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Social Media Data Available for ebrary Student E-book Survey

ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys along with the full report. More than 6,500 students worldwide participated in the survey, which was similar to a 2008 survey created by librarians. As part of the latest survey, ebrary added questions pertaining to social media, which has grown and changed significantly over the past 3 years. 

Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following:

  • While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not. Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
  • When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated “likely” to “very likely,” while 43% stated “unlikely.”
  • 35% of students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.
  • When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated “likely” to “very likely,” while 31% stated “unlikely.”

“Using traditional social media platforms for research could be problematic for students on a number of fronts: Most are not designed for serious research, and students may not wish to share personal information with faculty and librarians,” said Kevin Sayar, ebrary’s president and general manager. “This survey indicates that we need to develop better and more intuitive ways for students to collaborate with authoritative sources in a trusted, research oriented environment.” 

Source: ebrary

New F1000 App Helps Researchers Explore Content in Elsevierís SciVerse

Faculty of 1000 (F1000), an online service that selects and evaluates articles based on the opinions of global leaders in biology and medicine, announced the launch of a new application that helps researchers explore the scientific content in biology and medicine included in Elsevier’s SciVerse platform. Once a SciVerse user adds the app, the articles that have been highlighted by the F1000 faculty will display a badge that, when clicked, brings the user to the F1000 evaluation.

“The Faculty of 1000 app now available in SciVerse Applications allows researchers to tap into the collective knowledge of our 10,000 experts to determine which research is essential reading and to find relevant information efficiently,” said Jane Hunter, managing director of F1000. “With the continued volume growth of published research, the guidance of the F1000 faculty becomes even more essential for researchers.”

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige, and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

Source: Faculty of 1000 

EBSCO Publishing and Isabel Healthcare Integrate Decision Support Tools

Institutions using the clinical decision-support resources Isabel and DynaMed will benefit from tighter integration of the two tools. A new agreement between Isabel Healthcare and EBSCO Publishing allows direct linking between the Isabel diagnosis tool and the evidence-based point-of-care tool DynaMed, letting mutual customers to link from one resource to the other. The agreement brings the evidence-based content from DynaMed into the diagnostic process and allows users easier access regardless of whether a search begins in Isabel or DynaMed.

Isabel Healthcare provides a web-based application called Isabel, a diagnosis decision-support system designed to provide essential diagnosis and treatment information at the point of need. For a given set of signs and symptoms, Isabel presents the clinician with a list of likely diagnoses to consider, and each diagnosis is linked to knowledge to help with further investigation, potential testing and treatment. The Isabel system has been extensively validated and is currently being used by leading healthcare systems across North America improving efficiency in decision making.

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other healthcare professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance, and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of more than 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

Source: EBSCO Publishing



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