Labor Day Holiday
Medical Center Library & Archives staff will be unavailable on Monday, September 5th. Access to the building will not be available during this time.
Our Best Resource?
Megan von Isenburg, Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives
In the first weeks of the academic year, I regularly meet with new students, residents, faculty, and staff to share information about the resources and services offered through our Medical Center Library & Archives. Every year, somebody always asks some version of this question, "which is the best go-to resource when you need a solid answer without too much effort?" The answer to this question is easy. Our best resource is our staff.
Our staff are information experts. It takes a diverse set of skills and knowledge to provide the best information for research, education, and clinical care in a complex and constantly evolving environment. Our staff work together – some behind the scenes and some on the front lines with research groups, classrooms, and clinical arenas – to select, connect, and leverage thousands of resources to improve the work at Duke University and Health System.
How can we help? We are good at locating the hard-to-find items, such as an article held by only one other library in the world or a statistic that is essential for your research. We can troubleshoot problems you may have accessing resources and maintain up-to-date software and IT infrastructure for in-library computing. We are also experts in complex search techniques and literature review methodologies to inform your work or to synthesize the evidence on a topic. We can recommend books and articles for your class or individual research and learning. We can guide you through the process of publishing an article, from selecting a journal to complying with public access policies. We can teach information management and evidence-based practice skills to individuals and groups.
Bottom line: When you are looking for information and are not sure how or where to start, or if you are not finding what you are looking for… we can help.
Library Services & Resources
How can I get assistance?
Our Service Desk (Level 2R) is open Monday–Friday, 8:00a–5:00p. You may still contact Library staff through our chat function between 9a and 5p, Monday through Friday. Library staff are available to meet with faculty, staff, and students by phone, email, and WebEx or Zoom. Library classes are all held online.
Is the Seeley G. Mudd building accessible?
Access to the Medical Center Library & Archives requires a Duke Health badge. Duke University ID badge holders may get access to the building by requesting a Prox card from the University DukeCard Office. Information on fees and appointments is available on the DukeCard Website. Non-Duke individuals do not have access to the building at this time. All patrons and staff using the facility are expected to follow Duke's policies.
What spaces in the Library are available?
Library study rooms, cubicles, and open spaces are available Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm; Friday: 8 am – 5 pm; and Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm. Reservations are still required for group study spaces and cubicles. Once reserved, you will only need to check-in at your space and not at the Lobby Desk. Any open tables, soft seating, PIN stations, and computers are all available for use without reservation.
How can I get a book?
Book stacks (Level 1) are open and available for individual browsing with no reservation required. To borrow books, enter your Duke NetID and password in the self checkout machine in the Reading Room on Level 1. If you prefer to have a book pulled for you and made available for pick up, that will remain an option as well. Simply place a hold in the online catalog for the book you need.
How can I return a book I have borrowed?
Please return books to the book drop located to the left of the Library's front entrance.
Can I make requests for Interlibrary Loan items?
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services are available to fill routine article requests. Older and more obscure articles may be more difficult to acquire. Book borrowing may be limited with delays.
If you are a Duke clinician, faculty, or staff member and have an urgent request for a full-text article(s) related to direct patient care or COVID-19, please alert us in the notes field on the request form.
Please note: Access to Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services is not available to affiliates or to other libraries at this time.
How can I get materials for a class I am teaching?
The Library has strong digital collections for teaching and learning. If you need assistance identifying online materials for a class you are teaching, please reach out to your Library Liaison. If you need to place an item on e-reserve, please see our Course Reserves page.
Can I renew library materials online?
If you need to renew items, you may do that online using your Duke NetID and password. If you have any issues or concerns about renewing library materials, please contact Neal Fricks, User Services Manager.
Are printers and scanners available?
Printers and scanners are available for use with no reservation required. See Computers & Equipment for more information.
Your Library Liaisons
What are Library Liaisons?
In order to better serve Duke University and the Health System, librarians at the Medical Center Library & Archives have been assigned to work with specific departments or groups. If you do not see your program listed but you would like to work with a librarian, please contact Sarah Cantrell, Associate Director for Research and Education, at 919.660.1131.
What can Library Liaisons do?
• Meet with you by phone, email, WebEx or Zoom
• Guest lecture in your class or journal club
• Integrate evidence-based practice and information literacy into your course or curriculum
• Collaborate on systematic reviews of the literature and grant preparation
• Consult on literature search strategies and resource selection
Who is my Library Liaison?
Lesley Skalla, PhD, MSLS
Beverly Murphy, MLS
Tipsheet: Getting Started
If you need help with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC),
please contact us at email@example.com or 919.660.1100.
Easy Access to Resources from Off Campus
Duke students, faculty and staff and most affiliates with a Duke NetID have off-campus access to many online resources, such as databases and e-journals. Simply start at our Website and you will be prompted to sign in with your Duke NetID and password once you get to a resource that requires authentication. Or you may use the Duke NetID Login button at the top right of the site to avoid the need for repeated reource prompts. This login will last until you close your browser.
With the exception of the Duke FormWeb and Micromedex, which require the VPN, no VPN or Virtual PIN is needed to access our resources. A small subset of Duke's online resources are restricted by license agreements and cannot be accessed from off-campus.
The Duke Medicine network and clinical systems, including the Duke Medicine VPN, use Multi-factor authentication (MFA). You will be asked to type a second password to access our resources.
Be sure to use the Duke version of PubMed if you're off campus and need to get to full text. When you find an article you want to read, click on the Get it@Duke button, which will prompt you to sign in with your Duke NetID and password. Remember that Get it@Duke will only take you to the full text of what we subscribe to.
If we do not subscribe to the content you are looking for, you will be able to use Get it@Duke to look for the journal in the catalog or to request the article through Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services. Before making a request, please check if articles are available in Duke collections by using tips for "Finding Specific Journal Articles & Full Text."
Please Note: With implementation of the ZScaler security tool across Duke Health, users have reported barriers to accessing Library resources when ZScaler is running on their Duke computers. For example, it may appear that Duke does not have access to a resource to which we subscribe. Though DHTS has implemented a strategy to allow access to Library resources while using ZScaler, if you are having issues getting access, please submit a ticket to us via our Report an Access Issue Form.
VisualDx Yearlong Trial
Sarah Cantrell, Associate Director, Research & Education
The Medical Center Library & Archives is pleased to announce a yearlong trial of visualDx, a clinical point-of-care tool, educational resource, and decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this resource, visualDx is:
- Renowned for its depth of diverse clinical images – 14,000+ images of variations in skin color
- A valuable diagnostic clinical tool that helps you build a differential diagnosis
- Useful for searching by disease for therapy choices, tests, management, and more
The visualDx trial resource has been added to the Library's Databases page as well as the Clinical Tools Guide. A mobile app is available once you have created a personal account. Use this link to register by clicking on "Create a Personal Account" (located below the graphical tiles). Once you have an account, you may download the mobile app from the App Store / Play, and sign in using your personal account username and password.
Please email us with any issues or feedback. Later in the year, we will issue a survey to assess your experience with this resource.
Medical Archives: Digital Research Resources
Rebecca Williams, Archives Librarian for Research, Outreach, and Education
Lucy Waldrop, Assistant Director for Medical Center Archives
Medical Center Archives is open for Duke researchers by appointment only. In order to limit the number of people in our building, we have designated Tuesdays and Thursdays as research days. Please contact us to schedule a visit. Patrons using the facility are expected to follow Duke's policies.
Staff are available for remote consultation (M-F) via our online request form. We are happy to assist you in locating digital materials for your research and making digital reference copies when possible. Below are some online resources that are available 24/7.
If you’re looking for historic images, our digital repository, MEDSpace, is an excellent place to start. It contains nearly 700 photographs documenting the history of Duke Medicine. You can also find early publications, medical illustrations, artwork, and medical artifacts.
- Historical Images Documenting Duke Health
- Duke Health Historical Collections
- Duke Medical Center Publications
The Intercom, Duke Medicine’s primary news publication from 1953 to 1986, featured information about campus events and construction, faculty and staff news, and articles on medical research and innovations at Duke. The first 25 years of this publication have been digitized, making more than 500 issues available online.
Archives has several digital exhibits about key figures and events in the history of the Medical Center. Some of the topics include the Duke Poison Control Center, Dr. Wilburt C. Davison’s correspondence with Sir William Osler, and Women in Duke Health.
DUMC Archives Blog and Instagram
Updated regularly, our blog and Instagram are the places to go for Archives news, to see materials from our collections, and discover stories about the Medical Center’s history.
Oral History Collections
Medical Center Archives has a number of rich oral histories dating from the 1960s to the present, some of which are available for research. These collections capture the Medical Center's history in the words of the people who have witnessed or participated in that history. The recordings and transcripts of these histories are housed in the Medical Center Archives and many of the transcripts are available on MEDSpace. See Archives Oral Histories: Preserving the Past & Present for the Future for a recap of the histories that have been highlighted in our newsletter.
Archives Oral Histories: Preserving the Past & Present for the Future
Lucy Waldrop, Assistant Director for Medical Center Archives
In the August 2021 issue of our newsletter, we began a multipart series highlighting Archives Oral Histories preserved by the Medical Center Archives. In Part 6 of this series, we are revisiting the previous histories featured in our newsletter for the past year. The Archives’ Oral History Program continues to grow as we capture and add more interviews from those who have witnessed and participated in the Medical Center's history.
Part 1: "Archives Oral Histories" (August 2021)
Outlined what an oral history is and the types of oral histories held at the Medical Center Archives
Part 2: "Women in Duke Health" (October 2021)
Showcased this newly redesigned and updated online exhibit of women in multiple fields at Duke, many who were pioneers or “firsts” in some way in their disciplines
Part 3: "David C. Sabiston Oral History Project" (December 2021)
Highlighted the oral history project initiated by the Department of Surgery as a way to collect memories from people who knew Dr. Sabiston in order to write a definitive biography
Part 4: "Department of Medicine Oral History Project" (April 2022)
Discussed the department's recent history through the voices of its faculty
Part 5: "Department of Surgery Chief Residents Oral History Project" (June 2022)
Introduced a fairly new oral history project that began in 2018 to collect annual interviews with the Department of Surgery’s Chief Residents as a way to document their experiences at Duke.
Oral history transcripts are located in the Oral History Collection on MEDSpace. For oral history finding aids see the Archives’ Collections Listing. If you have questions or interests in learning more about the oral histories or any of our Archives holdings, please contact the Archives staff.
We Offer a Variety of Free Online Classes
We offer a variety of online classes on research and searching topics every month. All classes are free and offered virtually, though registration through our Website is required. In addition to these classes, you can also request an online session for yourself or a group or schedule an appointment for a research consultation.
|August - September Classes Register for one today!|
|August 23||12 - 1p||Zotero|
|August 24||12 - 1p||Understanding NIH Data Management & Sharing Requirements|
|August 25||12 - 1p||Getting Started with Systematic Reviews|
|August 30||11a – 12p||Advanced PubMed|
|August 31||4 - 5p||Searching CINAHL Effectively|
|September 7||9 – 10a||Zotero|
|September 9||12 - 1p||Building Your Researcher Profile|
|September 13||11a – 12p||Advanced PubMed|
|September 14||4 - 5p||EndNote|
|September 15||2 – 3p||Searching CINAHL Effectively|
|September 19||12:30 - 1p||Demystifying Peer Review in 30 |
|September 21||4 - 5p||Zotero|
|September 22||12 - 1p||Advanced PubMed|
|September 27||4 - 5p||Searching CINAHL Effectively|
|September 28||12 - 1p||Understanding NIH Data Management & Sharing Requirements|
Employee Spotlight: Nathan Dunn & Katherine Smith
Mindy Guzman, Program Assistant, Administration
Q & A
1. How would you describe where you grew up?
2. What did you do before coming to Duke?
3. How did you land at Duke?
4. Describe yourself in three words.
5. Is there any experience you think everyone should be required to have? What is it?
6. What’s something — big or small — that you’re really good at?
7. What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
8. If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
9. Who has influenced you most in how you approach your work?
10. What's the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Duke Poison Control Center: A Retrospective Exhibit
Rebecca Williams, Archives Librarian for Research, Outreach, and Education
Beverly Murphy, Assistant Director, Communications & Web Content and DUHS Hospital Nursing Liaison
In July 2022, the Library & Archives debuted the newly redesigned and updated online exhibit of the Duke Poison Control Center: A Retrospective Exhibit. The retrospective exhibit conveys the profound impact of the Duke Poison Control Center from 1954-1995. From the design of the safety cap to community outreach and education, the Center has always been at the forefront of poison prevention and safety issues.
The exhibit was updated and expanded by the Medical Center Library & Archives Exhibits Committee: Rebecca Williams and Beverly Murphy (Co-Chairs), Michael Ravenel-Baker, Victor Gordon, Steph Hendren, and Carter Hulinsky. Focused around the concept, "Is There a Killer in Your Medicine Chest?," the exhibit is divided into three main areas:
- Part I: Posion Epidemic: A young Duke resident is alarmed by the amount of seemingly preventable cases of poisoning in children.
- Part II: Innovations for Safety: The fight against accidental poisonings goes nationwide as big innovations are made in technology.
- Part III: National Advocacy: The movement spreads as Dr. Jay Arena and Dr. Shirley Osterhout take their message of children's safety to the national level.
The exhibit also includes a timeline of events and biographies and oral history interviews of key leaders for the Duke Poison Control Center.
The Poison Control Center exhibit was originally created in 2006 by the staff of Duke Medical Center Archives. They utilized the collections preserved at the Archives including oral history interviews conducted by Dr. James Gifford and Jessica Roseberry. A bibliography from the original exhibit is available upon request.
The history of the Duke Poison Control Center (1954-1995). is marked with innovation, compassion, and excellence. Not only has the Center left an impressive legacy with the North Carolina community, it has raised awareness of poison prevention and safety issues throughout the world.
NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Revisited
Lesley Skalla, Research & Education
It has been over 14 years since the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandated the NIH Public Access Policy ensuring that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. This policy requires that all peer-reviewed publications generated from NIH-funded grants must be made accessible to the public on the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) no later than 12 months after publication. In 2013, NIH made some compliance changes to this open access policy by withholding continued funding for grants with non-compliant publications.
What needs to be done?
The first step is to determine which submission method you can use. There are several options for submitting your manuscript to PubMed Central, all depending on the journal where your work is published. In some cases, the journal may submit the final article to PMC for you. However, in most cases the author or PI will need to submit the final peer-reviewed version of the manuscript directly to the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System and they will deposit your article in PMC. This can seem rather complicated, but NIH has a handy submission wizard to guide you through this process. To learn more about the process of making your publications compliant, please visit our NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Libguide.
Who is responsible for making sure publications are in compliance?
Ultimately, the PI of the grant is responsible since that person will be citing publications in progress reports or grant proposals.
Who can submit the manuscript to the NIHMS?
The author, PI, publisher, or other third party delegate can submit a manuscript to NIHMS. An author or the PI will still need to provide final approval of the manuscript to NIHMS.
How do you show compliance?
When citing applicable publications in your grant applications or reports to NIH, you need to include the PubMed Central ID (PMCID) number in your citation.
Best Practice Tips to Get You Started
- Properly attribute grant funding in your publications - When you cite your NIH grant number in your publications, include the activity code (e.g., R01), the two-letter institute code (e.g., ES), followed by the serial number including any leading zeroes (e.g., R01ES016772). It is important to cite your NIH grant number because journals that submit manuscripts on behalf of the author only do this for publications that have NIH grant numbers in the funding acknowledgment section!
- As soon as your publication has been accepted by the journal, begin the compliance process - Determine if your publication will be submitted to PMC or to NIHMS by the publisher. If it will not be submitted on your behalf, then you will need to submit your publication to NIHMS yourself. It is best to submit your manuscript as soon as your publication is accepted as it can take up to 6 weeks to complete the process and receive your PMCID.
- Submit the manuscript - You can do this through your My NCBI MyBibliography account or directly through the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System.
- Watch for review and approval emails from NIHMS - The approval process often gets stuck at this step. The assigned reviewer must review and approve the manuscript.
NIH has a variety of sharing policies in place for its funded research including the sharing of data, research tools, model organisms, and clinical trials. Please visit NIH’s Scientific Data Sharing Website for more information on these policies.
Need Help? Our librarians can assist PIs, authors and other staff with becoming compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, chat with us online, or set up a Zoom consult or training session. There are also lots of useful tips and documentation on our NIH Public Access Policy Compliance LibGuide.
The following publications have been authored/co-authored by Medical Center Library & Archives Staff (highlighted in bold)
Amrhein, T. J., Kranz, P. G., Cantrell, S., Deline, C. R., Carr, C. M., Kim, D. K., Goldstein, K. M., & Williams, J. W. (2022). Efficacy of Epidural Blood Patching or Surgery in Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension: An Evidence Map Protocol. Systematic Reviews, 11(1), 116.
Aksenov, L. I., Fairchild, R. J., Kaplan, S. J., Scales, C. D., & Routh, J. C. (2022). Behavioral Economics in Urology: A Scoping Review. Journal of Urology, 207(6), 1193-1199.
Schofield, H. T., Fabrizio, V., Braniecki, S., Pelletier, W., Eissa, H., Murphy, B., Chewning, J., Barton, K. D., Embry, L. M., Levine, J. E., Schultz, K. R., & Page, K. M. (2022). Monitoring Neurocognitive Functioning After Pediatric Cellular Therapy or Hematopoietic Cell Transplant: Guidelines From the COG Neurocognition in Cellular Therapies Task Force. Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, S2666-6367(22)01437-3. (Advance online publication)
Burri, S. D., Smyrk, K. M., Melegy, M. S., Kessler, M. M., Hussein, N. I., Tuttle, B. D., & Clewley, D. J. (2022). Risk Factors Associated with Physical Therapist Burnout: A Systematic Review. Physiotherapy, 116, 9–24.
Update: ZScaler and Use of Library Resources
ZScaler, an Internet and Web gateway security tool, is being implemented across Duke Health. Users have reported barriers to accessing Library resources when ZScaler is running on their Duke computers. For example, it may appear that Duke does not have access to a resource to which we subscribe.
DHTS has implemented a strategy to allow access to Library resources while using ZScaler. However, if you are having issues getting access, please submit a ticket to us via our Report an Access Issue Form.
F1000 & Sciwheel Subscriptions Ended in June
The Duke University Libraries is no longer supporting the following resources. Access ended on June 30, 2022.
F1000 (Faculty Opinions)
Peer review service highlighting, evaluating, and rating top articles published in the biomedical sciences, based on the recommendations of faculty.
Web-based reference management tool used to create and organize a library of citations, discover new literature, and conduct group citing and editing of manuscripts via Google Docs.
Publication Schedule & Staff
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives News is published bimonthly.
|Megan von Isenburg , Associate Dean||Beverly Murphy, Editor|
|Victor Gordon||Mindy Guzman|
| Lesley Skalla||Lucy Waldrop|
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