• 2.08Marticles accessed in top biomedical journals
  • 261classes taught by librarians
  • 21,455reference questions answered
  • 12,726linear feet of archival material preserved
  • $429Min NIH research dollars protected via NIH Public Access Policy

Inquiry. Discovery. Innovation.

The Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives provides biomedical information, innovative services, educational programs, archival preservation, knowledgeable staff, and collaborative spaces.

An average of 5,716 articles were downloaded from our top 900 biomedical journals every day!

Collections: Delivering Information You Need

We license, curate, and provision access to information resources for Duke Health, including:

  • 13,711 online biomedical journals
  • 2,181 core online biomedical books
  • 123 core biomedical databases

Selected library resources have been integrated into MaestroCare and were viewed over 525,698 times in fiscal year 2020.

Centralized buying saves money: the average cost per use for a library subscribed article is $0.87. Buying an article direct from the publisher averages $40 per article.

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Education: Fostering Lifelong Learning

We teach evidence-based practice, literature searching, and information synthesis.

We have liaisons to all of Duke’s academic health professions programs, Graduate Medical Education, and Duke University Health System nursing. We also teach on demand classes and create online tutorials that are available 24/7.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, librarians:

  • Facilitated 1,783 consultations
  • Taught 7,905 learners in 250 classes
  • Conducted 1,457 expert searches

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Archives: Capturing Our History

We maintain administrative and historical records for Duke Health, including the records of 2 Nobel Laureates, World War II surgical teams, School of Medicine and School of Nursing departments, and student groups.

In fiscal year 2020, we:

  • Added over 42,928 digital items and over 589.5 linear feet of print items
  • Provided 2,057 scans of Archives documents which allowed remote access to collections
  • Answered a total of 456 Archives reference questions
  • Conducted 86 research consultations

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COVID-19: Creating Connections

Archives Stories

The Duke University Archives and the Duke University Medical Center Archives have partnered to document this unique time in history and have captured news alerts, email updates, Duke COVID-19 websites, and online research symposiums. In addition, the Archives are collecting the personal stories of students, staff, faculty, and other people who live, work, or study at Duke.

COVID-19 Clinical Support

We created a guide for COVID-19 information, including links to COVID-19 articles, focused searches, guidelines from multiple societies, etc. that has been viewed over 5,000 times.

In addition, librarians have co-authored 2 articles related to COVID-19 and have completed 87 searches in support of COVID-19 related research and clinical care.

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Research: Promoting Discovery & Inquiry

Librarians conduct comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews and IACUC protocols.

Systematic Reviews: Librarians led 494 consultations with Duke faculty, staff, and students who are conducting systematic reviews, representing 27% of our 1,783 research consultations. In 2019 and thus far in 2020 we have been involved in 215 evidence synthesis projects.

Animals in Research - Searching for Alternatives: The United States Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations require that Principal investigators consider alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress to animals. Medical librarians help construct comprehensive literature searches in order to seek methods of reduction, refinement, and replacement. We conducted 23 searches to support these protocols.

Our partnership with our medical librarians significantly improves the value and impact of the science we conduct. This is vital in a learning health care system where results of systematic reviews are used as foundational to informing evidence-based clinical care.
-Jennifer Gierisch, PhD and Karen Goldstein, MD, MSPH

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Innovations: Developing New Ideas & Opportunities

Vaccination Web Scraping Project

Librarians partnered with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania to create “Vaccination in Modern America: Misinformation vs. Public Health Advocacy Web Archive." Part of the Ivy Plus web collection program, the Archive preserves webpages representing the current state of public discourse and contrasting approaches to authority on vaccination in the United States, with a focus on sites that are both pro- and anti-vaccination. The purpose of this collection is to capture potentially ephemeral information about vaccination that could be used by health service researchers, information scientists, sociologists, and others to combat misinformation and to understand the motivations, practices, and outcomes of health information.

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Innovations: Developing New Ideas & Opportunities

Website Upgrades

Our Website has undergone a frontal facelift! Though it has a similar look and feel to the previous version, you will notice some distinct enhancements:

  • More resources added to the “Quicklinks” including DynaMed, CINAHL, and Mobile Apps
  • Redesigned search widget for quick queries in PubMed, UpTodate, E-journals, the Catalog and our Website
  • Addition of a new set of high value menu resources and services offering “Our Expertise” in evidence-based practice, instructional support, systematic reviews, citation management, medical archives, and more
  • New drop-down menus that give a quick full view of choosable options for our main navigation areas: About; Accounts & Access; Databases, Journals & Books; Borrow, Request & Renew; Guides & Tool Sets; and Training & Consulting
  • Redesigned footer with links to additional Duke resources, social media, our newsletter, blog feed, and contact information

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Our staff has expertise in information technology, administration, collection management, archives, user services, research and education with over 215 years of service to Duke.

In 2020, we co-authored 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered 7 presentations at professional conferences.