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Mastering Information

Tracking your checkouts in My Catalog

Q: Does the library keep a record of books I’ve checked out in the past? A: By default, the library does not track book checkouts—but you can opt in to this feature by editing your account. Contact askbecker@wustl.edu if you have any questions!

Archives and Rare Books

Patent medicine advertising: The questionable claims and contents of ‘Sapanule’

The @BeckerLibrary Archives and Rare Books team have been providing a liberal dose of quirky quackery with our new weekly Instagram hashtag #MedicalAdMonday. It’s a showcase of salves, tonics, balsams, and bitters that claim to cure all manner of maladies, from chilblains to catarrh, boils to biliousness. But what was in these patent medicines and  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Louise Bourgeois and the first obstetrics book published by a woman

Although the medical field and publications were dominated by men during the European pre-modern period, Louise Bourgeois made a name for herself as both a medical professional and the author of numerous medical texts. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting a woman author from our collections! Louise Bourgeois (also known as Boursier) (1563-1636) was a  [Read more]

Announcements, Scholarly Publishing

Microbiology Society to waive article processing charges for open access publications

Becker Medical Library and Washington University Libraries are pleased to announce a new Publish and Read agreement for journals published by the Microbiology Society. The agreement allows Washington University corresponding authors a full waiver of Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish their works under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) Open Access license as of January 1,  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing Round-up February 2022

Learn more about toolkits from the Translational Science Benefits Model (TSBM) project, new guidance from NIH for the Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors section on the NIH Biosketch, and more. Interested in tracking and reporting on the outcomes of your research project? There are nine tools available from the Translating for Impact Toolkit on the  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Joseph Nash McDowell, the St. Louis legend

Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell, featured in the portrait below, was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1805 and he received a medical degree from Transylvania University in 1825. Prior to moving to St. Louis in 1839 with the intention of founding his own medical school, McDowell served as an anatomy professor at the Jefferson Medical College in  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Commit to using plain language in the new year

Have you wondered how to improve the documents and forms your department shares with research participants and patients? Plain language is one of the best tools to ensure your writing is clear and accessible to all. Research shows it can increase research participation, improve adherence, and overall, lead to better health outcomes.  A few of  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Thomsonian Medicine: Herbalism, Home Remedies, and Popular Distrust of Professional Medical Training in 19th-Century America

Be sure to bundle up well this winter to avoid getting sick and catching a cold! While this common ailment has no cure, that hasn’t stopped people throughout history from coming up with ways to alleviate their sniffles, coughs and all other cold-related discomforts. In his work The book of health, Dr. Silas Wilcox described  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Free SAS, SPSS and MATLAB Software for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Research Pod at Becker Library offers several software titles available for students and the Washington University School of Medicine for free. In addition, WashU’s Information Technology Software Licensing team manages site licenses for a variety of software for campus-wide access, free of charge or at a discounted cost. Undergraduate and graduate students can access  [Read more]

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