Goodbye MDConsult, Hello ClinicalKey

Clinical_Key

Some of you may know that Elsevier is ending the popular resource MDConsult as of December 2014, and replacing it with a far more comprehensive product called ClinicalKey. Brown made the decision to add ClinicalKey to our suite of databases and resources, and it’s now available for all to use.

ClinicalKey can be accessed through the Core Health Sciences databases page (aka Medical Connections), the Clinical Resources guide, or our A-Z database list.

ClinicalKey’s offerings include:

  • over 500 journals
  • over 1000 textbooks
  • “First Consult” point-of-care clinical consults
  • Procedures Consult
  • drug monographs from Clinical Pharmacology
  • over 13,000 medical and surgical videos
  • millions of images that may be added to presentations
  • over 2,000 practice guidelines

 

If you are interested in helpful tutorials, videos, and guides for navigating ClinicalKey, please visit:

UNC Health Sciences Library’s Clinical Key Guide
Clinical Key User Guide
Clinical Key Resources

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Meet Brown’s new Scientific Data Specialist!

The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Creamer as the Library’s new Science Data Specialist.

Creamer is coming to the Library from University of Massachusetts Medical School and National Network of Libraries of Medicine. In this role he taught research data management to librarians of the region.

From 2012-2013 he coordinated and contributed to the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) and is currently coordinating the piloting and evaluation of this curriculum at fourteen universities in North America.

I look forward to working with Andrew as he acquaints himself with the data management needs of the BioMed community.

More at: The Library Welcomes Andrew Creamer.

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Using the Find Full Text feature in EndNote

One of the most popularity features in EndNote is the ability to find the full text PDFs of many of the references you’ve just imported at a keystroke.

If you are at Brown, using the Brown Secure Wireless, or you are using the VPN, you don’t need to do anything to enable this feature. But if you are using EndNote from off campus and are not using the VPN, please follow the below instructions to enable this feature.

To find full text for Brown’s journals:

  • Highlight the references you want to find full text for
  • From the menu at the top select References > Find Full Text > Find Fulltextfull text
  • OR use the full text icon, shown at right. (On the Mac, the icon looks like a piece of paper with the letters LO over it, and is the 2nd icon from the left)
  • If you have entered the above codes, you will need to authenticate with your Brown ID and password when asked.
  • On the left-hand panel, you will see the Find Full Text search results, and paper clips will show up in the records of the items where full text was found.

This method is not 100% accurate. Occasionally EndNote will not be able to locate articles that Brown does have online. For instances where the full text does not come through, check the reference against the library’s eJournals listbefore making an ILL request.

Learn more about EndNote’s tools for importing, annotating, and managing PDFs at http://libguides.brown.edu/EndnoteFulltxtPDF.

 

 

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More improvements to EndNote access

Brown’s EndNote subscription is now available to all faculty, regardless of “Clinical” status, and to all residents.

  • EndNote may be installed onto Brown-owned or personally-owned workstations only. It may not be installed on workstations owned by Lifespan, CNE, or any other business.
  • The subscription covers full-time faculty, staff, and graduate students. (Undergraduates are not eligible for access, but may purchase EndNote at a reduced rate at http://endnote.com/buy/e002.)
  • VPN and Key Access are no longer required when off-campus. This means that hospital-based faculty should be able to download the program to their workstations without the issues of VPN and Key Access that we have faced in the past.
  • There are no simultaneous user limitations with the new subscription. (The former subscription was limited to 25 users at one-time.)

EndNote X7 is available for both Mac and Windows, and can be downloaded from the Software Catalog: http://www.brown.edu/information-technology/software/catalog/endnote-1.

If you need training and assistance with EndNote or any other citation manager, please contact me. I am happy to visit faculty in offices or at the hospitals to answer questions and provide consultation, and I am also available to provide workshops and resource overviews for departments, research groups, residents, and more.

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Project Tycho™: Data for health

This week, on my listserv for Public Health librarians, I was notified of a new resource called Project Tycho™, created at University of Pittsburgh. Project Tycho™ provides open access to newly digitized and integrated data from the entire 125-year history of  Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) reports for the United States (1888-2013).  Read all about it at http://bit.ly/1ga8Q8m.

The goal of Project Tycho™ is to aid scientists and public health officials in the eradication of deadly and devastating diseases. A recent NEJM article documents how the Project Tycho team digitized and made public all weekly surveillance reports of nationally notifiable diseases for U.S. cities and states published between 1888 and 2011. The project derived a quantitative history of disease reduction in the United States over the past century, focusing particularly on the effect of vaccination programs.

Reference

van Panhuis WG, Grefenstette J, Jung SY, Chok NS, Cross A, Eng H, et al. Contagious diseases in the United States from 1888 to the present.N.Engl.J.Med. 2013 Nov 28;369(22):2152-2158.

About Project Tycho

In the United States, cases of contagious diseases have been reported at weekly intervals to health authorities for more than a century, but these data have not been publicly available in a computable format, so their use and value have been limited. The University of Pittsburgh has released a collection of surveillance reports about diseases in the United States going back 125 years. “The researchers obtained all weekly notifiable disease surveillance tables published between 1888 and 2013 – approximately 6,500 tables – in various historical reports, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. These tables were available only in paper format or as PDF scans in online repositories that could not be read by computers and had to be hand-entered. With an estimated 200 million keystrokes, the data – including death counts, reporting locations, time periods and diseases – were digitized. A total of 56 diseases were reported for at least some period of time during the 125-year time span, with no single disease reported continuously.”

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Global Health resource guide now live

A recent class  provided me with the impetus to create a Global Health resource/research guide (which had been on my to-do list since arriving at Brown in spring 2012).

Please feel free to evaluate the new guide and let me know what you think. If there are any resources or topic areas that you’d like to see added, just send me a note. You may also link to it from Canvas, or from departmental/institute sites, as you see fit.

libguides.brown.edu/globalhealth

 

 

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eBooks in Medicine and Public Health

In the past year, I’ve had many requests for books. Whenever possible, I try to buy books electronically.

Recent purchases in Medicine and in Public Health include: The 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2013, Clinical epidemiology: How to do clinical practice research; Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics; and the JBI Synthesis Science in Healthcare collection of 17 eBooks. These titles are all available through Ovid eBooks.

As new titles are added to our collections, many (but not all) appear in the “New titles” lists within the library’s New Titles list, under Public Health or under Medicine and Health.

 

 

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Journal access via PubMed

Did you know that if you’re going directly to PubMed.gov or to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/, you may be missing access to the thousands of journals that Brown subscribes to? I recently had reason to peruse a few course syllabi and Canvas sites, and noted that many faculty are using those links when they direct students to PubMed.

To make sure that your students and you are getting the most of your Brown affiliation, bookmark http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?myncbishare=brownu, or always follow the PubMed link at http://libguides.brown.edu/health (or any other Brown Library page). You’ll always see Brown’s Find It icon in your search results, and then you’ll have access to our full text subscriptions via the easyArticle service (or, if we don’t have the article, you’ll have a quick and easy way to request the article through ILLiad, using the “Request from another library” link).

 

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ClinicalKey trial

Clinical_Key

Some of you may know that Elsevier is ending the popular resource MDConsult as of December 2014, and replacing it with a far more comprehensive product called ClinicalKey. Brown’s contract for MDConsult ends on June 30, 2014, so we’ll soon have to make a decision as to whether to add ClinicalKey to our list of resources. Adding a CK subscription may mean cancelling other resources, due to its cost, so we would love to hear the feedback of the BioMed community.

We are currently running a trial for this resource, running through November 30. Please use this opportunity to evaluate CK and let me know what you think. You can access the ClinicalKey trial at clinicalkey.com (on-campus access). Those off campus can access the trial via logging in at our database trials page.

ClinicalKey’s offerings include:

  • over 500 journals
  • over 1000 textbooks
  • “First Consult” point-of-care clinical consults
  • Procedures Consult
  • drug monographs from Clinical Pharmacology
  • over 13,000 medical and surgical videos
  • millions of images that may be added to presentations
  • over 2,000 practice guidelines

 

If you are interested in helpful tutorials, videos, and guides for navigating ClinicalKey, please visit:

UNC Health Sciences Library’s Clinical Key Guide
Clinical Key User Guide
Clinical Key Resources

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Improvements to EndNote access

CIS has recently improved Brown’s EndNote access: the campus has upgraded to a site license for  EndNote X7. What does this mean for the BioMed community?

  • The subscription covers full-time faculty, staff, and graduate students. (Undergraduates and faculty with clinical appointments are not eligible for access.)
  • VPN and Key Access are no longer required when off-campus. This means that hospital-based faculty should be able to download the program to their workstations without the issues of VPN and Key Access that we have faced in the past.
  • There are no simultaneous user limitations with the new subscription. (The former subscription was limited to 25 users at one-time.)

EndNote X7 is available for both Mac and Windows, and can be downloaded from the Software Catalog: http://www.brown.edu/information-technology/software/catalog/endnote-1.

If you need training and assistance with EndNote or any other citation manager, please contact me. . I am happy to visit faculty in offices or at the hospitals to answer questions and provide consultation, and I am also available to provide workshops and resource overviews for departments, research groups, residents, and more.

 

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