Becker Blog

Mastering Information

Resource Spotlight: Suggest a Purchase

Becker Library welcomes recommendations for additions to its collection. A Suggestion for Purchase form is available on the website. Faculty members are encouraged to request the purchase of required and suggested textbooks and books for student class work for course reserves. Journal and database recommendations are contingent on budget availability. If the budget is already  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

What can Scopus do for you?

What is Scopus? Scopus is a citation database paid for by the library and available to users on the Washington University network or via a library proxy account. Scopus covers 22,000 journal titles and 150,000 books with over 70 million items and 1.4 billion cited references back to 1970. It also contains over 16 million  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Bernie’s ‘other’ library

Washington University’s medical library is named after Bernard Becker, MD (1920-2013), who served as head of the university’s Department of Ophthalmology from 1953 to 1988.  During his remarkable 35-year tenure as department chair, Becker established one of the most outstanding academic ophthalmology departments and residency programs in the country and became a world-renowned expert on  [Read more]

Mastering Information

How to save personalized lists in the library catalog

When searching in the library catalog you can save useful resources to a list. To do this, you will need to log in to your library borrower’s account in the library catalog. (If you do not have an account, contact askbecker@wustl.edu for quick and easy set-up.) Click on screenshots below to enlarge if needed. Once you  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Historic Pharmaceuticals: Lessons for an archivist

Becker Library’s archives contain so much more than paper documents. Many of our collections comprise an amazing array of unique artifacts, including photographs and albums, clothing, plaques and medals, blueprints, historic currency, and maps. We also care for collections including materials that are incredible resources for the preservation of the history of medicine and its  [Read more]

Announcements, Scholarly Publishing

History of Central Institute for the Deaf Book Now Available in Digital Commons@Becker

Becker Library is proud to announce that we are hosting a digital copy of the book “The History of Central Institute for the Deaf” in our institutional repository for the School of Medicine, Digital Commons@Becker, where it can be freely accessed. The book contains a chronology of significant events related to Central Institute for the Deaf  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Using Smart Groups in EndNote

Endnote is a citation management software that helps you organize the results of a literature search. It can be frustrating to look through a library for relevant articles. One tool to help with this is Smart Groups. A Smart Group organizes references based on search criteria. For example, if you have a particular author you  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

ORCID ID: What is it and why should you have one?

ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides faculty, researchers and students with a unique alphanumeric identifier. The ORCID ID is a non-proprietary means of establishing your author name and identity and can be associated with scholarly works such articles, books/book chapters, posters and videos; and professional activities such as editorial work or grant submissions and  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Paratext: A unique perspective on the past

When we set out to do historical research, we’re often very focused on the text – we want the book, the chapter, the journal article. But sometimes it’s just as important to pay attention to the paratext. Paratext is a word used to describe additional material supplied by authors, editors, printers, and publishers – for  [Read more]

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