McGoogan News

Resource spotlight: SpringerProtocols

By Alison Bobal

SpringerProtocols in an online resource that brings together protocols from the book series Methods in Molecular Biology and other high quality sources. This resource provides researchers with tested, trusted, step-by-step protocols for use in the lab. The protocols are written and organized with an emphasis on completeness and clarity. They are written by experts in their field and reviewed by editors in those fields. In addition to written protocols, SpringerProtocols includes some accompanying video protocols.

You can create a free account to save your favorite protocols as well as upload your own protocols for personal use. You can also sign up to receive alerts when new content is available on SpringerProtocols. SpringerProtocols encourages the user community to make comments on the protocols. These comments are moderated by the SpringerProtocols team to ensure that the comments are professional and respectful.

Finding books formerly found in ClinicalKey

By Deborah Divis

The McGoogan Library of Medicine is acquiring print editions of the most heavily used and requested titles to replace the recently cancelled subscription to ClinicalKey. As they arrive, these new Reference books are shelved on the 6th floor near the AskUs desk.

Discover these titles through an alphabetical listing or browse by category in the research guide, Print Titles Formerly Accessible through Clinical Key. This guide indicates which books are already here and which books are still on order.

For more information about accessing the new books, or even older editions available for checkout, please stop by the Library or contact the AskUs desk at (402) 559-4006.

Google Scholar full-text workaround

There are currently problems with the GetIt@UNMC links appearing in Google Scholar. This issue has been reported. A workaround has been developed that will allow you to access the library’s full-text until the problem is fixed.

First, you must have your settings in Google Scholar set for library full-text. See instructions here.

Once you have conducted a search, look for the “More” link, located under the citation on the right-hand side.


A link titled Resources@McGoogan (or Library Search, if you have multiple libraries in your settings) will appear. Click that link to take you to any available library full-text.



Resource spotlight: Scopus

By Alison Bobal

Scopus is a citation database of more than 57 million records of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus features tools to track, analyze and visualize research in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

You can search for a specific citation, search by author name, or by ORCID (Open Research and Contributor Identifier) ID. You can also perform affiliation searches to identify and assess an affiliation’s scholarly output, collaborating institutions and top authors.

Scopus includes features to help you uncover and track important trends, field experts, key sources and impactful or related research. With free registration you can create alerts that keep you up-to-date on certain topics, citations or authors. You can also browse an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications and conference proceedings available in Scopus and be alerted when new citations are available. To help uncover related research, you can discover documents that have cited the article(s) you selected as well as seeing a list of the references for your selected article(s).

All of the citations in Scopus include a link that searches the McGoogan Library’s journal collections and either links you directly to the full-text article or prompts you to request an article through the McGoogan Docs service.


New resource: Board Vitals, sponsored by CCE

The UNMC Center for Continuing Education (CCE) has negotiated a two-year deal with Board Vitals, an online test item bank, to provide UNMC students/residents/fellows/faculty access to the following modules which also carry CME credit. Several of the modules (highlighted with an *) also carry ABIM MOC Part II credit. The Pathology module is eligible for the American Board of Pathology SAM credit.

  • Cardiology*
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology*
  • Internal Medicine*
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Radiology
  • Sleep Medicine*
  • Pathology
  • Neurology
  • Child Psychiatry (forthcoming pending review)
  • Pain Medicine

Board Vitals allows you the ability to create customized practice tests; provides advanced statistics so you can know where your strengths and weaknesses are; suggests questions based on your performance; and delivers detailed, up-to-date explanations with each answer, with references and links to applicable sources

Please note that not all modules are available at this time. Those modules are signified with a Purchase/Trial button.

UNMC students, residents, fellows and faculty may access content by subscribing to content by using their email address. A confirmation link, sent to the email address, must be clicked to open the account. To sign up go to This link also appears in the Helpful Tools section of the library’s Quick Links.