By Ya-Ling Lu, PhD
My name is Ya-Ling Lu, and I have been working with NICHD for more than five years providing library resources and support to NIH researchers. My primary responsibility in the NIH Library is in bibliometrics. If you have a puzzled face, you are not alone. I have a PhD in information studies from UCLA, and many people have asked me what bibliometrics is. My short version of the answer is that bibliometrics is the study of publications and their research impact.
As someone who loves information and its dissemination, I value hearing about your research interests and information needs. I complete searches on a variety of topics and provide consultations based on my findings. Think of me as your collaborator; my goal is to help you explore and expand your research.
In this issue, I highlight the virtual research resources and services provided by the NIH Library:
- NIH Library Database Search: search 50+ reference databases.
- Micromedex: access information about drug information, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine.
- PubMed @ NIH: use this link to search PubMed and get direct access to articles that the NIH Library subscribes to, or the ability to request articles the Library does not have by clicking the “NIH Library Go” button.
- Scopus: explore this extensive abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings.
- UpToDate: use this clinical decision resource, either online or on your mobile device, to stay abreast of clinical information and standards and to make point-of-care decisions.
- Web of Science: search this comprehensive scientific indexing database comprising citations from research literature published in journals, conference proceedings, symposia, and seminars.
- NIH Library Journal Search: explore the NIH Library collection of 12,000+ current and historical journals, most with complete archives.
- BrowZine: turn your mobile device (app download) or computer (desktop interface) into a personalized, portable journal bookshelf of your favorite NIH Library research journals.
- Featured Journals: access articles from the NIH Library’s most frequently used journals.
- JoVE Science Education Videos: stay updated on scientific fundamentals in easy-to-follow video demonstrations created by experts at top institutions.
- SAGE Data Science Videos: discover innovative methods and best practices for data analysis, data visualization, and computational social science research.
Here are a few of the many ways the NIH Library can assist you online:
- Bibliometrics: we provide publication analysis services to NIH staff in support of their review or promotion.
- Bioinformatics: we help NIH researchers further their understanding of the molecular basis of disease.
- Document Delivery: we help you get articles, books, and documents from our collection or from other libraries around the world if those items are not held by the NIH Library.
- Editing: we provide light and medium manuscript editing, assistance with preparing your manuscript for peer review, and fee-based substantive editing work.
- Literature Searches: we assist with developing and conducting a thorough, systematic, search of the literature for your topic, including high-impact journals in the related field, gray literature, personal communications, and books.
- Systematic Reviews: we provide help with every step of your systematic review, including research question development, searching, screening, data abstraction, and manuscript writing and editing.
The NIH Library Training Program is a premier provider of information and data management training for the NIH intramural research community. Classes are free, available to NIH staff, and are currently being offered entirely online via WebEx. All sessions are taught by dedicated subject matter experts including NIH Library staff, guest instructors, and industry experts. Check out the training calendar to browse the classes!
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