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Scholarly Publishing

Finding Tombstones in the Literature

Did you know that the word tombstone can also refer to a work that has been retracted after publication? The record for the work remains in the database as a placeholder and contains information as to the retraction along with a link to the retraction notice. Per Retraction Guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics  [Read more]

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#SciComm Seminars return

This fall, our #SciComm Seminars are back with exciting topics to expand your science communication skills in new ways. The series is presented in partnership with the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). In the 2018-19 series, we learned a lot about topics like communicating genetic results, community partnerships, visual communication, and more. Here  [Read more]

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Fast Facts: PubMed

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]

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New guide compiles resources for DBBS students

The new DBBS Education Resources Guide contains videos, teaching tools and e-resources for computer coding, laboratory techniques and science/grant writing. It is an ongoing work in progress and new resources can be added as they are identified by Becker librarians or DBBS (Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences). When DBBS needed a practical sustainable method  [Read more]

Announcements

Becker Library Annual Report for FY2019 Now Available

Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019) was filled with continued innovation, thriving partnerships and diligent stewardship of our world-class resources. Find details, collection and usage statistics, and more in the full FY19 Annual Report Booklet¬†and FY19 Annual Report Supplement and Appendices. Key points are below. BUILDING ON STRONG FOUNDATIONS FY 2019  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing Round-up September 2019

Learn more about CVs, scientific posters and the revised NEJM guidelines for statistical reporting. The Office of Faculty Affairs provides a template and guidance for CVs for the faculty in the School of Medicine. A new CV tool called WUPS ¬†was recently launched by the Department of Pediatrics for all WU faculty. It is a  [Read more]

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]

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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]

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