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Planning on Doing a Little Research Over the Holidays? Set-Up Off-site Access to Library Resources

The Library will be closed and library staff will be unavailable during the Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years’ holidays but that doesn’t mean you can’t access the library and its resources. As always, the physical library will be accessible to clinical staff via their badges on a 24/7 basis. For anytime, anywhere access you can request usernames & passwords to many of the library’s resources, read on to find out how!

Physicians: If you are a Huntington Hospital affiliated physician you are able to access the library’s resources from your Citrix/Cerner or CONNECT log in. See our Physicians Off-Site Access page to learn how. If you would prefer to have username/password access to a resource, please submit a Request Off-Site Access form or contact the library directly during business hours.

Hospital Staff: All other hospital staff, please fill out our Request Off-Site Access form to be set up with access to selected library resources. Please allow 1 business day for account set up.

For more information on the library’s resources download our  Directory of Electronic Resources brochure or visit the website: http://huntingtonhospital.libguides.com

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Think Twice About Using Google Scholar

A recent blog post on Scholarly Open Access titled “Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science”, highlights why clinicians should think twice about using Google Scholar to conduct topic searches. Beall’s key points include:

CONS:

  • Google Scholar indexes predatory, pseudo-science open access journals along with peer-reviewed, authoritative journals. Consequently, your search results include junk science which then have to be evaluated and weeded out.
  • Google Scholar does not use controlled vocabularies. This makes finding a comprehensive body of research on your topic or refining to a specific population or aspect of a disease/condition difficult at best and all but impossible at worst.
  • Google Scholar does not screen for quality but aims to be as comprehensive as possible. For some difficult to find topics this can be a plus, however, for most clinical topics, searching a database that vets which journal titles will be included based on predetermined selection criteria is the most efficient way to find high quality information.

PRO:

  • Google Scholar does work well for known-item searches when you want to quickly locate an article for which you know the title or author.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • When conducting clinical research, use Google Scholar in addition to rather than as a replacement for Medline or other authoritative, subject specific databases.
  • Use Google Scholar to quickly find known articles. Tip: If the publisher site requires paying for the article, contact your organization’s library to see if they license the journal or can get the article for you through DOCLINE or other inter-library loan networks.

In short, as Beall’s puts it, “For those seeking the top scholarly literature on a given subject, the best resource is a focused, high-quality, curated database licensed by a library.”