office 2016
Posted On: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:38 by Beverly Murphy

Endnote is not currently compatible with Office 2016 for Macs and will not work. EndNote developers are currently working on a patch but it is not expected to be completed until Fall, at the earliest. If you rely on Endnote, it is recommended that you do not upgrade your version of Office at this time.

Categories: Alerts

Tags: endnote

Welcome to Duke!
Posted On: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 22:17 by Patricia Thibodeau

I want to welcome all our new faculty, learners, and staff to Duke Medicine and the Medical Center Library & Archives.  Here are my tips for a successful experience at Duke!

  • Get to know and contact our expert staff.  They are ready to help you be successful!
  • Visit our Websites and discover the vast resources available to you at Duke.
  • Find a space to study or collaborate in the Library in the Mudd building. We have everything from group rooms to individual carrels...

Categories: Resource Updates

Download Book Chapters in PDF in Clinical Key
Posted On: Monday, August 17, 2015 - 22:40 by Megan von Isenburg

ClinicalKey offers hundreds of online textbooks, journals, Procedures Consult, First Consult, surgical Vitals and other clinical information with one convenient search. Unlike some e-book sites, you can even download chapters of books to read offline.

In order to download PDFs, you need to create a separate ClinicalKey account. Simply go to ClinicalKey and click on the "Register" link in the top right corner of the main screen. Create a username and password that is easy to remember. It will work as long as you are affiliated with Duke.

For more information about ClinicalKey...


Categories: Databases

Tags: e-books

Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials
Posted On: Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 16:21 by Beverly Murphy

Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials
Geoffrey R. Norman and David L. Sreiner

New for 2014, this edition includes updated information on robust estimators of the mean, the problems of multiple hypothesis testing, bootstrapping and resampling and non-parametric stats. In addition, an entirely new chapter discusses measures of incidence and prevalence, risk, morbidity and fatality rates, and more.

Check out the Library's newest print book additions or ...


Categories: Resource Updates

Tags: e-books

Wrangling those Grant Publications?
Posted On: Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 16:02 by Patricia Thibodeau

More and more funding agencies have policies for sharing citations arising from their funding, AND more and more grants are focusing on team-science and collaborative projects. This has resulted in more authors writing articles that may not include the principal investigator.

You can track many biomedical publications by setting up searches in PubMed that run on a regular basis.

Tips for Searching by Grant Number
  • Search for one grant number or several by using “OR” between the grant numbers 
  • You can leave off the activity...

Tags: grants

Fundamentals of The Physical Therapy Examination
Posted On: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:53 by Beverly Murphy

Fundamentals of The Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview And Tests & Measures
Stacie J. Fruth

This resource introduces physical therapy students to essential screening and examination techniques that form the foundation of their practice, across all body systems. Building on the foundational knowledge, it helps students develop clinical decision-making skills.

Check out the Library's newest print book additions or ...


Categories: Resource Updates

Tags: e-books, physical therarpy