Would you like to read short appraisals of current medical research articles? If so, you may be interested in 2 Minute Medicine.
McGraw Hill Medicine has licensed synoptic case reports on medical research published by 2 Minute Medicine (2MM) and have made them available via AccessMedicine. 2 Minute Medicine’s reports cover newly published medical research in a format that rates the level of evidence, includes a contextual overview of the article beyond the abstract, and provides the reader with information and references to other studies or foundational content for comparison, saving time for learners in medicine as well as practitioners. It is anticipated that 2-5 reports will be published each business day.
Find these reports under the Readings header in Access Medicine or by using this link. As always, you will need to enter your UBITName and password to access this resource remotely.
Read even more reports by going to 2 Minute Medicine’s website. They’ve been writing these concise overviews since 2012 and they are all available for free!
If you’ve been in the library lately, you may have noticed some construction on the first and third floors. In early 2016, the group study area on the first floor will be home to a Starbuck’s cart. Furniture has been moved out of the area and the print pick up room is temporarily closed. Never fear! If you need to print, printing is still available. Pick up your printing jobs near the computers on the first floor. Empty stacks on the third floor have been removed to make way for several group study areas. In order to limit disruption, the bulk of the work will be completed within the next month.
Here are some photos of the library taken today:
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Have some free time in January and want to learn about Posters and Presentations, Time and Citation Management, and Storing and Organizing Information? Productivity workshops on these topics are available during the Winter Session on the North Campus. All workshops will be held in 109 Lockwood Library and run from 9:30-11:30.
Registration is required, so click on the dates to register if you are interested in attending.
Increase your productivity by creating effective posters and presentations. This two-hour, interactive workshop will introduce you to general dissemination principles of poster creation and presentation slide shows while providing plenty of hands on experience using infographic software and PowerPoint.
Increase your productivity through effective use of time and citation management tools. This two-hour, interactive workshop will introduce you to general time and citation management principles while providing hands on experience using Outlook Calendaring and EndNote.
Increase your productivity by organizing and storing your work using web-based organizing applications. This two-hour, interactive workshop will introduce you to general organizing principles while providing plenty of hands on experience using Google Drive, Dropbox, or Evernote. Bring a jump drive with some of your work to play with.
A Scopus consultant-trainer will be coming to campus tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29th, to give a workshop from 1-2pm in Lockwood Library. The trainer will be demonstrating how to use Scopus to search for, analyze, and compile scholarly metrics and citation data. The description of the workshop is below. Please note that registration is required.
Exploring Next Generation Scholarly Metrics with Scopus
Scopus is one of the world’s largest abstract and citation databases of peer reviewed literature, covering scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings, with access to over 54 million records from 22,000 titles and 5,000 publishers. In this session, a product expert from Scopus will cover how to use the database to find scholarly metrics for evaluating journals, authors, and individual articles. Topics will include next generation journal impact metrics, harnessing unique Scopus author profiles for H index calculation, and new developments in the field of article level metrics.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Location: 109 Lockwood Library, North Campus
If you haven’t yet read today’s Buffalo News or yesterday’s New York Times, you may have missed the article “How to Know Whether to Believe a Health Study.” The article is a great overview for patients and future practitioners alike.
- Look for human research studies as opposed to in vitro or animal studies.
- Determine if the methodology was sound.
- Compare yourself (or your patient) with the population studied. How similar are you, or how similar is your patient?
- Pay attention to both the reported benefits and harms.
- Carefully examine causal claims.
The author goes on to outline what the perfect randomized controlled study would look like and describes the current reality where certain groups (children, seniors, and women) are often not studied. In addition, he shares his opinions on nonexperimental or observational studies. His bottom line is that it takes multiple studies using a variety of different subjects and methodologies to lead to more conclusive results.
SUNY has made a system wide purchase of Scopus for 3 calendar years (2015, 2016, and 2017). It is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. In addition to abstract records from journals, books, and conferences, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.
To help you learn how to use Scopus, a series of webinars are being offered in the coming months on these days:
- Supporting Scopus for Research: July 22, 2015 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
- Supporting Scopus for Education: July 28, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
- Supporting Scopus for Research: July 30, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM
- Supporting Scopus for Education: August 12, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
We are experiencing technical difficulties with using our Article Linker from PubMed and other databases to get to the full text. We are working on the problem. In the meantime, please use the Delivery+ service directly. This will require you to submit requests manually for the time being. If you have any questions, please contact me!
Channel 7 reporter Mike Randall stopped by HSL’s History of Medicine on Monday and spoke with Linda Lohr and Pam Rose. As Linda Lohr explains, the motto of the collection is “chart the future by exploring the past.” She also adds that the collection would be of particular interest to medical students: “If you want to learn about the newest and shiniest instruments and the latest techniques, it really helps sometimes to learn about where they came from.” So come on by, Monday-Friday between 9-5 and watch the video here.
First and foremost, I’d like to belatedly congratulate the Class of 2015 on their May 1 graduation! Wishing them much success in the next stages of their careers!
A big THANK YOU to all the medical students that participated in the library survey that was distributed in April. Your candor and willingness to share your opinions will help to inform our future directions.
If you submitted feedback about our proposed journal cancellations, your comments are being thoughtfully considered. Your input is valued and it is an important part of this process.
Test your medical knowledge in a Jeopardy style “Showdown” courtesy of AccessMedicine. Find AccessMedicine in HUBNET or in the list of biomedical databases on the Health Sciences Library site. In order to participate, you will need an account. Create a free MyAccess account by clicking the University at Buffalo button in the upper right hand corner. Then click Self-Assessment and select Showdown in the drop down menu. Play against a live opponent or the computer and choose from a variety of topics.
If you are interested in learning Prezi or EndNote, please consider taking a class with us! Visit our workshop page to see the full schedule. Registration is required. To sign up, click on the date of the class and complete the required fields.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.