Friday, November 14, 2014

Supporting the Scrubs

The TWU Libraries would like to offer our full support to the TWU faculty members, students and preceptors working on the front lines in hospitals and clinical settings in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  

Events over the past month related to the spread and containment of Ebola virus disease have caused anxiety in some members of the public and the health sciences community.  Knowing the facts and being mindful of new developments can help alleviate some of that anxiety.  

Toward that end, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) website is dedicated to presenting up-to-date research as it becomes available.  Some of the research is available free of charge; full access to the NEJM is available, with Pioneer Portal login information, through the TWU Libraries (from the libraries' homepage, do a catalog search for the journal title.)  A collection of NEJM articles and other resources on the Ebola outbreak is available here.

Another useful resource for valid medical information and research is the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), an online portal created by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center.  Through this initiative, publishers provide open access to full-text articles and books for healthcare workers, clinicians and researchers in places affected by disasters or epidemics.  Activated for a limited time, this service is useful for students and others working in settings with limited-to-no on-site access to medical research.  The Ebola outbreak is an EAI active event; the free access period ends November 14, 2014. 

Sometimes information overload can contribute to anxiety levels.  The TWU Libraries can help with that too.  The libraries in Dallas and Denton feature study rooms and lounge spaces that can serve as “soft places to land,” allowing students to take a break from it all.  Place a reservation for a study room here

Once again, the TWU Libraries salute the efforts of our TWU family of healthcare students and faculty members, as well as the medical community at large.  

Please let us know how we may be of service.

~Kimberly Richardson

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