Mulford Library opening at noon on Saturday, June 8

Due to an extended building-wide power outage scheduled for this Saturday morning, the Mulford Library will be opening at noon. Alternative study spaces are the hospital cafeteria and the lounges in Health Education, the Wolfe Center, and Collier. (Electricity will also be off in the Mulford Annex.)

Thanks for your patience as the University improves the Mulford Library Building infrastructure!

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Memorial Day Hours

The Library will be on reduced hours on Monday, May 27, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. We will be open 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.  We will be open regular hours for the rest of the holiday weekend.

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NIH Resources for Researchers [ Resource of the Week]

  • Resources for Researchers is one of many resources at the NIH Office of Disease Prevention. At Resources for Researchers search a library of federal tools and resources to help you develop and conduct prevention research projects. You’ll find data instruments, research findings, clinical practice guidelines, and examples of translating research into practice through public health programs, policies, and interventions.

    Similar resources from other NIH offices include

Research Methods Resources including
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(NIH) NCHS Data Briefs – Resource of the Week

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Looking for summary stats on current public health topics? The CDC National Center for Health Statistics  has 300+ data briefs in subjects as immunization, behavioral disorders, childhood asthma, diabetes, health disparities, cholesterol, heart failure, insomnia, e-cigarettes, lung disease, nutrition, opioids, and much more.
Keywords are a great place to start searching.
The summaries are in text and graphics  in PDF and webpage formats.

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Here are some features by the data brief Current Contraceptive Status Among Women Aged 15–49: United States, 2015–2017

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The Great Science Publishing Scandal [Resource of the Week]

 

BBC Radio recently aired a program April 29, 2019  that “explores the hidden world of prestige, profits and piracy that lurks behind scientific journals”|
Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester is the moderator.
While it has a European context, much of the discussion does apply to us in the US because many scientific publishers are international.
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Here is the summary of the 28 minute recording from the Website.It is available through the Show More link at  the recording. 
(emphasis is that of this blogger).

Each year, hundreds of thousands of articles on the findings on research are published, forming the official record of science. This has been going on since the 17th century, but recently a kind of war has broken out over the cost of journals to the universities and research institutions where scientists work, and to anyone else who wants to access the research, such as policy makers, patient support groups and the general public.

Traditionally journals charge their readers a subscription, but since the start of the 21st century there’s been a move to what’s called open access, where the authors pay to get their articles published but anyone can read them, without charge. In Europe Plan S has called for all research funded by the public purse to be open access, by 2020. If and when this is implemented it could have downsides on learned societies who depend on income from journal subscriptions to support young researchers and on scientists in the less developed world.

Some universities, and even countries, have recently refused to pay the subscriptions charged by some of the big science publishers. This has lead to some scientists using a service run by a Russian hacker, which has effectively stolen the whole of the scientific literature and gives it away, free, on the internet.

Matthew Cobb looks back at how the scientific publishing industry got to its current state and asks how it could change. He argues that scientists themselves need to break their addiction to wanting their articles to appear in a few well known journals, and instead concentrate on the quality of their research.


Some other observations/conclusoins by the panel

  • Scientists, university administrators, and journalists often use where an article is published and judge on the journal brand rather than the quality of the article.  This is clearly wrong.
    It affects recruitment, whether or not a piece of research is interesting, and even shapes how scientists work, grant applications.
  • Publishing for for profit is more often at odds with  centering on the quality of individual articles. Moreover how quality individual articles, often overlooked,  contribute to scientific knowledge, theory, and useful discussion.
    Open dialogue needed between demand side (research community) and  supply side (publishers)
  • No easy solutions- ultimately scandalous scientific publishing is our own addiction that have no direct quality to what we have to produce or other assessments in academics
  • Publisher and ultimately science itself has to change so that science itself can change for the better.
    Further reading and resources include
  • Scholarly Communication: Open Access (UT Library Guide)

  • Scholarly Communication: ABOUToledo (UT Library Guide)

  • Citation Analysis: Journal Impact  (UT Library Guide)

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Ethics & Human Research (Journal) [Resource of the Week]

Ethics & Human Research is now being published by Wiley
The Hastings Center has developed a new publishing partnership with Wiley. Beginning with the January-February 2019 issue (volume 41, no. 1), Ethics & Human Research (formerly IRB: Ethics & Human Research) is available by subscription in print and online at Wiley Online Library. The Hastings Center also partners with Wiley for the publication of the Hastings Center Report.

E&HR aims to foster critical analysis of issues in science and health care that have implications for human biomedical and behavioral research, including rapid developments in science and medicine that bring new challenges to the ethical, regulatory, and policy frameworks that govern research with humans in the United States and elsewhere.
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For additional humans/ethical research, consider PubMed@UT.
(Consult with a Mulford Librarian
for additional PubMed tips and other resources! )

Consider starting with this search phrase–>
(“Human Experimentation”[Majr]) AND bioethics[sb]
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Use the limits in the left column to narrow results with limiters as review articles and time periods. Use Show Additional Filters for additional limiters as Languages and Journal types.

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US Health and Justice Measures of Sexual Victimization [Resource of the Week]

Here is a related resource related to the recent exhibit “What I was wearing”. Please do not hesitate to contact a Mulford Librarian for additional resources.

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The United States (US) federal government uses three data collection systems to measure sexual victimization:

The surveys are designed for different purposes, focus on different populations, and collect different types of information. They also differ in how questions about sexual victimization are asked and what types of victimization are included.

Please visit US Health and Justice Measures of Sexual Victimization for more information and for specific comparisons among the three surveys.

Links to additional information and resources are at the bottom of the page.

 

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Stress Reliever Tips [Resource of the Week]

Need some stress reliever tips that do not require much time?
The UT Library Guide Mindfulness, Stress and Burnout just might have what will work for you.**

For example

  • Take some deep breaths
  • Exercise  –  Aim for 30 minutes/day
  • Eat well – Minimize sugars, refined carbs, caffeine, chemical preservatives,hormonesEat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost –
    fatty fish(salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines), seaweed, flaxseed, and walnuts

  • Listen to guided practices as breathing and bell sounds

**Is stress and/or burnout overpowering? We encourage you to contact the UT Counseling Center for information on their services and/or referrals.

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US Government Resources for Researchers [Resource of the Week]

US Government Agencies, largely NIH offices, have free online resources for researchers at many stages of their studies. Here is a short select list.

 

Research Methods Resources

Includes resources on

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Resources for Researchers
Search a library of federal tools and resources to help you develop and conduct prevention research projects. You’ll find data instruments, research findings, clinical practice guidelines, and examples of translating research into practice through public health programs, policies, and interventions.


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Training in Prevention Research Methods
Federal courses, webinars, online tutorials, and more in prevention research methodology, focusing on study and intervention design, data analysis, and measurement methods.

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–Also search “research methods” (in quotes) at https://www.nih.gov/ for other related resources and Pubmed articles.

–Consider searching PubMed@UT  with a  search phrase as –>
“Research Design/methods”[Mesh] OR “Research Design/standards”[Mesh]
Use limits in left hand column, as dates and reviews/systematic reviews

–Consider searching OhioLINK books with the Medical Subject Heading (under Subject)  Research Design
Use the Limit/Sort option at the top of the page to narrow results

 

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Healthy Recipes on a Budget [Resource of the Week]

Have you heard of our library’s Spring Into Better Habits Week starting Sunday, April 7th? It includes fitness activities, mindfulness exercises, therapy dogs, and a community walk! And don’t forget the challenge (with prizes).

Better habits do include an eye towards better nutrition. These two Web sites may have just the inspiration needed.

Cook It Quick — University of Nebraska with links to recipes covering Beverages & Smoothies, Salads, Sides, Fruit & Vegetable Dishes, and more (even Desserts & Sweets!)
Related links include Time-Saving Tips and Preparing Foods Ahead

 

Food Hero — University of Oregon with Ingredient based recipes,
30 minute or less recipes, Video and picture recipes, and much more.

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