Becker Blog


SPORTDiscus with Full-text database now available

SPORTDiscus with Full text is the definitive database for sports and sports medicine research. Providing hundreds of full-text sports medicine journals, it is an essential tool for health professionals and researchers studying fitness, health and sports.    SPORTDiscus with Full Text includes 660 active indexed and abstracted journals. 481 of them are peer-reviewed. Subjects covered include  [Read more]

Health and Science Communication

Making your next conference poster memorable – Part 1

Conference posters are the most abundant form of scientific communication and frequently the first incursion of scientists-in-training into dissemination — ahead of oral presentations or peer-reviewed papers. For researchers at any career stage, posters are an excellent opportunity to share work in progress, test new ideas, network, and sharpen a variety of communication skills —  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Check out Dataset Catalog beta from the National Library of Medicine

Earlier this year, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the launch of the beta version of a new online tool called the Dataset Catalog. This tool is intended to be the “PubMed of datasets” to help users search, find and retrieve datasets in multiple repositories through a single, user-friendly interface. Dataset Catalog beta currently  [Read more]


New Biostatistics guide now available

Check out the new Biostatistics Guide on the Bernard Becker Medical Library website, created in collaboration with the Center for Biostatistics and Data Science (CBDS) within the Institute for Informatics, Data Science and Biostatistics. It provides resources and references for frequently asked questions related to biostatistical analyses for research projects. The Biostatistics Consulting Service within  [Read more]


Announcing a new and transformative 4-year open access deal with Elsevier

Washington University Libraries and Bernard Becker Medical Library announce a new and transformative open access agreement with Elsevier, spanning from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2027, that provides access to additional journal content, makes it free to read and share, and offers WashU authors open access publishing at no cost.

Mastering Information

Using PRISMA for Systematic Reviews

PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is a helpful tool for writing a systematic review manuscript. The PRISMA checklist provides a list of 27 items that should be reported to ensure the methods of the systematic review are explained thoroughly and are replicable. Hundreds of journals, like the Lancet and JAMA, have  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Mary Allen Wilkes

In 2015, the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Germany, opened an exhibition honoring women in computing. In addition to pioneers like Ada Lovelace, the museum recognized the contributions of Mary Allen Wilkes, whose work at MIT and Washington University was essential to the development of the Laboratory Instrument Computer (LINC) then on display at the  [Read more]

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