CommComm posted on July 9, 2012 19:54

Since we never seem to lose interest in ALL THINGS REFWORKS, I'd like to add this little ditty from Ivy Garner, our resident RefWorks Guru. 

"For all  “new” and "current" users of Refworks. Refworks just recently released an updated version of Writencite3, called Writencite4.

However, due to numerous complaints regarding the operation and functionally of  the newest version, (WnC-4), all Refworks users are advised to continue using the earlier version (WnC3) until further notice"

Questions? Comments?

Alonzo LaMont

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And just like everybody else, we want our friends and significant others (that would be you) to comment on it! So please poke around the site and let us know what you think.  Is there something missing?  Are you having a hard time finding something? Are you confused?  We want to know so we can improve access to all the wonderful resources we have.

You can access the feedback form on the right side of the site, it's that handy little button with "feedback" on it.

To provide incentive, we're going to have a drawing every month to give away at least one Welch Medical Library t-shirt.  If you want to be in the drawing, make sure to include your name and email address on your comment. 

If you have any questions, contact Alonzo Lamont ( or Katie Lobner (

And if you have insomnia, the official rules are right here:

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CommComm posted on October 14, 2011 00:46


The editors of Genome Medicine are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Disease Metabolomics for 2012, guest edited by Professor Tim Veenstra. This issue will highlight the rapid advances that have been made in the prediction, detection, understanding and monitoring of human disease by small-metabolite profiling. We welcome studies that combine metabolomic approaches with other strategies.

This special issue will also feature commissioned reviews and opinions written by leaders in the field, including Mika Ala-Korpela, Jeremy Nicholson, Julian Griffin, Jerzy Adamski and Oliver Fiehn, and will cover a range of topics from breast cancer to obesity to epidemiology.

Please submit articles for the special issue by 31 December 2011. 


Alonzo LaMont





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CommComm posted on September 26, 2011 20:29

This is part of the abstract from this Sept. 23rd BMJ article:

"Main outcome measures From June 2009 to May 2010 we measured the incidence of research findings relating to potentially eligible newsworthy evidence. As samples, we chose systematic reviews rated as relevant by international research networks (such as, Evidence-Based Medicine, ACP Journal Club, and the Cochrane Collaboration). Every month we assessed whether each sampled review was cited in at least one chapter of the five summaries. The cumulative updating rate was analysed with Kaplan-Meier curves."



Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on September 13, 2011 23:05

Welch is currently running an etrial for Psych Evidence Matters. Etrials can be found on our main page drop down menu for the eResources tab.


“Psych Evidence Matters is an online psychiatric healthcare knowledge management system to assist decision makers in their treatment choices for psychiatric patients.”

Alonzo Lamont

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CommComm posted on September 9, 2011 18:24
The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is an international not-for-profit, membership based, research and development organisation based within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The Institute collaborates internationally with over 70 entities across the world. The Institute and its collaborating entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilisation of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally. Alonzo LaMont

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I posted this article on FB, but the topic is one close to me beating heart......this quote gives a short summary (link below). 

"The most alarming finding in the ERIAL studies was perhaps the most predictable: when it comes to finding and evaluating sources in the Internet age, students are downright lousy. Only seven out of 30 students whom anthropologists observed at Illinois Wesleyan “conducted what a librarian might consider a reasonably well-executed search,” wrote Duke and Andrew Asher, an anthropologist at Bucknell University, whom the Illinois consortium called in to lead the project.Throughout the interviews, students mentioned Google 115 times -- more than twice as many times as any other database. The prevalence of Google in student research is well-documented, but the Illinois researchers found something they did not expect: students were not very good at using Google. They were basically clueless about the logic underlying how the search engine organizes and displays its results. Consequently, the students did not know how to build a search that would return good sources. (For instance, limiting a search to news articles, or querying specific databases such as Google Book Search or Google Scholar.)"


          The issues that should concern everyone are the homogeneity of search information and search skills. Many thought that the internet would breed a greater degree of individuality. Has that come to fruition? We're so delighted when we hear of some school adding all new computers, but what are they learning? E-mail. Youtube? Facebook? Perhaps we should become more excited when test scores rise, more scholarly work is created or more students daring to tread outside the box.

          We hear over and over about new technology "leveling the playing field." Maybe we're just leveling the students. Are students all working on the "same paper?" When students arrive at the Circulation desk and they want HIV data or health reports in Baltimore City? Are they working on the same results, coming to the same conclusions----are they going off the beaten track to find anything? Unfortunately, the internet can't make you search creatively. It can't make you want to take a second look at anything.


Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on August 25, 2011 19:07
The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection: AUGUST UPDATES
Use the access link below to see the new talks as well as for access
New talks added to the following existing series: Physiology and Pathophysiology of Neuroglia
2 new talks added:
Epilepsy and Seizures
1 new talk added:
1. Animal models of seizures and epilepsy (41 mins)
Dr. Wolfgang Löscher - University of Veterinary Medicine, Germany
Protein Phosphorylation
1 new talk added:
Topical Talks
3 new talks added:
1. The quest for multi-functional medicines: path for progress: the tamoxifen story (21 mins)
Prof. V. Craig Jordan - Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C., USA
2. The quest for multi-functional medicines: path for progress: the SERM story (31 mins)
Prof. V. Craig Jordan - Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C., USA
Epidemiology, Etiology, Consequences and Treatment
1 new talk added:
Prof. Louise Baur - University of Sydney, Australia
Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection
1 new talk added:
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders:
History, Diagnosis, Neurobiology, Treatment and Outcome
4 new talks added:
1. Assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in toddlers (32 mins)
Dr. Celine A. Saulnier - Emory University, USA
Dr. Kasia Chawarska - Yale University School of Medicine, USA
3. Neurocognitive models of autism (51 mins)
Prof. Stephen Hooper - University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA
4. Psychopharmacology of autism (50 mins)
Prof. Christopher J. McDougle - Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
Non-Clinical Testing for Toxicity of Pharmaceuticals:
Regulatory and Practical Standards for Testing and Application
1 new talk added:
Calcium Signaling:
Regulation, Mechanisms, Effectors, Role in Disease and Recent Advances
Existing talk updated:
Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on August 24, 2011 20:22

I wanted to follow up on the previous post about mobile technology. And as the article mentions, essentially, if you're in academia, or medicine or frankly any field----you're basically "on". "On" representing the state of constancy in relationship to your employment. The dirty little mobile secret that's not so secret is that everyone is probably working longer since breaks are no longer breaks, lunch may not feel entirely like lunch, and "being home for the day" doesn't signify the sequestered retreat status it used to be.

Since we're attached to the hip with devices, who among us doesn't hear and respond to the vibrations of "work calling," when you're meeting a friend or out with family? It invades our psychology.

We think we're staying on top of our work, when it fact work is staying on top of us. And for all ye Doubting Thomases and Thomasinas? Take a walk during "lunch" around the east Baltimore campus. Se how relaxed everyone is.


Alonzo LaMont

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This is actually a re-post from our Facebook page from August 9th, but it certainly qualifies as a topic worthy of a second look There seems to be more than a little uproar surrounding iPads, smartphones, tablets and hospital IT staffs having the technology to work all these gizmos. Judging from the comments in this article, the theoretical smacks right up against the hard reality. For hospitals nowhere near the mobile technology boom, you can hear that little green-eyed monster of envy rearing it's ugly head as we speak. As with all things, supply and demand will ultimately dictate the market for the gotta-have new medical toys. However, the more pointed question is the issue of hospital haves and hospital have-nots. Who's gonna get your business? Who makes the greater impression when they enter a hospital room? Do you want your bedside manner to be smooth talk, or real time data? I'm aware of the value of each, but patients can be a demanding bunch these days. Everybody wants their own piece of empowerment bragging rights.


Alonzo LaMont

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