Thursday, July 24, 2014

SCOPUS database trial subscription at the Matas library, now includes Journal Metrics!

The Matas Library of the Health Sciences is conducting a subscription trial of the Scopus database.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature. It contains tools to track, analyze, and visualize scientific research. Researchers may view a publication’s h-index and see the number of times a publication has been cited. Resources in this database are selected by subject specialists from a wide range of topics and geographic areas. Users benefit from the bibliometric features such as journal ranking and paper impact factors that assist in gathering and analyzing information.

Click here to reach Scopus during the trial period. You can also access Scopus (and share your opinions and comments on the database) by using this link:

Please try this resource if you are interested in tracking your scholarly research and publishing, want to see how many times an article of yours may have been cited, or curious about who is citing your research and in what journals. Additionally, you can analyze your publications and h-index. The attached PDF file lists a number of useful tutorials that you can use at your leisure to further understand the services Scopus offers.

The subscription trial for Scopus is running through the summer.

-- UPDATE! --

Elsevier is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Journal Metrics based on Scopus data.
The metrics provide alternative, transparent and accurate views of the citation impact a journal makes, and are all available for free download at The impact metrics are based on methodologies developed by external bibliometricians and use Scopus as the data source. Scopus is the largest citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize research output.

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa. As a field-normalized metric SNIP offers researchers, authors and librarians the ability to benchmark and compare journals from different subject areas. A component of the SNIP calculation is the raw Impact per Publication (IPP) which measures the ratio of citations per article published in the journal.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SJR is a prestige metric based on the idea that ‘all citations are not created equal’. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. It is a size-independent indicator and it ranks journals by their ‘average prestige per article’ and can be used for journal comparisons in the scientific evaluation process.
The SNIP is developed by Leiden University's Centre for Science & Technology Studies (CWTS). The SJR is developed by the SCImago research group in Spain.
More information, including a downloadable file with all journal metrics, can be found on

Medicine Grand Rounds reading list now available: glycemia, neglected tropical disease in pregnancy

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for July 23, 2014: "Measuring Glycemia" are now available:

References from OB/GYN Grand Rounds from July 18, 2014: "Neglected Tropical Disease in Pregnancy"
are now available:

Pediatrics Grand Rounds will resume September 2014.

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend grand rounds for selected departments in the School of Medicine. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal via the links.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Check out the Biomedical Humanities section at the Matas library

Looking for a somewhat lighter read that's focused on healthcare or public health? Check out the new Biomedical Humanities section at the Matas library.

Located in the Matas Commons area near the circulation desk, the Biomedical Humanities section has books focused on medical ethics (such as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), public health (including The Ghost Map), social inequalities (The Tortilla Curtain and Things Fall Apart), and many other topics.

Feel free to browse the Biomedical Humanities section. If you need assistance with finding a particular book, let us know at the circulation desk and we'll help you find it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

e-Book spotlight: Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory, and Practice

From Wiley Online:

In this new and extensively updated second edition, the Association for the Study of Medical Education presents a complete and authoritative guide to medical education. Written by leading experts in the field, Understanding Medical Education provides a comprehensive resource of the theoretical and academic bases to modern medical education practice.

This authoritative and accessible reference is designed to meet the needs of all those working in medical education from undergraduate education through postgraduate training to continuing professional development. As well as providing practical guidance for clinicians, teachers and researchers, Understanding Medical Education will prove an invaluable resource to those studying at certificate, diploma or masters level and a first 'port-of-call' for anyone engaged in medical education as an academic discipline.

Exploring medical education in all its diversity and containing all you need in one place, Understanding Medical Education is the ideal reference not only for medical educators, but for anyone involved in the development of healthcare professionals, in whatever discipline wherever they are in the world.

This e-book can be accessed by either accessing the Teaching Methods for Medicine & Public Health libguide or by clicking here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Medicine Grand Rounds reading list now available: Update on hospital medicine

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for July 3, 2014: "Update on Resistant Hypertension: Definition, Recognition and Therapeutic Approaches" are now available: 

Pediatrics Grand Rounds will resume September 2014.

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend grand rounds for the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal via the links.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tweet, post or like PubMed articles: social media icons now available at article level

PubMed entered into the 21st century today with the addition of social media icons to journal articles.

So now when you find that perfect article on Julie Dench's timelessness verified in a peer-reviewed journal, you can share it on Twitter, Facebook or GooglePlus.  Just check the bottom of the page in the Abstract view for sharing options.

Historical book spotlight: The Rudolph Matas History of Medicine in Louisiana, v.1 & v.2

In addition to being a celebrated surgeon, Dr. Rudolph Matas was very interested in the history of medicine and the history of medicine in Louisiana.

In 1926, Dr. Matas accepted the chairmanship of a committee to prepare a history of the Louisiana State Medical Society, and began the compilation of the materials needed. As he worked, he widened the scope of this project to include all material relative to the history of medicine in Louisiana, including materials from the times of French and Spanish colonization.

In 1953, unable to continue on with the project, Dr. Matas created a trust fund to fund the completion of this history. This history would be titled "The Rudolph Matas History of Medicine in Lousiana" and split into two volumes.

Volume 1 contains 3 parts: Louisiana Under France, 1699-1768; Louisiana Under Spain, 1769-1803; and The Transitional Period, 1804-1825.

Volume 2 contains 2 parts: The Ante Bellum Period, 1825-1860; and The Civil War and After.

Volume 1 Call Number: WZ 70 AL6 D87r v.1
Volume 2 Call Number: WZ 70 AL6 D87r v.2