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Announcements

Enhance Your Skills with Classes from Becker Library

A new section of the Becker Library website that showcases class offerings is now live at becker.wustl.edu/classes. Browse classes by category using the subject area links (left side of the page on desktop view) or peruse all class titles in the default list format. Class topics range from EndNote citation management, to grant application and  [Read more]

Mastering Information

The Ins and Outs of Finding Conference Abstracts

How many times have you been frustrated by finding the perfect citation in a database on your topic of interest, only to discover it is merely a conference abstract? Conference abstracts are often time-consuming, but they are useful. In order to minimize publication bias, systematic review search results should include conference abstracts. They are also  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Use Validated Data Collection Instruments and Avoid Reinventing the Wheel

Data collection instruments such as surveys, questionnaires and intake forms that have been rigorously tested for validity often exist but are not always easy to find. Using existing validated instruments reduces duplication of effort, promotes harmonization of data collection standards, adds credibility to results and allows for comparison of results across studies. Options for locating  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Spotlight on Psychiatry and Psychology Resources

Becker Medical Library collects resources for specialties throughout the medical campus. An overview of psychiatry and psychology resources is below. Please note that you need to be on the WUSM internet network or logged-in to your Becker proxy/remote access account to access these resources. Database Resources: PsycInfo: Similar to searching PubMed, but focused on psychiatry  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Franz Joseph Gall and the Origins of Phrenology

The following is a guest post from Stanley Finger, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University. Finger earned his doctorate from Indiana University and has been on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis since that time. He is also currently affiliated with the school’s History of Medicine  [Read more]

Announcements

ORCID and NIH Grant Announcement

The NIH recently announced that ORCID IDs will soon be required for many grants offered by the NIH, AHRQ and CDC. This requirement focuses on individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards. Some awards will require ORCID IDs as early as October 2019, while others will begin to require ORCID  [Read more]

Announcements

Featured Health and Wellness Topic: Healthy Activities

With July in full swing, now is a great time to plan ways to keep your family healthy this summer and beyond. Swimming, hiking, biking—whatever your family enjoys—St. Louis has access to it all. The Feuerstein Health & Wellness Information Center has pulled together some of our favorite resources for planning healthy activities. New titles  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Thomas Jefferson’s Lenses

The Becker Archives holds a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson. This handwritten letter concerning Jefferson’s spectacles was given to Dr. Eugene Opie, dean of Washington University School of Medicine, in 1915. The letter was generously donated by William K. Bixby, was a frequent benefactor and long-time supporter of Washington University. Jefferson’s letter, dated Dec.  [Read more]

Announcements, Archives and Rare Books

Travel Scholarships Available for Archives and Rare Books Collections Use

Bernard Becker Medical Library is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education, and the history of dentistry. In order to encourage  [Read more]

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