Palliative Care: New UpToDate Specialty

July 21st, 2014

Expert User Series

New Specialty: Palliative Care

Palliative care is a growing interdisciplinary specialty focused on patients’ quality of life and relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. Many hospitals are developing palliative care programs to support patients and their families.

This newly launched UpToDate specialty integrates the most current information on palliative care into recommendations that span many disciplines. Content includes comprehensive information on clinical and psychosocial issues and evidence-based recommendations for assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms.

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Publication Opportunity for Medical Students

July 16th, 2014

The Medical School Press is a new publishing group that focuses exclusively on supporting medical students’ scholarly publications. Run by an international group of medical students and guided by a faculty advisory team, MSPress provides editorial services and multiple online platforms. These include the MSPress Blog, which is updated weekly by medical school contributors, and the Medical Student Press Journal, a semiannual, peer-reviewed, open-access journal. The journal features scientific research papers, interviews, essays, creative writing pieces, sound pieces, and visual art. All submissions undergo a peer review process.

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The World in 2025: Thomson Reuters Report Predicts Innovations

July 15th, 2014

From Thomson Reuters:

The world in 2025The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation, is a new report that predicts the landscape of science and technology in 2025 by mining global patent data and scientific literature.

To conduct the study, researchers identified the top 10 emerging scientific research fronts based on an analysis of citation rankings using Thomson Reuters Web of Science. They next looked at global patent data in the Derwent World Patents Index to identify the top 10 patent fields with the highest number of inventions containing a priority date of 2012 and beyond. The resulting technology areas with the highest level of commercial and scientific research interest were then reviewed to identify hot spots of innovation that will lead to tomorrow’s biggest breakthroughs.


New Journal for Data Set Descriptions Launches

July 11th, 2014

A new open-access, peer-reviewed publication for descriptions of datasets is now available.  Scientific Data is an online-only journal from Nature Publishing Group that aims to make valuable scientific data easier to discover, interpret, and reuse.

Scientific Data’s main article type, called the Data Descriptor, provides an in-depth look at research datasets. These articles include descriptions of the methods used to collect the data and technical analyses supporting the quality of the measurements.

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Health & Wellness Resource Guide from SML

July 10th, 2014

As an academic health center, we’re also committed to promoting the health and wellness of the Jefferson community. Think you could be doing more to stay healthy? Scott Memorial Library has put together a new Health & Wellness resource guide designed to help.

Topics addressed in this guide include:

  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Sleep
  • Preventive Medicine

Please note that the guide is only a sample of the electronic and print resources that you can access via Scott Library, and it isn’t an endorsement for any brand.

Announcing BrowZine for iPhone

July 10th, 2014

BrowZine for iPhoneBrowZine for iPhone is now available and it includes the same great features as the original BrowZine app on your iPad/tablet.

 Sign up for a BrowZine Account to sync BrowZine on your iPhone and iPad/tablet.

Caution: If you are using BrowZine for iPad, be sure to sign up for a BrowZine Account BEFORE downloading BrowZine on your iPhone! Otherwise, any custom Bookshelves on your iPad will be erased.

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JSPH Capstone Presentations: July 18th

July 9th, 2014

Jefferson School of Population Health cordially invites you to attend Capstone Presentations for:

Master of Science – Applied Economics & Outcomes Research

Master of Public Health

RSVP to:



Keeping Up With… Altmetrics

July 7th, 2014

As an alternative to traditional citation counts, altmetrics attempt to capture the impact of scholarly works in science blogs, mainstream and social media sites.

You may have noticed when searching in Scopus a new Altmetric widget displaying the number of such mentions about an article. Click through to read the original blog and facebook posts, tweets and reviews. For example, this screen shot shows a Scopus record for a recent New England Journal of Medicine article:

Scopus altmetrics widget

For more on the topic—including its opportunities and controversies—see the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) summary: Keeping Up With… Altmetrics.


Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report (April-June 2014) Now Available

July 7th, 2014

As of July 1, 2014, the Jefferson Digital Commons has 9,052 assets archived. All-time total downloads equal 1,907,818. The most downloaded asset this quarter was the Grand Round presentation from Otolaryngology on: Physiology and Advancements in Wound Healing, with 136 downloads since April 9, 2014.

View a full inventory of 244 assets added this quarter.

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18 E-Books New to Scott Library in June

July 2nd, 2014

new book covers

Scott Library added these 18 ebooks in May to the growing collection:

New MPH Capstone Presentations in the JDC

July 1st, 2014

The latest MPH capstone presentations have been loaded in the Jefferson Digital Commons:

View Jefferson School of Population Health capstone presentations from 2009 to 2014.

If you would like materials deposited in the Jefferson Digital Commons, contact or

Infographic: Librarians and Research Impact

June 30th, 2014

This new infographic from Elsevier’s Library Connect Newsletter highlights the role of librarians in measuring the impact of research.

Click the image below to see the full story:

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Julia Clift: New Exhibit at Scott Library, 6/27-8/29

June 27th, 2014

Julia Clift exhibit

Using NVivo to Improve Research Team Collaboration: Brown Bag Webinar, 7/9

June 27th, 2014

NvivoNVivo is software that organizes and analyzes qualitative data. It is primarily used by qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required. NVivo is available on two computers on the 3rd floor of Scott Library (W810 & 812).

With NVivo you can merge colleagues’ work, as well as track and analyze changes made by each team member. You can effortlessly collaborate and save time – whatever the project size.

Join a live webinar on Wednesday, July 9th at 3:00 pm that explores how you can support your team to collaborate effectively together on a research project.

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How Much Do Libraries Pay for Journal Access?

June 25th, 2014

ejournal costsAs publishing has moved from paper to electronic access, libraries have carried the burden of paying for this access. Librarians have long complained about the high costs, but exact numbers were difficult to find due to widespread confidentiality agreements that publishers force libraries to sign.

A recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Evaluating big deal journal bundles, sheds light on the actual costs. A group of economics researchers used Freedom of Information Act laws to collect subscription information, asking 55 university libraries and 12 library consortia for copies of their contracts with publishers.

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