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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
UpToDate Online
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Metrics for Young Investigators: Where’s the Data?

The blog post of “Metrics for Young Investigators” focused on identifying examples of outputs and activities for young investigators (see the new list of additional metrics). Why track outputs and activities of young investigators? Many investigators are funded by specific grant programs that offer support to develop research skills for young investigators to become independent researchers.  Some funding agencies require annual reports, often longitudinal in nature, in order to demonstrate success in meeting program goals. On-campus groups may want to determine the effectiveness of special mentoring programs based on specific criteria for young investigators.

How can outputs and activities of investigators be tracked? What data sources are available? Elsevier SciVal Scopus, Thomson Reuters Web of Science or MEDLINE/PubMed are examples of databases to use for monitoring publications. These databases can also be used to document collaboration and authorship patterns of young investigators. The NIH RePORTER database can be used to track funded NIH grant proposals. Google Scholar is an excellent resource to track gray literature or technical reports or other materials authored by young investigators that are not typically indexed by databases. A large catalog such as WorldCat or Amazon can be used to locate books authored by investigators. The United States Patent and Trademark Office provides patent application information. Search alerts for individual investigators can be created using Google to keep tabs on new content on the web that pertain to an investigator.

Some activities such as service on community boards, special awards or membership in professional organizations may be more difficult to track and may require self-reporting via annual questionnaires/surveys from investigators for reporting purposes.

Examples of impact based on metrics for investigators are forthcoming.

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