McGoogan News

Predatory journals in PubMed?

It has been reported in the journal literature and on scholarly publishing blogs that PubMed contains articles from predatory journals. In short, articles from potentially predatory publishers may appear in PubMed, although they are not part of MEDLINE. 

We turn to PubMed as an authoritative source for biomedical literature, so what happened? Simply put, there is a “backdoor” for getting journals listed in PubMed. PubMed is the publicly accessible platform of the MEDLINE database from the National Library of Medicine. However, PubMed is also a portal for finding PubMed Central articles in journals that are not indexed in MEDLINE. When searching MEDLINE on platforms such as Ovid, Scopus, or EBSCO, you are likely searching only MEDLINE, depending on your search filters. In PubMed, by default, you are searching MEDLINE and PubMed Central together, in addition to other collections.  When you see the [Indexed for MEDLINE] tag below the abstract, you can tell that an article is from a publication indexed in MEDLINE, such as this one. Very new records will not have this tag, but may be from a journal indexed in MEDLINE. You can also see if a journal is indexed in MEDLINE by looking it up in the NLM catalog.

If you have questions about MEDLINE or searching the biomedical literature, contact a librarian.

From the archives: University Hospital interne staff 1920

By John Schleicher

The College of Medicine’s University of Nebraska Hospital opened 100 years ago, in September 1917.  The various buildings that housed the hospital remain on the campus today, located between Wittson Hall and the Durham Outpatient Center, and surrounded on all sides by other buildings.  In 1996-1997, University Hospital merged with Clarkson Hospital, to form the basis of what is now Nebraska Medicine.

By the 1920s, the internship had become recognized nationally as an essential part of medical education.  Though not originally a formal requirement, post-medical school internships became an accepted and necessary step in the preparation for medical practice.  University of Nebraska Hospital had interns for 12-month assignments, beginning as early as 1920 (see image).

University Hospital Interne staff 1920

By 1927, University Hospital was accepting interns for an 18-month service. During this time, the young physicians rotated through seven departments. Two months were spent in each of five areas—pathology, drug room and anesthetics, radiology and physical therapy, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, where the intern acted as house physician in the admitting department. In addition, the intern spent four months in each of the two major areas, medicine and surgery. Dr. Albert F. Tyler’s 1928 book, History of Medicine in Nebraska, noted, “This internship is not excelled anywhere in the country in the general training given and opportunities offered by a service in a teaching hospital.”

Library Account PINS

Beginning fall 2017, the McGoogan Library of Medicine is enabling patrons to view their accounts online.  When you look up items in the library’s catalog, there is a Login button in the upper right hand corner.  If you have checked out library item(s) previously, contact askus@unmc.edu or 402-559-4006 and request a PIN.

Once you have a PIN, you can view items you have checked out and request a renewal of your item(s).

Please note: If you have never checked out an item from the library, you will need to come in person with your UNMC photo ID. We will create an account for you.

If you have any questions, please contact askus@unmc.edu or call 402-559-4006.

Try out sample furniture in the library

During the Fall 2017 semester, McGoogan Library will be testing new furniture options in preparation for our upcoming renovation. The first round of furniture will be available August through September, with a second round October through December. Visit the library at Wittson Hall sixth floor south and let us know your preferences. Your feedback will help shape the future look of the library. Cards are available for your comments.