Have you unleashed the power of PubMed? Here are some tips for getting the most out of your PubMed experience. Cast a wider net with subject headings When you search a topic in PubMed, the database will attempt to seamlessly add Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in the search to make sure you are finding articles [Read more]
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]
Becker Library’s updated LGBTQ Health Care Resource Guide is designed to assist health professionals with finding health and research information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-questioning communities. There are also links for LGBTQ individuals looking for professional associations and community resources. A new addition features resources for finding a provider, including Washington University [Read more]
Citation management tools help you organize the results of a literature search and keep track of relevant articles. There are a few options for free tools. Both Zotero and Mendeley are free but do have a limit for storage. EndNote Basic is free to the School of Medicine community through Web of Science as a [Read more]
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]
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]
The definition of grey literature is: “That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers1.” Some reasons to search for grey literature are: Minimizing publication bias when conducting a systematic review Finding studies that have not yet been [Read more]
High-quality systematic reviews are important contributions to medical literature, but how do you know if your research question is the right fit for a systematic review? Here is a quick breakdown of the systematic review process, and what should be considered before embarking on your research journey.
It’s that time of year again! As we merge into 2017, many Americans will start to think about new directions for the upcoming year. New Year’s Resolutions are more well-known for their short lives rather than for their success. An oft-quoted study from 2002 found that only 8% of the study participants were successful in achieving their resolutions.1
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