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COVID-19 Medical Student Elective Course

21 April 2020 - 11:25am by Caitlin Meyer

When medical students were pulled out of clerkship rotations last month, the YSM Office of Education sought new electives for the students to take in their unexpected off time. Librarians Judy Spak, Caitlin Meyer, and Courtney Brombosz quickly developed a proposal: an intensive two-week elective where students would respond in real time to the COVID-19 pandemic by selecting a pandemic-related topic and acquiring, appraising, and synthesizing information as it becomes available. The proposal was accepted and the first cohort of students completed the class on Monday, April 13th. Over the course of two 20-hour weeks, students learned a wide range of skills that will be useful throughout their clinical and research careers including: ·      Foundations of evidence-based medicine ·      Articulating focused and answerable research questions ·      Constructing search strategies using subject headings and keywords ·      Identifying and effectively using medical and interdisciplinary academic databases ·      Finding and using research data and grey literature ·      Critically appraising evidence of all types ·      Distinguishing between review types ·      Strategies for organizing, synthesizing, and presenting information Research topics chosen by the first cohort of students included child maltreatment in times of economic uncertainty and the use of chloroquine for COVID-19 treatment. The library was also involved in another elective "COVID-19: History is Present" that featured instruction by Melissa Grafe, Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, and content about pandemics from our historical treasures.

CWML Announces Public Collection of COVID-19 Citations

19 March 2020 - 3:30pm by Caitlin Meyer

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is excited to share that it has developed a public collection of COVID-19 citations to aid the research and clinical practice missions of the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing and the Yale New Haven Hospital. The collection, accessible through this public Zotero library (no account required), includes daily updates from PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, Disaster Lit, and preprints* from bioRxiv and medRxiv.  This project was developed at the request of Sten Vermund, Albert Ko, and other researchers at YSPH who helped determine the project scope and organization. The citations have roughly been sorted into different topics: epidemiology, immunology, modeling, sequencing, and treatment. There are also folders for different regions and the ability to view the collection by citation source.  Most records include abstracts and all include links for users to pursue full-text access. To access the URL, click on a citation and scroll down to the URL field.  The tool, while thorough, is not the complete record of COVID-19 literature. Other resources in this space include: LitCovid: Curated collection of more than 1,200 journal articles hosted by the National LIbrary of Medicine COVID-19 Open Research Data: Tool leveraging natural language processing to aggregate articles about COVID-19 hosted by Semantic Scholar COVID-19 Open Research Map: Interactively engage with COVID-19 research output and explore connections between publications We opted for Zotero to share this project because of its ability to support public group libraries and its highly relevant retraction watch functionality. You can see more about how we are collecting citations below: PubMed: Citations of journal articles (strategy includes a daily date limit, too) covid-19[tw] OR COVID19[tw] OR COVID-19[nm] OR SARS-CoV-2[tw] OR SARS-CoV2[tw] OR severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2[nm] OR severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2[tw] OR 2019-nCoV[tw] OR 2019nCoV[tw] OR coronavirus[tw] OR coronavirus[mh]  ClinicalTrials.gov: Clinical trials registrations COVID-19 OR Covid19 in the “other terms” search box Disaster Lit: Guidelines, reports, conference proceedings COVID-19 OR COVID19 OR SARS-CoV-2 OR SARS-COV2 OR 2019-nCoV OR 2019nCoV OR coronavirus  bioRxiv and medRxiv: Preprints Utilizing the RSS feed listed here.  Suggestions or sources we should add? Let us know! *Preprints -- which are manuscripts made available prior to peer review -- support the rapid dissemination of information. However, this means that these documents should be critically appraised and monitored for updates.   

Resource Spotlight: Journal Citation Reports

16 April 2019 - 9:49am by Caitlin Meyer

Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection. Choosing where to publish can be a difficult decision. Who writes in certain journals? Are they being read? Fortunately, Journal Citation Reports can help answer some of these questions. Published by Clarivate, the company that runs Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has information on more than 11,000 journals from around the world. Leveraging the depth of Web of Science’s collection, the JCR tracks which articles, and therefore journals, are being cited in new literature and distills that information into easily digestible Journal Impact Factor metrics.  Each journal in the report has a profile page that outlines its research impact metrics over time, puts the metrics into context within subject categories, and highlights top-performing articles. You can also see the geographic distribution of authors for that journal, as well as a list of organizations that have written the most content.  Since ‘good’ research impact indicators and publishing frequency vary widely by field, the “Browse by Category” function on the homepage can give you insight into what the publishing landscape looks like in a particular discipline. You can see how many journals there are in that field, how often they publish, how many articles come out per year, and the median journal impact.   Journal Citation Reports can be accessed directly or by opening up the Web of Science and selecting JCR at the top.  Feel free to contact the library with any JCR or research impact questions, and keep an eye out for our Research Impact Basics class. 

New Resources and Classes for Spring

18 March 2019 - 2:08pm by Caitlin Meyer

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is always working to build better collections and offer new and relevant educational programming. Keep reading to learn more about STAT Plus, MedOne Plastic Surgery, and a bunch of new classes you’ll be seeing on the calendar. New Resources Head to the Databases, Resources & Tools list to see the full range of materials available to you at Yale. Feel free to contact Lindsay Barnett with suggestions for new resources.  STAT Plus STAT Plus is STAT’s premium subscription service, which provides you with access to exclusive, in-depth pharma, biotech, life sciences, and policy coverage, keeping you on top of what's happening - as it happens. This includes news analyses, Capitol Hill intelligence, “cheat sheets” to get up to speed quickly, and interviews with industry leaders. MedOne Plastic Surgery MedOne Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive portfolio of resources in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. This includes 150+ books, essential textbooks for residency programs, step-by-step instruction on core surgical techniques, training videos, board exam preparation questions, images, and more. There is also an app.  New Classes Head to the class calendar to see the full roster of available classes and register to attend. You can contact Caitlin Meyer with ideas for new classes. Introduction to Data Visualization in R with ggplot2 by Sawyer Newman This workshop will introduce the R package ggplot2 and briefly compare it to other R graphics packages. The hands-on component, which will take up the majority of the workshop, will involve reading in practice datasets, creating graphs using ggplot2 functions, and refining these visualizations. We will view dataset summaries, boxplots, barplots, histograms, and scatter plots. Introduction to Google Analytics by Dana Haugh This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how you can use Google Analytics to better understand your website users. This workshop is most appropriate for those who have the administrative rights to make backend changes to their website but have little-to-no experience using Google Analytics. This workshop will cover account setup, code snippet installation, Google Analytics Dashboard, acquisitions, behavior, and audience. Design Basics - How to Create Better Visuals by Dana Haugh Do you ever wonder why some posters are more effective than others? Do you want to learn how to create better PowerPoints, flyers, and other graphics? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn tips and tricks for creating effective and engaging graphics. Participants will learn the fundamentals of good design and then apply that knowledge by creating a simple graphic in the free, web-based design tool, Canva. Research Impact Basics by Caitlin Meyer Research impact doesn't have to be confusing! Join us to learn about different measures of research impact, tools available to you at Yale to help track impact information, and more. By the end of this class, you’ll be able to: distinguish between author impact, article impact, and journal impact; identify common metrics used to gauge impact; and use key tools to track, measure, and visualize research impact.

Finding Drug Information

27 February 2019 - 1:37pm by Caitlin Meyer

Despite the promise of tools like Quicksearch and the breadth of massive databases like Scopus, certain types of information simply cannot be found in one place. No need to fret, though! We've got you covered. This series of blog posts will serve as a home of recommended resources and searching tips for hard-to-find types of information. Have a suggestion for a subject? Shoot me an email!  Assembled by Alexandria Brackett Drug information -- what does that mean? It's an incredibly broad topic: Some resources cover progress on drug development and industry, some resources offer drug interaction details, some resources identify generic options for trade name drugs. Here you'll find a curated collection across all of these areas and more. Feel free to reach out with any questions! Recommended Resources  ClinicalKey - Drug Monographs  ClinicalKey is an online resource designed to provide answers to clinical questions. ClinicalKey draws from a collection of clinical resources covering most medical and surgical specialty. DailyMed  National Library Medicine (NLM) database that provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. Litt’s D.E.R.M. Database  Litt’s Drug Eruption and Reaction (D.E.R.M.) Database allows you to search the profiles of generic and trade name drugs, while also providing references that link directly to PubMed. The Medical Letter  Critical appraisals of new prescription drugs and comparative reviews of drugs for common diseases. Micromedex Healthcare Series  Micromedex provides a wide range of databases tailored to meet the needs of healthcare professionals, including information related to drugs, acute care, toxicology, and patient education. Patient education materials are included in the CareNotes module of Micromedex. Natural Medicines  Combines the Natural Standard and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database resources. Drug Industry Information Resources Pharmaprojects Pharmaprojects lets researchers track the progress of drugs from bench to patient by exploring drug development by global and country development status, and therapeutic class status. STAT Plus STAT Plus offers access to exclusive, in-depth coverage of early science and clinical trials, pharma, and biotech news on Wall Street, policy development in Washington, and disruption in health care in Silicon Valley and beyond. Medscape - News & Perspective Medscape Reference offers medical news, expert interpretations of news, point-of-care information, drug and disease information, and opportunities for CME. Business Source Complete  Offers full-text access to top scholarly business journals, magazines, & trade publications, dating back as far as 1886. Also offers access to industry profiles, company reports & SWOT analyses, market research, & country reports. IBISWorld  Features key statistics, product segmentation, and outlooks/forecasts for over 700 US industries. Also includes Global, UK, & China reports. Thompson ONE Features company financials and filings, earnings estimates, M&A data, analyst reports, company deals, takeover defenses and much more Drug Development Resources ClinicalTrials.gov  NLM database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. Patient Volume Data  The Patient Volume Databases offer access to nationwide patient samples to track activity in various treatment settings. Statistics available may include discharge rates, demographic information, concomitant diagnoses and/or procedures, and drug information. The databases cover a large number of ICD-9 codes, and are also searchable by keyword. Pharmaprojects  Pharmaprojects lets researchers track the progress of drugs from bench to patient by exploring drug development by global and country development status, and therapeutic class status. Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)  The Cochrane Library is produced by the Cochrane Collection and is a collection of databases designed to provide high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision making. CENTRAL is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Research Guide  This guide features resources made available by the Yale University Library that students can use to learn about industries, research competitors, and understand markets.  

New year, new classes!

17 January 2019 - 11:38am by Caitlin Meyer

You may already know that the library often teaches workshops on EndNote and PubMed, but there is a lot more going on in our teaching spaces these days. This post will highlight five new events you’ll see popping up on the calendar more frequently. Head to the calendar to sign up! Introduction to R with Swirl with Sawyer Newman Learn about installing R, RStudio, and practice R using the R library Swirl! This hands-on workshop is for those who have no experience in R. After a brief introduction and demonstration in R, participants will work on self-guided exercises using the Swirl package. Research Data Management for the Health Sciences with Sawyer Newman Does your research involve data? This workshop will overview research data and the management of research data while providing examples of strategies you can take to make your data easier to navigate, understand and more secure. Introduction to Cytoscape for the analysis, visualization, and integration of data with Rolando Garcia-Milian Cytoscape is an open source platform for analysis and visualization of networked data, molecular interaction networks, and biological pathways. It also allows integrating these networks with annotations, gene expression profiles and other types of data. The workshop covers getting started in Cytoscape, creating and merging networks, visualization, installing add-on applications and more.  Mobile App Mondays with Alyssa Grimshaw Mobile App Mondays are drop-in times to learn about the library’s extensive collection of free mobile applications, troubleshoot problems, and see a demonstration of the weekly featured application.  Walk-in Wednesdays with Caitlin Meyer (mornings) and Alyssa Grimshaw (evenings)  Walk-in Wednesdays are your opportunity to drop by with questions about databases, citation management, searching the literature, or whatever else is on your mind.  Have an idea for a new class? Email Caitlin Meyer.

Resource Spotlight: Global Health

17 January 2019 - 11:35am by Caitlin Meyer

  Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection. In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at Global Health. Produced by CABI, an international not-for-profit organization focused on solving problems in agriculture and the environment, Global Health is the premier resource for public health information.  Global Health aims to comprehensively cover public health-oriented topics including biomedical life sciences, chronic diseases, disease diagnosis and therapy, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion and wellness, health systems, infectious and vector-borne diseases, nutrition, public health emergencies, tropical and international health, and more.  Though PubMed and Embase may be the go-to resources for a lot of biomedical research, Global Health offers access to thousands of journals that are indexed in neither database. Furthermore, Global Health includes international publications and grey literature sources (proceedings, theses, reports, electronic-only publications), meaning researchers are able to access information on an issue from many perspectives and publication types.  Finally, another distinguishing characteristic of Global Health is its editorial policies. Entrance into the database is governed by subject specialists who select relevant papers. Publications from more than 100 countries are reviewed for inclusion, and non-English papers deemed relevant are translated to broaden access to that research.  At Yale, you can access Global Health through the OvidSP platform. Ovid offers an intuitive search experience that lets you build complex literature searches line by line. You also can save searches and set up automated email alerts, so you can stay up to date on a topic with relatively little work. For questions on how to best use Global Health, please contact Kate Nyhan.     

Say hi to new staff!

7 December 2018 - 4:05pm by Caitlin Meyer

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has brought four new staff members on board in the past few months. We're excited about the customer service, new programs, user-friendly technology development, and access to archival materials that will come about with the addition of these four talented people to our roster. In Access and Delivery Services, we welcome Lisa Sanders as a new Library Services Assistant. Lisa comes to us from the New Haven Public Library.  On the Research and Education Team, Sawyer Newman joins us as the first-ever Data Librarian for the Health Sciences. Sawyer previously worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard Medical School. She completed her MLIS at Simmons College. On the Technology and Innovation Team, we are thrilled to have hired Dana Haugh as our new Web Services Librarian. Dana comes to us from Stony Brook University and received her MLS from Queens College.  The Medical Historical Library gained its first-ever permanent, full-time archivist with the addition of Katherine (Kathi) Isham. Kathi previously worked at Yale Manuscripts and Archives and earned her MLIS from the University of Texas. 

Common EndNote for Mac issues and how to solve them

17 October 2018 - 9:56am by Caitlin Meyer

EndNote X8 on Mac computers can be finicky. We've collected some common issues Apple users experience and figured out how to solve them. If you are still struggling to get EndNote working well after you work through this page, feel free to sign up for an EndNote class, check out our EndNote tutorials, visit the walk-in IT help desk on the lower level of the medical library, or contact EndNote support.  “When I try to download the software, my computer says it can’t download it because it’s from an ‘unknown developer’!” Open up System Preferences, then Security & Privacy, navigate to the General tab, and click “Open Anyway”. Proceed with download and install. “When I download citations, the computer says it doesn’t have an application to open that type of file!” Temporary solution: Click “Choose Application” -> EndNote x8 -> EndNote x8 Permanent solution: Open your Downloads folder and right click on the downloaded file. Click “Get Info”. Scroll down to “Open with”, select EndNote, and then click “Change All…”. Now, whenever you download a file with that extension, your computer will know what to do. Common citation file extensions are .nbib, .enw, .cgi, .ciw, and .ris, so you may have to do this multiple times depending on where you like downloading files from. “When I try to open a downloaded file of citations, I get a weird pop-up telling me to choose a library. Even weirder, sometimes it says ‘This library is in use by somebody else’!” I’ve had luck bringing my EndNote library back up on the screen and then opening my downloaded file. If the library is minimized or if you’d exited out of EndNote, these problems may occur more often.   “When I use Find Full Text, it isn’t finding anything, says ‘Searching…’ forever, or freezes my computer!” 1.     Connect Find Full Text to library resources. Go to EndNote in the upper left-hand corner -> Preferences -> Find Full Text -> then type http://wa4py6yj8t.search.serialssolutions.com in the OpenURL Path box. 2.     Were you connected to the Yale Guest network at any point today? Exit out of EndNote, make sure you’re connected to Yale Secure, open EndNote, try again. “When I open Word to start writing, I don’t see EndNote as an option!” Go to EndNote, click on EndNote in the upper left-hand corner, and click Customizer. Next to Cite While You Write in the list of components, check the box to install the plug-in. The progress bar may get to the end and the window won’t close. If this happens, force quit EndNote and then restart EndNote and Word. It should work now. “When I try to insert a citation in Word, the ones I’m looking for don’t come up!” Make sure you’re hitting enter after you type an author’s name. If it’s still not working, in Word on the EndNote tab, select Preferences, then Application, then make sure “EndNote” is selected – not “EndNote online.” “When I try to open my EndNote library, it says it’s corrupted or that it can’t open it!” When you create an EndNote library, you also create a .Data folder with the same name. The .enl library file and the .Data folder need to be kept in the same place, or else the library can’t open. “When I try to import PDFs I already have on my computer, I’m not having much luck!” In EndNote, select File then Import. Select Options, then in Import Options select PDF File or Folder.   If you have had any other problems you've encountered and solved, and think they would be helpful additions to this list, contact Caitlin Meyer. 

Finding Clinical Practice Guidelines

11 September 2018 - 9:23am by Caitlin Meyer

Despite the promise of tools like Quicksearch and the breadth of massive databases like Scopus, certain types of information simply cannot be found in one place. No need to fret, though! We've got you covered. This series of blog posts will serve as a home of recommended resources and searching tips for hard-to-find types of information. Have a suggestion for a subject? Shoot me an email!  Written by Alexandria Brackett & Melissa Funaro The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. Access to such concise, evidence-based information stands to improve patient outcomes while decreasing time spent researching. Currently, there isn't one place to find all guidelines but read on for several resources available to you at Yale that make guidelines available. Recommended Resources ClinicalKey Select "Guidelines" in the "Browse" menu. In the search box type known topic or guideline. Also, search for specialty guidelines using the "Filter By" option.   DynaMed Plus Search for your topic. If applicable, "Guidelines and Resources" will be listed in the left menu. Guidelines are pulled from national and international organizations.   UpToDate Search for your topic. If applicable, "Society Guideline Links" will be listed in the left menu. Guidelines are pulled from national and international organizations.   PubMed Search for your topic. On the left-hand side of the page, under "Article types", click "Customize" and select "Guideline" and "Practice Guideline" and click "Show". Now, choose "Guideline" and "Practice Guideline" to limit your search.   ECRI Guidelines Trust A publicly available web-based repository of objective, evidence-based clinical practice guideline content developed by nationally and internationally recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies. [register for a free account to access] Tips & Tricks Currency and accuracy There are a lot of guidelines out there. Make sure you are using the most current guideline and that the guideline you use is a systematic review of the evidence developed by a panel of experts.   Guidelines are not universally accepted Difference institutions use different guidelines. Make sure to use the guideline accepted at your institution.. For more information... About Systematic Evidence Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines (NIH)    UpToDate Overview of Clinical Practice Guidelines     
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