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Archives and Rare Books

Introducing the new Becker Archives Database

Becker Medical Library has released an enhanced database to help users explore and discover our archival collections. The new Becker Archives Database includes over 18,000 digital images from our visual collections. The new database allows users to browse and keyword search across all of our archival collections, then filter search results by date, subject, language,  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Brown Skin Matters

It may seem obvious that resources for learning about and diagnosing skin conditions should be inclusive of the variety of skin tones on which those conditions can appear, often with great variation depending on the skin tone. Yet many resources still predominantly use images of conditions on white skin. A recent story on NPR  discussed  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing Round-up November 2019

Learn more about the revised version of NCBI My Bibliography, a look at 150 years of scientific works from Nature, and a new policy on preprints from Nature Springer. A new version (version 3.0) of NCBI My Bibliography was launched in May and includes a new interface. Features include a color-coded view of compliance status,  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Announcing the New PubMed

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is replacing the current version of the PubMed database with a newly re-designed version. The new version is now live and can be found at You can still access the “legacy” version of PubMed, but the newer interface will become the default PubMed sometime in spring 2020. Those who  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

The Case for Open Data

Last week, Becker Library premiered a new video, “The Case for Open Data,” during Open Access Week. The video features three researchers discussing the value and benefit of open science, open data and open access on their work. Scientists may be more or less familiar with these “open” concepts depending on their specialty as well  [Read more]

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It’s Health Literacy Month! Is your message getting through?

As Health Literacy Month draws to a close, here are some reminders about the vital importance of health literacy and plain language in communications with, and materials for, patients and research subjects. Health literacy is a growing concern for both providers and researchers. Nearly half of American adults read at between a 7th- and 8th-grade  [Read more]

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]

Mastering Information

#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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