Becker on the Road
This unique speaker series offers free, customized presentations for your next department meeting, in-service, class assignment, or retreat. On the Road programs can be brought to a convenient location of your choice or hosted here at the library. The following presentations are available on request or staff can develop a program specifically tailored for your group.
Priority is given to classes for WUSM, BJC and SLCH groups. Other classes are arranged subject to availability of library staff.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Bob Engeszer at email@example.com or 314-362-4735.
- Assessing the Impact of Your Research
This presentation will cover the concept of research impact, review various indicators of research impact that transcend traditional measures of scientific output and guidance for locating indicators for evidence of research impact. The presentation will also introduce the Becker Medical Library Model for Assessment of Research as a tool for investigators to document and quantify their research impact.
- Author Rights
Do you have a manuscript that you are preparing for publication? Are you aware that you can retain rights to your work? Authors are encouraged to retain the rights they need in order to reuse and disseminate their work in connection with academic and professional activities. This session will cover author rights and strategies for retaining rights to your work.
- Becker Resources for Patients & Families
Learn about the resources from Becker Library and the National Library of Medicine to help you research health questions for yourself or your family.
- EndNote and Citation Management Software
- Enhancing the Visibility and Impact of Your Research
The workshop will cover various strategies for participants to consider as they undertake research activities. The strategies are divided into three categories:
- Preparing for Publication
- Tracking Your Research.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to better understand tools and approaches that can be used to enhance author profiles, promote discoverability and access of research findings, and document evidence of research impact.
- Evidence-based Practice Resources
Evidence-based practice is increasingly important for students, clinicians, faculty, health care payers, and accrediting agencies. Librarians can offer an overview of evidence-based health care, and specifically the resources Becker Library provides to search for the best evidence.
- Get the Most Out of Google
Find out how to maximize your use of Google by taking advantage of and getting the most out of the various tools available for free. Learn how to execute sophisticated searches using the advanced search feature and tips in Google Scholar and export results to your RefWorks or EndNote account. Create surveys and track their responses with Forms and share other documents in Google Docs. Create a space to collaborate in iGoogle. Keep track of your favorite blogs with Google Reader.
- NIH Public Access Policy
Are you preparing a manuscript generated by NIH-funded research? If so, then you are required to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. This session will provide an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy including the steps involved in complying with the policy and how to demonstrate compliance.
- Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age - New Options, New Issues
Open access, public access mandates, institutional repositories - the Internet has had an enormous impact on how scientific information is now created, stored, and shared with others. This presentation is a brief introduction to the changes taking place in scholarly publishing and what authors need to know.
- Science Support: Software and Database Resources for Research
This presentation will give an overview of the databases and software tools available on campus and will highlight associated training resources ranging from materials on the web to hands-on workshops on campus.
- SCOPUS: The Solution for Authors
SCOPUS: The Solution for Authors session will cover the following:
- Who is citing my work?
- How is my research being used?
- How can I identify potential research collaborators?
- What metrics are available?
- Searching the Biomedical Literature
We discuss how to improve the effectiveness of your medical literature searches by focusing on six key strategic points:1. Specifying the search topic
2. Preparing an initial search strategy
3. Selecting a database (Ovid/Medline, PubMed, CINAHL, etc.)
4. Executing the search
5. Evaluating the references
6. If warranted, reassessing your research strategy
- Using Publication Data to Measure Productivity and Impact
Do you need to provide a report on your publications or include an impact statement in a grant renewal? This presentation will review how to use Scopus, Web of Science and Essential Science Indicators to create reports and images to demonstrate productivity and impact. Presentations can be customized for a specific group and investigators.
- Web 2.0 Resources for Health and Research
Loosely defined as "Web 2.0," these tools and applications aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, sharing and communication between users. They also can help you organize and manage the information and resources you need more quickly and efficiently. Learn how easy it is to tap into the power of Web 2.0 applications.
- What to Consider in Selecting a Journal for Publication
Are you considering submitting a manuscript for publication but on the fence as to which journals to submit to? Which journal will reach your target audience? Which journal allows you to retain rights to your work? These points along with others will be reviewed to help you select a journal for publication.
- Who is Citing Your Work?
Are you interested in tracking your research by finding out who is citing your work? Knowing how your research is being used in the scientific literature can also be of value for consideration of tenure, promotion dossiers, progress reports, quantifying the return on research funding or for justification for future requests for funding. This session will demonstrate tools that authors can use to track how their research is being cited.
In addition to the above list, the staff of our Archives and Rare Books Division offer presentations on historical topics of interest to the Washington University community including:
- A History of Washington University School of Medicine
This presentation details the creation of Washington University’s medical school in the 1890s, its reorganization in 1910, affiliation with area hospitals, construction of the new medical campus, and development into a modern school of medicine.
- Institutional History Walking Tours
This tour of the WU Medical Center reveals more than the campus architecture by exploring the history of the Washington University School of Medicine.
- Illustrating the Body: The School of Medicine's Rare Anatomy Books
Presents the history of imagery in medical texts from ancient times to today, in order to discuss advances in anatomical knowledge, and how that knowledge has been affected by changes in printing technology.