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Favorite Dana Databases and Services

Which of the links on the Dana Medical Library home page are the most popular? Preliminary annualized data indicate that patrons visiting the Dana home page are most likely to click on links for PubMed, UpToDate, and the link to the page that lists all health sciences Articles & Databases. See the table below for more of the most popular databases and web pages.

Webfavorite

On the flip side, the following pages received fewer than 100 clicks: Renew a Book, Recommend a Purchase, For Users with Special Needs, and most of the links under UVM Libraries & Collections. The data are tentative at this point and based on combination of estimates and extrapolations. We will continue to gather this data to help us focus the web site on the needs of our patrons.

Health Policy Reference Center

The Health Policy Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of health policy and related issues.  This collection provides full-text coverage of information relevant to many areas integral to health policy including, but not limited to: health care access, health care quality, health care financing, etc.  The Health Policy Reference Center offers cover-to-cover content from more than 300 publications, including journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications, all directly dealing with health policy and closely aligned topics.  This includes complete coverage of more than 250 full-text titles.  The database also offers tens of thousands of additional relevant articles, selected from thousands of industry publications.

Library Olympics

Dana Library’s “Gold Medal Winner” of electronic journals for 2009 was The New England Journal of Medicine. Over 20,000 articles were downloaded from the journal by UVM users and affiliates. In second place the Silver Medal goes to Nature with over 13,000 articles, followed closely by The Journal of Biological Chemistry with the Bronze. Rounding out the top ten journals were Science, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The British Medical Journal, Lancet, Pediatrics, The Journal of Immunology, and The Journal of Neuroscience.

In the database division the Gold Medal goes to UpToDate, which totaled almost 120,000 topic searches. The second place Silver went to Web of Science, at 66,000 searches and the Bronze to OvidMEDLINE, with a strong showing of 52,000 searchers. These were followed by MDConsult, CINAHL Nursing & Allied Health, Clinical Pharmacology, SciFinder Scholar, Access Medicine, Gale Health & Wellness Center, and Nursing Reference Center.

In the print books category, the most circulated items were Color Atlas of Anatomy: a Photographic Study of the Human Body (Rohen), Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (Kumar, Abbas, and Fausto), Biochemistry (Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer), Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, et al.) and Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: a Primer (McKenzie, Neiger, and Thackeray).